Chapter 7: Information Sources


Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources


Subsection: Blindness and Visual Impairment

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

Email:

actionfund@actionfund.org

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is a service agency which specializes in providing to blind people help which is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems.

1800 Johnson St., Ste. 100
Baltimore , MD 21230

Voice: 

410-659-9315

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Email:

info@acb.org

The American Council of the Blind's (ACB) mission is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

1703 N Beauregard St, Suite 420
Alexandria , VA 22311

Voice: 

202-467-5081

Toll Free: 

800-424-8666

Fax: 

703-465-5085

American Foundation for the Blind

Email:

info@aph.org

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. They mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

1401 South Clark Street, Suite 730
Arlington , VA 22202

Voice: 

212-502-7600

Toll Free: 

800-232-5463

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Email:

info@aph.org

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) empowers people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative products, materials and services for lifelong success.

1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, , KY 40206

Voice: 

502-895-2405

Toll Free: 

800-223-1839

Fax: 

502-899-2284

American Thermoform Corporation

American Thermoform is a world-wide leader in the production and distribution of Braille Products and Supplies for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

1758 Brackett St.
La Verne , CA 91750

Voice: 

909-593-6711

Toll Free: 

800-331-3676

Fax: 

909-593-8001

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Email:

aer@aerbvi.org

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is a professional membership organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss.

5680 King Centre Drive, Suite 600
Alexandria , VA 22315

Voice: 

703-671-4500

Fax: 

703-671-6391

Blind Children's Center

Email:

info@blindchildrenscenter.org

A center-based program offers educational services to visually impaired children from birth to school age. Education, research and support services assist professionals and families nationwide.

4120 Marathon St.
Los Angeles , CA 90029

Voice: 

323-664-2153

Blinded Veterans Association

BVA Field Service Program uses a nationwide network of blinded veterans to find veterans who are experiencing vision loss and to provide counseling and link these veterans to the variety of services that may be needed. Employment assistance can also be provided.

BVA offers spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.

1101 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria , VA 22314

Voice: 

844-603-0145

Fax: 

202-371-8258

Braille Institute of America, Inc.

Email:

la@brailleinstitute.org

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss.

741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles , CA 90029

Voice: 

323-663-1111

Fax: 

323-663-0867

Deaf & Blind Children's Fund, Inc.

Email:

kskilgore@yahoo.com

Provides parents and professionals information, materials, and resources that help them teach and nurture infants and children who are blind and visually impaired. Works to increase global awareness of the need for early and continuing intervention for preschool children who are visually impaired.

P.O. Box 12655
Ogden , UT 84412

Voice: 

801-390-3838

Fax: 

801-525-9411

FamilyConnect

FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. The site also features a mom-authored blog, inspiring video testimonials from families, and articles authored by parents and experts in the field of blindness on multiple disabilities, technology, education, and more. From the personal to the professional, families will find all the resources they need to raise their children from birth to adulthood.

Toll Free: 

800-232-5463

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Email:

info@FightBlindness.org

This foundation supports the research that will lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the spectrum of degenerative retinal diseases, specifically macular degeneration – including age related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).

Foundation Fighting Blindness - PO Box for Donations
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Ste 100, PO Box 45740, Baltimore, MD 21297-5740
Columbia , MD 21046

Voice: 

410-423-0600

TTY: 

800-683-5551
410-363-7139 Local

Toll Free: 

800-683-5555

Fax: 

410-872-0438

Heartland Council of the Blind

Email:

lisspo@aol.com

The Heartland Council of the Blind (HCB) is a group of blind, visually impaired and sighted people from the Central Oklahoma area who come together to socialize, discuss issues related to visual impairment and advocate for a better life for the blind and visually impaired community in Central Oklahoma.

P.O. Box 30335
Midwest City , OK 73140

Voice: 

405-732-4782

Learning Ally

Email:

info@learningally.org

While Learning Ally remains a leading provider of audiobooks – including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks – the organization has become a critical resource to not only students in need, but also their parents, families, and educators.

From delivering parent services, webinars and tools for managing a learning difference to providing links to support networks, certifiers and professionals in the field of learning disabilities, their goal is provide a community of support – online, on the phone and in person. They help parents manage the challenges that come with supporting a child with a reading and learning disability.

20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton , NJ 08540

Toll Free: 

800-221-4792

Library Reproduction Service

Email:

LargePrintSB@aol.com

Produces large print books that are customized in print sizes. Serves elementary through post-secondary students. Has an extensive collection of large print classics. Produces books for both library and individual use. Will produce books not already published. Catalog available online.

