SERVICES

American Association of the Deaf-Blind is a national consumer organization that provides: advocacy; an information clearinghouse, referral and technical assistance; a listserv; e-newsletters; national conferences; and The Deaf-Blind American magazine. Contact AADB, 8630 Fenton St. #121, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803; TTY: 301-495-4402; voice: 301-495-4403.

American Council of the Blind is a national membership organization for blind and visually impaired people that works to improve social, economic, and cultural opportunities for its members.  Contact ACB, 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201; 202-467-5081, 800-424-8666 or 703-465-5085.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss.  AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB’s work in these areas is supported by the strong presence the organization maintains in Washington, DC, ensuring the rights and interests of people with vision loss are represented in our nation’s public policies.  Contact 800-232-5463, afbinfo@afb.net or write to AFB Headquarters, 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001; 212-502-7600.

American Printing House for the Blind is a 150-year-old producer of braille and a provider of a wide variety of accessible educational and daily living products. For catalogs, call 800-223-1839.

Aurora Ministries provides Bibles on CD and cassette to more than 135 countries in 67 languages. They have the King James Version, the New King James Version, and the International Children’s Bible. Visit , call 941-748-3031, or write or P.O. Box 621, Bradenton, FL 34206.

Braille Authority of North America (BANA) works to assure literacy for tactile readers through standardization of braille and/or tactile graphics. BANA’s purpose is to promote and to facilitate the use, teaching and production of braille. It publishes rules, interprets and renders opinions pertaining to braille in all existing and future codes. It deals with codes now in existence or to be developed in the future, in collaboration with other countries using English braille. In exercising its function and authority, BANA considers the effects of its decisions on other existing braille codes and formats; the ease of production by various methods; and acceptability to readers.  Contact BANA Chairperson Judy Dixon, 1805 N. Oakland St., Arlington, VA 22207; 202-707-0722, or 202-707-0712 (fax).

Bookshare.org increases access to books by enabling book scans to be shared, thereby leveraging the collections of thousands of individuals who regularly scan books. Individual subscriptions cost $25 to sign up, and $50 annually .

Center for the Blind-Assemblies of God offers a wide variety of Christian resources for blind children and adults in braille, print and audio. Contact 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65803, or 417-831-1964.

Choice Magazine Listening provides a bimonthly four-track audiocassette anthology of general-interest articles taken from print magazines. This publication also is available as a digital download. Contact CML, 85 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-883-8280, 888-724-6423, or fax 516-944-6849.

Choice Magazine Listening provides a bimonthly four-track audiocassette anthology of general-interest articles taken from print magazines.  This publication also is available as a digital download.   Contact CML, 85 Channel Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-883-8280, 888-724-6423, or fax 516-944-6849.

 

 

 

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes independence and fosters the highest quality of life for people with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities.  Clovernook provides comprehensive program services including training and support for independent living, orientation and mobility instruction, vocational training, job placement, counseling, recreation, and youth services. In addition, its Business Operations provide meaningful employment opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, while at the same time manufacturing high-quality products for customers across the country.  Clovernook provides services out of offices in Cincinnati and Memphis.  Contact 7000 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45231; 513- 522-3860 or 346 St. Paul Ave., Memphis, TN 38126; 901-523-9590.

Dialogue is an international news magazine edited for individuals who are experiencing vision loss or are blind, and their friends and families. It reviews low vision aids and devices, provides tips and techniques for coping with vision loss, reports personal experiences of people living successfully with vision impairment at home, in school, on the job and in the community, interviews professionals working in the field of blindness and low vision, and is designed to inform, instruct and entertain in the discussion of blindness issues. Dialogue publishes articles, personal essays, interviews, news and resources on all aspects of coping with a vision impairment.  Contact PO Box 5181, Salem, OR 97304-0181;  800-860-4224, 503-581-4224 or fax 503-581-0178.

Envision has combined business with human services, creating employment opportunities and offering vision rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind, low vision or developmentally disabled.  Contact Envision, 2301 S. Water, Wichita, KS 67213; 316-267-2244 or fax 316-267-4312.

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, 103 Old Iron Ore Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002; 860- 243-5200 .

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Inc. Address: 371 E. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787; 631-930-9000.

Guide Dogs for the Blind has campuses in California and Boring, OR. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 94915-1200. Call 800-295-4050 or 415-499- 4000.

Guide Dogs of America, 13445 Glenoaks Boulevard, Sylmar, CA 91342. Call 818- 362-5834.

Guide Dogs of the Desert, P.O. Box 1692, Palm Springs, CA 92263. Call 760-329- 6257.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Call 800-942-0149 or 914-245-4024.

Hadley School for the Blind serves more than 10,000 students annually in all 50 states and 100 countries. Hadley has a course for you if you are: a blind or visually impaired individual over 14 years of age; a relative of a blind or visually impaired child or adult; or a professional in the blindness field. Classes are free of charge to blind and visually impaired students and their families and are affordable for blindness professionals. Address: 700 Elm St., Winnetka, IL 60093; 847-446-8111, 800-323-4238.

Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired provides information about employment; keyboard shortcuts; interviews; resources; screen readers; a 50-state resource guide; and vendors.

International Christian Braille Mission (ICBM) produces and distributes New Testament Christian literature in accessible formats in 20 countries worldwide. Address: 5312 MacCorkle Ave. S.W., S. Charleston, WV 25312; 304-768-8876.

