©2008 Barbara Smith



American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street,
NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
Tel.: (800) 424-8666
Provides information and referral,
legislative and disability related
advocacy, publishes monthly
magazine, The Braille Forum.

American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, New York 10001
Tel.: (800) 232-5463
Offers books on aging and blindness.

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
Tel.: (502) 895-2405
The Adult Life Products catalog features braille
products, books and supplies, large-print books,
computer software and access products, labeling
and marking products, lighting, low vision devices,
personal care, recreation and leisure products,
talking products and writing and reading devices.

The Carroll Center
770 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458
Tel.: (617) 969- 6200
Provides a variety of services to help blind and visually impaired persons
of all ages achieve independence. Services include technology and mobility
training, safety home assessment and an on site low vision store.

Eye Care America
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109-1336
Tel.: (800) 222-EYES (3937)
Provides referrals for disadvantaged
individuals over 65 who do not have
access to an ophthalmologist.
Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street
New York, New York 10022
Tel.: (800) 334-5497
Provides services to individuals of all
ages: including  low vision exams,  mental
health services, vision rehabilition services,
orientation and mobility training,  adaptive
computer services, child and youth services
and the Lighthouse store. They publish a guidebook
entitled Sound & sight: Your Second Fifty Years.       
National Association for Parents of Children
with Visual Impairments
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02272-0317
Tel.: (800) 562-6265
NAPCVI is an organization of, by and for parents
committed to providing support to the parents of
children who have visual impairments.

National Association for Visually Handicapped
22 West 21st Street 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Tel.: (212) 889-3141 or (212) 255-2804
NAVH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing
assistance to the partially sighted. Services include:
low vision services, eye information, low vision aids,
large print loan library, support group facilitation and

National Eye  Institute Information Center
National Institute of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Building 31, Room 6A03
Besthesda, MD  20892
Tel.: (301) 496-5248
Finances and conducts research on
the eye and vision disorders;
training of eye researchers; and
publishes materials on visual impairments
(many are free).

The National Information clearinghouse
on Children Who are Deaf-Blind
Northwestern Oregon State University
345 North Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361

Tel.: (800) 438-9376
Identifies, coordinates and disseminates
information related to children ages 0-21
who are deaf-blind. Resources for Parents of Blind Children, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to
helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as
children with
multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles
written by parents who
want to share with others what they've learned
about playing with and teaching a
blind child, as well as links to meaningful
resources and ways to connect with other families

Products and Information for Independent Living

Adaptive Technology Consulting, Inc.
PO Box 778
Amesbury, MA 01913

Tel.: 978-462-3817
ADT sells low vision products for individuals with
blindness, low vision and learning disabilities.
Products include: magnifiers, lighting, CCTV's,
braille products,  scanning systems and products
for daily living skills. The company also provides
product demonstrations,  technology assessments
for education and  low vision evaluations.

Assisted Access, Inc.
P.O. Box  230
Lake Villa, Ill 60046-0230
Tel.: (800) 950-9655
Provides a large range of assistive products
for the blind/vision disabled including: braille
and tactile products, big print items, computer
screen enlargement software, magnifiers, money
identifiers, cassette players and transcribers.

Beyond Sight, Inc.
5650 S. Windermerer Street
Littleton, CO 80120
Tel.: (303) 795-6455
Sells products for the blind and visually impaired:
including clocks, watches, kitchen aids, games,
health and beauty products, writing and mobility aids,
lamps, magnifiers, note takers, recorders and video

Independent Living Aids, Inc.,
P.O. Box 9022
Hicksville, New York 11753
Tel. (800) 537-2118

Independent Living Aids, Inc., sells a
variety of low vision, hearing and health
care products.

P.O. Box 673
Northbrook, ILL 60065
Tel.: (800)  468-4789
Braille products and supplies, adapted
clocks and watches, computer software
and access products, daily living skills
items, labeling and marking products,
lighting, low vision devices, recreational
products, talking products, telephones
and accessories, and writing and reading

42 Executive Boulevard
Farmingdale, New York 11735
Tel.: (631) 752-0521
Maxiaids sells Braille products and supplies,
adapted clocks and watches, computer
software and access products, labeling
and marking products, lighting, low vision
devices including  magnifiers, monoculars
and binoculars.

