ACB is pleased to announce that "The ACB Braille Forum" is now available on the Newsline service. Newsline is an audio information service which provides access to print publications. It is a free electronic service that gives any blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled person access to newspapers, magazines, and TV listings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- using a touch-tone telephone, on the web, or by download to a digital talking-book player or MP3-playing device. Most states have full access to content on Newsline, but for those states that do not, individual users can have access to the content within the Blindness Specific section.
Once registered, a user can dial in on a specific telephone number, enter in your designated identification number and security code to listen to all of the available content. After the initial call, the system will remember your log-in information which will speed up the call-in process for future sessions.
If you are a current subscriber, you do not need to create a new account or obtain new codes; your current codes will allow you to access Newsline and "The ACB Braille Forum." If you've forgotten your codes, you can call 1-866-504-7300 for assistance.
There are over 320 newspapers, including the Associated Press newswire, the United Press International newswire, and CNN Press; 39 magazines such as "The Economist" and "AARP Magazine"; 10 international newspapers, including "The China Daily" and "The Jerusalem Post," and several blindness-specific publications, including "The Matilda Ziegler Magazine."
You can find "The ACB Braille Forum" in the magazine section, under the Blindness Specific category, option 7 from the main menu followed by option 1.
You can also now listen to publications on your iOS device such as the iPad, the iPhone, and the iPod Touch. Just download the Newsline Mobile App from the Apple App Store by searching for NFB Newsline.
If you are not currently a Newsline subscriber, you can sign up for the service by contacting your state braille and talking book library program or by calling 1-866-504-7300 for more information on how to register.
Newsline also provides other types of information such as job listings, option 9 from the main menu; TV listings, option 8 from the main menu; and weekly Target ads from the Target Corporation, option 6 from the main menu.
You can also visit www.nfbnewslineonline.org to read more about all of the technological initiatives, including information on how to access Newsline In Your Pocket, Web News on Demand, Podable News, and KeyStream.
Give this new way of reading "The ACB Braille Forum" a try -- we think you will definitely like it!