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IRIS is Hiring!

We're Accepting applications for our full-time Operations Assistant Position

Deadline: Monday, May 6.

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IRIS Reads to Iowa!

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IRIS Volunteers read print 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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From Broadway to Ballet, IRIS volunteers provide live Audio Description for performances and community events. Patrons hear this "play by play" of the visual elements of a performance on a headset provided by IRIS.

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

Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center 515-246-2300
The Play That Goes Wrong

June 30


Des Moines Community Playhouse 515-277-6261
Silent Sky

June 9


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July 21


Hancher Auditorium 1-800-Hancher

2019-2020 Season Dates Coming Soon


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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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