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Valley Voice Reading Service for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Valley Voice Reading Service for the Blind
JMU WMRA Radio Bldg
983 Reservoir Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 568-3811 (Local)
(800) 677-9672 (Toll-Free)
wmra@jmu.edu
http://wmra.org/valley-voice

Brief Description

State-organized, Volunteer-powered service fueled by donations. Detailed info provided at website: www.ValleyVoice.org

Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Clients served on average per year: Up to 10,000 print-impaired people have access to V V.
Number of staff: 1
Staff description: One state worker with other unrelated duties organizes Valley Voice on a half-time basis. Worker codes broadcast computers, installs equipment, organizes events, supervises 50-person workforce of readers, and oversees day-to-day operation. Readings done by unpaid volunteers to minimize costs.
Geographic area served: Airborne and Cable-TV broadcast area covers most of Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Woodstock, Waynesboro, and surrounding county land. Cable TV channels listed by city at website www.ValleyVoice.org

Staff

Al Bartholet, Interim Director, arthoae@jmu.edu
Terry Ward, Program Director, wardtj@jmu.edu <wardtj@jmu.edu>

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Reading Services
    • Broadcasts time-sensitive print, including the Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Charlottesville Daily Progress, Staunton News Leader, Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, Shenandoah Herald, Waynesboro News-Virginian, and Page News, as well as various national and state magazines. Also records certain civic information and official business at the request of state agencies. Valley Voice produced the audio version of the State Board of Elections official documents related to the 2004 Presidential Election and subsequent elections.
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