TIRS is a service for individuals who are blind or visually or print impaired.

How TIRS began

A group of individuals in Winston-Salem met in June 1990 to form a board to fulfill the requirements for a charter to create a reading service in the Triad area.  Current TIRS director, Linda Sparks, was a member of this initiative.  After almost 10 years of dedication and perseverance, the Triad Information Reading Service was established in 2000, providing news and entertainment to those who are unable to read printed material.  Over the past 17 years, TIRS has continued to serve its listeners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week both online and via special, easy-to-operate radio receivers loaned to eligible individuals.

TIRS provides access to a wide variety of magazines and books recorded by its own volunteer readers and through its affiliation with several national reading services.  Volunteers also read from the major Triad Newspapers including the Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News and Record, and the High Point Enterprise. In addition, articles from smaller papers including the Mount Airy News, Lexington Dispatch, Thomasville Times, Yadkin Ripple, and the Winston-Salem Chronicle are also read as well.  TIRS is staffed entirely by volunteers, whose operational expenses are maintained through grants and contributions from Lions clubs, individuals, and foundations.  Studio space is generously provided by Wake Forest University, and our radio broadcast platform is made possible through a partnership with 88.5 WFDD FM.
On behalf of its listeners, TIRS is extremely grateful for the generous time and donations provided by its supporters.

Mission Statement

The  Triad Information Reading  Service is dedicated to providing timely, printed matter and consumer information to the blind, physically disabled, and cognitively disabled residents of the Triad in North Carolina. As well as providing quality programs designed to help those individuals lead enriched, productive and independent lives.