The New Vision Store
919 Walnut Street, 1st floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel.: (215 629-2990
Products include: magnifiers, labels, radios,
sunglasses, playing cards, writing guides,
talking, large print and tactile watches,
talking calculators and canes.
Facts about assistive devices- what they are,
why use them,who pays for them and where to
find them.

Science Products
P.O. Box 888
Southeastern, PA 19399
Tel.: (610) 296-2111
Sells primarily products with voice adaptations
and provides custom adaptations for anything
with a digital display.  Also has talking cash
registers, money counting machines, scientific
calculators, scales, digital tools and blood glucose

See-More Vision Aiding Products,
P. O. Box 3413,
Farmingdale, NY 11735-0686
Tel.: (800) 428-6673
Sells magnifiers, monoculars, telescopes,
lighting products, non-optical products,
magnified mirrors, large print clocks and
watches, writing and reading aids and more.

Senior Store
P.O. Box 738
Auburn, New York 13021
Tel.: (315) 255-2373
Low vision jig saw puzzles, games for
reminiscence and movement, large
print cross word puzzles, word searches,
large print bingo, trivia games and books.

SightConnection, a division of
Community Services for the
Blind and Partially Sighted
9709 Third Ave NE #100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027
Tel.: (800)458-4888
Sells products for visually impaired including
adapted record keeping, calendars, clocks,
cooking/kitchen products, sun filters, shields,
magnifiers, lamps, health and beauty aids,
cassette players and closed circuit TVs.

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AI Squared
P.O. Box 669
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Tel.: (800) 859-0270
Sells magnification and reading software.

Artic Technologies
55 Park Street
Troy, MI 48083
Tel.: (810) 588-7370
Products include: scanners,  videotelescope,
Braille and talking note takers, CCTV magnifiers
and customized computers. 

Carolyn's Catalog
3938 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
Tel.: (941) 3739100
Products include Closed Caption TV's,
video magnifiers,  phones, lamps,
magnifiers,  sunglasses, talking
thermometers and scientific calculators.

Designs for Vision Inc.,
Sells microscopic and telescopic glasses.

Eschenbach Optik of America
904 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Eschenbach Optik of America sells magnifiers,
telescopes, sun filters, binoculars and
electronic reading devices.

Enhanced Vision
5882 Machine Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel.: (714) 374-1829
Products include: desktop magnifier, traveling
desktop magnifier and pocket size digital magnifier

Jitterbug Cell Phone
Tel.: (800) 918-8543
A easy cell phone with large numbers and
operator assistance.

Keyboard Shortcuts
Avoid clicking on icons by memorizing
commonly used keyboard shortcuts.

Metragen II
Tel.: (888) 682-2920
Sells low vision binoculars

NanoPac, Inc.
4823 South Sheridan Road
Suite 302
Tulsa, OK 74145-5717
Tel.: (918) 665-0329
Sells variety of assistive technology for the
disabled: low vision, blindness, reading disabilities,
, reading machines,environmental
controls, voice activation, augmentative
communications, hearing impairments, voice
recognition, speech synthesis, text to speech,
switches and switch mounts, magnifiers, and
door openers.

Noir Medical Technologies
Tel.: (800) 521-9746
Sells Glare shields

Optelec US, Inc.
3030 Enterprise Court, Suite C
Vista, CA 92081
Tel.: (760) 741-0767
Sells low vision products including:
video magnification and  Braille and
speech products.
This web site lists companies that sells devices
for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Vision Technology, Inc.
8501 Delport Dr
St. Louis, MO 63114
Tel.: (800) 560-7226
Sells video magnification CCTV systems.

Web Eyes
Tel.: (800) 983-6397
Software enlarges and reformats website text

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Lighting Products

A.L.P. Lighting Components
6333 Gross Point Road
Niles, ILL 60714-3915
Tel.: (773) 774-9550
Manufacturer of a wide variety of lighting
fixtures, lamps, light bulbs, louvers, reflectors
and compact fluorescent bulbs.

