Blind Readers Need Funding For New Technology

The AP and Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the The National Federation of the Blind, holding its annual convention this week in Atlanta, has passed a resolution asking congressional budget writers to pony up $19.1 million a year for the next three years to update technology at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The government is lagging its feet allocating the funds; at the currently proposed level of funding in Congress, it would take until 2015 for enough of the recorders to be available for all library members to have one.

During the convention, over 700 members of the organization (service dogs and supporters too) took to the streets of Atlanta to make their requests known to the government and the public.