this comic is about me and it isn't about me. Yeah it's pretty self
centered, and that's your Catsilo lesson for the week: I'm pretty. And
Since about April I've volunteered over at RFB&D first directing readers and then becoming a reader myself. I narrate training courses for 3M, and The Amazing Erica suggested I check the place out. Read books for blind people? Sure I'm down for that.
Turns out they have a much bigger vision than that. Despite being right next to the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is all about getting books into the ears of people who for one reason or another can't read the same as most people.
Turns out that about 1 in 5 Americans has a learning disability, and nearly half of those that do don't finish high school. Fuckin' depressing, eh?
Well, that's where RFB&D comes in. They are a 100% FREE resource of audiobooks for students of all ages. But you know, if you can read this, you can't get your hands on a free Audiobook version of Twilight or anything, so don't bother. Shit, *I* don't have access to it. But that's beside the point.
point is this is bigger than Twilight (thank GOD). We record everything
from beginner's reading books to post-graduate physics. No I'm not
kidding. Specialists volunteer for that sort of thing, because I'll be
damned if I know what half of those abbreviations mean. I did get to
read a book about sound though, since I was the only guy at my shift
that could read music, which was neat ^_^
But yeah, we do a lot of books at the request of the school next door, but we are only a chapter in a nationwide organization. I've read biographies on Muhammed Ali, books about the motivations of muti killers, and for better or worse, some dreck Glenn Beck wrote. Which is kind of amazing. I mean, think about it: good or bad, books are just containers of information. RFB&D isn't there to dictate what should be taught in schools, it's simply an output for information.
The point of all of this is Record-A-Thon is coming up. The first week of March we're going to try and keep every booth we have occupied and pumping out books from morning to night, every day. The fundraising isn't to keep the booth running or anything, volunteers do that. But it turns out the higher ups are looking to distribute the audiobooks not just on CD (which requires a special CD player to do, since every page is a track, and you can imagine how many fucking pages there are in a goddamn elementary school English book) but on iDevices and Android and such.
Basically my plea is this: help me, help US distribute all of the knowledge we can to those who need it most. Have you ever been frustrated when you tried to do something but failed?
What if that thing you failed at was reading? Fuck man, I don't read a lot of books, but I had to read a hell of a lot to get where I am today, and it would suck to not be successful just because I couldn't read the way that I was told I had to.
So please, throw a couple of sheckles into my virtual hat over at http://donate.catsilo.com/. It'll mean a lot to me, it'll mean a lot to the organization, but ultimately it'll mean a lot to all of us.
Thanks for being as amazing as you are. I promise I'll return to being a complete fucking asshole on this page in another couple of weeks.And by come, I mean ejaculate onto a book