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Get Your News On Your Own Terms with NFB Newsline® (It’s Free)

This week brings the inauguration of the forty-sixth President of the United States (Joe Biden) the first female, first African-American, and first Asian-American Vice President (Kamala Harris), and the first U.S. presidential inauguration held during a pandemic. There’s no better time to get connected with a free, accessible means of getting the news you want, when you want it.

What does NFB Newsline® have to offer?

With the NFB Newsline® service, qualified individuals can receive free audio access to local state, national, and international newspapers as well as other news sources and a wide variety of magazines. Newsline® also provides access to more than 100,000 job listings from two national job sources, retail advertisements, TV listings, and emergency weather alerts and local seven-day forecasts.

Who is a qualified individual for NFB Newsline® services?

Individuals who cannot read printed publications due to vision loss, dyslexia, or a physical disability are qualified to use NFB Newsline® services. If you are already registered with any of the following, you qualify for NFB Newsline® services:

  • a state or private vocational rehabilitation agency for the blind
  • a public school special education program for the blind or state residential school for the blind
  • a cooperating regional library under the program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress

If you are NOT registered with one of the above entities, you will need to provide proof of your print disability in the application process.

Where can I access these materials on NFB Newsline®?

  • NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile app for the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod from the Apple App Store
  • Website: a secure, text-only website that is screen-reader friendly
  • Phone: 888-882-1629 (Newsline phone instructions)
  • Amazon Alexa: NFB Newsline® Alexa skill directions
  • Email: NFB Newsline® can email your news, customized job listings, and information directly to your inbox; choose your favorites and select frequency (once daily or updates throughout the day). call us at 1-866-504-7300 to set up your NFB Newsline® email service.
  • Portable Players: NFB Newsline® In Your Pocket allows you to download content directly to your digital talking book player (such as the Victor Reader Stream, the Book Port Plus, etc.

How do I get NFB Newsline® for myself?

  • Call the National Federation of the Blind at 866-504-7300 to request an application

Contact us

Follow the Bridges Helpdesk Facebook page for more transition tips, and please contact the Free Helpdesk for Maryland Blind/Low Vision Transition Students, Families, and Educators anytime using:

This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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