Nonprofit Makes Materials for School and Pleasure Reading Accessible:
Reading & Radio Resource seeks to enrich the lives of children and adults who cannot read standard print on their own. Its resources are designed to help persons who have a:
- Visual impairment
- Physical limitation that makes it hard to hold a book
- Learning disability such as dyslexia
- Different way of processing information, e.g. auditory learners
- Need to learn English as a second language,
Edythe and Henry X. Salzberger founded Reading & Radio Resource in 1969. For 32 years, the private nonprofit recorded Talking Books for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
The organization launched its own recorded books program in 1972, added radio reading in 1976, and began offering descriptive audio services in 2010.
The agency serves more than 70,000 students in the state of Texas who are English Language learners, qualify for Special Education, or whose learning difference makes them eligible for services under Section 504.
Nearly 200 volunteers annually donate over 17,000 hours of their time to read and record materials.
Reading & Radio Resource Recorded Books:
Reading & Radio Resource records books for children, adults, and schools and has a catalog of over 4,000 books. The format is MP3 CDs, but cassettes and audio CDs can be requested. Recordings are sent to clients for a small fee and are theirs to keep.
Adult categories include classics, new best sellers, history, romance, and mysteries. Readers can also request recordings of employment related materials for such things as training and preparation for professional certifications.
Children's categories -- designed to serve early readers through the high-school level -- include fiction and nonfiction, new bestsellers, Newbery Award winners, and Texas Bluebonnet books. Home study textbooks and materials are also available.
Any child in grades 1-12 who qualifies for Special Education or Section 504 services in either a public, private, or home-school setting may receive all state-adopted textbooks, supplemental and classroom materials in an audio format. Teachers can have books shipped directly to them and may duplicate them for other print-disabled students.
Audiobook fees for individuals is based on hours of recorded audio:
- 3 hrs -- $5
- 3-9 hrs -- $10
- 9-20 hrs -- $15
- 20+ hrs -- $25.
Audiobook fees for Masters to Schools are $5 per 1 ½ hours of literature and $6 per 1 ½ hours of a textbook. Scholarships are available to those needing financial assistance.
Individuals can order books by phone, mail, or e-mail. No enrollment is necessary; books become the property of the listener.
Reading & Radio Resource Radio Broadcasts:
Reading & Radio Resource runs a radio station that reads local and national newspapers and magazines, unabridged novels, self-help segments, interviews, exercise programming including yoga, and old radio shows on weekends.
The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on a sub-frequency of local NPR stations (KERA 90.1 FM in Dallas; KUT 90.5 FM in Austin) to a potential audience of 40,000 print impaired readers within its 70-mile range. Special agency supplied receivers are provided free to qualified readers (i.e. certified print disabled) to decode the signal.
Original programs include the Supermarket Specials, Shopper Showcase, Infotalk, and The Eyes of North Texas talk shows. Old-time radio broadcasts include Burns and Allen, Dragnet, and the Jack Benny Show. Other programming includes podcasts from national conventions of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).
Scholarships are available to individuals needing financial assistance. No one is denied access because of inability to afford streaming.
Reading and Radio Resource Audio Transcription:
Reading & Radio Resource offers text to speech translation to businesses and organizations for such things as sales letters, manuals, documentation, and annual reports. Fees start at $25 per page, with English text formatted in 10-point font or above. Spanish language translations are billed separately.
The organization also provides audio description (delivered through headsets) of live performances at venues in the Dallas area.
For more information on Reading & Radio Resource, call 214.871.7668 or write to Reading & Radio Service, 2007 Randall, Dallas, TX 75201.