VOICEcorps ... is a window on the world for people in our community who cannot read because of a visual loss, physical disability or perceptual deficiency.
Every day we prepare the bulk of our programming from the contents of central Ohio's daily and weekly newspapers.
Our subscribers hear the details behind the headlines as they appear in the papers. They hear the editorials, local and syndicated columnists, plus the letters to the editor.
Some of our programming is designed to meet the special needs of our subscribers, although most of what we broadcast is what most people take for granted -- the news, features and advertisements.
Of course our subscribers let us know that they do not take VOICEcorps for granted.
"I have had my receiver for about two months and I appreciate it more as each week passes."
"There have been all sorts of interesting little articles that people who can read the papers take for granted, but for me they are stimulating, they add to my knowledge, and I think they are super."
From a student who is blind
"I think it's the most exciting idea that's come along to help the blind ever."
From a stroke victim
"I feel like I'm part of the world again."
From a young mother who is blind
"For shopping news, this is terrific."
The window on the world provided by VOICEcorps is helping its users lead more productive, independent and enjoyable lives.
How it Works
Every FM radio station has the capability of transmitting a second signal along with its regular broadcast signal. This process is called Subsidiary Communications Services (SCS).
In central Ohio WOSU uses its SCS to transmit our programming along with its own. Our subscribers have special receivers which can tune in only our signal.
Our signal reaches the same area covered by WOSU, and we are able to broadcast anytime they are on the air.
We deliver special receivers to those who qualify for our service. They are asked to make an annual donation and as subscribers, they have direct input regarding the kind of programming we broadcast to them.
Should we find someone in need of our service who cannot afford to subscribe, we provide the service and find a sponsor for that subscriber.
VOICEcorps reading service is chartered as a charitable, nonprofit corporation. We are supported by a number of local business and service organizations as well as by donations from private organizations and individuals.
How You Can Help
Give us the name of someone who could use our service.
Sponsor a VOICEcorps subscriber.
Ask us for more information about VOICEcorps.
VOICEcorps is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.