Bigger and Brighter
PO Box 3640
Nantucket, MA 02584
Tel.: (877) 777-8424
Mainly lighting products for reading

Dazor Manufacturing Corporation
4483 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Tel.: (800) 345-9103
Manufactures a wide variety of task lights and
lamps,including swing arm, combination
fluorescent incandescent, halogen and

Energy Star Lights
Tel.: (800) 347-5483
Energy Saving lighting products

Information on lighting and the aging eye

Phillips Lighting Company
200 Franklin Square Drive
Somerset, NJ 08875-6800
Tel.: (732) 563-1731
Manufacturer of a wide variety of light bulbs,
including fluorescent, compact fluorescent,
incandescent, halogen and full spectrum.
Also provides specialty lighting and innovative
lighting solutions.

Verilux, Inc.
340 Mad River Park, Suite 1
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Tel.: (888) 544-4865
Sells natural spectrum lights

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En-Vision America, Inc.

1845 W. Hovey Ave.
Normal, IL 61761
Tel.: (309) 452-3088
This company distributes the i.d. mate Omni

talking bar code scanner to identify products
and ScripTalk which scans and reads out loud
the bar codes on medications.

MedivoxRX Technologies, Inc.
5001 Baum Blvd., Suite 770
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tel.: (866) 798-2557
Distributor of Rex, the talking prescription
bottle with audio assistance for medication

Talking RX, Inc.
P.O. Box 649
Southington, CT 06489
Tel.: (888) 798-2557
Distributor of Taking Rx, an audio system
that reads prescription labels aloud. It contains
a memo recorder that allows a physician,
pharmacist, caregiver or patient to record
necessary information about the medication.

Gladys E. Loeb foundation
2002 Forest Hill Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20903-1532
Tel.: (301) 434-7748
Manufacturer of Loeb's Labels, durable
plastic non braille food labels in the shapes
of popular fruits and vegetables, mounted
on durable elastic bands.
This web site lists several label companies.

Seton Identification Products
20 Thompson Road
P.O. Box 819
Branford, CT 06405-0819
Tel.: (800) 243-6624
Safety signs, safety labels, sign and
label machines, reflective tape, warning
tape, marking materials and large-print

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  Resources for Reading

Choice Magazine Listening
85 Channel Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
Tel.: (888) 724-6423
A free monthly anthology of current articles
chosen from over 100 leading magazines,
recorded in four-track Library of Congress
format, and distributed free through regional
libraries. Also available through individual

CIL Publications and Audio books
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd floor
New York, New York 10013
Telephone: (888) CIL-8333
Offers self-study audiotapes and audio books
for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Subjects include indoor mobility, personal
management and sensory development.

Doubleday Large Print Home Library
1225 South Market Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Offers a large-print Book-of-the-Month Club.

Huge Print Press
North Central Plaza I
12655 N. Central Expressway
Suite 416
Dallas, TX 75243
Tel.: (866) 484-3774
Custom enlarges everything from Bibles
to textbooks to novels to cookbooks.
Tell them what book and the font size
you want and they will do the rest.

International Association of Audio Information Services
Tel.: (800) 280-5325
An international organization of radio reading
services that provides audio access to information
for people who are unable to read including
news, feature stories, sports, advertisements,
and special programs. Connects listeners with
services in their area.

In Touch Networks
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Tel.: (212) 769-6270
InTouch is a national reading service
for people who are blind, visually impaired
and physically disabled. Stories from
major magazines and newspapers are
broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days
a week.

Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
80 Eighth Avenue, Room 1304
New York, NY 10011
Tel.: (212) 242-0263
Publishes the Matilda Ziegler Magazine for
the Blind
, a free monthly general-interest
periodical, provided in braille and on
audio cassette.

National Library Service for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Tel.: (888) 657-7323
Provides a free library service for people
who are unable to read standard print
materials because of a visual or physical
impairment. Recorded Talking Books and
magazines and braille publications are
delivered to eligible borrowers by postage-
free mail and through a network of cooperative
libraries. Also distributes Talking Book machines.

New York Times Large-Type Weekly
Mail Subscription Department
P.O. Box 220
Northvale, NJ 07647-9902
Tel.: (800) 631-2580
Publishes a weekly news summary
from the New York Times.

Reader's Digest Large Print for Easier Reading
P.O. Box 8177
Red Oak, IA 51591-1177
Telephone: (800) 807-2780
Offers selections from Reader's Digest,
Reader's Digest condensed books, and
other Reader's Digest publications.

