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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Disabilities, Human Services, Radio, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: The Audio Information Network of Colorado is a non-profit (501(c)3) corporation dedicated to normalizing the lives of Colorado's blind, visually impaired, and print disabled residents by providing access to newspapers, magazines, and other ink print materials. Originally created for the blind and visually impaired, AINC expanded its mission to include the "print disabled". These are sighted individuals who are unable to process print due to a wide range of causes such as stroke, neurological impairment, developmental or reading disabilities, paraplegia, illiteracy, minimal proficiency in English, etc. Basically, AINC strives to provide free audio information access to anyone who has difficulty reading printed materials for any reason.

Results: AINC launched a new website in 2010 that addresses the needs of those listening to AINC programming through the internet and caregivers seeking services. AINC 's website is also now available in Spanish. Each year AINC conducts a listener evaluation survey that measures three areas of listener impact. Listeners from the latest survey said that use of AINC services has resulted in: Increased community connection -68% Increased self sufficiency - 34% Increased education/knowledge - 19%

Target demographics: Blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals of all ages in Colorado

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,500 listeners across Colorado

Geographic areas served: Throughout Colorado

Programs: AINC broadcasts the reading, by over 200 volunteers, of over 100 Colorado newspapers, national publications, grocery/discount ads, employment opportunities, magazines, calendars of events and other ink print publications. AINC also provides over 4,000 annual hours of programming broadcast in Spanish. All services and equipment are provided at no cost to listeners. Access is available via the AINC website, 2 toll-free telephone systems, internet radios, MP3 players and pre-tuned digital receivers.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tom N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at AINC for over three years. The staff is very invested in what goes on there, because they typically were volunteers themselves when they started. They became passionate about what they were doing and wanted to work for the organization, David Dawson's brainchild. Now AINC not only serves Colorado through Rocky Mountain PBS, but can be heard nationally through other PBS networks as I understand it. The staff takes good care of its volunteers, providing treats and an appreciation brunch annually as well as potlucks. I am proud to serve AINC!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy using my verbal and communication skills. I noticed a need for using them to help visually challenged people keep up with their local news. I've been volunteering for two years at the Audio Information Network of Colorado in Boulder. I'm very impressed with the staff here. They really have their hearts in what they do, because they started as volunteers themselves and stayed with it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my third year as a reader for this organization, the Audio Information Network of Colorado (formerly Radio Reading Service of the Rockies). I chose this organization because it allows me to have a direct influence on the people who benefit. I am not writing a check and hoping it gets to the people in need. My contribution extends straight to the listeners, and hopefully it brings something extra to their day. One of the best things about AINC is that it is always innovating, always trying to improve its product and its service to its constituents. When broadcasters switched over to digital, AINC partnered with community leaders to make the switch as well. And they do all of this at no expense to the people they are serving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with AINC/RRSR for about four years. In that time, I have learned that programs are syndicated not only at state level but also at national level. AINC/RRSR provides programs to the blind, visually impaired and print handicapped because these people have no other access to newspapers or books.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a retired teacher who had been looking for a volunteer area that fit my needs and would help others. A friend told me about her work at the Audio Information Network of Colorado...reading for the blind. I knew immediately this is what I wanted to do. The past 5 years have been wonderful. The people that I've met: Kat, David, Pam, Sheila, Steve, Kevin, Regina, Pat, and many more have only filled my coffers. Volunteering here has truly brought immeasurable joy to my life. I've happily driven thru snow storms to get there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer reader for the Audio Information Network of Colorado (formerly the Radio Reading Service of the Rockies)for eight years. The mission of the organization is to provide access to print media to the blind and visually impaired throughout Colorado. The staff has been steadfastly enthusiastic about the mission and how to improve the delivery of this service and are always very appreciative of the volunteer readers. During my time they made a seamless transition to digital recordings enabling someone like me to record at home and avoid the 70 mile round trip to the studio; an environmental as well as a time benefit. Blind listeners assure us that being able to hear about news, reviews, world events, politics, advertisements, humor, entertainment events etc. not only keeps them informed but relieves their sense of isolation. This in itself gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction. In addition, I have to admit, I enjoy the articles I read and find myself much more informed than I otherwise would have been without my reading assignment. You can't beat a vitally important cause, a wonderful staff, appreciative listeners and a happy, loyal and more knowledgeable volunteer. Thank you AINC (RRSR).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Radio Reading Service of the Rockies, now called the Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) is a free 24/7 audio broadcasting service located in Boulder to serve Colorado’s blind, visually impaired and print disabled residents. I have been a volunteer for over two years. AINC records and broadcasts audio recordings of materials that are usually not available in audio format including over 100 regional and local newspapers, magazines, job listings, discount grocery ads and coupons, children’s programming and Spanish programming via live streaming, special transmitter, podcasts and phone. The programming is like a continually updated 24/7 audio library for the blind and visually-impaired and print-handicapped people so they too can listen, learn and connect to the same information that sighted-people have access to.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since my vision was serverely compromised as a result of a stroke, I have gegun to understand the feelings of isolation people with low vision and blindness experince. I feel honored to be asked to use my previous business and non profit board experience to help the AINC continue to achieve the goals of providing listening services as it has done for 20 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined RRSR (now AINColorado) in 2008 as a volunteer reader. Since then, I have been astounded at the sheer number of peple who choose to give of their time and abilities in this way. A vital service for the visually disabled brings out the best people in a commmunity and brings out the best in those people. I don't feel "special," but I do feel that I'm part of a very special group who have no self-serving agenda to push and no lust for glory. Instead, they have an unassuming but essential mission to help others. The staff at AINColorado likewise are as dedicated a group as I've ever encountered. It's a good feeling to be part of an organization that wants to raise others (not themselves) up and tear nobody down in the process. I expect to be part of AINC for a long time to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a proud volunteer for over 3 years at the Audio Information Network of Colorado...Our organization provides audio content: over the internet, phone, and special transmitter to visually impaired people all over the state. It has been in service for 20 years. Hundreds of volunteers read important info: novels, local news, grocery and other store ads, etc...This service is very valuable to the thousands of people that hear it daily. My program is called Body and Soul...it provides wellness infomation: diet, spirituality, relationships, etc...to people who normally would have no access to this type of information. It warms my heart to provide a reliable voice for those who need it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great service that allows listeners to connect with their local community through their local newspapers. No other service provides this to Colorado's print-disabled.