Chapter 7: Information Sources
Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources
Subsection J: Blindness and Visual Impairment
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
1800 Johnson St., Ste. 100
Baltimore, MD 21230
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. The services of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults are planned especially to meet the needs of blind children, the elderly blind, and the deaf-blind.
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650,
Arlington, VA 22201-3354
800-424-8666 Toll Free
National organization of blind individuals, families and other supporters. Provides issue information, advocacy, publications, job listings, Internet radio and web site. ACB has 51 state and regional affiliates and 20 national special interest and professional affiliates. The state/regional groups meet statewide once or twice yearly and many of these organizations also have local chapters. Many of these local chapters meet monthly. The national special interest affiliates meet annually during the ACB national convention and many of these groups have state/metropolitan chapters.
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Ste. 1102
New York, NY 10121
800-232-5463 Toll Free
A national nonprofit organization serving blind individuals, organizations that serve them and the general public. Areas of program activity include information collection and dissemination (including research and publications), issue and policy research and analysis, education of the public and policymakers on issues of importance to the blind, and production of talking books and other accessible materials. Legislative and issue updates provided in Words from Washington on AFB web site or by email. Catalog of publications available online.
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
800-223-1839 Toll Free
Produces the APH catalog which lists items such as educational equipment, games, classroom aids, math and science aids, preschool, kindergarten, primary and multi-handicapped aids including reading readiness. Produces textbooks in braille and large print. Offers equipment for purchase (talking book machines, tape players, braille writers). Produces braille and large print textbooks and recreational reading materials. Search the LOUIS website for locations of textbooks in braille or large print produced by other agencies.
American Thermoform Corporation
1758 Brackett St.
La Verne, CA 91750
800-331-3676 Toll Free
Produces thermoform paper, braille labels, braille computer paper, and loose-leaf braille paper.
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
1703 N. Beauregard St., Ste. 440
Alexandria, VA 22311
877-492-2708 Toll Free
An international professional association of individuals working in the fields of education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired. Promotes professional excellence through support of those who provide services to people with visual impairments. Provides advocacy for specialized, quality services for blind children and adults. Administers professional certification program. Provides training and professional development opportunities. Publications and resources available.
Blind Children’s Center
4120 Marathon St.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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.
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2694
800-669-7079 Toll Free
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.
Braille Institute of America, Inc.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
800-272-4553, Ext. 1256
Braille Institute offers services to help people with limited or no vision lead independent and enriched lives.
Braille International, Inc.
3290 S.E. Slater St.
Stuart, FL 34997
888-336-3142 Toll Free
A company that produces braille books and other material.
Deaf & Blind Children’s Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 12655
Ogden, UT 8441-2655
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.
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.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Foundation Fighting Blindness – PO Box for Donations
PO Box 17279
Baltimore, MD 21298-9581
Columbia, MD 21046
800-683-5555 Toll Free
410-363-7139 Local TDD 410-771-9470 Fax
This foundation supports the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
Heartland Council of the Blind
P.O. Box 30335
Midwest City, OK 73140
The Heartland Council of the Blind 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. HCB is a chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.
Library Reproduction Service
14214 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90061
800-255-5002 Toll Free
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.
111 E. 59th St.
New York, NY 10022-1202
800-829-0500 Toll Free
A longtime part of Lighthouse International, the store now features a new product line that is geared more directly to meet the needs of people who are blind or partially sighted. Offerings range from a vast selection of glare-free lighting to magnifying mirrors to talking products that range from watches and clocks to computer software even cellular phones and other cutting-edge technology.
For more information or to check out what's new, visit or contact them at one of their locations. Direct link: www.lighthouse.org/aboutus/the-lighthouse-store.
Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 531313
Henderson, NV 89053
888-633-3937 Toll Free
702-450-2908 (Intl) 702-450-3396 Fax
Michigan Braille Transcribing Service
G. Robert Cotton Corrections Facility
3500 N. Elm St.
Jackson, MI 49201
Produces braille textbooks for grades K-12. Print lists of books are available free.
National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI)
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471
800-562-6265 Toll Free
The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments.
National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (OK-NAPVI ) - Oklahoma
6116 Gun Hill Way
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Organization of parents, educators and advocates supporting quality educational services and improved opportunities for children who are blind or visually impaired. Offers parent support, training conferences, resources, recreation and other activities for children and advocacy.
National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH)
111 East 59th Street
(Between Lexington & Park Avenues)
The Sol and Lillian Goldman Building Tel: (212) 821-9200 / (800) 829-0500 Fax: (212) 821-9707 - TTY: (212) 821-9713
New York, NY 10022
800-829-0500 Toll Free
212-821-9200 Voice 212-821-9713 TTY 212-821-9707 Fax
Lighthouse International Midtown Manhattan has acquired NAVH. National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH) is the a non-profit health agency solely dedicated to providing assistance to those with limited vision.
