Low Vision Resources List

The selected resources included in this list may help individuals with visual impairments make the most of remaining sight. This list provides examples of available resources and we welcome suggestions for additions. These resources may also be able to refer you to services in your area.

General Information

American Academy of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
(415) 561-8500
• Provides brochures on low vision and other eye problems.

American Council of the Blind
1155 15th 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
(212) 502-7600
• 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 Optometric Association
243 Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 991-4100
• Provides brochures on low vision and other eye problems.

Associated Services for the Blind
919 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600
• 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
(703) 823-9690
• Includes educators, rehabilitators, administrators, parents, and houseparents of blind children; agencies, schools, and other 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. Presents awards, conducts certification programs, and maintains job exchange services. Works with state, provencial, and national governments on legislation affecting services to blind and visually impaired individuals.

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.

Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind
Edna Johnson, Ph.D., Program Officer
U.S. Department of Education
Rehabilitation Services Administration
330 C Street, S.W., Room 3229
Washington, DC 20202-2741
(202) 205-9320
• Provides training in skills of routine daily living, travel, communication, provision of adaptive devices, low vision services, family and peer counseling, and community integration such as outreach and information and referral. Funded through Title VII, Chapter 2 of the Rehabilitation Act. Programs are available in every state and accessible through each state agency for the blind.

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. Programs include: medical, vision, psychiatric, rehabilitative services, managed long term care, residential services, day health programs, schools, educational training programs, free audio library services, and a national radio reading service. Provides education and training locally and nationally to consumers, families and health care professionals. Literature includes posters, brochures, vision cards, and training videos.

Lighthouse International
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 821-9200
(212) 821-9713 (TDD)
• Serves as a national clearinghouse for information on vision impairment across the life span including specific services for children and seniors. Offers a comprehensive selection of educational products, large print materials, talking products, and related specialty items for people with visual impairments. Adaptive devices are available through catalog sales. Offers reading and library services, employment and recreation resources, and technology centers.

Low Vision Council
5921 South Middlefield Road, Suite 102
Littleton, CO 80123
(303) 797-6554

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

National Association for Visually Handicapped
22 W. 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-3141
• Serves as a clearinghouse for information about all services available to the partially-sighted from public and private sources. Conducts self-help groups. Provides information on large print books, textbooks, and educational tools. Publishes a quarterly newsletter and has a large print loan library with over 7,000 titles. Sells a variety of optical aids for the visually impaired.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, Inc.
P.O. Box 317
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 Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
• 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.

Resources for Rehabilitation
33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 862-6455
• Offers training programs for public and professionals on coping with low vision. Publishes books and materials related to low vision including Living with Low Vision: A Resource Guide for People with Sight Loss.

Vision Community Services, A Division of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind
23A Elm Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 926-4232
1-800-852-3029 (Massachusetts only)
• Provides resources locally, nationally and internationally to consumers, their families, and health care professionals. Offers a wide variety of cooking equipment, recreational, and household items, all of which are specially designed or adapted for use by people with vision loss. Catalog of these assistive devices is available in large print, audiocassette, and on computer disk.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10013-1354
(212) 625-1616
• 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.


Print and Audio Materials

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
• Provides free subscriptions to Reader's Digest, Newsweek and other magazines on disposable audiocassettes. Provides Reader's Digest in Braille.

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.

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.

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.

Jewish Braille Institute of America
110 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525
• Provides talking books, Braille and large-print books, a circulating library and a public education program. Offers counseling and referrals to low vision care in the U.S.

The Jewish Guild for the Blind
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-6200
• Provides free audio library services to individuals with visual impairments by mail (1600 titles, primarily best sellers) and a national radio reading service broadcasting 7 days 24 hours.

John Milton Society for the Blind
475 Riverside Drive, Room 455
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3335
• Provides free Christian literature in Braille, audiocassette, and large type. Publishes a directory of resources and selected services and products for the blind and visually impaired.

National Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0744 (TDD)
• Provides free library service to individuals with visual impairments. Offers Braille and large print materials and recorded books and periodicals.

New York Times/Large Type Weekly
229 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 556-1234
• Offers subscriptions to the New York Times in a 16 point font.

Reader's Digest Large Type Publications
P.O. Box 241
Mount Morris, IL 61054
1-800 431-1246
• Offers subscriptions to Reader's Digest in large type.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic - Headquarters
The Anne T. MacDonald Center
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 452-0606
• Provides free cassette tapes, textbooks for students, and materials needed for occupational pursuits.

Recording for the Blind Regional Offices
(415) 493-3717 - California
(212) 557-5720 - New York

Talking Tapes for the Blind
16 Sunnen Drive, Suite 162
St. Louis, MO 63143-3800
(314) 646-0500
• Provides textbooks on audiocassettes for students with visual, physical, cognitive and learning disabilities.

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.



Job Opportunities for the Blind
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
• Works with agencies and blind people they serve to provide a cost-effective pathway to jobs with good earnings and benefits.

Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 371-8880
• Link 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 the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.



Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada, 26th edition (2001)
American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001

Living with Low Vision: A Resource Guide for People with Sight Loss, 5th edition (1998)
Resources for Rehabilitation
33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 862-6455

Rehabilitation Resource Manual: VISION, 4th edition (1993)
Resources for Rehabilitation
33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02173
(781) 862-6455

Aging and Vision--Directory of Programs and Services for Older Adults With Impaired Vision (1996)
Lighthouse International
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 821-9200


Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the National Eye Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

August 2001

Blindness in Depth

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