The Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic studio in Louisville will close this month as the charity attempts to restructure itself.
RFB and D has studios across the country where volunteers record textbooks for impaired students. On April 30th, Louisville’s studio, which employees three people and uses dozens of volunteers, will close. Several other studios will also shut down.
RFB and D Midwestern director Janet Milkovich says it’s become too expensive to produce its recordings, so the company will downsize, update its technology and rely more on philanthropy.
“It costs a school $350 to be a member of RFB&D and get 25 recorded textbooks. But the cost of recording the textbook and distributing the textbook and the technology behind that is a lot more than the $350,” she says. “The primary way to make studios self-sustaining is to raise, in the local community, the necessary funds to operate the studio”
362 students in Kentucky use RFB and D materials. Milkovich says they will not be affected. She plans to meet with Louisville’s volunteers this summer to discuss how they can continue to help the organization.