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Resources for People with Low Vision

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This list not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.

Organizations Aids and Devices

Organizations

American Academy of Ophthalmology

655 Beach St.

P.O. Box 7424

San Francisco, CA 94120-7424

415-561-8500

Fax: 415-561-8533 aaoe@aao.org www.aao.org

Distributes information on eye disorders and low vision.

American Council of the Blind

1703 N. Beauregard St

Suite 420

Alexandria, VA 22311

(202) 467-5081

(800) 424-8666

Fax: (703) 465-5085 info@acb.org www.acb.org

Provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals and publishes a monthly magazine, The Braille Forum, available at www.acb.org and in braille, large print, half-speed cassette, data CD, and e-mail. Available free of charge to members; a subscription fee is charged for non-members, organizations, and foreign subscribers.

American Foundation for the Blind

2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102

New York, NY 10121

Toll Free: 800-232-5463

212-502-7600 info@afb.net www.afb.org

Publishes books, operates a national clearinghouse on blindness and visual impairment and makes referrals to low vision centers.

American Optometric Association

243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63141

Toll Free: 800-365-2219

To send an e-mail, go to http://www.aoa.org/x4674.xml www.aoa.org

Provides information on low vision and maintains a list by state of their members who specialize in low vision. You may contact them to request the list for your area.

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

4000 Legato Road, Suite 700

Fairfax, VA 22033

703-591-2220

Fax 703-591-0614

To send an e-mail, go to http://ascrs.org/contact www.ascrs.org/

ASCRS has data on intraocular implantation, does research and promotes continuing education of ophthalmologists. Has brochures available on cataract surgery and radial keratotomy.

BrightFocus Foundation (formerly the American Health Assistance Foundation)

22512 Gateway Center Drive

Clarksburg, Maryland 20871

Toll Free: 800-437-2423

Fax: 301-258-9454 info@brightfocus.org www.brightfocus.org/

The BrightFocus Foundation funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)

Toll Free 844-460-0625 www.cclvi.org

CCLVI is an international advocacy organization which publishes the quarterly magazine, Vision Access. Vision Access has information on living with low vision and is available in large print, cassette, e-mail or computer disk to members. Their mentoring and peer counseling program, Project Insight, is for people who are newly visually impaired or losing more vision. Project Insight is available nationwide. CCLVI advocates for low vision issues, provides information and referral, as well as scholarships for college students with visual acuity less than 20/70 or who are planning to provide low vision services. Further information about CCLVI is available on their website.

Eye Bank Association of America

1015 18th Street NW, Suite 1010

Washington, DC 20036

202-775-4999

Fax: 202-429-6036 info@restoresight.org www.restoresight.org

Gives research grants to promote transplantation, certifies eye banks, and sets medical standards for the procurement, screening and distribution of corneal tissue for transplant. Also provides public education brochures on the above subjects.

Foundation Fighting Blindness (formerly National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, Inc.)

7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100

Columbia, MD 21046

Toll Free: 800-683-5555

410-423-0600 info@FightBlindness.org www.blindness.org

Holds regional and national workshops for volunteers and professionals. Has a public education and a retina donor program. Provides information and referral and awards research grants in the field of retinitis pigmentosa and other genetic retinal conditions.

Glaucoma Research Foundation

251 Post Street, Ste 600

San Francisco, CA 94108

415-986-3162

Fax: 415-986-3763 grf@glaucoma.org www.glaucoma.org

They provide financial support for research in the field of glaucoma as well as distribute free educational material on glaucoma.

The Hadley School for the Blind

700 Elm St.

Winnetka, IL 60093

Toll Free: 800-323-4238

847-446-8111

Fax: 847-446-0855 info@hadley.edu www.hadley.edu/

Provides tuition-free distance education to people with visual impairments and their family members.

