Organization Helps Thousands to Read

By: Melanie Niemann Email
By: Melanie Niemann Email

March 3, 2011

As part of Read Across America Week, many volunteers in Charlottesville are picking up books and reading aloud for a special audience.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D), a national nonprofit has been helping many people across the United States to read.

The organization has made it easier for students like Megan Treharne. Treharne attends the University of Virginia's Nursing School. She takes tough classes but being blind in one eye has made it difficult for her.

"It has always been a struggle for me to read at the same speed as my peers," explained Treharne.

RFB&D, has the largest audio textbook library with 20 recording studios across the nation.

"I really admire our members and students who come to us and say I want an education and I want to learn by listening," said Mary Ann Coffey, a Production Director with RFB&D.

Volunteers with the Charlottesville RFB&D have logged tens of thousands of hours over the past week, as part of Read Across America Week. The hours have created over 350 books ranging from college textbooks to children's literature.

"You know that it's helping lives and that's the biggest thing about it," explained Ron Krauss, an RFB&D volunteer.

Those who use the digital tools say they are extremely helpful.

"There's no reason that whatever goals you set for yourself can't be accomplished if you find the right tools to help you," said Treharne.

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