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Organizations and Resources for the Visually Impaired, A to K
The following is not a complete listing of organizations for the visually impaired. For a more complete listing, consult the online searchable AFB Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada published by the American Foundation for the Blind
15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011.
This database of more than 20,000 commercially available rehabilitation products from more than 2,500 companies, includes personal care, therapeutic, recreation, sensory, educational, vocational, and transportation aids. The data base may be searched by calling the toll-free number and asking for a NARIC information specialist or via the ABLEINFORM bulletin board from a personal computer with a modem.
1005 Whitehead Road Extension, Suite 1
Ewing, New Jersey 08638
Toll Free: 888-322-1918; TTY: 609-882-0620
Web site: http://www.cpofnj.org/ats
Provides assistive technology needs assessment and training.
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
Produces and distributes Twin Vision (print-Braille) books free of charge throughout the United States; a free Braille weekly news magazine, Hot Line to Deaf-Blind, for individuals who are deaf-blind; and free Braille calendars. Lends print-Braille and Braille books through the Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind Children.
American Blind Skiing Foundation
8100 Foster Lane #310
Niles, IL 60714-1159
Web site: http://www.absf.org
This organization teaches people who are blind or legally blind to ski. Members participate in the national and international World Disabled Ski Championships. Memberships are available through the foundation. Information and referral to other ski associations for people with visual impairments are available. Instruction is provided for members only.
American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Toll-Free: 800-424-8666 (2:00-5:00)
Web site: http://www.acb.org
In New Jersey: David Zulli, 66 Fox Rd., Apt. 7B, Edison., NJ 08817
The Council has 20 special-interest affiliates. These include an organization for parents with visual impairments and parents of children with visual impairments; an organization of guide dog users; and vocationally oriented organizations for professionals who are blind (e.g., lawyers, information specialists, secretaries, and computer programmers). ACB's 51 state chapters monitor state laws affecting people who are blind. The Council operates The Washington Connection, a legislative hotline offering updated information at 800-424-8666 from 6 p.m. - 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Braille Forum, a free monthly magazine updating developments in legislation, education, technology, leisure activities, and employment is available in large print, Braille, DOS computer diskette or four-track cassette.
AFB was established to help people who are blind or who have visual impairment acquire improved rehabilitation services and education and employment opportunities and to aid those people in daily living activities. Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada is published by the Foundation. (The Library has a copy of this book.) AFB's M.C. Migel Memorial Library contains more than 37,000 books, periodicals, and other publications on blindness. Its services are available to lay and professional people who may borrow materials in person or by mail.
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
Web site: http://www.aph.org
National organization for the production of literature and the manufacture of educational aids for blind and visually impaired persons. Through funds donated by the public, publishes Braille and talking book editions of the Reader's Digest.
This association is a national support group for individuals, their relatives and spouses who must adjust to the restrictions and changes brought about by macular disease. The association maintains a members' hotline to disseminate information and to provide emotional support and practical suggestions when needed. AMD publishes a quarterly newsletter to provide counsel, issue updates on medical advances, and report new developments in low-vision aids. Guidelines for forming local support groups, and booklets on macular degeneration are available to members.
The Blind Childrens Center was founded in 1938, by members of the Southern California Delta Gamma Fraternity, to serve children from birth to school-age who are blind or severely visually impaired. The Center’s goal is to provide a comprehensive program of specialized education and training which will optimize the blind or visually impaired child’s development and consequent opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life.
This association is the only service organization exclusively devoted to serving men and women who are totally blind or have severe visual impairments who have served within the United States Armed Forces. Advocacy, assistance and fellowship are the goals of the organization. Direct services are based on the one-to-one principle that a veteran who is blind can most effectively motivate another veteran who is blind. Boa's Field Service Program is carried out by field representatives who visit veterans who have not been rehabilitated. They recommend rehabilitation centers, offer counseling in the areas of compensation, pensions, schooling, and the use of prosthetic aids and equipment, and counsel the veteran's family. The Outreach Employment Program convinces employers to give job opportunities to the veterans. BVA representatives assist the veteran by contacting prospective employers and helping him to prepare resume and job applications. BVA publishes a bimonthly newsletter, the BVA Bulletin.
Braille This, LLC
584 Shark Lane, Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050
Web site: www.braillethis.com
Offers transcription of all types of literary materials, Nemeth (early education), binding, braille adaptation of print toddler books and interlining service.
Records a free bimonthly anthology of selected articles, fiction, and poetry from current periodicals. Distributed free of charge by individual subscription.
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)
Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind
1155 15th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Web site: http://www.cclvi.org
The basic purpose of this organization is to help people who are partially sighted to be more independent. Toward that goal, the objectives of CCLVI include establishing the right of partially sighted people to fully utilize remaining eyesight through aids, services and technology and establishing outreach programs to ensure accessibility of services. CCLVI is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. The quarterly newsletter Vision Access reports on resources, new developments, research, association conferences, and chapter news. The newsletter is available in large print, audiocassette, and on computer diskette. A nominal membership fee is charged.
Provides daily newspapers via a special radio receiver or Telereader, a telephone access system. A twenty-five dollar donation is requested but not required.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
11435 Cronhill Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Toll-free TTD: 800-683-5551
Voice Phone: 410-568-0150
Web site: www.blindness.org
The Foundation is dedicated to finding the cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), Usher's Syndrome and other allied inherited blinding diseases. The foundation supports research and provides education, information, resources, and support. The Young Adult Network is for individuals ages 16-35 with an inherited retinal degeneration.
Glaucoma Research Foundation
490 Post Street Suite 1427
San Francisco, CA 94102
Web site: http://www.glaucoma.org
Has publications on glaucoma that are available at no cost to all interested persons who write or telephone the foundation.
The Hadley School for the Blind is the largest worldwide distance educator of blind and visually impaired people, their families and blindness service professionals. Hadley offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition courses to blindness professionals. Hadley relies on contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund its programs.
Jewish Guild for the Blind
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Web site: www.jgb.org
JGB is a not-for-profit voluntary agency whose mission is to assist people who are blind and have visual impairments to achieve their optimum potential as members of society. JGB is the world's largest circulator of taped bestsellers and other recorded books.
Job Accommodations Network (JAN)
West Virgina University
PO Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
Toll-free: 800-526-7234 (V/TTY)
Web site: www.jan.wvu.edu
JAN is an information network and consulting resource that enables qualified workers with disabilities to be hired or retained. It brings together information from many sources about practical ways of making accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.
*Please note that this list does not imply that we endorse or recommend any specific organization or vendor.
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