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Contributed by Rene Schecker, Volunteer Manager with the Metropolitan Washington Ear

Metropolitan Washington Ear is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing free news and information services for blind, visually-impaired, and physically disabled residents of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. We strive to substitute hearing for seeing, improving the lives of people with little or no vision by enabling them to be well-informed, fully-productive members of their families, their communities, and the working world. Our services reduce isolation and depression and help people maintain their dignity and independence.

In addition to national and international news, our listeners rely on the immense amount of local information we provide, including: weekly food and shopping ads, TV listings, election guides, movie and live theatre schedules (including Audio Described performances), community newsletters, notices of meetings and events, and public service announcements of particular interest to the blind, visually-impaired, and physically disabled community.

Services are completely free and include: 

  • 24/7 radio broadcast using radios pre-tuned to our station and a subcarrier channel from WETA-FM.
  • 24/7 telephone dial-in news and information service accessed by using a touch-tone telephone that allows the caller to skip and scan newspapers, magazines, and other information just as a sighted person does when reading a publication. 
  • Personal look-up service every evening.
  • Audio-Description of live stage performances in nine theaters in the DC metropolitan area.

We will happily provide services to anyone who requests it and provides certification that they are unable to effectively read ordinary print because of visual or physical limitations.  Learn more at Metropolitan Washington Ear.


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