The selected references can help you make the most of your sight.  The list provides examples of what resources are available. Any legally blind (vision of 20/200 or worse in the better seeing eye) person in need can apply for SSI or SSDI at the nearest Social Security Office.  In Maine, legally blind individuals may receive a real estate tax exemption of up to $4,000 through their local town office.  ID Cards for those without a driver’s license are available at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

American Academy of Ophthalmology

P.O. Box 7424

San Francisco, CA 94120-7424

(415) 561-8500

American Council of the Blind

115515th Street, N.W, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 424-8666
(202) 467-5081

Offers a wide variety of services to visually impaired persons with emphasis on employment opportunities. Publishes the Braille Forum.

American Foundation for the Blind

11 Penn Plaza, Suite 30
New York, NY 10001

Offers consultation services to eye care, rehabilitation, and education professionals. Serves as a national clearinghouse for information about blindness and visual impairment. Provides referrals to low vision centers.

American Macular Degeneration Foundation

PO Box 515

Northampton, MA 01061

(413) 587-9475

Associated Services for the Blind

919  Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107


Offers personal adjustment to blindness training and orientation and mobility training. Provides materials in Braille. Offers computer training using adaptive devices.   Provides subscriptions (for a nominal fee) to magazines such as: Family Circle, Fortune, Smithsonian, Science News, and others.

Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

4600 Duke Street, Suite 430
P.O. Box 22397
Alexandria, VA 22304

Includes educators, rehabilitators, administrators, and parents of blind children, agencies, schools, and others interested in the education, guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or occupational placement of the blind and partially-sighted. Cooperates with colleges and universities in conferences and workshops.  Conducts certification programs and maintains job exchange services. Works with state and national governments on legislation affecting services to blind and visually impaired individuals.

The Iris Network

189 Park Avenue

Portland, ME 04102


Non-profit agency with an18 bed residential program for the blind, a 4 to 16 week rehabilitation program on site and local community rehabilitation services.  Computer access training and career development are available.  Also provides Maine AIRS, an audio program of various Maine newspapers read over the stations of Maine Public Television.

State Of Maine Department of Labor

Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

2 Anthony Avenue, 73 SHS

Augusta, ME 04333-0073


Provides education services for children, vocational rehabilitation and independent living services.

Association for Macular Diseases


Quarterly newsletter, seminars

Blinded Veterans Association

477 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Links veterans with services, rehabilitation training and other benefits and helps them find jobs.  Offers spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through a scholarship program.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International


Serves as an advocacy group for the visually impaired. Provides information on low vision technology. Offers scholarship. Publishes the CCLV News.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

Executive Plaza I, Suite 800

11350 McCormick Road

Hunt Valley, MD 21031


National research organization.

The Lighthouse, Inc.

36-20 Northern Blvd.

Long Island City, NY 11101


Leading resource on vision impairment and adaptive products, enabling people who are blind or have partial sight to lead independent lives.

Macular Degeneration Partnership


Free information and research updates, monthly on-line newsletter.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, Inc.

P. O.Box317

Watertown, MA 02471-0317


(617) 972-7441

Offers emotional support for parents of blind or visually impaired children. Provides information, training and assistance, and help in understanding and using available resources. Publishes Awareness, a quarterly newsletter.

National Society to Prevent Blindness

500 East Remington RoadSchaumburg, IL

Educational materials on blindness

Resources for Rehabilitation33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02420

Offers training programs for public and professionals on coping with low vision. Publishes books and materials related to low vision.

United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Low Vision Benefits:877-222-8387

Some hospitals offer limited visual aids and training.  The closest regional low vision/blind rehabilitation center is located in West Haven, CT.

Vision Community Services, A Division of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind

23A Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472

(617) 926-4232

Provides resources locally, nationally and internationally. Offers a wide variety of cooking equipment, recreational, and household items. Catalog is available in large print, audiocassette, or computer disk.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013-1354

Offers free services to adults over age 55 and teens with severe vision problems. Services include self-help study kits, counseling, vision rehabilitations training, consumer workshops, and an information center. Provides volunteer and overnight camp services for blind and visually impaired adults and elders and parents of blind children.

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American Bible Society

1865 Broadway

New York, NY 10023


Bible in large print and on cassette

American Printing House for the Blind

1839 Frankfort Avenue

PO Box 6085

Louisville, KY 40206-0085

Promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing special media, tools, and materials needed for education and life. Audio- cassettes of Newsweek and Reader’s Digest are available at no charge to eligible blind U.S. citizens living at home or abroad.

Braille Circulating Library, Inc.

