MindsEye’s Broadcast Information Program translates the visual world of print into audio. Newspapers, books, ads, magazines, and other printed material is not accessible to people with a visual disability.
Thousands of people in our region struggle to access small-town local news or long-form journalism. Not to mention highly local material like grocery store ads, which allow people to shop, cook, and maintain independence.
This is why, since 1973, we have used technology to bridge this gap and make print accessible. We broadcast audio recordings of print material 24/7 according to the standards of the International Association of Audio Information Services, our membership organization.
Meeting Listeners Where They Are
We provide free technology for listeners at home and in residential care facilities so they can easily access broadcasts. We tailor technology to listener preferences whether that is accessing broadcasts through livestream on our website, through the traditional SCA radio, through an Amazon Echo device, and more.
Multiple Ways to Listen
In the over 40 years since we began this program, we have grown to serve more listeners in even better ways. We provide select content in five languages, we offer multiple ways to listen, and we provide unique content, like comic book readings, through our special programming offerings.
Our program schedule is full of shows listeners have requested for decades via our annual survey. These shows include broadcasts of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Belleville News-Democrat, read each morning at our Belleville, Illinois station.
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For questions about our Broadcast Information Program, email Broadcast Director, Tom Williams, at email@example.com or call 618-394-6444.
Thanks to Our Community
All this is made possible by community support and our dedicated team of over 200 volunteers who record all broadcasts. The annual service of volunteers amounts to the labor of five full-time staff members. This work would not be possible without them.