Audio Information Service for blind, visually impaired and print-disabled individuals

Telephone Reader Service

The Lions Telephone Reader is an on-demand dial-up information system originally funded by a grant from the Lions Clubs of Kansas District 17-O. Seven days a week, volunteers record themselves reading articles from the Kansas City Star, Topeka Capitol Journal, The Lion Magazine, and many other publications. These recordings become digital files available through the telephone and Internet to anyone signed up for the service.

Listeners access the recordings using the touch-tone buttons on their telephones, can navigate directly to any publication, can speed up/slow down the readings, and can change the volume.

Some publications, including the Wichita Eagle and USA Today, are read by a speech synthesizer with multiple voice options. Nearly all of the radio programs broadcast on Audio-Reader are available for on-demand listening through Telephone Reader.

Our listener's love our telephone reading service. But don't just take our word for it! Listen to what our listeners have to say about Audio Reader:

Required Equipment

A touch-tone telephone is the only required equipment (some cell phones also work), but a speaker phone is recommended for extended listening comfort. To try a six-minute Telephone Reader demo, call 1-800-335-1221 and enter code 5887.

Who is Eligible

Telephone Reader is intended for use by anyone with a disability that prevents them from using standard printed materials.

To Apply for Service

Call, write, fax, or e-mail the Audio-Reader Network using the contact information below. Note that we must receive certification from a social worker, doctor, or other medical professional of a disability that makes it difficult or impossible for each applicant to read printed newspapers. You can download the application here.

Audio-Reader Network
1-800-772-8898 or 1-785-864-4600
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Fax 785-864-5278

Outreach Coordinator 
Lori Kesinger

Sales to Other Reading Services
If you represent a radio reading service interested in purchasing the Telephone Reader Information Delivery System developed by Audio-Reader, visit the Telephone Reader website

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