Cincinnati Association for the
Blind & Visually Impaired

Information Services



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How We Can Help

CABVI provides access to the printed word with Radio Reading Services radio broadcasts, online streaming and podcasts, and personalized talking print (PTP) a telephone information retrieval system.

Listeners are individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or have conditions that make holding printed material and turning pages difficult.

Also available is our One on One program, which matches a person who is blind or visually impaired with a personal volunteer reader.


Personalized Talking Print Services

Personalized Talking Print (PTP) allows listeners to call from any phone, any time of the day or night, and listen to a variety of news stories and magazine articles. A brief instruction session prepares listeners to use PTP easily from their homes.

For information about PTP or to request a radio receiver, call 513-487-4245.


Talking Books

Talking Books, a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a branch of the Library of Congress, are books and magazines recorded by professional narrators that are played on a specially designed Talking Book Machine. The Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired is the local partnering agency and assists the NLS in providing service to residents in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Talking Books are available free to persons who are legally blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or print impaired. Facilities serving these individuals, such as retirement communities, nursing facilities and schools, may also apply for machines.

All reading materials (except for textbooks) are distributed by the Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled, 17121 Lake Shore Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44110-4006. Phone: 1-800-362-1262

For further information on the Talking Book Service, email us at or contact the Talking Book Service coordinator at 513-487-4514.


One on One Service

Clients of CABVI may request the services of a one on one volunteer. The One on One Volunteer Coordinator will try to match the interests and geographic locations of clients and volunteers, and assignments can be made on a once a week, once a month or short-term basis. These volunteers are available to assist in a variety of ways.

  • Read mail, magazines, catalogs, recipes, instruction manuals, or bus schedules
  • Read business correspondence
  • Write checks and fill out forms
  • Provide transportation to the grocery store, bank, or doctor
  • Help label groceries and other items
  • Help organize paperwork


Audio Information Guide

This site is a guide to sources of audio information accessible to blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped individuals under the authority of Section 121 of Title 17 the United States Code, or with permission of the copyright owner(s).

AGOGO is an iTunes app that is described as the easiest way to listen to all the audio programming you love — news, entertainment, music, sports and much more. Make the most of your daily commute, walk or workout by streaming what inspires, enriches and entertains you. AGOGO Channels Your World by bringing together the freshest, most trusted sources into a single unified service and experience. Available at and iTunes.

Blio is a free feature-rich eReading application and that will turn your Windows, Android or iOS device into an eReader. Buy unique, bestselling and enhanced content from an in-application book store. Seamlessly sync your libraries across up to five devices. Available at

Sero –  mobile app has podcasts covering topics such as broadcasting, computers, radio, technology, independent living, travel, and much more. Check the app store in your mobile device (iPhone, Kindle, etc.) for availability. The app also has various music genres.

International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) Member Reading Services with Online AccessSome sites require registration to receive a password. Most streaming sites also offer podcasts or downloadable archives. Some sites require registration to receive a password. Most streaming sites also offer podcasts or downloadable archives.

Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader converts the content of printed documents into clear synthetic speech, and is now available as an iOS app. Available at and iTunes.

NFB-NEWSLINE® provides a free telephone service as well as an iPhone app. NFB-NEWSLINE® provides access to newspapers and magazines from all over the country. There are also local channels with announcements of specific interest to the blind. Call the National Federation of the Blind toll-free at 1 (866) 504-7300 to request an application.

Cincinnati Area Audio Described Performances

This is the audio description schedule for Cincinnati area theaters through January 2021.






Broadcast Reading Service

With a special radio receiver, listeners hear daily broadcasts of local newspapers and magazines. The broadcast is carried on a side band of a Cincinnati public radio station and can be heard within a 50-mile radius of downtown Cincinnati. Broadcasts are also carried on cable TV and on closed circuit TV systems in hospitals and senior facilities. CABVI broadcasts on-the-air on our radio station 24 hours a day including more than 7 hours of daily news from local newspapers and periodicals. Popular programs are the front page news, grocery store ads, obituaries, and editorials. Other programs include national newspapers such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, interviews with authors, and regular feature shows such as sports, travel talk, health news and recipes.

To access RRS Internet Service, you must read and agree to this disclaimer:

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The audio information provided by the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is produced and distributed exclusively for use by blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped individuals under the authority of Section 121 of Title 17 the United States Code, or with permission of the copyright owner(s). Use of these materials is limited to eligible residents of the United States and US citizens living abroad who are medically certified to be patrons of the Library of Congress National Library Service. Downloaded audio programming may not be reproduced, transmitted, displayed, distributed, sold, or transferred under any circumstances.

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Program Schedule



To access our podcasts using a smart phone or tablet:
1. Download the Podbean app from your device’s app store.
2. Search within the app for CABVI Newspapers, CABVI Magazines, CABVI Interviews, CABVI Youth or CABVI Grab Bag.

You can also use the quick links below:

A channel dedicated to interviews in all kinds of subjects from health, radio, interesting people and upcoming happenings.

Pull your favorite magazine off the shelf and give it a listen.

Always stay informed with the latest news from all of the major newspapers around the country and local newspapers around Cincinnati.

Grab Bag (New!)
You never know what you will find in this channel, you will have to reach in and find out what you get!


Youth (New!)
This channel is geared toward school aged kids providing them with all kinds of exciting information and adventures.