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Audio Information Network of Colorado

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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.

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