The selected references can help you make the most of your sight.  The list provides examples of what resources are available and we welcome suggestions for additions.   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 (1-800-772-1213 for more information).  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.

Associations/Organizations/Foundations

American Academy of Ophthalmology

P.O. Box 7424

San Francisco, CA 94120-7424

(415) 561-8500

www.geteyesmart.org

Provides brochures on low vision and other eye problems.  Look for SmartSight, the Academy’s vision rehabilitation program.

American Council of the Blind

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

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
1-800-232-5463
www.afb.org

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

www.macular.org

Publishes newsletter.

Associated Services for the Blind

919  Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

215-627-0600

www.asb.org

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
1-877-492-2708

www.aerbvi.org

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.

Association for Macular Diseases

212-605-3719

www.macula.org

Quarterly newsletter, seminars

Blinded Veterans Association

477 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
1-800-669-7079
www.bva.org

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

1-800-733-2258

www.cclvi.org

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

1-888-394-3937

www.blindness.org

National research organization.

The Iris Network

189 Park Avenue

Portland, ME 04102

1-800-715-0097

www.TheIris.org

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.

The Lighthouse, Inc.

36-20 Northern Blvd.

Long Island City, NY 11101

1-800-826-4200

www.lighthouse.org

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

Low Vision Council

5921 South Middlefield Road, Suite 102

Littleton, CO 80123

(303) 797-6554

www.lvcouncil.org

Works to raise awareness of low vision rehabilitation among eye care providers, as well as visually impaired consumers and their caregivers.

Macular Degeneration Foundation Education, Inc.

PO Box 9752

San Jose, CA 95157

1-888-MDF-EYES

www.eyesight.org

Counseling & support.

Macular Degeneration International

6700 North Oracle Road, Suite 505

Tucson, AZ 85704

1-800-393-7634

www.maculardegeneration.org

Biannual news journal, seminars and help line.

Macular Degeneration Partnership

1-888-430-9898

www.amd.org

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

1-800-562-6265

(617) 972-7441

www.spedex.com/NAPVI/

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 Eye Institute

National Institutes of HealthRoom #6A32, Building 3131 Center Drive MSC 2510Bethesda, MD 20892-2510(301) 496-5248www.nei.nih.govResearch information.

National Federation of the Blind

1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
www.nfb.org
Provides a wide variety of services to visually impaired people. Publishes the Braille Monitor and Future Reflections. Distributes a catalog of publications available in large print, Braille, or audiocassette, and a catalog of aids and appliances.  NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audio version of USA Today, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune.

National Society to Prevent Blindness

500 East Remington RoadSchaumburg, IL 601731-800-331-2020www.preventblindness.orgEducational materials on blindness
Resources for Rehabilitation33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02420
(781)862-6455
www.rfr.org

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

State Of Maine Department of Labor

Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

2 Anthony Avenue, 73 SHS

Augusta, ME 04333-0073

207-624-5191

www.maine.gov/rehab/dbvi

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

United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Low Vision Benefits:877-222-8387

www.va.gov/blindrehab

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

www.mablind.org

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
1-888-245-8333
www.visionsvcb.org

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.

Large Print Materials

Amazon

www.amazon.com

Type “large print books” in search site window for more than 7,000 titles

American Bible Society

1865 Broadway

New York, NY 10023

1-800-322-4253

www.americanbible.org

Bible in large print and on cassette

American Printing House for the Blind

1839 Frankfort Avenue

PO Box 6085

Louisville, KY 40206-0085
1-800-223-1839

www.aph.org

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

www.bclministries.org

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

Christian Book

508-977-5000

www.christianbook.com

Fiction, music, videos, Bibles, eBooks

Christian Record Services, Inc.

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

www.christianrecord.org

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

713-722-0419

www.dar-us-salam.com

Qur’an on audiotape or CD-ROM in Arabic

Doubleday Large Print Book Club

800-688-4442

www.doubledaylargeprint.com

Jewish Braille Institute International

110E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
1-800-433-1531

www.jbilibrary.org

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

1-815-444-8800

www.horizons-blind.org

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

Lutheran Library for the Blind

1-800-433-3954

www.blindmission.org

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

Maine State Library

Outreach Services

1-800-762-7106

www.maine.gov/msl/

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

202-707-5100

www.loc.gov/nls/

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
1-800-631-2580

http://homedelivery.nytimes.com/HDS/LargeTypeWeeklyHome.do?mode=ChooseCountry.LargeTypeWeekly

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

Random House Large Print

Customer Service

400 Halm Road

Westminster, MD 21157

1-800-726-0600

www.randomhouse.com/largeprint/

Reader’s Digest Large Type Publications

P.O. Box 241

Mount Morris, IL 61054

1-800-807-2780www.rd.com

Thorndike and GK Hall Large Print Books

PO Box 159

Thorndike, ME 04986

1-800-877-4253

www.thorndike.gale.com

Ulverscroft Large Print, Inc.

