Blind & Vision Impaired
Children ages 5 to 21
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
The Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) Audio Information Network of Colorado is a non-profit organization providing sound-based information for blind/low vision and print disabled children, adults and senior citizens. 200+ volunteers read and record magazines, educational materials, community event news, grocery ads, public service announcements, and nearly 100 local Colorado newspapers. A live broadcast is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week on special television bandwidth provided by Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Service. Additional on-demand podcasts cover diverse topics on health and wellness, consumer information, and children's programs. We provide equipment to access programming via telephone, a pre-tuned digital receiver, or via internet. All services (programming and equipment) are free.
Blind/low vision and print disabled children, adults and seniors are often home-bound and isolated. Most AINC listeners are low-income and many do not have internet access. Risk for vision loss increases with age due to a variety of chronic diseases, including diabetes. So, many AINC listeners are senior citizens. However, the inability to access information from visual materials can occur in younger people too. Print-disabled people can "see" but cannot read or process print materials due to learning or physical disabilities, neurological diseases, literacy issues and other conditions that may be transient (e.g., during chemotherapy) or permanent. Latinos are more likely to lose vision at an early age, in part because of high rates of diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness among U.S. adults. AINC volunteers read and record publications for all ages in both English and Spanish.
For 28 years AINC has provided services statewide through generous funders and individual donations. With access to local information and referrals to additional services, AINC's listeners continue to live to their full potential.
The following are results from AINC's 2017 Listener Evaluation Survey
Benefits Received. The percentage of listeners who reported benefits in the following areas:
Stay informed about community events (44%)
Learn about things of interest to me (50%)
Be an informed consumer (76%)
Daily or almost daily - 37%
1-3 days per week - 42%
1-2 times a month - 18%
Popular program types. Percentage of listeners who listened to these types of programs:
Local and State News - 78%
Consumer information - 65%
Cooking, health and science - 52%
Spiritual - 28%