North Carolina Reading Service

We breath words into your life

aka NCRS   |   Raleigh, NC   |  www.trianglereadingservice.org

Mission

North Carolina 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.  Through the generosity of 150 volunteers, NCRS broadcasts 24/7 (168 hours a week) of quality programming. NCRS, located in Raleigh, NC provides the four other reading services with our signal (downlink). It is estimated that more than 25,000 people with print disabilities access the service.

Ruling year info

1983

Principal Officer

May Tran

Main address

211 E Six Forks Rd Ste 103

Raleigh, NC 27609 USA

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EIN

58-1528968

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Reading Service

North Carolina Reading Service helps approximately 20,000 people who are elderly, blind, visually and physically impaired stay aware of the local news and information in to the residents of North Carolina. Listeners can access our program on the web, via Alexa, Tune-in Radio or we 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.

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

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Financials

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North Carolina Reading Service

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2019
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Board chair

George Douglas

Time Warner Cable - Retired

Term: 2018 - 2021

George Douglas

Time Warner Cable - Retired

Ed Funkhouser

NCSU

Jessica Garcia

Wealth Management

Marcie Gordan Gordan

NC History Museum

Steve Murphy

Retired NCDSB

Jeffrey Johnson

Tanger Outlet manger

Sharon Benton

advocate

Brice Smith

SAS

Cynthia Speight

Library for the Blind

Gregg Suggs

Insurance Agnet

Matt Towler

Woodland Terrace

Marcie Gordan

NC History Museum

Jennifer Walker

Merrill Lynch

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? Yes