CRIS Services

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What We Do

CRIS Radio

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CRIS Radio serves people who are blind or unable to read due to other disabilities by broadcasting news and information published in 70 newspapers and magazines (50 general interest and 20 children's magazines) that folks need to stay connected. CRIS operates with the dedication of 300 volunteers at four regional studios and our broadcast center in Windsor, Conn.

CRISKids

CRISKids™ and CRISKids™ for Schools provides instant access to audio versions of award-winning children's magazines and classroom print materials, all featuring human narration.

Children who are blind or unable to read due to other visual, learning, physical, intellectual or emotional disabilities are eligible for CRISKids’ service.  CRISKids Audio Library  includes more than 700 titles of children’s magazines and classroom materials.

CRIS Streaming

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CRIS Radio streams its programs directly to hospitals, assisted living facilities and senior centers, either through their in-house systems or through Internet radios.  Four programs available for streaming are: CRIS Radio (general interest); CRISKids (pre-kindergarten to grade 5); CRISKids (secondary school age-level); and CRIS en Español.

For more information about CRIS Streaming, please call for more information at 850-527-8000.

CRIS Radio Mobile Apps

For those who want to listen to CRIS Radio while on the road, CRIS has developed mobile applications for both Android and iOS (Apple) devices. Listen to your favorite shows on demand or live whenever and wherever you are.  Our partners at IDEAL Group made the CRIS mobile applications possible. Better yet, both apps are free.

For those with an Android device,  download the CRIS app onto your device by going to Google Play Store by clicking the link below.

For those with an iOS (Apple) device, download the CRIS app onto your device by going to the App Store by clicking the link below.

With the CRIS app, you can listen to CRIS Radio live or listen to its programs (including CRISKids) on-demand whenever or wherever you are.

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CRIS en Español

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CRIS Radio offers audio versions of Spanish-language newspapers and magazines for Spanish-speakers who are blind or print disabled

Revistas y periódicos en Español disponibles en audio por vía telefónica o haciendo clic en www.crisradio.org o El Lector Telefónico de CRIS.

Una vez que haya completado la solicitud, favor de enviarla a la dirección indicada abajo. Una vez este registrado, recibirá información para acceder a CRIS En Español.

 

Group of dignitaries sitting at a table in front of CRIS en Espanol banner. Includes Diane Weaver Dunne and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segerra.

El Lector Telefónico de CRIS está disponible sin costo alguno, al marcar el número gratuito. CRIS Escucha A Pedido requiere acceso a Internet y una suscripción anual de $30. (Los residentes del área de Hartford son elegibles para un año de suscripción gratuita, gracias al apoyo financiero del Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Vea la lista de pueblos elegibles en el otro lado de la hoja.)

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CRISAccess™: Museum Solution

CRISAccess™ integrates QR Code technology with mobile devices to instantly “link and play” audio recordings of information posted on museum exhibit signs for people who are blind or print-challenged. All the recordings feature human narration.  Museum visitors can access the audio files with any mobile device downloaded with a QR Code Reader application.

Studies indicate that only 11 percent of people who are blind or disabled visit museums. CRISAccess aims to change that statistic by improving the overall visitor experience for people with disabilities by offering them easy access to information displayed at exhibits.

Modeled on a focus group convened by the Smithsonian, CRISAccess provides brief audio recordings of the exhibit signage, an audio description of the exhibit, and information about available tactile opportunities at the exhibit. In addition, the recordings are made available on the CRIS website, where visitors can access the exhibit information before and/or after their visit. CRISAccess offers museums a low-cost solution that improves access to museum exhibits for people with disabilities.

Diane Weaver Dunne demonstrates CRISAccess to a family at Mystic Aquarium.

CRISAccess™ is part of CRIS Radio’s new Adaptive Audio Accessibility services initiative that promotes access to information at museums for people who have difficulty reading posted signs.  Read more.

World War I Archives

World War I Archives Made Accessible with Audio Recordings

CRIS Radio, the IDEAL Group, and the Connecticut State Library (CSL) are working together on a collaborative pilot project to improve access to archival records and historical documents for individuals with print disabilities.

This partnership will integrate CRIS Radio's recording of documents from the Connecticut State Library’s World War I archival collections with IDEAL Group’s eReading and Knowledge-Discovery online and Web-based technology, a tool that will significantly improve searching historical primary source documents.  Read more.

 

Serving all of Connecticut from five studios around the state.