IRIS Delivers Access To Information
IRIS is a free radio reading service that reads print information aloud to over 11,000 print-disabled listeners throughout Iowa. In normal times, volunteers in 7 locations sit down in front of an IRIS microphone and read aloud from their local newspapers each day. The readings are heard on custom receivers that are provided to our listeners at no cost to them. When COVID shut the world down, our volunteers started recording the newspapers from their homes.
Because of these beautiful volunteer Voices of IRIS, our listeners haven’t missed a day.
It’s a Holiday MATCH!
Our Board of Directors is matching EVERY donation made before midnight December 31 – up to $3,500!
83% of every dollar goes toward producing our 24/7 audio content and delivering it to over 11,000 print-disabled Iowans.
YOUR gift keeps the lights on, the computers humming and the volunteers reading!
IRIS By the Numbers
hours a day
IRIS provides continuous programming 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
From around the state, listeners hear IRIS from their homes, hospitals, and living facilities.
Volunteers read from 7 different locations around the state of Iowa.
Ways to Listen
IRIS provides accessible options for listeners, including custom radio & digital receivers, web stream, podcasts, mobile phones, smart speakers, & mobile devices.
Costs to iris
Equipment costs to IRIS range from $40-$335 per listener, depending on location.
Programming cost to IRIS is approximately 13 cents per listener per day.
Cost to Listeners
We are able to keep our services free to all listeners thanks to donors like you.
Listen to IRIS
IRIS is a service provided at no cost to you. Anyone in Iowa living with a visual, cognitive, or physical disability that prevents them from reading print material can become an IRIS listener today for free.