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What is WXXI Reachout Radio?

WXXI Reachout Radio is a radio reading service that provides 24-hour per day readings of local and national newspapers, magazines, and books for people who are print-handicapped. Eligible print-handicapped* individuals include those with visual impairment or blindness, those who suffer from a physical disability which prohibits the holding of printed material, or one with a learning disability such as dyslexia. WXXI Reachout Radio is closed-circuit and is accessible through a specially-tuned radio which is provided free of charge to eligible applicants. The service is also made available for people who are temporarily disabled due to surgery or accident. WXXI Reachout Radio is provided in partnership with ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester.


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Reachout Broadcast Range

Reachout Radio is located in the WXXI Public Broadcasting facility at 280 State Street in downtown Rochester. The service is broadcast on a subcarrier frequency of 91.5 FM in Rochester, and 90.3 FM in Houghton. Its broadcast reaches listeners in Monroe, Orleans, Wayne, Genesee, Ontario, Wyoming, Livingston, Yates, Seneca and portions of Allegany and Steuben counties. WXXI Reachout Radio is one of more than 120 radio reading services available through the United States that are members of the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS). For information on a service in another area, call toll-free 1-800-280-5325.

Other WXXI services for people who are visually impaired:

WXXI television offers a large number of programs with DVS (descriptive video service). DVS is a method of audio description where a narrator carefully inserts descriptions of scenery, sets, costuming etc. between the dialogue to enhance the program. Some of the programs that generally provide DVS are Nova, Scientific American Frontiers, Nature and ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre.

To access the DVS descriptions, a viewer must have a stereo TV or stereo VCR that includes the Second Audio Program (SAP) channel option. The SAP is activated using a button on your television remote control unit, or through a menu option on the screen. Please refer to your owner's manual for specific instructions.

*Print-handicapped is a term used to include a variety of visual and physical disabilities that prohibit access to standard print information. Blindness and visual impairment is the primary disability; however, physical disabilities such as stroke, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple schlorosis and arthritis, which prohibit the holding of reading material, are also included. Further, people with cognitive limitations such as dyslexia or brain injury are included in the definition of print handicapped.

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Reachout Radio is made possible in partnership with The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill.