Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Service helps thousands

August 2, 2007

The Audio-Reader Network, the radio reading service for the blind and visually impaired in Kansas and Missouri, would like the citizens of De Soto to know how grateful we are to The De Soto Explorer for donating a newspaper subscription to be read on air to people who are no longer able to read for themselves.

Every afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Audio-Reader broadcasts a program of regional newspapers from Eastern Kansas. We read from The De Soto Explorer, The Olathe News, The Eudora News, and a wide variety of other area papers.

We read the local news to people who suffer from macular degeneration, vision complications due to stroke or diabetes and other eye ailments. The donation of the paper means that we can serve even more people free of charge, so that despite their sight issues they can stay in touch with their community. Mill levy increases, cards of thanks, anniversaries, obituaries, letters to the editor and other local news you can't get any other way is read via closed circuit radio or the Internet.

We wanted to express the gratitude of our staff, volunteers and thousands of listeners to the audio newspapers and give people who may not be aware of our services the opportunity to learn about them. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Kansas Public Radio 91.5 for carrying our broadcast signal to the visually impaired of Kansas and western Missouri. You can visit our website at http://reader.ku.edu or you can call toll-free at 1-800-772-8898. Thanks for helping share the gift of sight through sound.

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