Minnesota State Services for the Blind (MNSSB)
Audio Recordings - Radio Talking Book
CareerForce West Saint Paul
1 Mendota Rd W, Ste 170, West St. Paul, MN, 55118-4768
Distance: 1017 Miles
Recordings are made available to the blind or visually impaired community in various formats. Material can include books, magazines, newspapers or more.
Radio Talking Book (RTB) is a free, closed-circuit news and information service that broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week to thousands of subscribers throughout Minnesota and the nation. They broadcast current newspapers, magazines and the latest best-selling books at the same time that they are available to the print-reading public.
Their programming is not available to the general public. The broadcast signal can be received only on a special radio, which they lend to eligible listeners free of charge, via the Internet with a special password, or on channel 988 of Paul Bunyan Cable.
- Adults with disabilities
- Blind or visually impaired
- Children and/or youth with disabilities
- Older adults with disabilities
- Physical disabilities
Minnesotans with a qualifying visual, physical or reading disability that makes reading print difficult
Request an application from your local State Services for the Blind office or download from: https://mn.gov/deed/ssb/braille/radio-talking-book
To get a password for listening on the web or to inquire about the Radio Talking Book, call (800) 722-0550 or (507) 333-4828.
There is no fee for this service.
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- CareerForce Saint Cloud 1542 Northway Dr, Door 2, St. Cloud, MN, 56303-1240
- Duluth Office 402 W 1st St, Duluth, MN, 55802-1516
- Hibbing Office 3920 13th Ave E, Hibbing, MN, 55746-3675
- Mankato Office 12 Civic Center Plz, Ste 1600B, Mankato Place, Mankato, MN, 56001-7797
- Marshall - Lyon County Courthouse 607 W Main St, Marshall, MN, 56258-3169
- Minnesota State Services for the Blind (MNSSB) - Headquarters 2200 University Ave W, Ste 240, St. Paul, MN, 55114-1840
- Moorhead - Family Service Center of Clay County 715 11th St N, Ste 302A, Moorhead, MN, 56560-2099
- Rochester Office 2070 College View Rd E, Rochester, MN, 55904-7507
Other Services or resources
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TJ-4500.4500-750Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic Definition
Libraries or other organizations that maintain collections of books, magazines and other reading material on cassettes, CDs or in digital file formats and make them available on a loan basis to residents of the community who are blind or have visual impairments, dyslexia or other related disabilities. Also included are organizations that distribute cassettes, CDs, or digital files of this type that people can keep.
TJ-5500.7000Radio Stations Definition
Public and private organizations that broadcast music, news, talk shows, entertainment and other programming, some of which may be in languages other than English, via radio.
TJ-6500.5100-700Radio Shows Definition
Organizations that have regular radio programs which feature segments that are designed to increase the public's awareness of the need for or availability of services in a particular geographical area or for a particular target group; the causes, detection and treatment of a particular disease, disability or condition and means for its prevention; or specific social problems which affect the community and potential solutions.
TJ-6750Reading Services for People With Disabilities Definition
Programs that provide people with visual impairments or other disabilities that limit their ability to read print material with access to recorded tapes, readings from current popular publications or a volunteer who reads for them. Included are radio reading services which offer programming that features highlights from national newspapers, articles from periodicals, or novels and other special interest reading material; telephone reading services which provide access to prerecorded material via touch-tone telephone; and programs that arrange for a call or visit by a volunteer reader.
YF-4500.7000Reading Disorder Definition
A learning disability that is characterized by difficulty translating written images into meaningful language. There are two types of learning disabilities in reading. Basic reading problems occur when there is difficulty understanding the relationship between sounds, letters and words. Reading comprehension problems occur when there is an inability to grasp the meaning of words, phrases and paragraphs. Signs of reading difficulty include problems with letter and word recognition, understanding words and ideas, reading speed and fluency, and general vocabulary skills.
A disability that is characterized by a combination of hearing and visual impairments.
YF-9000Visual Impairments Definition
Eye, optic nerve or brain malfunctions which prevent affected individuals from seeing normally. Eye disorders that can lead to visual impairments include retinal degeneration, albinism, cataracts, glaucoma, muscular problems that result in visual disturbances, corneal disorders, diabetic retinopathy, congenital disorders and infection.
A condition in which affected individuals are totally blind and cannot see or are legally blind and have central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with maximal correction, or a peripheral field of vision that is so contracted that its widest diameter subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees.
YF-9000.6500Partial Sightedness Definition
A condition in which affected individuals have remaining visual acuity between 20/200 and 20/70 in the better eye with maximal correction.