19146 Van Ness Avenue
Torrance , CA 90501

Toll Free: 

800-255-5002

Fax: 

310-354-2601

Lighthouse Guild

Lighthouse Guild is the leading organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. They provide coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation and behavioral health as well as related services directed at prevention, early detection and intervention of vision disorders. Reducing the burdens of vision loss is the cornerstone of what they do.

250 West 64th Street
New York , NY 10023

TTY: 

800-284-4422 — TTY 711

Toll Free: 

800-284-4422

Lighthouse Guild- Suuport for Parents

Tele-support network.

250 West 64th Street
New York , NY 10023

Voice: 

212-769-6318

Toll Free: 

800-284-4422

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable foundation. The Foundation has relationships with key people and institutions in the field of vision research.

P.O. Box 531313
Henderson , NV 89053

Voice: 

702-450-2908 (Intl)

Toll Free: 

888-633-3937

Fax: 

702-450-3396

Michigan Braille Transcribing Service

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund (MBTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. They are a full braille transcription production facility and their main product is K-12 textbooks.

G. Robert Cotton Corrections Facility
3500 N. Elm Road
Jackson , MI 49201

Voice: 

517-780-5096

Fax: 

517-780-5448

National Braille Press, Inc.

Email:

contact@nbp.org

NBP empowers the blind and visually impaired with programs, materials, and technology supporting braille literacy and learning through touch. They promote literacy for blind children through outreach programs and encourages the teaching of braille to blind children by providing age-appropriate braille reading and support materials for caregivers and educators.

88 St. Stephen St.
Boston , MA 02115

Voice: 

617-266-6160

Toll Free: 

888-965-8965

Fax: 

617-437-0456

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Email:

nfb@nfb.org

The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. The NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in all fifty states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

200 East Well Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore , MD 21230

Voice: 

410-659-9314

Fax: 

410-685-5653

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Oklahoma

The National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma is the state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. Chapters are located in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. They also have 3 state-wide divisions: the Oklahoma Association of Blind Students, the Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants and the Oklahoma Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.

National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma Chapter

Email:

jeannie.massay@nfbok.org

They are a non-profit 501 0 (3) charitable organization striving to seek equality for all blind people in Central Oklahoma. They offer public education about blindness, serve as a source of information and referral, provide literature and publications about blindness, share information about aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, support advocacy and protection of civil rights, and offer support for blind persons and their families.

505 Baker Street
Norman , OK 73072

Voice: 

405-600-0695

National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

NIB’s mission is to enhance the personal and economic independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment. NIB is the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, and through its network of associated nonprofit agencies, is the largest employer of people who are blind in the country.

3000 Potomac Avenue
Alexandria , VA 22305

Voice: 

703-310-0500

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Email:

nls@loc.gov

.The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free national library program that provides braille and recorded materials to people who cannot see regular print or handle print materials.

Library of Congress
1291 Taylor St. N.W.
Washington , DC 20542

Voice: 

202-707-5100

Toll Free: 

888-657-7323 To connect to a local library
800-424-8567

Fax: 

202-707-0712

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

Email:

NOPBCpres@gmail.com

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information.

Voice: 

717-658-9894

NewView Oklahoma

Email:

info@newviewoklahoma.org

NewView Oklahoma, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to empower blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum potential through rehabilitation, employment, and community outreach.

They also offer community programs for people of all ages living with blindness and visual impairments including art classes, a dragon boating team, summer camps and support groups.

501 N. Douglas Ave.
Oklahoma City , OK 73106

Voice: 

855-811-9699

Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop

Email:

ovaw1971@gmail.com

​​​The Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop provides free materials to anybody working with children who are visually impaired and/or have ​special needs.

6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A
Santa Rosa , CA 95409

Voice: 

707-539-1611

Oklahoma Council of the Blind

Oklahoma Council of the Blind (OCB) is a statewide organization of blind and visually impaired individuals, their families and friends. The organization works to encourage, empower, educate and enhance the lives of Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. OCB strives to empower blind Oklahomans to become full and independent participants in society through advocacy, leadership and public education on issues that affect the lives of citizens with visual impairments.

P.O. Box 1476
Oklahoma City , OK 73101

Toll Free: 

877-578-6212

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision

Email:

JBrantley@okdrs.gov
  • Individual assistive technology evaluations;
  • Recommendations for assistive technology to meet individual needs;
  • Demonstration of adaptive computer technology;
  • Employer consultation on technology for employment situations; and
  • Information on assistive tech options for blindness and low vision.
Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision
2401 N.W. 23rd. St., Ste. 91
Oklahoma City , OK 73107

Voice: 

405-522-3442

Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children and Youth, Inc.

