Ohio's Radio Reading Services
Ohio's nine radio reading services serve persons who do not have easy access to standard print due to visual loss, physical disability, or perceptual deficiency (blindness, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, severe arthritis, spinal cord injury, stroke, etc.).
Most Ohio Radio Reading Services broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the sub-carrier frequency of a local FM radio station or the "Secondary Audio Program Channel (SAP)" of a television station in their area. Reception of FM radio subcarrier (SCA) signals requires a special, fixed-tuned radio receiver which may be borrowed at no cost from the Reading Service in the area. While special receivers are also available for television "SAP" channel signals they can also be received on most stereo TV sets and VCR's.
Some Radio Reading Services make their programs available over the Internet with live and recorded audio channels while others can be received over cable TV. Many provide services to institutions such as hospitals, assisted living and institutional care facilities, low vision clinics and senior centers where qualified listeners may reside or frequent.
The core of RRS programming is the reading of daily newspapers on the day of publication. Other programming includes readings of other timely and topical printed materials as well as information of special interest to print-impaired people.
The latest initiative of Ohio's Radio Reading Services is the Ohio Telephone Reader (OTR). OTR allows users to access dozens of newspapers from across the state and hear readings of their favorite publications over the telephone anytime they find convenient. The Ohio Telephone Reader is made possible in cooperation with the eTech Ohio Commission