Audio Information Network of Colorado

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     There are touching stories behind the readers of the blind news program.

     There are touching stories behind the readers of the blind news program. A man named Ron Bostwick, who imagines he is reading to his mother every time he puts on the headset, reads the Denver Post every Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:00. As a matter of fact this program was started for a similar reason. Almost 25 years ago, the founder of this program, a blind man named David Dawson, came to Colorado, where he realized that there was no way for the blind to get news and information. He strived to create this organization, and almost 25 years later, the Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) is branching out.

     AINC has started two new projects, the first of which is beginning to air Spanish language programs. Rossana Longo-Better heads this program, which she describes as “There are so many Spanish speakers who cannot read in English, and some, even, who cannot even read in Spanish.” This new program aims to provide news for those people. The second new program that they have begun is for children. Some children may be print-disabled, which can be classified as dyslexia, blindness, or any other form of disability in which the person cannot read very well. This can prevent children from learning as quickly as other children in their class. The child services program aims to help children like that catch up to their classmates through audio information. To participate in this program, people sign up at aincolorado.org.

     This program is entirely volunteer based and free, and they run off of donations and state grants. There are no age restrictions on volunteering, but those interested must first pass a test given by Kat Lindgren to test strength of voice, emotion, and clarity of reading. To volunteer or participate in this organization, go to aincolorado.org.