[Nfbnet-members-list] New Job Listings on NFB-NEWSLINER Create Access and Employment Opportunities for Blind and Print-Disabled Americans

Freeh, Jessica JFreeh at nfb.org
Tue Dec 14 07:59:06 UTC 2010



Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>cdanielsen at nfb.org

New Job Listings on NFB-NEWSLINE® Create Access
and Employment Opportunities for Blind and Print-Disabled Americans

Hundreds of Thousands of Job Listings Now Available

Baltimore, Maryland (December 13, 2010): The 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the 
nation’s oldest and largest organization of the 
blind, is pleased to announce that a 
revolutionary new feature has been added to 
NFB-NEWSLINE®, the free audible information 
service for the blind and others who cannot read 
print due to a physical or learning 
disability.  With this groundbreaking 
job-listings feature, blind and print-disabled 
people will be able to easily and independently 
search for job openings that match their education, skills, and interests.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National 
Federation of the Blind, said: “The addition of 
this exciting new feature will address a critical 
need of blind and print-disabled Americans­the 
need for timely and independent access to job 
listings.  The availability of these listings 
will be of tremendous help in reducing the 
estimated 70 percent rate of unemployment among 
this population.  Subscribers can search through 
hundreds of thousands of job listings from all 
across the country and look for openings in their hometowns.”

With the addition of content from a national job 
classifieds provider, NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers 
can conduct searches for job openings in dozens 
of categories such as banking and education, and 
if desired, can narrow the search to look for 
certain keywords within the 
listings.  Subscribers can save their searches 
and request that a particular job listing be sent 
to them via e-mail; the e-mail will contain the 
listing as well as a link that will provide a Web 
page with the position’s application form.

“For over fifteen years NFB-NEWSLINE® has played 
a vital role in the daily lives of tens of 
thousands of blind and physically disabled 
Americans,” said Scott White, director of the 
NFB-NEWSLINE® program for the NFB.  “Now, with 
the addition of the innovative job-listings 
feature, NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers can gain more 
than ever from this valuable service.  By making 
the process of searching and applying for jobs 
easier, NFB-NEWSLINE® is increasing the 
independence of those blind and print-disabled 
individuals who are looking for employment.”

NFB-NEWSLINE® allows those who cannot read 
conventional newsprint due to a visual or 
physical disability to access publications as 
well as television and job listings over the 
telephone, on the Web, or by download to digital 
talking book players or MP3-playing devices.

To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit 
Those interested in subscribing to the service 
may fill out the online application form, write 
<mailto:nfbnewsline at nfb.org>nfbnewsline at nfb.org, 
or call (866) 504-7300.  In order to be eligible 
for NFB-NEWSLINE®, an individual must be a US 
resident who is legally blind or has a physical 
or learning disability that prevents the independent reading of newspapers.


About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National 
Federation of the Blind is the largest and most 
influential membership organization of blind 
people in the United States.  The NFB improves 
blind people's lives through advocacy, education, 
research, technology, and programs encouraging 
independence and self-confidence.  It is the 
leading force in the blindness field today and 
the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 
the NFB opened the National Federation of the 
Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and 
training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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