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What is IRIS? Founded in 1982, Indiana Reading and Information Services (IRIS) is an around-the-clock communications link for the print-challenged. Who Uses IRIS? Persons who cannot read normal print due to blindness, low vision, physical impairments, learning disorders, or illiteracy. They are able to keep up to date on news and information, thanks to IRIS. Who funds and supports IRIS? IRIS is supported in part by funding from annual memberships, as well as generous backing from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and the Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Foundation. How do you become an IRIS listener? Every day, IRIS broadcasts the regional newspapers and many other Indianapolis publications. Special radio receivers are loaned to listeners free-of-charge to use as long as they are needed. One must live within 40 miles of Indianapolis to receive the broadcasts and there is an application requiring medical or therapeutic certification of condition.
Indiana Reading and Information Services (IRIS) allows you to listen to newspapers and magazines such as the Indianapolis Star, Wall Street Journal, Time, Reader’s Digest, Essence along with books and more than 50 other publications. If you have visual, physical, or learning challenges or any condition that prevents you from reading normal-size print, you can listen to our volunteers read to you by one of two ways: 1. Using a special radio we loan to you free of charge if you live within a 40-mile radius of downtown Indianapolis. (Radios are returned to IRIS when the listener has finished using it.) 2. Logging on to our website on the internet.