Reading Service (APRIS)
The Augustana Public Radio Information Service provides free readings of local and regional newspapers for the visually and physically impaired. Every week, some 200 local volunteers read from the Quad City Times, The Dispatch, Rock Island Argus, Clinton Herald, Des Moines Register, Chicago Tribune newspapers. In addition, the InTouch network from New York City provides national-distribution newspapers and magazines during the afternoon and overnight. APRIS is operated free-of-charge as a side-band radio broadcast of WVIK 90.3 FM at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
Who can use the service?
Anyone with a physical disability making it difficult to read or hold a book or newspaper is qualified for the free APRIS service. A simple doctor's certification form is all the paperwork required to receive the service.Those living within 90 miles of the Quad City area can receive the signal. Outside the WVIK listening area, you should contact the radio reading service in your area (either through your local public radio station, or local Talking Books provider).
How can I get a receiver?
If you think a family member, loved one, or friend could benefit from this free service, call us at (309) 794-7560. Or download the Application for APRIS Service (Adobe Acrobat Reader required), print it, fill it in, and mail it to:
WVIK Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Receivers are loaned free-of-charge to all who qualify. If you no longer require or want the service, simply return the reciever to WVIK. A tag on each radio tells who to call for repairs or replacement.
Does APRIS need volunteers?
Yes! If you have some volunteer time to give, we would appreciate your help. Volunteering for APRIS is a rewarding experience that requires very little of your time to provide a useful service for those in need. Call (309) 794-7500. We can schedule a time for training and sign you up either as a substitute or on a regular schedule.
How do I sign up a friend or relative for this free service?
Call (309) 794-7560 or contact us via e-mail. Let us know the name, address and telephone number of your friend or relative, and we'll do the rest.
How else can I support APRIS?
By making a pledge of financial support to WVIK. Your dollars help make WVIK and APRIS programming possible. Call us at (309) 794-7500 or make your pledge online.