VIP RESOURCES (12/10)

 

This is a sampling of services which might be of interest to VIP’s  (visually impaired people). Inclusion of an item does not imply endorsement.  This compilation is different from the State Directory.  You can request the latest edition of the “Arizona Directory of Services for Persons Who are Blind and Visually Impaired” at 1-800-563-1221  www.de.state.az.us/rsa/blind

 

If you find any errors or have additions to suggest, pleas contact Gail Wilt, Comprehensive Adult Services, Foundation for Blind Children – 602-337-8190

gwilt@seeitourway.org

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Animal Rescue/Paramedics: 602-997-7585

A division of the Humane Society, this service is primarily for strays, but may be able to help, on a case-by-case basis, if you are unable to get your pet to emergency services.

 

Emergency Animal Hospital: 602-995-

3757. 2260 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix

Crime Stop (Phoenix Police,

nonemergency): 602-262-6151

Crisis Line - Maricopa Crisis Response Line:

1-800-631-1314

Domestic Violence Resources

 National Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE = 799-7233

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 602-279-2900 (business hours)

www.AzCADV.org

Fire Department (Phoenix,

nonemergency): 602-262-6595

Nurse – medical info: 602-230-2273

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Urgent Care: Advanced Care,

2423 W. Dunlap Ave., 602-216-6862

(The Yellow Pages list other

providers, under “Clinics.”; check insurance coverage)

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ADA = AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT - Passed July 26, 1990.  Aims

to ensure “reasonable accommodation” for people with disabilities – as consumers of products and services, job applicants, and employees.

ADA Information Line: 800-514-0301     

Pacific Disability and Business Technical

Assistance Center (PDTAC):

1-800-949-4232. www.pacdbtac.org

Can answer questions about the ADA

and send literature in alternate formats.

 

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL): 602-256-2245

www.abil.org

5025 E. Washington, Ste. 200

"ABIL offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles in the community." Serves people with any kind of disability, throughout Maricopa County.  Information, peer support, social/recreational activities, advocacy (e.g., working toward improved public transit), and workshops on issues such as overcoming disability oppression.  Free monthly newsletter, “The Bridge,” available in alternate formats.

 

Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL):

602-274-6287, 5025 E. Washington.  www.acdl.com/

Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition

(AzDAC): www.azdisabilityadvocacy.org

Statewide Independent Living Council

(SILC): 602-262-2900 www.azsilc.org

5025 E. Washington, Ste. 214

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American Foundation for the Blind (AFB):

www.afb.org

A wealth of information, including

AFB CareerConnect: 1-888-824-2184

www.afb.org/careerconnect

“a free resource for people who want to learn about the range and diversity of jobs performed by adults who are blind or visually impaired.”

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BIBLES

Audio Bible: 1-864-260-9977

        www.audiobible.com

        PO Box 272 Anderson, SC 29622

offers the complete King James Bible, narrated by Alexander Scourby, in downloadable RealAudio format. They also sell a portable Audio Bible with a keyboard that uses Braille characters for easy access.

 

Aurora Ministries Bible Alliance:

1-941-748-3031

PO Box 621 Bradenton, FL 34206

Local libraries for the blind should have applications.

 

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.: 1-800-925-6092

www.lbwinc.org/orders/index.php

Free large print or Braille Bibles and other devotional materials, in several languages.

 

Talking Bibles International: www.talkingbible.org

Info@talkingbible.org

Sells digital NIV new Testament.

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Braille Bookstore: www.BrailleBookstore.com

        Greeting cards and more.

 

Braille without Borders: www.braillewithoutborders.org

Promotes the use of braille worldwide, especially in underprivileged countries.

 

Braille Calendars, free: calendars@actionfund.org

 

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CATALOGS– a Sampling

ACB Store: 1-877-848-3218

        www.acb.org

American Printing House for the Blind

(APH): 1-800-223-1839

www.aph.org

Offers a wide variety of products,including Braille greeting cards with tactile art, and a large print calendar with art submitted by blind/visually impaired people.

