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Volunteer Cheryl

Des Moines Volunteer Cheryl: "I Can't Do It Enough"

Cheryl is just one of over 500 volunteers across the state of Iowa who love reading for IRIS. "This is hands down the most fun thing I do! I don't have to be perfect - I'm not a DJ. I just like to do it - it picks me up!" Cheryl's voice is just one more reason to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

IRIS Delivers Access to the Arts for All Ages and Abilities!

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The IRIS SENSATION! Team continues to enjoy wonderful success. From Broadway to Ballet, patrons continue to enjoy equal access to the performing arts at venues across Central Iowa. Pictured: Ballet Des Moines' Artistic Director Serkan Usta with Deb Caldbeck, Elsie & Arlo Monthei.

Sensation Description Team Mainstream Friends IRIS now serves patrons at The Des Moines Community Playhouse at select performances of all Mainstage productions. We also serve all Friday Fundays with tailored description that provides plot support for patrons with learning differences.

Tickets on Sale Now

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Nov. 23


Mowtown the Musical=

Dec. 7


Book of Mormon=

Jan. 11


Kinky Boots=

Feb 1



March 1


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Mary Poppins

Dec. 14


Streetcar Named Desire

Feb. 15


Around the World in 80 Days=

April 19


The Addams Family

June 14



IRIS is a free radio reading service that reads print information aloud to thousands of listeners throughout Iowa. Each day, volunteers in 7 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 400 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) exists to bring the world of information to Iowans who cannot access the printed word because of blindness, visual or physical impairment or learning difference.

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