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June 1, 2005
Contact: Janet Campbell, Audio-Reader director, (785) 864-4603; Diana Frederick, 2005 conference chair, (785) 864-4634.

KU Audio-Reader to host international conference for audio information services

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas' Audio-Reader Network, the second-oldest radio reading service in the nation, will host the International Association of Audio Information Services convention June 2 to 4 in downtown Lawrence.

About 85 attendees -- a quarter of whom are blind or visually impaired -- from 32 states and Canada are expected to attend the sessions at Lawrence's SpringHill Suites hotel. The convention schedule includes a visit to Audio-Reader's Sensory Garden and special performances by Kansas Public Radio's award-winning live skit comedy, "Right Between the Ears," and a Patsy Cline musical revue.

For more information visit http://iaais.org/convent.htm.

IAAIS is a nonprofit organization of more than 120 independent service providers throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and around the globe. These organizations make print accessible for people who are blind or who cannot use printed materials because of a disability.

Audio-Reader was one of only two radio reading services in the nation -- Minnesota was first -- when it was established in 1971 by Lawrence philanthropist Petey Cerf. 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, with some Audio-Reader programming available via satellite to other radio reading services across the United States.

Audio-Reader, offered as a public service by KU, provides live and recorded broadcasts of printed materials including current books, magazines and newspapers. The range of materials includes the New York Times and Wrestling USA, as well as Spanish broadcast of content in Dos Mundos, an English-Spanish newspaper published in Kansas City, Mo. The broadcast schedule and more information about Audio-Reader are available at http://reader.ku.edu/ or call (800) 772-8898.

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