Email:

jmeyer194@gmail.com

Nonprofit foundation promoting quality educational services for blind and visually impaired children and youth statewide. Provides mini-grants for student educational needs not met by other sources. Scholarship program.

Contact Vice Chairman of the Board Jeanne Meyer at 918 348-5661.

P.O. Box 1306
Muskogee , OK 74402

Voice: 

918 348-5661

Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Email:

olbph@okdrs.gov

Provides books and periodicals in recorded and other alternate formats for children and adults who are unable to use standard print due to visual or physical disabilities. Cassette players and talking book machines are loaned and maintained free of charge. Descriptive videos (with narration describing visual action) can be checked out. NEWSLINE service gives over-the-phone access to major newspapers read via computer speech.

Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM) - The Library provides textbooks in braille and other alternate formats for visually impaired students in public schools. Teachers are urged to request braille instructional materials well in advance of need, to the extent possible.

300 N.E. 18th St.
Oklahoma City , OK 73105

Voice: 

405-521-3514

TTY: 

405-521-4672 TTY/TDD

Toll Free: 

800-523-0288

Oklahoma School for the Blind

Email:

rechelle@okdrs.gov

OSB is a residential and day school for children and youth with visual impairments. The School also serves as a statewide resource for the education of blind and visually impaired children in the public schools. Programs and services include:

  • Academic instruction through 12th grade;
  • Instruction in specialized adaptive skills such as braille, orientation and mobility, use of assistive technology and low vision aids, and independent living skills;
  • Vocational training and work-study opportunities;
  • College preparation;
  • Social, cultural and recreational activities including sports teams, music, band competitions, and a variety of student organizations;
  • Outreach services providing technical assistance to help teachers and parents develop appropriate individualized education programs for visually impaired children in public schools;
  • Related services such as student assessment, counseling, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, audiological services, health care and parent education and counseling; and
  • Library and Media Center with educational materials in alternate formats including Braille, large print and recordings. Assistive devices to try out or borrow include talking appliances, magnifiers, closed-circuit TVs for print enlargement, electronic Braille notetakers and much more.
  • Summer Enrichment Program: Oklahoma Kids: A Kaleidoscope. For 1st - 12th grade students who are blind or visually impaired. The summer program is for children and youth who do not regularly attend the School for the Blind. The program offers specialized skills instruction, remediation, reinforcement in academic skills, training in use of assistive technology for the blind, recreation and social skills development. Children are transported home each weekend of the four week session.

    Official Website: http://osb.k12.ok.us/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&...

3300 Gibson St.
Muskogee , OK 74403

Voice: 

918-781-8200

Toll Free: 

877-229-7136 (in state only)

Fax: 

918-781-8300

Perkins School for the Blind

Email:

Info@Perkins.org

Produces, sells, and repairs braille writers. Produces some braille books. Provides information on instruction of the blind for teachers.

175 N. Beacon St.
Watertown , MA 02472

Voice: 

617-924-3434

Fax: 

617-926-2027

Prevent Blindness America

Email:

info@preventblindness.org

The mission of Prevent Blindness America is to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 400
Chicago , IL 60606

Toll Free: 

800-331-2020

Seedling Braille Books for Children

Email:

info@seedlings.org

Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality, low-cost children's books in braille.

14151 Farmington Road
Livonia , MI 48151

Toll Free: 

800-777-8552

Fax: 

734-427-8552

Tulsa Council of the Blind

Email:

jericooperdb@gmail.com

The Tulsa Council of the Blind is a chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind. It was created by a group of blind individuals in the 1940s and served several functions. Over the past decades, TCB has been involved in legislative and other forms of advocacy in behalf of blind and visually impaired people, particularly on a local level. We have worked hard to develop public transportation, sidewalks, and acceptance of visually pmpaired people in all aspects of society.

Their monthly meetings are held from 5:30-7:30 pm, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Delta Cafe, 11101 E 41st St. Tulsa, OK.

Voice: 

918-200-6550

World Services for the Blind

World Services for the Blind's mission is to empower people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve sustainable independence. They offer life skills and career training programs in one location. This approach allows students to receive services tailored specifically to their needs. From essential life skills that ensure an individual’s ability to live independently to technology based career-path programs designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience that will allow them to compete in today’s high-tech jobs market, their programs put students on the path to sustainable independence.

2811 Fair Park Boulevard
Little Rock , AR 72204

Voice: 

501-664-7100