2700 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 359-3771
(804) 359-3743

Loans- Braille materials talking books, audiocassettes, and large print Christian materials.

Christian Book


Fiction, music, videos, Bibles, eBooks

Christian Record Services, Inc.

4444 South 52nd Street
P.O. Box 6097
Lincoln, NE 68516
(402) 488-0981

Provides a lending library of books in Braille, large print materials, and cassette tapes. Provides referrals to local low vision specialists and support groups.

Dar-us-Salam Publications


Qur’an on audiotape or CD-ROM in Arabic

Doubleday Large Print Book Club


Jewish Braille Institute International

110E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016

Provides talking books, Braille and large-print books, a circulating library and a public education program. Offers counseling and referrals to low vision care.

Horizons for the Blind


Print and braille books on crafts, plants, gardening, and cookbooks

Lutheran Library for the Blind


4,00 large-print, audio and Braille books and magazines

Maine State Library

Outreach Services


Loans large print and talking books as well as descriptive videos.  Books by mail are available in some communities.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Library of Congress

1291 Taylor Street NW

Washington, DC 20542


This national library service loans recorded books and magazines on cassettes and disks that persons with low vision can play on adapted equipment, which it likewise loans to registered patrons at no charge.

New York Times/Large Type Weekly

229 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Offers subscriptions to the New York Times in a 16 point font.

Random House Large Print

Customer Service

400 Halm Road

Westminster, MD 21157


Reader’s Digest Large Type Publications

P.O. Box 241

Mount Morris, IL 61054

Thorndike and GK Hall Large Print Books

PO Box 159

Thorndike, ME 04986


Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.

PO Box 1230

West Seneca, NY 14224


Walker and Company

435 Hudson Street

New York, NY 19914


Large print books on Judaism and Christianity

Xavier Society for the Blind

154 E. 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010-4595

(212) 473-7800

Serves as the National Catholic Press and Lending Library for the visually impaired.

Audiotapes and Audio Media

Owned by Amazon, an on-line service to download audiobooks to an computer, MP3 player or smart phone

AudioBooks Online

RR1 Box 60Richmond, VA 05477-9702(802)

Choice Magazine Listening

85 Channel Drive

Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 883-8280

Offers selected articles from popular print magazines on special-speed, 4-track audiocassette, available through the Library of Congress. Provides free service nationwide to eligible persons.

The Jewish Guild for the Blind

15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023-6601
(212) 769-6200

Offers services to blind and visually impaired children, adults, and the elderly, some of whom are multi-handicapped.  Free audio lending library and a national radio reading service.

Maine InfoNet Download Library

Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks are available with a library card from any public library in the state.

Recorded Books, Inc.

270 Skipjack Road

Prince Frederick, MD 20678


Tools for Independent Living


8455 Colesville Road, Suite 935

Silver Spring, MD20910


Products and information on technology and rehabilitation equipment.

Ai Squared


Computer software

Ann Morris Enterprises

890 Fams Court

East Meadow, NY 11554


Low Vision Aids

Beyond Sight


Computer adaptive equipment and low vision products

Big Type Company

4701 W. Mill Road

Milwaukee, WI 53218


Large print calendars, address books, check registers

Carolyn’s Low Vision Products

1415 57th Avenue West

Bradenton, FL 34207


Dolphin Computer Access, LLC

100 South Ellsworth Avenue, 4th Floor

San Mateo, CA 94401

(605) 348-7401

Products to assist the visually disabled with computer use.

Enhanced Vision Systems



Freedom Scientific


Computer software

Gold Violin


Independent living devices.

G.W. Micro

725 Airport North Office Park

Fort Wayne, IN 46825

(219) 489-3671

Computer solutions for the visually impaired.

Independent Living Aids, Inc.
27 East Mall

Plainview, NY11803-4404

Resource of aids that assist in making every day living easier- timepieces, telephones, cooking tools, magnifiers & reading machines, sound amplifiers, personal care products, games, hobbies, special computer software, etc.

Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies, Inc.


Computer software, CCTVs

LS&S Group, Inc.

Po Box 673

Northbrook, IL 60065

Specializes in products for the visually and hearing impaired- clocks, watches, telephones, CCTVs, computers and accessories, kitchen aids, bath & shower aids, lamps, magnifiers, magnifying mirrors, etc.

MagniSight, Inc.



Maxi Aids

Po Box 3209

Farmingdale, NY 11735


MONS International

6595 Roswell Road, Suite 224

Atlanta, GA 30328


Low vision devices

NoIR Medical Technologies

6155 Pontiac Trail

South Lyon, MI 48178


Tinted glasses.



Braille software

Low vision aides