Audio-Reader is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals. We read daily newspapers, magazines, best-selling books, and local advertisements on the air and online 24 hours a day! Ways to access our services include the closed circuit radios, listening live on the website, accessibility apps, Amazon Alexa devices, and our Lions Telephone Reader Service. All our programming is offered free of charge to anyone in our listening area who is unable to read normal printed material.
Audio-Reader offers print-disabled persons the opportunity for greater personal independence by providing access to the printed word and visual information via electronic media and other technologies.
Over 6,000 Audio-Reader closed circuit radios are currently in use in private homes, nursing homes, and hospitals throughout Kansas and Missouri. The Kansas Audio-Reader signal is received in a 35-mile radius of Concordia, a 70-mile radius of Pierceville, a 70-mile radius of Hutchinson, and around Lawrence and the Kansas City area. In addition, 13 Kansas cities receive the service by cable, and 12 low-power repeater stations extend it through most of western Kansas.
Audio-reader also handles the Association of Radio Reading Services National Tape Exchange Program, distributing around 20,000 hours of tape each year to individuals and to other radio reading services Thousands of taped programs are available through the KU exchange. More than 40 percent were produced at KU by Audio-Reader volunteers.
Watch these two videos to learn more about Audio-Reader.