Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sun Sounds of Arizona Awarded Boeing Community Grant


GRANT FUNDING PROVIDES EAST VALLEY NEWS TO MESA RESIDENTS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES
The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Mesa Awards $3000 Grant to Sun Sounds of Arizona


TEMPE, Ariz. – December 2011 – Sun Sounds of Arizona is pleased to announce the award of a $3,000 grant from The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Mesa, which will help the radio reading service deliver the East Valley Tribune and other local newspapers, in audio format, to residents of Mesa.

More than 3,000 Mesa residents currently hear audio information on Sun Sounds of Arizona, the state’s only reading service. With this grant funding, Sun Sounds will work to expand its reach to print-disabled people in the East Valley.

Anyone who finds it difficult to see, hold or understand printed material due to a disability is eligible for service at no charge. Members of Sun Sounds use the service to hear daily local and national newspapers, magazines, books, grocery ads and other local information read aloud.  

"I’m so grateful to Sun Sounds," said Bob Burrows, a resident of Mesa who is blind. "And so is my wife, who no longer has to read the sports page of the newspaper to me! I’d be lost without this service, and I recommend it to everyone who has trouble reading the newspaper."

By providing access to current print information, Sun Sounds of Arizona facilitates independent living, personal choices, and life-long learning for people with vision loss and other disabilities.

About Sun Sounds of Arizona

Sun Sounds of Arizona, established in 1979, is a radio reading and information access service for people who cannot read print due to a disability.  A public service of Rio Salado College, Sun Sounds and 500 volunteers across the state provide information access free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using radio, cable systems, telephone and the internet. For more information, visit www.sunsounds.org or call 480-774-8300.


For additional information contact:

Heidi Capriotti
Marketing Coordinator
Sun Sounds of Arizona
480-774-8300
hcapriotti@sunsounds.org
www.sunsounds.org 







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