10/19/2004

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Contact: Jennifer Nigro, Coordinator of Volunteers, Audio-Reader Network, (785) 864-4604

KU reading service for blind and print disabled honors 40 volunteers

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Audio-Reader Network recently honored 40 of its longtime volunteers at a banquet at the Marriott SpringHill Suites in downtown Lawrence. The banquet also marked Audio-Reader˙s 33rd year serving blind and print-disabled persons.

The honorees, all from Lawrence unless otherwise noted, are:

30 years: Chuck Fisher;
25 years: Alice Brown, Charlyn Orel, Carol Prentice and Jan Shumway;
20 years: Frank Day, Cristi Hansen, Jane Jewell of Baldwin City, Donna Riehm and Harold Riehm;
15 years: Joe Hewitt, Janis Hutchison and Steve Smith;
10 years: Marla Adkins-Heljeson, Ernie Angino, Judy Batson, Dorothy Curnes, David Hann, Maurice Joy, Chris Miller, Carol Nauman of Overland Park, Richard Schoeck, George Waters, Katharine Weickert and Jim Wilder;
5 years: Donald Braker of Overland Park, Donna Conway, Pat Koeppen of Lenexa, Janet Majure, Martin Miller, Margi Posten of Kansas City, Mo., Jennifer Randel of Overland Park, Vicki Ross, Shelley Sandberg, Elinor Schroeder, Carole Smith of Lenexa, Carol Beth Whalen, John Willingham, Beverley Wilson and Lee Young.

"The Audio-Reader network relies on these and hundreds of other volunteers to make printed material accessible for the print-disabled. We are thankful for their tireless efforts," said Jennifer Nigro, volunteer coordinator at Audio-Reader.

The Audio-Reader Network, a service of KU, serves blind and print-disabled persons by providing audio versions of Kansas newspapers. Established in 1971, Audio-Reader was one of the first radio reading services in the world.

Today, with the help of FM radio broadcasters, cable TV companies, microwave relay systems and the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation Satellite Network, reading by radio is available to thousands of people across Kansas and western Missouri.

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