URGENT MESSAGE FOR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESIDENTS REGARDING POSSIBLE LOSS OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON EAR SERVICES

 

Your Metropolitan Washington Ear services are in grave danger of being eliminated. The DC Government is preparing to eliminate funding for The Ear and wants to substitute the NFB-Newsline. The Newsline is a nationally oriented news service that uses computer generated voices, which can be difficult to understand. The Newsline does not provide the wide range of local information or other services vital to everyday living that are available to you through The Ear.

 

Following are publications and services currently available to you through The Ear that could be lost if the switch to Newsline is carried out:

       Weekly local food and shopping ads

       Daily TV listings

       Local election guides

       Local movie theater schedules and listings of Audio Described movies in local theaters

       Schedules for local live theaters such as Arena Stage, Ford's, National, Olney, Round House, and Shakespeare Theatres, along with the dates of Audio Described performances and Program Notes for each Audio Described play.

       Washingtonian and People magazines

       ACB Reports, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Newsletter, and other local community newsletters

       National Symphony Orchestra schedule and Concert Notes

       Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore schedule and Concert Notes

       Capital Features including The Hill and Roll Call

       African American Magazines including Jet, Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, and The Journal of Black Studies

       African American Newspapers including Metro Herald, Afro, Washington Informer, and Final call

       International Herald Tribune

       Heloise A-Z

       Public Service Announcements of special interest to the Visually Impaired Community

       Daily Look Up service

 

At this critical time we ask you, our loyal DC listeners, to respond to this imminent threat to the services provided by The Ear. We hope you will contact officials in the DC Government immediately to express your extreme dissatisfaction over the threatened loss of you ability to access news and information that is vital to you. Please direct you calls, emails, faxes or letters to the following officials:

 

Mayor Adrian Fenty

Phone: 202-727-6300

Fax: 202-727-8527

Email: mayor@dc.gov

Address: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 316

Washington, DC 20004

 

Mayor-Elect Vincent C. Gray

Phone: 202-724-8032

Fax: 202-724-8085

Email: vgray@dccouncil.us

Address: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 504

Washington, D.C. 20004

 

City Administrator

Neil Albert

202 727 6053

 

Mr. Derek K.Orr

Director of Disability Rights

Phone: 202-727-8005

Fax: 202-727-9484

Email: derek.orr@dc.gov

Address: 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 729N

Washington, DC 20001

 

Mr. Haydn Demas

ADA Compliance Specialist (Employment)

Phone: 202-442-4692

Fax: 202-727-9484

Email: haydn.demas@dc.gov

Address: 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 729N

Washington, DC 20001

 

The contact information will be posted on our website and can be obtained from our office staff by calling

301-681-6636. Please make your views known as soon as possible because the proposed change could become effective as soon as January 2011 just weeks from now.

 

We are privileged to have served the visually impaired residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia for over 36 years. We hope to be able to continue our services to DC residents, but to do so we urgently need your help. Please inform the DC Government how important and vital The Ear is to you and that the elimination of our funding resulting in the loss of our services is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. A large response is critical so we need the help of each and every one of our DC listeners. We appreciate your support.