The Talking Information Center

Broadcasting information to inspire, motivate and empower the print impaired community.

TIC Budget Update:

Hello Everyone, we are pleased to announce that our long, protracted, anxiety-producing political fight has been settled.  We are pleased with the agreement, and without your incredibly powerful support it would not have happened.  With the threat of a veto-proof earmark to be inserted into the now under-debate House budget for the next fiscal year looming, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and the Baker Administration has agreed to use $650,000 in Voc. Rehabilitation funding for the radio reading service for FY 2016 beginning on July 1st.   As part of this agreement, in order to provide for the long-term stability of the service, we will work with the Legislature and Administration including the Secretaries of Human Services and Elder Affairs to permanently shift funding from the Commission for the Blind to Elder Affairs for FY 2017 and beyond.  Perhaps the most powerful point made by all of us during this fight was that current elders would be left behind trying to deal with alternate technology as suggested by the Commissioner.  Furthermore, with the approaching silver tsunami of baby-boomers entering the visually impaired constituency we look forward enthusiastically to this new partnership.   The efforts of all of our volunteer readers in contacting legislators, the Governor’s office, and House and Senate leadership made a big impression on the political leadership and members of both houses of the legislature, and the administration.  Thank you again. Now onto our bright future! ~ Bob Daly, TIC Executive Director

 


The Talking Information Center (TIC) was established in 1978 and has been servicing the visually impaired and print impaired communities for 36 years.

 

We broadcast our programming around the globe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

 
Access to our service is provided over an extensive network of radio and cable TV outlets in collaboration with our five affiliates across the state as well as streaming online.
TIC operates with the help of more than 200 volunteers in our Marshfield, MA studio alone.

 
We offer a variety of programs including Newspapers, consumer interests, NY Times Book lists, History, Sports (Men’s Interest) and more.  To view a listing of programs by category, please click here. Each year, TIC provides live coverage of the Bay State Council of the Blind and National Federation of the Blind state conventions. In April 2014, we brought live coverage of the visually impaired division at the Boston marathon for the first time.

 
In addition, we stream our audio on our web site, and we are now offering podcasts .  Many of our listeners still listen by using special radio receivers tuned to the sub-carrier of local FM radio stations.

 

To request a radio receiver, or to get more information, please call us 1-800-696-9505.

 


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