An Iowa program that provides readings over the radio of newspapers andmagazines for the blind has won a federal grant to help its expansion. Thegrant of over 21-thousand dollars will help fund the Iowa Radio ReadingInformation Service’s expansion into Iowa City, Cedar Falls and Sioux City.Service executive director Sally Vanderlinden says the expansion puts themcloser to their goal of covering the entire state.Participants can use a special receiver to hear the readings on a specialradio frequency. Vanderlinden says the service runs 24-hours a day.Vanderlinden says there is the potential to have several thousand peoplelistening to the service.There are two-thousand people with the special receivers, but the IowaDepartment for the Blind estimates there are as many as 57-thousandprint-handicapped people in the state. Vanderlinden says the service canalso be used by people who can see, but have a tough time physically holdingnewspapers and magazines to read them.
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