Reading Program For Visually Impaired On State Budget's Cutting Block
Posted June 26, 2002 10:55 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — A reading program for the state's visually impaired population is on the state budget's cutting block.
On one end of town, Anne Faraone and Jackie Schlesinger read the news of the day while Frank Holman listens at the other end of Raleigh. A blood clot left Frank blind, which is why he relies on the Triangle Radio Reading Services.
"The whole thing brings you right up to date with what's going on in this state and in the Legislature," Holman said.
For 20 years, he was able to experience far-away places when he worked for the National Geographic Society. As a government employee, he read six to seven newspapers per day. Now he experiences the world through these volunteers, who read from daily newspapers.
"We're facing a deficit of at least $20,000 in the next year," said Linda Ornt of Triangle Radio Reading Services.
The drastic reduction in funding from Wake County and other agencies like the Triangle United Way has forced the reading service to look elsewhere for help. The director of the Triangle Radio Reading Services is hoping to cut back on some staff development and appeal to private donors to be able to fill the $20,000 deficit.