Lighthouse International

111 East 59th Street

New York, NY 10022

Toll Free: 800-829-0500

212-821-9200

Fax: 212-821-9707 info@lighthouse.org http://www.lighthouseguild.org

Has information on a variety of eye conditions and provides local referrals through a database of resources for people with low vision. (Also see Lighthouse International under Aids and Devices)

The Low Vision Centers of Indiana

Indianapolis Office: 317-844-0919

Fort Wayne Office: 260-432-0575

Hartford City: 765-348-2020 www.eyeassociates.com/

The Low Vision Centers of Indiana is a nationally recognized practice devoted to low vision rehabilitation. It is one of the most awarded optometric practices in the world. It contains extensive information on all aspects of professional low vision care and information on vision rehabilitation of stroke and brain injury patients.

Macular Degeneration Research

https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/

This web site has information about macular degeneration, treatment, risk factors, prevention, symptoms, resources, questions and answers, publications, news, and research.

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor

New York, New York 10017

Toll Free: 800-541-5454

Fax: 212-370-9047

To send an e-mail, go to http://www.myasthenia.org/ContactUs.aspx www.myasthenia.org

Provides information on, promotes cure of myasthenia gravis and holds professional, educational, and scientific symposia.

National Association for the Visually Handicapped

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National Eye Institute Information Office

31 Center Drive MSC 2510

Bethesda, MD 20892-2510

301-496-5248 2020@nei.nih.gov www.nei.nih.gov/

Has information on visual impairment, supports training of eye researchers, and conducts research on eye and vision disorders.  If you have any questions, problems or concerns about placing an order or about an existing order, please e-mail them at neipub@westat.com.

National Glaucoma Research

www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/

This web site has information about glaucoma, treatment, risk factors, prevention, symptoms, resources, questions and answers, publications, news, and research.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

1291 Taylor Street, NW

Washington, DC 20542

202-707-5100

Fax: 202-707-0712 NLS@loc.gov www.loc.gov/nls/

Loans braille and recorded books/magazines, book players, catalogs, bibliographies, music scores and music instruction materials free by mail via a national network of libraries. Call them for the number for your region. NLS also provides reference services on blindness-related topics.

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

55 Kenosia Avenue

Danbury, CT 06810

Toll Free: 800-999-6673 (voicemail only)

203-744-0100

Fax: 203-798-2291

To send an e-mail, go to www.rarediseases.org/about/contact-us www.rarediseases.org/

NORD is a federation of voluntary health groups which help people and groups regarding rare "orphan" diseases by educational, advocacy, research and service programs. NORD works on identification, treatment, and cure of these disorders.

Perkins School for the Blind

175 North Beacon St.

Watertown, MA 02472

617-924-3434

Fax: 617-972-7315 info@Perkins.org

Web site: www.perkins.org

Perkins produces a number of publications, workbooks and instructional tools for relatives and other caregivers of people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or with multiple disabilities. Now available is the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program, a compilation of materials designed to teach early literacy skills to children with visual impairments and to help parents be more involved in their child's literacy development. It is also very appropriate for parents and grandparents with visual impairments for use with sighted (grand)children.

Prevent Blindness America

211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700

Chicago, Illinois 60606

Toll Free: 800-331-2020

To send an e-mail, go to http://www.preventblindness.net/site/survey?action_required=uri_action_user_requests&survey_id=1180 www.preventblindness.org

Has informational brochures on eye conditions and conducts public and professional education programs on prevention of blindness.

Research to Prevent Blindness

645 Madison Avenue, 21st. fl.

New York, NY 10022-1010

Toll Free: 800-621-0026

212-752-4333 inforequest@rpbusa.org www.rpbusa.org/

Has fact sheets and brochures on eye diseases, Visual Acuity Cards to test your eyes for symptoms of age-related macular degeneration; makes medical research grants, provides information on eye research and advocates for eye research.

Sight Loss Solutions

Send plain text e-mails only to sightlossink@aol.com www.sightlosssolutions.org/index.php

The scope of this website is awareness, availability and accessibility as they relate to sight loss. . Topics: text-to-talk; access resources; high tech; fun – learning; reference lists; grab-and-go talk plus text; national organizations

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

2318 Fillmore Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

415-345-2000

TTY 415-345-2290

Fax: 415-345-8455 www.ski.org/

The Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) develops new technology and methods for understanding, assessment and rehabilitation of blindness and visual impairment. Their target population consists of persons who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10013-1354

Toll Free: 888-245-8333

212-625-1616

Fax: 212-219-4078 info@visionsvcb.org www.visionsvcb.org/

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired assists people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities; educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life. They provide individualized rehabilitation training at home or in the community; social services; employment training and job development; group and community education and activities

Aids and Devices

Abisee

ABiSee, Inc.

