Gatewave Radio Moves to Brooklyn; Helen Keller Services Hosts New Headquarters of Radio Reading Service for the Blind
Helen Keller Services (HKS) in downtown Brooklyn has just opened its doors to host the new headquarters of Gatewave, New York City’s only radio reading service for the blind. The move was announced today by Thomas J. Edwards, President & CEO of HKS. “Gatewave was a natural fit,” said Mr. Edwards, “as their mission complements ours in serving those who are blind or have low vision.”
Gatewave broadcasts radio programming around-the-clock to listeners who are blind, visually impaired, or have other challenges in reading printed materials. Volunteer readers, including actors and broadcasters, read articles from newspapers, magazines, and the web. Taking advantage of today’s digital technology, Gatewave’s volunteers record and edit in their homes in eight states across the country.
“We’re grateful for the generosity of Helen Keller Services. This is a perfect base for our next effort,” says Gatewave Executive Director Gordon Rothman. “We want to make ourselves known to every potential listener, everyone who knows a potential listener, and to every potential supporter.”
"The connection with Helen Keller Services means a great deal to me personally," says John F. Robinson, president of Gatewave, CEO of National Minority Business Council, and a dedicated listener since losing his sight 21 years ago. "I know first-hand the difference Gatewave can make in someone's life. Working with HKS, we look forward to sending more life-changing information to more people."
Gatewave’s predecessor, In Touch Networks, was created in 1978 by a Wall Street investor who lost his sight but not his interest in being connected to the world. When the service’s funding ended in 2009, Gatewave was created as an independent charity to continue the mission.
Gatewave is heard on thousands of special radios in residences, hospitals and nursing homes in the New York area, over affiliated stations in New Jersey, the South, and the Midwest, and worldwide over the Internet. The service is one of more than fifty members of the International Association of Audio Information Services, whose stations serve blind listeners across the United States and Canada.
Individuals with a qualifying disability can apply for a Gatewave radio or free internet service at gatewave.org. Radios are available for purchase for $125 or -- for Medicaid recipients only -- as a free loan.
Gatewave’s mission is to inform and empower listeners who would otherwise find it difficult to access the printed word. For more information on Gatewave, go to gatewave.org, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-202-1049646-202-1049.
Since 1893, Helen Keller Services has helped individuals of all ages who are blind or have vision loss, and who may have additional disabilities, develop independence and participate actively in their communities. Helen Keller Services includes Helen Keller Services for the Blind and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC). HKNC is the only comprehensive national program that provides vocational and independent living services exclusively to individuals who have combined vision and hearing loss. For further information please visit www.helenkeller.org.