The University of Kansas plans to discontinue funding for the Kansas Audio-Reader Network, the radio reading service for the blind and vision-impaired. KU's decision doesn't mean an end to Audio-Reader, but it does mean an end to KU's funding for the service. Within three years, KU will stop providing roughly $330,000 in annual support for Audio-Reader, which has been broadcasting from KU for the past 47 years. KPR's J. Schafer spoke with Randy Austin, the chairman of Audio-Reader's advisory board, to get his reaction.
That's Randy Austin, chairman of Audio-Reader's development committee and advisory board. He was speaking to KPR's J. Schafer about KU's decision to zero out the budget for Audio-Reader, a process that will be phased in over the next three years. Audio-Reader is the nation's second oldest radio reading service. It's been serving blind and vision impaired listeners across Kansas and portions of surrounding states for the past 47 years.