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Suggested Books and Articles

Abel, Robert Jr., The Eye Care Revolution,
Kensington Books, New York, 1999.
The Eye Care Revolution
The author explores nutritional, herbal,
homeopathic, and Asian therapies for the
prevention and reversal of most vision
disorders. Also covers what an eye examination
can reveal about serious health problems
and discusses the possible damage some
prescription and over-the-counter medications
can inflict on the eye and vision.

Brady Frank, B.,  A Singular View:
The Art of Seeing with One Eye
Published by Frank B. Brady, 1988.
A Singular View
The author describes his personal experiences
after losing one eye as an adult. He continued to
drive, pilot an airplane and engage in sports with
simple adaptations and safety devices.

Buettner, Helmut, M.D., Mayo clinic on
Vision and Eye Health, Mayo Clinic Health
Information, 2002.
Mayo Clinic on Vision and Eye Health
This consumer text covers how the eye
functions, how vision
changes as a person
ages, the eye examination and treatment


Cassel, Gary H. M.D. et al., The Eye Book:
A Complete guide to Eye Disorders and Health,
John Hopkins University Press, 1998.
The Eye Book
This guide covers routine eye care, common
diseases, information on treatment and an
introduction to low vision

Chapman, Bill, Coping with Vision Loss,  Hunter
House Publishers,CA, 2001.
Coping with Vision Loss

The author has macular degeneration and great
ideas to maintain function and independence.  

Duffy, Maureen A., Making Life More Livable,
AFB Press, New York, 2002.
This guide published by the American
Foundation for the blind provides simple
adaptations for living at home after vision loss.

Randall, Jose, T., Understanding Low Vision,
AFB Press, New York, 1983
Understanding Low Vision
The author discusses the impact of low vision
on functioning, learning and psychosocial status.

Scheiman, Mitchel, Scheiman, Maxine, Whittaker,
Stephen, Low vision Rehabilitation, Slack, Inc., NJ,
Low vision Rehabilitation
The authors explain everything an occuptional
therapist needs to know to work in the low vision area.

Web articles:
Accessible Mass Transit info
Being a sighted Guide info
Basic Housekeeping tips info
Cooking tips info
Creating an Accessible Environment info
Dining Out Made Easier info
Giving Directions to a person who is blind info
Keeping Track of your medications info
Making telephone use and writing easier info
Tips for organizing your bedroom info

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Developmental Visual Deficits Resources

Exceptional Teaching Inc.
5673 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 207
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Telephone: (800) 549-6999
Products for teachers of students with
visual impairments, rehabilitation
specialists, orientation and mobility
instructors and parents.

Holbrook, M.Cay, Children with Visual Impairments,
A Parents' Guide, Woodbine House, MD, 2006
Children with Visual Impairments
This resource for parents of childen who are blind,
legally blind, or have low vision is written by a
team of professionals and parents.

Richards, Regina,  Classroom Visual Activities:
A Manual to
Enhance the Development  of
Visual Skills
,  Academic therapy
CA. 1988.
Classroom Visual Activities
This educator describes visual problems that
impact a student's performance, adaptations and
motor activities to promote visual skills. She
provides objectives, suggested groupings,
materials needed, procedures and criteria for

Scheiman, Mitchell, Understanding and Managing
Vision Deficits, Slack Inc., NJ, 1997.
Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits
This guide, written for occupational therapists
discusses  evaluation and treatment of a variety
of visual disorders.

Information about children's vision.
College of Optometrists in Vision
Development- information on visual
problems and finding a doctor trained
in developmental vision and vision
therapy services.
Information on attention deficit order,
vision and learning.
Information on convergence insuffiency
symptoms,detection and diagnsis.
Information on pediatric eye care including
descriptions of problems and treatments.
Fun eye exercises and activities
for better visual health.

Janet Soloman's Visual Scanning Website
Information by Parents Active
for Vision Education
Sample visual/perceptual worksheets
available to purchase on CD's
Visual health links
Observe vision at its best
Information on visual health, vision therapy
and 3-D viewing.
Magic Eye Books
Information on Magic Eye 3-D books
Information on Gary Priester's work
and book "Eye Tricks".

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