The Jewish Guild for the Blind (The Guild), is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian agency that has, since 1914, been serving persons of all ages who are visually impaired or blind and who may have other disabilities. The Guild offers a broad range of programs that include: medical, vision, low vision, psychiatric and rehabilitative services, Early Intervention, Preschool, and School as well as educational and vocational training programs for independent living. It also offers GuildNet (managed long-term care), GuildCare (Adult Day Health Care), SightCare (vision care information, education and training), GuildScholar (a scholarship program) and the Guild Institute for Vision and Aging. Its Children’s Vision Health Initiative offers nationwide tele-support groups to parents of children with vision impairment.  Contact 15 W. 65th St., New York, NY 10023; 212-769-7800 or 800-284-4422.

Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester, MI 48307; 888-777- 5332 or 248-651-9011.

Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed vision and rehabilitation services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. Through clinical services, education, research, and advocacy, the Lighthouse enables people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent and productive lives.  Contact Lighthouse International, 111 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022-1202; 212-821-9200, 800-829-0500, fax 212-821-9707, or TTY 212-821-9713.

Lions World Services for the Blind was founded in 1947 by Roy Kumpe to serve people who are blind and visually impaired who needed to learn independent living skills or job training skills that considered the special requirements of their individual visual impairments. The goal of the rehabilitation center then, and today, is to prepare the individual who is blind or visually impaired to function independently in our “sighted” society.  Since that time, LWSB has served more than 9,450 individuals from all 50 states and 58 other countries. We have gradually expanded our services to become the most comprehensive rehabilitation center in the world, offering a complete personal adjustment program, 15 vocational courses, a vision rehabilitation clinic and training, an assistive technology learning center, job placement assistance, and a college preparatory program. LWSB is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for agencies serving people with Blindness or Visually Impairment. Contact LWSB, 2811 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72204; 501-664-7100, 800-248-0734 or fax 501-664-2743.

Media Access Group at WGBH has been pioneering and delivering accessible media for more than 30 years. There are three components: The Caption Center, the world’s first captioning agency, which pioneered access to television for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Descriptive Video Service provides descriptive narration of key visual elements, which is then inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue to help low-vision viewers to better understand the story.

CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) was founded in 1993 to build on WGBH’s expertise in the field of media access. NCAM is a research, development and advocacy entity that works to make existing and emerging technologies in a broad range of media more accessible to all audiences. Call 617-300-3600.

Mind’s Eye Travel creates tours for visually impaired and blind people. Call 207-542-4438.

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments is a national nonprofit organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. Write to P.O. Box 317, Watertown, MA 02471; or call 800-562-6265 or 617-972-7441.

National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency composed of members appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. NCD provides advice to the President, Congress, and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.  Contact NCD, 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20004; 202-272-2004, TTY 202-272-2074 or fax 202-272-2022.

National Federation of the Blind is a large and influential membership organization of blind people.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  The NFB has affiliates in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.  Newsline is a telephone service sponsored by the NFB that provides free audio versions of newspapers, magazines and TV listings.  Contact NFB, 1800 Johnson St., Baltimore, MD 21230; 410-659-9314 or fax 410-685-5653.

National Industries for the Blind enhances the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its associated agencies serve as the largest program responsible for the employment of people who are blind through the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act. NIB operates under JWOD and the AbilityOne Program, a federal purchasing program that enables people who are blind to work and provide products and services to federal and commercial customers. Like other businesses, NIB and its associated agencies around the country work to deliver quality products on time and at competitive rates. NIB mentors and supports its agencies through business development; product and service research and development; program management; distribution channel development and support; marketing; sales and contract administration.  Contact NIB, 1310 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314-1691; 703-310-0500.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress, administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail and online.  Contact National Library Service, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542; 202-707-5100, 888-657-7323, TDD 202-707-0744 or fax 202-707-0712.

National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service offers a unique concept in hospitality employment training that provides physically disabled individuals nationwide with the right tools for successful careers in the rapidly growing industries of hotel operations, travel and tourism, or sales and marketing. Write to 1160 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14209, or call 716-882- 5690.

Pilot Dogs Inc., 625 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215; 614-221-6367.

Learning Ally has an extensive collection of audiobook titles in a broad variety of subjects at all academic levels. Anyone with a documented disability that makes reading standard print difficult is eligible to use RFB&D’s audio textbooks. Call 800- 221-4792.

Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc., 4210 77th St., E. Palmetto, FL 34221; 941-729-5665 or 800-944-3647.

The Seeing Eye is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world. Contact P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963; 973-539-4425.

United States Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.  Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design.  The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology.  It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.  The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among Federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities.  Half of its members are representatives from most of the Federal departments.  The other half is comprised of members of the public appointed by the President, a majority of whom must have a disability.  Contact United States Access Board, 1331 F St., NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111; 202-272-0080, 800-872-2253, TTY 202-272-0082, toll-free 800-993-2822 or fax 202-272-0081.

VIPconduit.com is a chat site, and also provides some basic computer classes, support events, numerous e-mail lists, and Accessible-devices.com.

AccreditedOnlineColleges.org is the web’s premier site for finding accredited online colleges around the US. School accreditation is vital to ensuring a quality education. But, determining accreditation can feel like working your way through a maze. Let our site be your guide. Accredited Online Colleges lets you search through countless accredited schools, based on a variety of criteria, to find the accredited college that best meets your needs.