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IRIS Reads to Iowa!

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Volunteers read local and national publications aloud for Iowans who cannot comfortably hold print material or access the words on the page.

IRIS Delivers Access to the Arts for All Abilities

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The IRIS SENSATION! Team is celebrating our 5th year! From Broadway to Ballet, patrons continue to enjoy equal access to the performing arts at venues across Central Iowa through the art of Audio Description.

IRIS provides AD for select performances at The Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center, Ballet Des Moines and community events.

Mainstream Friends

There is no extra cost to the patron for this service. When you call the box office to purchase your tickets, simply tell them you want to reserve an IRIS headset. It will be ready when you arrive for the show.

Audio Description is scheduled for the performance dates listed below. It can also be arranged by special request.

Upcoming Described Performances

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March 11

Cinderella Ballet

March 31

The Humans

April 8

Les Miserables

April 22


July 1

Des Moines Community Playhouse Logo

April 15



IRIS is a free radio reading service that reads print information aloud to over 3,000 print-disabled listeners throughout Iowa. Every day of the year, volunteers in 8 locations sit down in front of an IRIS microphone and read aloud from their local newspapers. The readings are heard on custom receivers that are provided to our listeners at no cost to them. The volunteer Voices of IRIS, over 500 strong, keep our listeners connected to their communities - and their world.

Our Mission: The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped (IRIS) delivers equal access to information to Iowans who cannot comfortably hold print material or see the words on the page because of blindness, visual or physical impairment or learning difference.

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Contact IRIS

Office: 515.243.6833

Toll Free: 877.404.4747

Fax: 515.883.1906

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"I listen to IRIS every day. It means so much to be able to stay on top of all the news and health information." Mavis