IRIS Delivers Access To Information

IRIS is a free radio reading service that reads print information aloud to over 11,000 print-disabled listeners throughout Iowa. Volunteers sit down in front of an IRIS microphone and read aloud from their local newspapers each day. The readings are heard on custom receivers that are provided to our listeners at no cost to them. Listeners can also access IRIS programming on our website, smart speakers, our podcast network and DTV through Iowa PBS.



Giving Tuesday logo and IRIS radio. Text: All donations will be matched until we reach our goal. Our goal: 200 Radios! 4

Starting November 28, every contribution to IRIS will be MATCHED until we reach our goal of funding 200 radios for new IRIS listeners. 

A $40 contribution sponsors one average IRIS radio. Some of our models cost more than that – but none of them cost less. 

Whether it is a custom IRIS radio, Amazon Echo Dot or live Audio Description, ALL IRIS services and equipment are provided to our listeners at no cost to them. 

November 28 is just the beginning of our Giving Tuesday campaign. We know that folks are busy and often receiving year-end appeals from all kinds of causes. 

That’s why our generous matching donor families put no deadline on this match! We will keep at it until we reach our goal. Double your impact today with a gift to IRIS!  Hit that red DONATE button below! 



IRIS delivers equal access to the ARTS through our Audio Description Services. Our trained volunteer Sensation description team calls play by play on the visual elements of a performance or community event. We’re so proud to partner with organizations throughout the state to ensure that blind and visually impaired patrons can participate in arts and culture in their communities. 


IRIS By the Numbers

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IRIS provides continuous programming 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. 


From around the state, listeners hear IRIS from their homes, hospitals, and living facilities.


Volunteers read from 7 different locations around the state of Iowa.

Ways to Listen

IRIS provides accessible options for listeners, including custom radio & digital receivers, web stream, podcasts, mobile phones, smart speakers, & mobile devices.

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Costs to iris

Equipment costs to IRIS range from $40-$335 per listener, depending on location.

Programming cost to IRIS is approximately 13 cents per listener per day.

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Cost to Listeners

We are able to keep our services free to all listeners thanks to donors like you. 

Listen to IRIS

IRIS is a service provided at no cost to you. Anyone in Iowa living with a visual, cognitive, or physical disability that prevents them from reading print material can become an IRIS listener today for free.

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