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About CRIS Radio

The Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc. (CRIS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) radio reading service that has been serving people who are blind or print-challenged for more than three decades. We operate with a small staff and a large number of dedicated volunteers who provide voice talent.

CRIS Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week featuring articles published in more than 70 newspapers and magazines, including award-winning children's magazines available online and on-demand.

We provide a variety of audio recording services for people who have visual, learning, emotional, intellectual or physical disabilities. Programs powered by CRIS Radio include: CRIS Radio; CRIS Listen Now (online streaming); CRIS Listen On Demand; CRISKids, and CRISKids for Schools. Coming soon will be CRISAccess (for museums) and CRIS En Espanñol.

CRIS programs keep people informed about the world, the nation, Connecticut, and their local communities, and has proven to be a vital resource for individuals who are unable to access printed material. CRISKids and CRISKids for Schools offer teachers a low-cost tool to help improve student literacy and reading ability.
State Sen. Edith Prague and CRIS Chair Bill Austin at scripting area named after Prague following the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 17, 2010

In addition to accessing general news featured in newspapers, CRIS listeners also learn about products featured in supermarket and department store ads, upcoming events, local obituaries, and the latest in sports and business news.

CRIS programs also include information about assistive technology and other products that help improve accessibility, readings from best-selling books and short stories, and a variety of articles featured in nearly 30 magazines.

Several talk and interview programs also are produced at CRIS Radio. They include: "Focal Point," featuring issues concerning the blind, handicapped and elderly community and "For Your Protection," featuring important information on how individuals with disabilities should prepare for emergency situations.

CRIS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Programs originate from our broadcast center in Windsor, as well as from our regional satellite studios in Danbury, Norwich, Trumbull, and West Haven. Programs can be heard on pre-tuned radios (provided free), cable systems, the telephone, online and mobile devices. .

'As we at CRIS Radio celebrate our past 30 years, we also look to our future on how to best meet the needs of our next generation of CRIS listeners.'  - Bill Austin, CRIS Chair

CRIS employs a staff of three full-time and three part-time people. We rely on nearly 350 volunteers statewide to help with the production, programming and the day-to-day operations of CRIS. Volunteers script, read, and operate the control board for daily broadcasts. Our volunteers also help with office work, bookkeeping, marketing, radio distribution, serving on our Board of Directors, and representing CRIS as speakers at various civic organizations.

CRIS receives financial support from a variety of resources including private foundations, businesses and corporations, Lions Clubs and other civic organizations, individual donations, the state Board of Education and Services for the Blind, and fundraising events including our annual CRIS Radio Classic Golf Tournament on October 5, 2016, and an upcoming Dining and Dancing in the Dark, scheduled for April 16, 2016. More than 80 percent of our income goes directly to program services.

Mission And Goals

As Connecticut’s talking newsstand for the blind and print-challenged, it
is the mission of CRIS Radio to provide the highest quality, electronic reading
service in the state.

CRIS helps enhance the quality of life of its listeners by providing access
to the same printed news and information that their family, friends, and
colleagues enjoy.

It is our current goal to become a national model for other radio-reading services.

Population Served

Photo of ribbon cutting ceremony on May 17, 2010

CRIS listeners are individuals who, because of a visual, physical, mental, or learning disability, are unable to read printed material or turn pages of a publication. This may be due to vision impairment resulting from diabetes, cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma or other disabilities, such as Arthritis, Dyslexia, Parkinson’s, ALS or Cerebral Palsy.

Approximately 80 percent of CRIS listeners are 50 years and older, most of whom are
legally blind.

CRIS does not discriminate and provides access to its service without regard to sex, race, age, ethnic background, religion, degree of disability, or financial status.

All that is required to receive CRIS programs is the submission of a brief application for service. The application must be signed by a doctor, case worker or health care professional stating the need for this service.

How Can CRIS BE Heard?

A pre-tuned CRIS radio

Cable television

Telephone Reader

CRIS Radio’s Web site: Listen Live.

CRIS Radio’s Web site: Listen On-Demand

Any mobile devise, such as a smartphone or tablet

CRIS Radio Broadcast Locations

Main office and CRIS Broadcast Center
Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc.
315 Windsor Ave.
Windsor, CT 06095
(860) 527-8000

CRIS Regional Satellite Studios   
Danbury Lions Club                                     Trumbull High School
198 Main St.                                                 72 Strobel Road
Danbury, CT                                                Trumbull, CT
(203) 778-2000                                            (203) 268-2758

Disabilities Network of Eastern CT               University of New Haven
238 West Town St.                                       300 Orange Ave.
Norwich, CT                                                  West Haven, CT
(860) 204-0165                                            (203) 937-5900   

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