Educational Institutions

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

  • Charlottesville, VA
  • http://www.rfbd.org

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Mission Statement

History of Service Since its genesis in 1948 as an aid to blinded World War II veterans pursuing an education under the GI Bill of Rights, RFB&D has worked to create access to the written word for all people. Today, our mission is to provide educational materials in recorded and computerized formats for anyone unable to read standard print. As the Regional Unit of the Virginias and Carolinas of RFB&D, we belong to the only non-profit organization to provide this service. The people who use our cassette tapes and audio CD's are visually impaired, have perceptual disabilities or other physical disabilities such as mobility limitations that prevent them from holding a book. More than 70 percent of those we serve have been identified as dyslexic or learning disabled. The nearly 7,100 people we serve in Virginias and Carolinas are students, ranging in academic level from kindergarten through graduate school. Our members receive our services at no cost other than a nominal annual membership fee. One of RFB&D's recording studios is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. RFB&D's national library is located in Princeton, New Jersey and contains over 93,000 titles that members may access for their educational pursuits.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer

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Mrs. Christine Eure

Keywords

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Blind,dyslexic,vision,money,nonprofit,textbook,audiotapes,library,computerized,visual impairment

EIN

54-0684414

Also Known As

RFB&D

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Educational Outreach Program Our educational outreach program is a service that brings recorded textbooks directly into the classroom from kindergarten through high school. It involves hands-on training, for students, teachers, parents, and everyone involved with our recorders, tapes, and services in the classroom. These outreach efforts will concentrate largely on students with learning disabilities in kindergarten through grade 12. The concentration of students with learning disabilities is found in this groustudents are able to comprehend and retain material. With recorded textbooks from RFB&D, students can listen to educational material as many times as needed, as well as, adjust the listening speed to a comfortable pace. Educational outreach facilitates the early identification of the learning disability and other special learning needs while providing the learning tools needed for success. Educational outreach is a flexible way for school districts, public libraries and other service agencies to meet their obligation to provide an accessible education by providing taped books, training videos, playback equipment and toll-free student support. The number of students who use our services has increased from 1,300 in 1998 to 5,200 in late 2002. We have had particular success with high school and college level students returning to coach younger students with similar disabilities. Program Goals -The goal of the educational outreach program is to remove the barriers between students and print related disabilities. -To provide services and hands-on training in the school setting for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. -To reduce the frustration and isolation felt by students who are confronted with barriers in their attempts to read standard print -Prevent potential school drop-outs: According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, 35 percent of students identified with learning disabilities drop out of high school. -Increase student independence, self-reliance, self-esteem, and to prepare students for adulthood and a professional life. Program Objectives -To give students the opportunity to read by providing the needed services to the underserved student population with print disabilities on a daily basis in classroom setting. -To have access to analogue or digital playback machines and software in the classroom and at home that accommodate analogue or digital texts on a daily basis. -Heighten awareness of our services throughout the community of individuals with print-related disabilities, as well as their families, through easily accessible educational material regardless of disability or family income.

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Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Christine Eure

BIO

Executive Director, Christine Eure, daily manages the Regional Unit of the Virginias and Carolinas studio operations, outreach initiatives and statewide development. Chris has a BA in Education from William and Mary and has been an elementary school teacher and a Gifted Education Specialist. Prior activates include President of the Junior League and Executive Director of First Night of Virginia.

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