There's a new program at the Washington Urban League known as Readers to the Blind. It's made up of a group of people who go around the city and help others who are blind or have impaired vision. The program works in cooperation with schools, senior-citizen centers and other non-profit organizations that are already serving people with eyesight problems. Also, as an important side benefit, it provides jobs to the readers themselves under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.
Since the Urban League's program started less than four months ago, the readers have touched more than 100 lives. They have read law books, school materials, newspapers, novels and personal correspondence; helped complete job and social-service applications; and prepared tape documents for later use. These services are available to just about any resident of the city who is blind and who makes a "reasonable request." And although the Readers to the Blind generally limit themselves to short-term projects, they do try to help people find assistance that is a available on a regular basis.
Persons who know of local residents who could use the services of Readers to the Blind should contact the Washington Urban League (265-8200) for further information.