Talking Information Center (TIC) of Marshfield, an award-winning, non-profit reading service broadcasting 24-hours a day to thousands of visually impaired and otherwise print impaired listeners throughout the state, has teamed up with the Marshfield Council on Aging, Duxbury Senior Center, Kingston Council on Aging, and the Plymouth Center for Active Living to host the first collaborative Low Vision Group on the South Shore.

Individuals with low vision and those who know someone with low vision are invited to TIC at 130 Enterprise Drive in Marshfield on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for the first support group session. The topic of discussion will be transportation. A light lunch will be provided.

Anyone who is unable to attend the support group may tune in to TIC’s live broadcast of the Low Vision Group at noon on that day. Visit TIC’s website www.ticnetwork.org or contact 781-834-4400 to learn about the many ways to listen to TIC.

To reserve a seat at the Low Vision Group, or if you are in need of transportation to the group on April 9th, RSVP to your local Senior Center or Council on Aging.

“Individuals who are visually impaired and learning to cope with all the new adaptations and challenges that come with vision loss, such as orientation and mobility, are invited to attend the Low Vision Group,” said Jim Bunnell, Executive Director of TIC. “The goal of this collaborative support group is to share impactful information that will help individuals with vision loss to continue to live healthy and independent lives.”

The Hub of the Massachusetts Reading Network
Based in Marshfield, MA, TIC is a proud member of the International Association of Audible Information Services (IAAIS), and is the hub of the Massachusetts Reading Network, broadcasting to all of Massachusetts as well as southern New Hampshire and Connecticut. The non-profit reading service operates with the help of more than 600 volunteers statewide, broadcasting newspapers, magazines, books, special consumer information, medical and stock market updates, jobs, sports, supermarket specials, voting guides, community newspapers, and television programs. TIC also offers cultural programming such as old-time radio drama, theater, and poetry. TIC’s newest programming includes the Radio and Podcast Players and Veterans Voice.

TIC programming may be accessed several ways: via live audio stream at www.ticnetwork.org; by utilizing a specially tuned radio receiver; through AudioNow by calling 712-832-7025 from a home or cell phone; or by smartphone app. Listeners with smartphones may download the free TIC app by typing “Talking Information Center” in Apple or in the Google Play store for Android devices.

In 1977, Ed Perry, the founder of radio station WATD-FM in Marshfield, MA, donated his Subsidiary Carrier Authorization signal for use as the first radio reading service in New England. Operating similarly to other broadcast networks, TIC has affiliates throughout the state of Massachusetts that provide inserts of local news and information that is of interest to listeners in their area. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs oversees TIC, which is located at 130 Enterprise Drive, Marshfield, MA 02050. For more information visit www.ticnetwork.org or call (781) 834-4400.