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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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Fayoke Longe

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for over 10 years. I began volunteering while I was in college and for the past 3 years have been a member of the AINC Board of Directors. AINC's committed staff and incredible volunteers all have a dedication that I have not seen in any other place that I volunteer. When the digital changeover was happening last year not many organizations saw the effect that was going to have on broadcasting information like this. They sought out, designed, engineered, and distributed new receiver boxes BEFORE THE CHANGE so that people who were not able to access the visual only menus weren't left out. They also lend their programming and technology expertise to other states so that listeners around the nation can be connected to the world that is around them. They are a forward-thinking non-profit dedicated to not just the people the serve but the big vision of providing information access to people who are visually impaired.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Radio Reading Service, now called Audio Information Network of Colorado, provides access for the blind and visually impaired to pertinent and current print media via an on-air reading service. Programs are read over the air, and free equipment is provided to the blind and visually impaired allowing access to the broadcasts. Audio Information Network of Colorado is a leader in providing audio access to print media for the blind and visually impaired, and in developing the equipment and technology for this type of service.