Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.

aka RFB&D of Metropolitan Washington   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.rfbd.org/dc
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Mission

The mission of RFB&D is to provide equal access to education and employment opportunities to students who have print disabilities.  To accomplish that mission we provide audio textbooks in digital format and distribute them on CD or through the Internet.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Ms. Cheri Sanzi

Main address

5225 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste 312

Washington, DC 20015

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EIN

52-1124361

NTEE code info

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Student Services and Outreach Programs

Through our Student Services and Outreach Programs, RFB&D meets the needs of students with print disabilities in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and the Maryland suburbs. Student Services helps students register with RFB&D and place book orders. We also provide training in how to use specialized playback equipment. We give one-on-one and group sessions to help students learn through listening. We work with the students, their teachers and parents to maximize individual capabilities. Our Outreach Program makes every effort to inform schools, parents, and students about RFB&D and to offer our services throughout our area. This involves visiting schools, leading seminars, participating in forums and publishing newsletters.

Population(s) Served

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic of Metropolitan Washington (RFB&D) has made an agreement with Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to offer Service members and their families 500 free memberships to RFB&D’s “Learning Through Listening Program” (access to RFB&D’s audio textbook library), the necessary playback equipment and training.

RFB&D provides recorded textbooks, assistive technology and training to individuals who have visual, learning or physical disabilities that prevent them from reading print. Students find that with the accommodation of RFB&D audio textbooks, their ability to gain information from books vastly improves; for the visually impaired, audio textbooks are crucial to accessing and understanding printed information.

In partnership with RFB&D, WRAMC now will have an all-inclusive program to aid members of the military family who have visual impairment, learning disabilities, or other physical disabilities. RFB&D’s program is not limited to Service members, but also includes the entire military family’s needs related to reading, education and job skill development to enhance employment opportunities.

RFB&D has a 60-year history of serving U.S. veterans. Founded in 1948 to help blinded World War II veterans attend college via the GI Bill of Rights, RFB&D and its audio textbooks are helping more than 237,000 individuals who have print disabilities pursue educational and career goals.

Population(s) Served

Students who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia often have very high IQs. Students who have trouble reading the printed word often are extremely talented in math and science. Our country's security, defense and communications rely on qualified, trained young people who will be our workforce now and into the future. This must include students who have visual or reading differences. RFB&D's audio textbooks level the playing field for these individuals and offer them access to the printed word.
Growth in science and technology industries propels increasing demand for RFB&D's science and technology audio textbooks. It is rewarding to know that RFB&D is receiving approximately 10% more requests for math, calculus and science audiobooks each year. This means that students with reading disabilities are realizing their educational goals and competing successfully with their non-disabled classmates thanks to the accommodation of recorded textbooks.

Population(s) Served

RFB&D’s Workforce Development Recording Program satisfies a growing demand for our recorded vocational textbooks and services which help disadvantaged individuals who have reading disabilities and need to study to enter or re-enter the job market.  The students (240 in FY08) who use the recorded texts are poor readers, learning disabled, blind, or physically disabled by cerebral palsy and other debilitating diseases or injuries. They all need training to transition to the workforce and can benefit from recorded textbooks and training manuals. They just want an opportunity to be independent and earn a living.

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Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2009
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Deb Englert

Former VP, American Institute of Architects

Term: 2004 - 2010


Board co-chair

William Leahy

Pres. Neurological Medicine

Term: 2005 - 2011

William R. Leahy

Pres., Neurological Medicine

Deb Englert

Former VP, American Institute of Architects

Elizabeth Ratigan

Retired, Central Intelligence Agency

John Despres

Economist, Consultant

Henry Metzger

Scientist Emeritus, NIH

Ellen Rodin

Agent, Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Sharlene Brightly

Retired, Verizon Communications

Betsy G. Feinberg

Vision Teacher/Consultant

Jonathan Ghiloni

Associate Dir., Corporate Planning Freddie Mac

Bradford S. Koles

Executive Director, Advisory Board Company

Mary Lou McGee

RFB&D National Board Member

James M. Newmyer

Retired, Newmyer Associates

Curtis Richards

Disability Public Policy Consultant

William L. Ritchie

Philanthropist

Beth D. Ross

Pres., Realty Management Services

Catherine Schirmeier

Former Senior Director, HR, Corporate Executive Board

Tracy Soforenko

Technology Project Manager, Corporation for National & Community Service

Mary Helen Thompson

Former Dir. of Public Affairs, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust