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.
P.O. Box 7424
Provides brochures on low vision and other eye problems. Look for SmartSight, the Academy’s vision rehabilitation program.
Offers a wide variety of services to visually impaired persons with emphasis on employment opportunities. Publishes the Braille Forum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serves as an advocacy group for the visually impaired. Provides information on low vision technology. Offers scholarship. Publishes the CCLV News.
National research organization.
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.
36-20 Northern Blvd.
Leading resource on vision impairment and adaptive products, enabling people who are blind or have partial sight to lead independent lives.
Works to raise awareness of low vision rehabilitation among eye care providers, as well as visually impaired consumers and their caregivers.
Counseling & support.
Biannual news journal, seminars and help line.
Free information and research updates, monthly on-line newsletter.
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 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
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
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
Provides education services for children, vocational rehabilitation and independent living services.
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
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.
Large Print Materials
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American Bible Society
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
Loans- Braille materials talking books, audiocassettes, and large print Christian materials.
Fiction, music, videos, Bibles, eBooks
Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
P.O. Box 6097
Lincoln, NE 68516
Provides a lending library of books in Braille, large print materials, and cassette tapes. Provides referrals to local low vision specialists and support groups.
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
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
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
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
RR1 Box 60Richmond, VA 05477-9702(802) 434-5550www.audiobooksonline.com
PO Box 6930Auburn, CA 956041-800-231-4261www.audioeditions.com
PO Box 1848 Bradenton, FL 34206(941) 748-4100www.auroraministries.orgFree scriptures on tape
400 Halm Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Blackstone Audio Books
PO Box 969 Ashland, OR 97520
180 West San Carlos
San Jose, CA 95113
Free library of audiobooks for the visually impaired or disabled
Books on Tape, Inc.
Po Box 7900
Newport Beach, CA 92658
Choice Magazine Listening
85 Channel Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
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
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
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic – Headquarters
The Anne T. MacDonald Center
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Provides free cassette tapes, textbooks for students, and materials needed for occupational pursuits.
Tools for Independent Living
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 935
Silver Spring, MD20910
Products and information on technology and rehabilitation equipment.
Ann Morris Enterprises
890 Fams Court
East Meadow, NY 11554
Low Vision Aids
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
Products to assist the visually disabled with computer use.
Enhanced Vision Systems
Independent living devices.
725 Airport North Office Park
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Computer solutions for the visually impaired.
Independent Living Aids, Inc.
27 East Mall
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.
Po Box 3209
Farmingdale, NY 11735
6595 Roswell Road, Suite 224
Atlanta, GA 30328
Low vision devices
NoIR Medical Technologies
6155 Pontiac Trail
South Lyon, MI 48178
Low vision aides
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