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IRIS provides our 24/7 signal, custom radios and Echo Dots to our listeners at NO COST TO THEM. 

On Giving Tuesday, YOU surpassed our goal to raise enough cash to purchase 100 radios! 

You filled our shelves with joy.

Now, we have to pay the rent! (And the internet, power and people who make it all work 24/7)


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 didn’t miss a day. 

We changed our program schedule to get as many newspaper readings on as many platforms as possible. 

Emergency Daily Program Schedule

Due to COVID-19, our schedule has changed in order to provide as much local information to as many people on as many platforms as possible.

7:00 AM           Ft. Dodge Messenger

8:00 AM          Mason City Globe Gazette

9:00 AM          Des Moines Register

12:00 PM        Cedar Rapids Gazette

1:00 PM          Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

2:00 PM          Dubuque Telegraph Herald

3:00 PM          Council Bluffs Daily Non Pareil

4:00 PM          Sioux City Journal

5:00 PM          Ames Tribune

6:00 PM          Des Moines Register 

1:00 AM          Des Moines Register

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.

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