Reading For Blind And Dyslexic Studio Closing

by Gabe Bullard on April 17, 2009

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.

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Bill Wippel April 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm

It is a trend, closing down reading services for the blind and disabled. ( Reading For Blind And Dyslexic Studio Closing; Gabe Bullard April 17, 2009, 4:19 pm)

We record Christian books on tapes for 1,171 clients throughout the U.S. and Canada. We are a free lending library with 3,500 books in transit any day of the year. We have 1,251 titles on tape. We are a 501c3 chariry, now going on 30 years.

Until recentlly we recorded Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine. They have run out of money as well for this particular service, so we are in a holding pattern.

Why is it that services to the poor and disabled are always the first things that get cut in a bad economy? I have yet to hear of any politician cutting their base salary, yet the poor are constant targets in hard times.

We sympathize with the Louisville studio closing and hope that the community will rise to the occasion to help solidify their operating funds.

Bill Wippel, executive director
Tape Ministries Northwest
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