Blindness is one of the most feared of all human afflictions. It is widespread, reaching into all segments of our population and destroying one of our most important senses.
US Census figures indicate that 80 million Americans have diseases in one or both eyes; 17 million diabetics are prime candidates for blinding disorders. Another 13 million show signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Over 5 million have obstructed vision due to cataracts; 1.5 million folks need daily assistance with routine living activities.
Insight for the Blind is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, founded in 1975, as a human services agency serving the visually impaired and print handicapped community throughout Florida and across the USA.
From a single recording booth in a rented facility using reel-to-reel recording equipment, we now own a 5,000 sq. ft. building featuring 12 reviewing booths and 6 separate sound-proof recording suites. All are equipped with audio-optimized desktop computers suitable for digital recording, editing, and mastering. Both our physical plant and our production methods have become national models for other studios recording this type of material.
Our master recordings of books and magazines are uploaded directly to the Library of Congress, and to the Florida Division of Blind Services. There they are reproduced into the Talking Books and Talking Magazines format for use in new flash-memory based digital playback machines and distributed to public libraries and patrons around the country.
Insight -- America's only all-volunteer recording studio serving the blind and visually impaired since 1975. We bring the art and inspiration of great literature and the relevance and reality of reliable journalism to the visually impaired.