PO Box 1230

West Seneca, NY 14224

1-800-955-9659

http://www.ulverscroft.com/home.php?countryCode=US

Walker and Company

435 Hudson Street

New York, NY 19914

1-800-289-2553

www.walkerbooks.com

Large print books on Judaism and Christianity

Xavier Society for the Blind

154 E. 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010-4595

(212) 473-7800

http://www.xaviersocietyfortheblind.org

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

Audiotapes and Audio Media

Audbile.com

http://www.audible.com/

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) 434-5550www.audiobooksonline.com

Audio Editions

PO Box 6930Auburn, CA 956041-800-231-4261www.audioeditions.com

Aurora Ministries

PO Box 1848 Bradenton, FL 34206(941) 748-4100www.auroraministries.orgFree scriptures on tape

BDD Audio

Customer Service

400 Halm Road

Westminster, MD 21157

1-800-726-0600

www.randomhouse.com/audio

Blackstone Audio Books

PO Box 969 Ashland, OR 97520

1-800-729-2665www.blackstoneaudio.com

Books Aloud

180 West San Carlos

San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 277-4878

www.booksaloud.org

Free library of audiobooks for the visually impaired or disabled

Books on Tape, Inc.

Po Box 7900

Newport Beach, CA 92658

www.booksontape.com

Choice Magazine Listening

85 Channel Drive

Port Washington, NY 11050

(516) 883-8280

www.choicemagazinelistening.org

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

www.jgb.org

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

www.download.maineinfonet.org

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

1-800-638-1304

www.recordedbooks.com

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic – Headquarters

The Anne T. MacDonald Center
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
1-800-221-4792

www.rfbd.org
Provides free cassette tapes, textbooks for students, and materials needed for occupational pursuits.

Tools for Independent Living

Abledata

8455 Colesville Road, Suite 935

Silver Spring, MD20910

1-800-346-2742

www.abledata.com

Products and information on technology and rehabilitation equipment.

Ai Squared

802-362-3612

www.aisquared.com

Computer software

Ann Morris Enterprises

890 Fams Court

East Meadow, NY 11554

1-800-454-3175

www.annmorris.com

Low Vision Aids

Beyond Sight

303-795-6455

www.beyondsight.com

Computer adaptive equipment and low vision products

Big Type Company

4701 W. Mill Road

Milwaukee, WI 53218

1-800-933-1711

www.bigtypeco.com

Large print calendars, address books, check registers

Carolyn’s Low Vision Products

1415 57th Avenue West

Bradenton, FL 34207

1-800-648-2266

www.carolynscatalog.com

Dolphin Computer Access, LLC

100 South Ellsworth Avenue, 4th Floor

San Mateo, CA 94401

(605) 348-7401

www.yourdolphin.com

Products to assist the visually disabled with computer use.

Enhanced Vision Systems

800-44-9476

www.enhancedvision.com

CCTVs

Freedom Scientific

800-444-4443

www.freedomscientific.com

Computer software

Gold Violin

877-648-8400

www.goldviolin.com

Independent living devices.

G.W. Micro

725 Airport North Office Park

Fort Wayne, IN 46825

(219) 489-3671

www.gwmicro.com

Computer solutions for the visually impaired.

Independent Living Aids, Inc.
27 East Mall

Plainview, NY11803-4404
1-800-537-2118

www.independentliving.com

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.

800-322-4784

www.irti.net

Computer software, CCTVs

LS&S Group, Inc.

Po Box 673

Northbrook, IL 60065

www.lssgroup.com

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.

800-753-4767

www.magnisight.com

CCTVs

Maxi Aids

Po Box 3209

Farmingdale, NY 11735

1-800-522-6294

www.maxiaids.com

MONS International

6595 Roswell Road, Suite 224

Atlanta, GA 30328

1-800-541-7903

www.magnifiers.com

Low vision devices

NoIR Medical Technologies

6155 Pontiac Trail

South Lyon, MI 48178

1-800-521-9746

www.noir-medical.com

Tinted glasses.

PulseData/HumanWare

800-722-3393

www.humanware.com

Braille software

ShopLowVision.com

www.shoplowvision.com

Low vision aides

Telesensory

800-804-8004

www.telesensory.com

CCTVs

Vision Rehabilitation Self Help Books

Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight, L. Mogk, M.D., & M. Mogk, Ph.D., 2003.  Available at bookstores and at Amazon.

Making Life More Livable, M. Duffy, 2001.  Available from American Foundation for the Blind, 800-232-3044.

Overcoming Macular Degeneration: A Guide to Seeing Beyond the Clouds, S. Solomon, M.D., & J. Solomon, 2000.  Available at bookstores and at Amazon.

 Resources for the Blind and Vision Impaired

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