30 Sudbury Rd., Unit 1B

Acton, MA 01720

978-637-2900 support@abisee.com www.abisee.com

Provides Eye-Pal Ace, Eye-Pal Vision, Zoom-Ex, and Zoom-Twix low vision products; Eye-Pal Rol, Eye-Pal Reader, Eye-Pal, and Eye-Pal Solo blindness/low vision products.

Adaptify Solutions

8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 302

Silver Spring, MD 20910

(301) 589-0866

E-mail: info@Adaptify.Solutions (link sends e-mail)

Web site: Adaptify.Solutions

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adaptify.solutions (link is external)

Adaptify Solutions is a company that focuses on services and products that assists with improving independence for those with auditory and/or visual impairments. The company sells items like clocks, watches, phones, large print calendars, accessible medical items, games, eyewear, mobility canes, and much more. Adaptify also provides counseling services.

Ai Squared

Box 669

Manchester Center, VT 05255

802-362-3612

Toll Free: 800-859-0270

Fax: 802-362-1670 sales@aisquared.com www.aisquared.com/

Makes and sells Zoom Text screen magnification software, i-loview Magnifier, ZoomReader (OCR app), and ZoomContacts (large-print contacts manager app) for iOS devices.

Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.

200 Robbins Lane

Jericho, NY 11753

Toll-Free Sales: 800-537-2118

Technical Support: 516-937-1848

Fax: 516-937-3906

To send an e-mail, go to http://www.annmorris.com/contact.htm# www.annmorris.com/

Offers magnifiers, watches, large print check registers and other household, medical and leisure products.

Beyond Sight

5650 S. Windemere Street

Littleton, CO 80120

303-795-6455

Fax: 303-795-6425

To send an e-mail, go to http://www.beyondsight.com/contact_us.php www.beyondsight.com

Provides magnifiers, binoculars, LP-DOS, ZoomText and VisAbility screen magnification software, CCTVs, wide variety of talking and large-digit products including GPS, braille displays, braille embosser, games and more.

The Big Type Company

800-933-1711

Fax: 262-783-6599 bigtypeco@yahoo.com www.bigtypeco.com/

Products include a Date Calendar, Address Book, Check Register and 20/20 Pen.

Captek/Science Products (formerly Science Products for the Blind)

PO Box 144

Southeastern, PA 19399

Toll Free: 800-888-7400

610-296-2111 info@captek.net www.captek.net/Captek/Welcome.html

Master Vendor Systems/Talking Cash Registers, MVS/Talking Scales/Thermometer, MVS/Talking Currency Counters/Identifiers, MVS/Talking Coin Counters/Sorters, Light Sensor/Talking Calculator/Shop Tools, Magnifiers, Telescopes, Large Print

Enhanced Vision

5882 Machine Drive

Huntington Beach, CA 92649 USA

Toll Free: 888-811-3161

714-374-1829

Fax: 714-374-1821

Technical Support: 800-440-9476 ext. 3

To send an e-mail, go to https://www.enhancedvision.com/contact-us/contact-enhanced-vision.html www.enhancedvision.com

Provides a wide variety of products designed for use by individuals with low vision.

Electronic Vision Access Solutions (EVAS)

39 Canal Street

P.O. Box 371

Westerly RI, 02891

Toll Free: 800-872-3827

401-596-3155

TTY: 401-596-3500

 Fax: 401-596-3979 contact@evas.com

Information Request: inforequest@evas.com

Technical Support: techhelp@evas.com www.evas.com

EVAS specializes in the design and manufacture of Computer Access Solutions for people who are visually, physically, hearing or learning disabled.

Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group

11800 31st Court North

St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1805

Toll Free Sales & Information: 800-444-4443 (within US)

Fax: 1-727-803-8001

To send e-mail to any of several departments, go to https://www.freedomscientific.com/contact.asp www.freedomscientific.com

Provides TOPAZ® Desktop Video Magnifiers, ONYX® Portable Video Magnifiers, RUBY® Handheld Video Magnifier, SAPPHIRE® Handheld Video Magnifier, MAGic® Screen Magnification Software, MAGic Large Print Keyboard, MAGic Scripting Edition, PEARL® Portable Scanning and Reading Solution, OpenBook® Scanning and Reading Software, SARA™ Scanning and Reading Appliance, SARA™ CE Camera Edition Scanning and Reading Appliance, LED Magnifiers, SAPPHIRE Handheld Video Magnifier, LED Magnifiers.

General Mills Consumer Services

Large Type Directions

PO Box 9452

Minneapolis, MN 55440

Toll Free: 800-248-7310) 

Fax: 763-764-8330

Large print book with package directions for their products free of charge. Also includes recipes from those packages.

GW Micro

725 Airport North Office Park

Fort Wayne, IN 46825

260-489-3671

Fax: 260-489-2608 sales@gwmicro.com www.gwmicro.com/

Provides Window-Eyes 8.1, The ReadEasy Move, GWConnect 2.1,Sci-Voice Lab Solution: Making STEM Accessible for Blind Students.

HumanWare, Inc (formerly Pulse Data)

1 UPS Way

PO Box 800

Champlain, NY 12919

Toll Free: 800-722-3393

Fax: 888-871-4828 info@humanware.com www.humanware.com/en-usa/home

Their low vision products include Desktop/Portable Magnifiers; Handheld Magnifiers; Scan and Read; Screen Magnification; Talking GPS; Digital Book Players; Intel Reader

Independent Living Aids

200 Robbins Ln.

Jericho, NY 11753

Toll-Free: 800-537-2118 or 855-746-7452

Technical Support: 800-537-2118 x3817

Fax: 516-937-3906

To send e-mail to any one of several departments, go to  https://www.independentliving.com/contact.asp www.independentliving.com/

Offers a variety of products including magnifiers, CCTVs, and talking and large digit items.

Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)

13453 Colfax Highway

Grass Valley, CA 95945

Toll Free: 800-322-4784

530-274-2090

Fax: 530-274-2093 info@irti.net www.irti.net/

Provides hand held electronic magnifiers, portable electronic magnifiers, desktop electronic magnifiers, low vision software, and hand held magnifiers

JBliss Imaging Systems

PO 7382

Menlo Park, CA 94026

650-327-5477

Fax: Please contact us first before faxing.

Toll Free/Support: 888-452-5477 info@jbliss.com www.jbliss.com/

Sells a variety of software for persons with low vision, such as Pico, Prisma, Quicklook, Web LV; PnC E-Mail; PnC Memo; PnC Net; VIP, and ZoomText, a Companion to VIP. Also provides complete systems.

Lighthouse International

The Lighthouse Store

111 East 59th Street

New York, NY 10022

Toll Free: 800-829-0500

212-821-9384

Fax: (212) 821-9749 info@lighthouse.org http://www.lighthouseguild.org/store/

The Lighthouse store is a source for the latest products that can make day-to-day life easier. They offer a vast selection of helpful, vision-friendly products, including glare-free lighting, household items, magnifying mirrors, watches, clocks, computer software and CCTVs. (Also see Lighthouse International under Organizations.)

LS&S Group, LLC

Box 673

Northbrook, IL 60065

Toll Free: 800-468-4789

Local/International: 716-348-3500

Toll Free Fax: 877-498-1482

Local/International Fax: 716-873-3848

To send e-mail, go to http://www.lssproducts.com/contact www.lssproducts.com/

Provides a variety of products including screen magnification software, magnifiers, watches, CCTVs, large display calculators and clocks.

Magnifying Aids, Inc.

4760 East Bay Dr. Suite E

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-526-2020 Office

727-531-7224 Fax

866-691-2450 Toll Chris@MagnifyingAids.com www.MagnifyingAids.com

Magnifying Aids - Low Vision Center is a leading low vision and blindness company with retail stores, internet web sites and a mail order catalog.

The Magnifying Center/Magnifying America

2129 SW Hwy 484

Ocala, FL  34473

Toll Free: 800-364-1610

Fax: 352-307-6614 orders@magnifyingcenter.com www.magnifyingcenter.com/

They sell magnifiers, computer magnifiers, and a variety of talking aids at their several Florida showrooms and by mail order.

