Human Services

Triangle Radio Reading Service

  • Raleigh, NC
  • www.trianglereadingservice.org

Mission Statement

Triangle Radio Reading Service is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people who are blind and print impaired to each other, their families and communities by delivering news, information, entertainment and special features using the latest audio technology. Broadcasts occur 24 hours a day on an audio network of radio, television, streaming to the internet, and podcasts.  TRRS replaces isolation with connections. Through the generosity of 150 volunteers, TRRS broadcasts 24/7 (168 hours a week) of quality programming. Volunteer readers go through a formal training program, must be 18 years of age or older and are asked to make a one-year commitment. TRRS, located in Raleigh, NC provides the four other reading services with our signal (downlink). TRRS, via the internet, can be heard worldwide. It is estimated that more than 25,000 people with print disabilities access the service.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Audio Information Service
  3. Program T3: Angle on Broadcasting
  4. Program AAIIM for Success
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Greater Triangle Area of NC via radio broadcasts and community access television. The world via internet stream, and podcasts of specific programs through the TRRS website

ruling year

1983

Principal Officer

Self-reported

May Tran

Keywords

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blind, reading, visually impaired, volunteers, podcasts and streaming

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Also Known As

TRRS

EIN

58-1528968

Physical Address

211 E Six Forks Rd Ste 103

Raleigh, NC 27609

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Providing information access through audio technology.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Triangle Radio Reading Service helps approximately 20,000 people who are elderly, blind, visually and physically impaired stay aware of the local news and information in the greater Triangle area of NC. Listeners are loaned a special radio receiver to listen to the programs which are read by 150+ volunteers. These programs are geared to enhance the quality of the lives of the people who use the service. A yearly survey of listeners is conducted to measure the quality and content of the programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Audio Information Service

Provide audio information, using the latest technology, for people who cannot read standard print.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

175,999

Program 3

Program T3: Angle on Broadcasting

T3 (Teens Tools Talent) is a full-fledged course in radio broadcasting that was designed specifically for students who are blind and print impaired. (Print impairment or print disabilities is inclusive of any condition that prevents an individual from accessing or reading printed material). Blindness, low vision and communications disorders such as dyslexia are included in the definition of print disability. The T3 course includes classroom, lab (recording studio) and site visits.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

$25,000

Program 4

Program AAIIM for Success

AAIIM (Audio Accessible Instructional and Informational Material) is non-traditional program at TRRS that has expanded from our original audience in the educational arena to the senior living community. Originally, our goal was to take instructional materials for the classroom (printed format) and convert to audio mp3 format. Because schools are required to make materials accessible for their students, we did not have as much "business' as we initially anticipated. Staff started thinking about other venues, such as the senior living communities, where newsletters and presentation materials for prospective residents were available only in print. Since print disabilities are rampant in the elderly, we thought it would be great if we could do a pilot with a senior living community and record their prospectus and newsletters and with the help of the Executive Director Matt Towler at Abbotswood at Stonehenge, we did just that. We also put the HR manual in audio format for LC Industries. They had CDs made for more than 600 blind and visually impaired employees.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Greater Triangle Area of NC via radio broadcasts and community access television. The world via internet stream, and podcasts of specific programs through the TRRS website

Funding Needs

TRRS needs general operating funds to pay the overhead of running a radio studio to produce the programs used by about 20,000 people who live in the greater Triangle area of NC.  It is also becoming apparent that it is about time to replace the 9+ year old recording system with one that will allow volunteer readers to perfect their readings for broadcasting.

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RADIO READING SERVICE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Triangle Radio Reading Service

Leadership

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Principal Officer

May Tran

BIO

May Tran, Executive Director, started with the Triangle Radio Reading Service in 2000 as the office program manager. She took over the position of Execuitive Director in April 2012. She is only the 3rd Director of the organization.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As technology advances to expand the world for those people with disabilities, TRRS stands ready to provide local news and information in a format usable by the 20% of the population who are unable to read print material."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

George Douglas

Time Warner Cable - Retired

Term: July 2013 - June 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?