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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.
Lends recorded educational and professional books at all academic levels from late elementary through graduate school and beyond. Services are available to persons with a verified visual, physical, or specific learning disability that substantially limits reading. A registration fee of $75 is required of all applicants and $25.00 annually thereafter. Also sells electronic books, called E-Text, on computer disk.
Serves as a clearinghouse for information on vision and aging and on hearing impairment and aging. Offers educational materials for consumers and professionals. Promotes the improvement of service delivery to sensory-impaired older people.
National Alliance of Blind Students
1155 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Toll-free: 800-424-8666 from 2:30-5:30 pm
Web site: http://www.acb.org
A national organization of blind students who have a vested interest in education and the integration of college students who are blind or have vision impairments. NABS is involved in legislation and policy making related to rehabilitation programs, financial aid, equal access to classes, provision of alternative textbooks and new technologies. NABS has a scholarship fund that was established in 1990.
Addresses the needs of parents and families of children who are visually impaired, provides information about care, treatment, and quality services.
NAVH provides information, referral and direct services. Direct services include offering a free loan library of large print books by mail, offering a wide variety of visual aids in visual aids rooms in New York and San Francisco, and offering counsel and guidance to adults with partial vision and their families and to families and children with partial vision. NAVH acts as a clearinghouse of information for all services available to partially seeing people from federal, state, and local government agencies and from private sources. NAVH publishes materials not available elsewhere concerning the problems encountered by people with partial vision. It publishes two newsletters in large print, one for children and one for adults. Most information is provided in large print. A membership program is available allowing subscribers discounts on services.
Responds to requests for information about diabetes and its complications, and distributes information to health professionals, people with diabetes and their families, and the general public. Publications include information packets, NDIC fact sheets, The Diabetes Dictionary, and Directory of Diabetes Organizations, some in Spanish.
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Toll-free job opportunities: 800-414-5748
Web site: http://www.nfb.org
In New Jersey:
National Federation of the Blind - New Jersey
Joe Ruffalo, State President
254 Spruce St.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
phone: 973-743-0075; 1-866-632-1940
Web site: http://www.nfbnj.org
NFB's National Blindness Information Center attempts to answer by phone or mail, any questions about blindness and the rights of people who are blind. NFB acts as a legislative resource for its state chapters and serves as advocate in discrimination cases for people who are blind. NFB publishes a monthly magazine, The Braille Monitor, which reports on problems, progress, activities and new technologies related to blindness, and it is available in large print, cassette, Braille and diskette. Future Reflections is a quarterly magazine for parents and educators of children who are blind and is available in print or on cassette. Voice of the Diabetic is published quarterly by the Diabetes Division of NFB and is available in print or on cassette.
NFB - National Association of Blind Students
Web site: http://www.nfb.org/nfb/NABS.asp
For over 30 years this national organization of blind students has provided support, information, and encouragement to blind college and university students. NABS offers resources in issues such as national testing, accessible textbooks and materials, overcoming negative attitudes about blindness from school personnel, developing new techniques of accomplishing laboratory or field assignments, and many other college experiences.
In New Jersey: NJ Association of Blind Students
Web site: http://njabs.org
POBC-NJ provides support, information, referrals, training, and advocacy to parents and teachers of blind/visually impaired children. The group helps blind/VI
children grow up to be productive, fully functioning, independent members of society by providing practical information, networking and contact with
other families and blind adults, and teaching a positive attitude toward blindness and the abilities of blind people. The organization is also dedicated to providing
ideas, assistance, and information that will help blind/VI children with additional disabilities reach their potential.
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore MD 21230
Web site: www.nfb.org/nopbc
For more information, see the listing for NFB - Parents of Blind Children
National Rehabilitation Information Center
4200 Forbes Blvd.., Suite 202
Lanham, MD 20706
Fax & TTY: 301-459-4263
Web site: www.naric.com
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
153 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 47017
Newark, NJ 07101
Web site: http://www.nj.gov/humanservices/cbvi/home/index.html
State agency providing various services to blind and visually impaired residents of New Jersey: orientation and mobility training, home instruction programs, prevocational evaluation, rehabilitation center, deaf-blind services, vocational training and job placement follow-up services. Textbook and materials center, technical aids center. Camp Marcella is sponsored by the Commission for the Blind.
New Jersey Foundation for the Blind
18 Green Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Web Site: http://www.njffb.org
230 Diamond Spring Road, P.O. Box 929
Denville, NJ 07834
New Jersey Council on Special Transportation see NJ COST
Parents of Blind Children see NFB - Parents of Blind Children
POBC-NJ see NFB - Parents of Blind Children
Publisher of Braille books for children. Call for free catalog.
Ski for Light, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization founded in 1975 to promote physical fitness (especially cross-country skiing) and social well-being for adults of all ages who are blind or who have mobility impairments. Regional, national and international events are sponsored by the organization. SFL also acts a the feeder organization for the U.S. Disabled Cross-Country Ski Team.
Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service
Olmsted Center for Sight
1160 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
Telephone: 716-888-4526, fax 716-878-4631
Web site: www.statlercenter.org
The Statler Center provides job training programs for physically disabled, blind or visually impaired individuals.
USABA promotes athletics among people who are legally blind. USABA is a Disabled Sports Organization member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the International Blind Sports Association, and International Paralympic Committee. The organization has 40 chapters and 2,200 members participating in the following nine sports: alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, athletics, goalball, judo, powerlifting, swimming, tandem cycling, and wrestling.
The foundation operates a nationwide information center, which handles inquiries on the availability of large-print materials and aids and appliances, Social Security and other benefits and services, travel, housing, employment, recreation and other areas. A VISION resource list is available in large print and on cassette. VISION Foundation charges a handling fee for items ordered.
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
500 Greenwich St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013-1354
Web site: http://www.visionsvcb.org
Through its international publication series VISIONS offers (1) self-study cassettes in basic indoor mobility housekeeping skills, personal management, and sensory development; (2) instructor manuals in orientation and mobility, personal management, sewing, and sensory development; and (3) HINTS booklets (English and Spanish) giving basic information to individuals who are newly blind and their families.
Xavier Society for the Blind
154 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
Toll-free: 800-637-9193 or 212-473-7800
Web site: http://xaviersociety.com
Makes available various weekly and monthly Catholic periodicals on cassette; maintains free lending library of hand-transcribed Braille, large-type, and books of primarily religious nature.
*Please note that this list does not imply that we endorse or recommend any specific organization or vendor.
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