National Braille Press, Inc.
88 St. Stephen St.
Boston, MA 02115
888-965-8965 Toll Free
Provides braille reproduction of certain items. Sells various materials in braille and on cassette for adults. Offers a Children's-Book-of-the-Month club for blind children. For $100 a year children receive one popular children's book monthly in twin-vision (braille and print). Provides free downloads of their publication catalogs, braille transcription price list, computer braille symbols, the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution in braille, and other items.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
200 East Well Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
The National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Oklahoma
457 N. Blackwelder Avenue
Edmond, OK 73034
National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma Chapter
PO Box 62
Edmond, Ok 73083
We are a non-profit 501 0 (3) charitable organization striving to seek equality for all blind people in Central Oklahoma. We 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.
Monthly Chapter Meetings – occur on the second Friday of each month, in Edmond. Call the number listed above for details. Provides opportunities for our members to meet and discuss issues regarding local and national legislation, listen to guest speakers on various topics, share successful methods for living as a blind person, and serves as an opportunity for social networking.
Free Basic Braille Class- A program offering Braille literacy for youth and adults, and parents of blind children and anyone interested in learning to read Braille.
National Industries for the Blind (NIB)
1310 Braddock Pl.,
Alexandria, VA 22314-1691
NIB provides technical assistance for industries (workshops) employing people who are blind.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20542
888-657-7323 To Connect to a local library
A network of regional and subregional libraries provides a free library service to persons who are unable to use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. Library patrons can expect to borrow audio or braille books such as they might find in print at a local public library. Books and magazines in audio form (talking books) and braille are delivered to eligible readers by postage-free mail and are returned in the same manner. Specially designed phonographs and cassette players are also loaned free to persons who borrow talking books from their library. Oklahoma: www.state.ok.us/~library.
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-659-9314, Ext. 2360
Association of parents of children with visual impairments. The organization provides information, support and an opportunity for parents to exchange experiences and resources. The National Federation of the Blind distributes many different magazines, newspapers, newsletters, speeches, reports, books, and other pieces of literature to inform the public (blind and sighted) about the true nature of blindness and about issues of interest to the blind.
501 N. Douglas Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop
6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7
Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5969
Fax: (707) 539-6537
Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5969
888-625-6668 Toll Free
The Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop provides teachers of blind and mentally impaired children with tactile learning materials.
Oklahoma Council of the Blind
P.O. Box 1476
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Alternative Mailing Address:
2801 Carlton Way
Oklahoma City, OK 73120-2802
877-578-6212 Toll Free
Statewide organization of blind individuals, families and friends. Activities include public education on blindness, advocacy, social events, resource information and peer support. Advocacy interests include education, braille services, rehabilitation, employment, transportation, assistive technology, accessibility, support services and civil rights. Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Visual Services, Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision
2401 N.W. 23rd. St., Ste. 91
Oklahoma City, OK 73107-2412
800-523-0288 Toll Free
- 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.
Direct link: www.okrehab.org/services_vsservices.html.
Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children and Youth, Inc.
P.O. Box 1306
Muskogee, OK 74402
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.
Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
300 N.E. 18th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
800-523-0288 Toll Free
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.
Oklahoma School for the Blind
3300 Gibson St.
Muskogee, OK 74403
877-229-7136 Toll Free
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.
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon St.
Watertown, MA 02472-2790
Produces, sells, and repairs braille writers. Produces some braille books. Provides information on instruction of the blind for teachers.
Prevent Blindness America
211 W. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
800-331-2020 Toll Free
Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year.
Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic
20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540
800-221-4792 Toll Free
866-732-3585 Toll Free
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability. Produces textbooks on tape for public school and college students for a minimal cost. Must fill out an application. They have a catalog of materials already available or you may look online or through the LOUIS database (APH).
Seedling Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
800-777-8552 Toll Free
734-427-8552 Voice / Fax
Produces current children's books in braille at low cost. Catalog available in print or braille. Books for children ages 1 to 14.
Tulsa Council of the Blind
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 6:00-7:30 pm, on the 2nd Friday of each month at the West Tulsa Free Will Baptist Church in the Family Life Center (2332 S. Nogales Ave, Tulsa, OK. For more information, please go to their website or contact Julie Bailey, 918-355-0842 or email at email@example.com.
Vision World Wide, Inc.
5707 Brockton Dr., Ste. 302
Indianapolis, IN 46220-5481
Vision World Wide is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of the vision impaired through direct interaction and indirectly through the caregiving community. They serve both the totally blind and those with various degrees and forms of vision loss. They provide invaluable information, education, guidance, support and consumer protection, not only to the blind and visually impaired, but to the many professionals (medical, social and technical) who serve them.
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