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National Record-A-Thon to Raise Awareness for Accessible Audiobooks

Record-A-Thon is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign running from February 28th to March 5th that will take place in Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) studios across the United States.  Thousands of volunteers, including authors and celebrities, will lend their voices to a unique initiative making books accessible for students, veterans and other individuals with disabilities.  Record-A-Thon runs concurrent with the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” campaign.

At each of RFB&D’s 19 recording studios throughout the country, volunteer readers will help transform printed textbooks into easy-to-navigate audiobooks – enabling hundreds of thousands of people with visual and learning disabilities to access the content of these books to help them achieve educational success.

RFB&D launched the Record-A-Thon in New York City last week with the help of Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd, co-hosts of ABC’s “The View,” who recorded texts to add to the world’s largest library of accessible audiobooks. RFB&D has a studio in Princeton, where local volunteers and celebrities are invited to participate in this week’s events.

The national Record-A-Thon campaign is sponsored by PLEXTALK, a manufacturer of assistive technology devices for people with print disabilities like blindness and dyslexia.

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