How To Volunteer as a Reader For The Blind and Partially Sighted
Have you been looking for a way to give back?
Interested in narrating audiobooks?
Why not consider narrating audiobooks for the blind and partially sighted?
Canadian vision health charity, CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), offers a program that voice talent or people, in general, can apply for to become narrators for CNIB.
Learn more in this article on VOX Daily.
Volunteering Your Voice For The Blind
You might remember me writing about Voices’s relationship with CNIB, Canada’s vision health charity. There is a branch of CNIB here in London, however, all audio recording for their library takes place in Toronto. I thought that this information might be of interest to anyone who either lives in Toronto or its surrounding area.
The CNIB Library is unique among Canadian libraries because it creates most of the books in its collection. These materials are offered free of charge to approximately three million Canadians who are living with vision loss or are print disabled.
The CNIB’s Audio Publishing department produces fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as magazines, for the Library Collection. This work is done almost exclusively by their highly skilled corps of volunteers.
Studio volunteers work either in pairs or solo. In pairs, volunteers work together, each taking turns narrating while the other acts as a recording technician and ensures the narration is accurate. In solo work, volunteers act as their own technicians, narrating while also operating the recording software. Because of the nature of the work, all Audio Publishing volunteers need to have English as a first language or equivalent mastery, and be able to narrate a wide variety of materials which may or may not be to their taste. Excellent computer skills, hearing, vision, stamina and manual dexterity are also required. You may be asked to read for a full 3 hours with a 20-minute break.
Are You Interested?
To apply to be a library volunteer at CNIB in Toronto, you are welcome to submit an application form. Here’s a link to where you can download the application:
CNIB Library Volunteer Information and Application Form
If you’re interested in reading for the blind but live outside of Canada, you can get in touch with your national vision health organization. In the US, there are a few you can get in touch with, one of them being LARRS (Los Angeles Reading Radio Service) whom we’ve covered before on VOX Daily.
In the UK, you can contact RNIB to see how you might volunteer your services. In fact, if you’d like to get involved this month, RNIB has a fundraiser going on through the month of October called Read for RNIB.
Have You Volunteered Like This Before?
If you’ve done any volunteer work reading for the blind or partially sighted, I’d love to hear from you and learn more about the organization you volunteered with!
Image courtesy CNIB