It is the position of IAAIS that everyone with a visual, physical or learning disability has a right to equal access to all forms of information available to the general public. IAAIS works actively to promote and protect this access.
The International Association of Audio Information Services connects and supports organizations for people with disabilities worldwide.
Since its formation in 1977, I.A.A.I.S. (formerly the National Association of Radio Reading Services) has grown to nearly 100 members. With the development of reading services worldwide, and the advent of new technologies for delivering audio, at the 1999 annual conference in Rochester New York, the name of the organization was changed. Some of these services are affiliated with state or voluntary agencies serving people who are print disabled. Others are independent non-profit agencies. Many are associated with public radio stations, commercial FM stations, colleges, universities or libraries.
Audio information services can be found throughout the United States as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa.
Any audio information service is eligible for membership. For further information about membership benefits, call the International Association of Audio Information Services, 800-280-5325.
Anyone who is print disabled is eligible to become an audio information service listener. The Library of Congress estimates that 1.5 percent of the US population is print disabled. Millions of people worldwide are qualified to receive services. For further information about a service in your area, call the International Association of Audio Information Services, 800-280-5325.
Types of Information
Audio information service listeners hear news, features, sports, business, opinions, advertisements and other material from newspapers, books and magazines. Informational and public affairs programming are also available on many services. Some services provide audio descriptions of live theater, museum exhibits, nature trails, parades, and other visual venues. Some services broadcast their radio signal live on the Internet, and some archive programs for on-demand internet or dial-up listening.
Volunteers provide numerous hours of live and recorded programs for audio information services each day. With the assistance of these dedicated volunteers, audio information services are able to provide their listeners a wide variety of timely and informative programming.
Audio information services are typically broadcast on a subcarrier channel of an FM radio station. Listeners must have a pre-tuned SCA (Subsidiary Communications Authorization) receiver to pick up the closed circuit broadcast. Some services broadcast on a digital television channel, HD Radio, cable systems, or open channel radio broadcasts. Additionally, many services offer programming over the Internet, through apps like iBlink and Tunein and through telephone dial-in services.
Each and every audio information service has its own fundraising methods. Some receive support from local or state government. Most receive contributions from foundations, service organizations, businesses or corporations. Many also rely on the generosity of listeners, volunteers and friends. For further information about becoming a member, listener, volunteer or donor, call the International Association of Audio Information Services, 800-280-5325 or visit our website https://iaais.org.