The Virginia Voice Story – Throughout the Years and Through the Air!

Virginia Voice connects individuals with blindness and other disabilities to news, information, arts, and culture using technology and the human voice. 

We seek to enhance the viability of our Central Virginia community by serving people with blindness, vision impairment and other disabilities that prevent them from reading or accessing visual elements of publications, events and performances.  Our core competencies enable us to provide a unique, unduplicated service through radio reading and audio information programs created by caring and talented individuals.  We are able to continue our mission because we are always working to strengthen our relationships with contributing individuals, corporations, service clubs and foundations.

Virginia Voice is a nonprofit organization that provides radio reading service to over 11,000 individuals in Central Virginia and the Hampton Roads area who cannot independently read print material due to vision loss or other disabilities. We broadcast an organized schedule of audio programs around the clock, consisting of articles from current print publications such as newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals and articles from reputable online news and information sources.

Our audio programs are broadcast over subcarrier channels of public radio stations VPM produces in Richmond and WHRO-FM in Norfolk. We loan our listeners a pre-tuned radio that only receives our broadcast. Live stream and on-demand listening on our website extends our reach to listeners who live outside of our broadcast area. Virginia Voice is now also available on smart speakers via Alexa.

We rely on the dedication and commitment of our more than 200 volunteers, who serve as program readers, radio deliverers, and audio describers. 150 volunteers contribute their time to create one week’s worth of program material and create access to performances, museum exhibits, and other cultural events.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we are funded by individual and corporate contributions and by grants received from public and private entities.

In addition to our radio reading service, we also provide live and recorded Audio Description services. The first of its kind in Virginia, our Audio Description service provides individuals with visual disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the visual aspects of theater, media and visual art. Using a wireless transmitter, trained describers help individuals with visualize the action on stage as it unfolds in real-time, or enjoy the rich, visual aspects of museum exhibits, media installations, movies, sports events, and parades

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