Michigan will extend for six months its funding of a program that provides blind people audio access to newspapers, Paul Egan reports in the Detroit Free Press. The state had previously declined to fund the service, citing the provider’s “failure to provide timely and sufficient information.”
“[W]e provided the information they requested,” Scott White, director of NFB-Newsline, told Egan. He’ll meet with the state to try to work things out. The state pays $52,000 a year for the program.
“As a member of the blind community, I do not want this service to end,” Ed Rodgers, who directs Michigan’s Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, told Egan in an email.
The service provides access to national and international newspapers and magazines to about 3,100 people in Michigan. In addition to the Free Press, the Michigan newspapers it delivers are The Detroit News, The Flint Journal, The Grand Rapids Press, the Lansing State Journal and The Mining Journal.
Previously: Michigan may end newspaper service for blind