Maxi-Aids, Inc.

42 Executive Blvd.

Farmingdale, NY 11735

To order, call 1-800-522-6294 .

For information, call (631) 752-0521.

Fax: (631) 752-0689

TTY: (631) 752-0738

To send an e-mail, go to www.maxiaids.com/contactUs

Web site: http://www.maxiaids.com/blind-and-low-vision-store

Maxi-Aids carries a large assortment of items for those with low vision, including talking alarm clocks, liquid level indicators, light detectors, bold-line paper, braille tape measures, tactile geometry tools; braille calendars, games and toys, watches, and notetakers; a variety of canes; color identifiers; labelers and label systems; large print address books and calendars; and much more.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Low Vision Center

601 SW 8th Avenue

Miami, FL  33130

Store: 786-362-7489

Fax: 305-285-6967 info@miamilighthouse.org www.miamilighthousevisionsolutions.org/

At the Vision Solutions Center, a whole world of special magnifying devises exists to assist with specific tasks, including bold line markers, hand-held magnifiers, closed-circuit television, read/write systems and miniature spotting scopes. Instructors are available to provide assistance with selection and guidance on how to use one’s vision to its fullest potential.

MONS International, Inc.

6595 Roswell Road #224

Atlanta, GA 30328

Toll Free: 800-541-7903

770-551-8455

Fax: 770-551-8460

To send an e-mail, go to http://www.magnifiers.com/catalog/contact_us.php www.magnifiers.com/catalog/specials.php

Provides CCTV & High Technology, GREAT DEALS on Used Products, Lighting, Magnifiers, Spectacles, Sunglasses, and Telescopes & Binoculars

Optelec US Inc.

3030 Enterprise Court, Suite C

Vista, CA 92081

Toll Free: 800-826-4200

Fax: 800-368-4111 info@optelec.com www.optelec.com/

Offers portable and desktop video magnifiers. text-to-speech products, magnifiers, telescopes, and spectacles.

PDS-Personal Data Systems, Inc.

Personal Data Systems

638 Sobrato Ln

Campbell, CA 95008

408-866-1126

To send an e-mail, go to www.personaldatasystems.com/contact.html www.personaldatasystems.com/default.asp

DECtalk Express Repair; The Audpater Speech System

Resources for Rehabilitation

22 Bonad Road

Winchester, MA 01890

781-368-9080

Fax: 781-368-9096 info@rfr.org www.rfr.org/

Publishes Living with Low Vision: A Resource Guide for People with Sight Loss, a directory of services and products for people with low vision of all ages, including self-help groups, the ADA, high tech equipment, internet resources and more. 18 point bold type.

TeleSensory Corporation

4545 Stockdale Hwy. Suite "F"

Bakersfield, California 93309

Toll Free: 800-804-8004

650-743-9515

Fax: 661-832-6557 info@telesensory.com www.telesensory.com/

Products include: Handheld and Portable Olympia and Pico Magnifiers; transportable Vertex and Vertex Pro desktop magnifiers; desktop Aladdin, Apex, Atlas, Genie, Rainbow, and Sunshine CCTVs; Ovation OCR Scanners.

Universal Low Vision Aids, Inc.

1350 W. 5th Ave., Suite 112

Columbus, Ohio 43212

614-224-6465

Fax 614-224-2258 www.ulva.com/

Products include Duxbury Braille, Zoomtext Express, Megadots ZoomText Magnifier, ZoomText MR, Window-Eyes Pro, Duxbury Braille Zoomtext Express, Victor Reader Stream, Braille Embossers/ Printers; Braille Displays; Daisy Players; Digital Recorders

Vision Technology Store

8501 Delport Drive

Saint Louis MO 63114-5905

To send an e-mail, go to www.visiontechnology.com/support/Contactus.php www.visiontechnology.com/store/index.php

Vision Technology designs and creates electronic vision aids for individuals with macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma among others.

This Web page was last updated September 12, 2014.

 

All the above information is introduced from http://acb.org/resources-people-low-vision

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