What can I do if I have trouble reading the newspaper?

The National Federation of the Blind has created the Newsline for the Blind, a free service accessible by any touch-tone telephone 24 hours a day. People who are blind, disabled, or unable to read the newspaper on their own can call a toll-free access line and listen to articles from daily and Sunday issues of a local, regional, or national newspaper such as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Touch-tone menus allow users to jump from one section of the paper to another, from one article to another, or from one newspaper to another.

Personal adjustments can be made to reading speed and voice, or paused to hear the pronunciation or spelling of any given word. To access the service, you must have a physical or visual disability that prevents you from reading a newspaper. To obtain an application, contact the National Federation of the Blind. You will be issued an identification number and a security code, which you must enter each time you use the service.
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Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.