January 27, 2006
Tonight a local non-profit group announced plans to expand its program here in our area. The group is called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. They help more than 104,000 kids with visual disabilities each year by recording audio books. They've been in our area for nearly 50 years.
At tonight's annual ball they announced the groundbreaking for the new $2.6 million Maria Miller Center. Mrs. Miller founded the organization with her husband, but she passed she away in 2005. The new 11,000 square foot facility will be located just off Greenbriar Road, and will include eight recording studios as well as training areas for parents, teachers and students.
"We can boost our production by about 33%, which translates to more books for more kids, which makes us very happy," said Chris Eure, who unveiled the plans for the new facility tonight.
"We think it will be a great spot for the community to identify us with, so it's exciting," added John Carew, who spoke at tonight's event.
The new center will serve as the organization's first regional facility, providing support to Virginia, West Virginia, and the Carolinas.
The group says with it's new center, they will be able to reach some 2 million children with visual disabilities nationwide.