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Welcome Back Drake Students!

Thank You for YOUR Voices

IRIS can't get the job done without our small army of volunteers. Students attending Professor Blachford's

Media Responsibility Over Time class are a vital part of our army!

For the last 3 years, every student in JMC-066 takes a turn at the microphone for IRIS. These students are our Western Iowa team - providing daily readings of the Council Bluffs Daily NonPareil.

It's a tremendous partnership and we thank these students for helping IRIS keep our Western Iowa listeners connected to their communities.

"I love hearing the young people from Drake. IRIS opens up my world - don't change a thing!"

Esther, Countil Bluffs

2013: A Year of Transition ...

    2012 was an amazing year with growth in almost every area. New listeners, volunteers, services, sponsors and friends. From Washington, D.C. to Waterloo, we shared the story of our vital service and our volunteers.

    2012 also saw the last of the federal funding that had been supporting IRIS for so long. We are proud that we've been able to provide all equipment and services to our listeners at no cost to them since day one. We are committed to continue doing just that.

    Going forward, IRIS must rely on contributions for the majority of our funding. All IRIS listeners live with a disability, most are seniors and many live on limited incomes. In order to sustain our service, we are turning to the communities we serve. It will be a difficult - but not impossible - transition.

What YOU can Do ...

    Talk about IRIS. Tell your friends, your doctor and your family. Invite IRIS to speak to your organization, church or business. Talk about what IRIS does for you. Greater awareness is essential in helping us identify new listeners, recruit new volunteers and introduce us to potential contributors in your community.

Whether you are a listener, volunteer or friend of IRIS, you are a part of our story. Thank you for all you do - and together, we will make 2013 a great year for Iowa's First and Only Radio Reading Service!

Audio Description is another way IRIS is working to deliver equal access to information for you.The SENSATION! Team is a group of IRIS volunteers who are professionally trained in the art of Audio Description (AD). Through a special headset, patrons at live events hear a narration describing the visual elements of the event.

Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center Logo

Nov. 3, 10


White Christmas

Dec. 15


Porgy and Bess

April 6



April 27


We Will Rock You

June 15


Phantom of the Opera

Sept. 14, 21



IRIS is a free radio reading service that reads print information aloud to thousands of listeners throughout Iowa. Each day, volunteers in 7 locations sit down in front of an IRIS microphone and read aloud from their local newspapers. The readings are heard on custom receivers that are provided to our listeners at no cost to them. The volunteer Voices of IRIS, over 400 strong, keep our listeners connected to their communities - and their world.

Our Mission: The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS) exists to bring the world of information to Iowans who cannot access the printed word because of blindness, visual or physical impairment or learning difference.

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Contact IRIS

Office: 515.243.6833

Toll Free: 877.404.4747

Fax: 515.883.1906

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Link to Iowa Department for the Blind

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"I listen to IRIS every day. It means so much to be able to stay on top of all the news and health information." Mavis

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