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Volunteer Cheryl

The Volunteer VOICES OF IRIS

"Hands down the most fun thing I do!"

"This does as much for me as it does for our listeners. I don't have to be perfect - I'm not a DJ. I just like to do it - it picks me up!"

Cheryl is just one of our 500 volunteer Voices of IRIS who read aloud from seven locations across the State of Iowa.

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

Snow White Group

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

Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center Logo
Bridges of Madison County=

Nov. 29



Jan. 17


A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder=

Feb. 7



March 6


Des Moines Community Playhouse Logo

Junie B. Jones The Musical

Nov. 1


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Dec. 6


The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Jan. 17


12 Angry Men

Feb. 14


Sarah Plain and Tall

March 6


Sister Act

April 10


You Can't Take It With You

June 12



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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"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