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Georgia Audible Universal Information Access Service (AUIAS): The Georgia AUIAS is a service enacted by the Georgia Legislature that provides blind and print disabled citizens the opportunity to listen to newspapers and magazines by calling a toll free number. To use the service, which became operational June 1, 2006, Georgia residents must apply with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The service is accessed through a touch tone telephone and is provided at no cost to eligible citizens. The service utilizes a synthetic voice system and users are able to adjust the pitch, speed and volume. The service is managed by the Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) and, following a competitive bidding process, operated by the NFB. The Commission will establish an Advisory Group to provide consumer input to the Georgia AUIAS service provider on the issues of training, outreach and customer service. For detailed information concerning the AUIAS, please contact the NFB (Georgia) through e-mail at or by telephone at the following numbers: Atlanta Metro Area: 404.371.1000 or Statewide: 866.316.3242 (toll free).
Georgia Center for Nonprofits: The Georgia Center for Nonprofits is Georgia's association for nonprofit, charitable organizations. Their mission is to serve, strengthen and support Georgia's nonprofit community. The Center advocates improving the environment in which nonprofits work and helps nonprofits manage better by offering information, training, consulting and nonprofit jobs services. For more information, contact the Georgia Center for Nonprofits at 678-916-3000 / 800-959-5015 (outside Atlanta) or visit their website at

Georgia Coalition for Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities and Elderly Persons: Launched January 2008, Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign supported by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) aimed at motivating Georgians to take action to prepare for a disaster. GEMA is the state agency that is responsible for emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and special events. This campaign provides a local dimension to a broader national campaign, titled Ready America, and focuses on educating citizens so that they are better prepared for disasters. The Georgia campaign is supported by the Georgia Department of Community Health – Division of Public Health, The Ad Council, The Home Depot and volunteer organizations and seeks to coordinate a cohesive statewide program and a call to action regarding emergency preparedness. For more information about the State ADA Coordinator’s Office, please call 404-657-7313 or visit their website at

Georgia Center for Nonprofits: For 20 years, The Georgia Center for Nonprofits has served as a cornerstone of support for the Georgia nonprofit and philanthropic community by delivering a wide range of services and support. Today, GCN offers more ways than ever to help our member organizations meet their missions and maximize their impact. Members depend on GCN’s landmark research studies, monthly publications, and timely briefings to provide them with insight and direction. GCN member- exclusive events prove the power of the network in building partnerships, collaborations and sharing knowledge.  Innovative year round programming through GCN’s Nonprofit University develops leadership skills. Expert consultants develop strategies and build capacity for organizations of all sizes, enabling them to accelerate and grow their impact. And our Marketplace buying consortium helps trim organizational expenses. Members span the nonprofit world in scale and scope—from international organizations to corporate philanthropies, foundations, and community initiatives. Together, we magnify our impact in powerful ways—supporting each other in our shared vision to improve the quality of life in our community and our state.

Georgia Council of the Blind: The Georgia Council of the Blind is a non-profit consumer organization affiliated with the American Council of the Blind. We strive to elevate the social, economic, and cultural levels of the blind. For over 40 years, G C B has been working toward providing a forum for views of the blind, improving education and rehabilitation, and broadening vocational opportunities for the visually impaired. Peer support is an important part of G C B as it encourages and assists the blind in developing their abilities and potential to become independent and responsible citizens in their communities. Peer support is especially helpful for the newly blind who may be confused or bitter. G C B works hard to educate the public about the problems of blindness and the needs and capabilities of the blind. Cooperation with the public and private institutions and agencies for the blind is encouraged. G C B holds a convention each year at different locations throughout the state. This event offers timely and informative educational programs as well as recreational and social interaction with members and non-members from all over the state of Georgia. G C B activities and programs include: educational programs, legislative action, scholarships, peer support, technology, exhibits, news letters, social activities, and Braille. The Georgia Council for the Blind can be reached toll free at 1 (877)-667-6815 and their web address is

Georgia Reading Association
: Purpose: To promote the full literacy development of Georgia’s student and adult population to ensure that each person becomes a full contributor to society. Membership: Open to all. Publications: Georgia Journal of Reading; and FOCUS Quarterly. Newsletter (deadlines: September 30, December 15, March 15, June 15). Primary Activities: International projects, Parents in Education, Grants, Student Scholarships, annual conference, membership in related organizations.

International Association of Audio Information Services: IAAIS is a volunteer-driven membership organization of services that turn text into speech for people who cannot see, hold or comprehend the printed word and who may be unable to access information due to a disability or health condition. Since its formation in 1977, IAAIS (formerly the Association of Radio Reading Services) has assisted, represented and set standards of good practice for audio information services worldwide. The organizational name was updated in 1999 to reflect the advent of new technologies for producing and delivering audio and an increased need for reading services throughout the world. IAAIS currently represents 140 services. Member services can be found throughout the United States and in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa. Many IAAIS members in the United States are associated with public radio stations, colleges, universities or libraries. The website address is and the IAAIS National Office can be reached toll free at (800) 280-5325.

Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC): promotes equitable access to and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities and encourages adoption of universal design in future generations of wireless devices and applications through research, development, and training activities. You can contact the Wireless RERC at Wireless RERC, Crawford Research Institute, Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309-1465, Email:, web:, Office: (404) 367-1348, TTY/TDD: (404) 367-1347.


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Georgia Radio Reading Service, Inc. (GaRRS)
260 14th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA, 30318
(404) 685-2820 / (800) 672-6173 (toll free)


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