Blind Mice Mart:

www.blindmicemart.com

Blind Treasures: 1-804-266-3062

www.blindtreasures.com

 

Brailleiant: 1-225-247-0006

www.brailleiant.com

 

Braille Super Store:

www.BrailleSuperstore.com

 

California Canes: 1-866-332-4883.

www.californiacanes.com

Home Readers: 1-877-814-7323

Kathy@homereaders.com

Offers taped catalogs from several mainstream companies, such as Blair, Land’s End, and Schwan’s.

Independent Living Aids (ILA): 1-800-

537-2118 www.independentliving.com  

LS&S: 1-800-468-4789.

www.lssproducts.com 

MaxiAids: 1-800-522-6294.

www.maxiaids.com     

Perkins school for the Blind: 1-617-924-

3434. www.perkins.org

Speak to Me: 1-800-248-9965.

www.speaktomecatalog.com/

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CONSUMER ORGANIZATIONS

American Council of the Blind (ACB):

1-800-424-8666. www.acb.org

Arizona Council of the Blind (AzCB):

602-273-1510. www.azcb.org

Council of Families with Visual

Impairment (CFVI): www.acb.org

Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona

Council of the Blind:

www.phoenixazcb.org

 

National Federation of the Blind (NFB):

1-800-638-7518 www.nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind of

Arizona (NFBA):

http://www.nfbarizona.com

 

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Counseling

The University of Phoenix Counseling Skills Center offers 8 free individual sessions by Master of Counseling students, under the supervision of a professional faculty member.  (Sessions are videotaped for training purposes.) 

Contact: Nicole Korand – 602-557-2217 nicoleKorand@phoenix.edu

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DIABETES INFORMATION

American Diabetes Association:

http://www.diabetes.org

Living with Blindness and Diabetes, a Frre book from

NFB Independence Market (in large print and on CD).

independencemarket@nfb.org

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FINANCES

Financial Education, basics: www.money.gov

 

Money Talks: a computer software program for keeping your accounts; for sale by the American Printing House for the Blind (www.aph.org). It is self-voicing (can work with or without a screenreader).

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GOVERNMENT

Arizona Self-Help Information: www.arizonaselfhelp.org

 

Arizona State Legislature, Capitol

Complex, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007. www.azleg.gov

State Senate Information: 602-926-3559

State House of Representatives: 602-926-4221

Arizona State Switchboard: 602-542-4900

Governor’s Office: 602-542-4331. azgov@az.gov

Governor’s Council on blindness and Visual Impairment (GCBVI): 602-542-

3946 www.azdes.gov/rsa/gcbvi.asp

 

Glendale City Hall: 623-930-2000

Glendale Commission on Persons with Disabilities: 623-930-2287

 

Health-e-Arizona: https://www.healthearizona.org

You can use this site to apply online for medical assistance (AHCCCS), Food Stamps, or cash assistance.

 

Maricopa County Switchboard: 602-506-3011

 

Medicare: 1-800-633-4227

Medicare Information line through Arizona’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program: 1-800-432-4040

www.benefitscheckup.org/link/AZ

 

Phoenix Mayor’s Office: 602-262-7111

http://www.phoenix.gov/mayorcouncil/index.html

Staff can assist with any City concerns – such as situations which make a travel route hazardous (e.g., a low-hanging tree branch or broken sidewalk).

 

Phoenix Street Repair Cards: 480-222-4132 www.phoenix.gov/streets

 

To request installation of an accessible pedestrian signal (APS) at a particular intersection, call your City Hall; in Phoenix, 602-262-7222

 

Service Arizona: www.servicearizona.com

 

Social Security: 1-800-772-1213 www.socialsecurity.gov

Sampling of Local Social Security Offices:

16241 N. Tatum Blvd., Phx. 602-569-8797

250 N. 7th Ave., Suite 100, Phx. 602-379-4709

Social Security re alternate formats for notices sent to you: 1-877-708-1776

 

U.S. CONGRESS - Capitol Switchboards:
House 1-202-225-3121
www.house.gov.
Senate 1-202-224-3121
www.senate.gov

 

Washington Connection - For the latest in legislative and governmental news

related to the blind/visually impaired:

1-800-424-8666, 5 PM-midnight EST. http://www.acb.org

 

Vote Smart: What's my district? http://www.vote-smart.org

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Hadley School for the Blind: 1-800-526-

9909 or 1-847-446-8111

student_services@hadley-school.org

www.hadley.edu

Offers free correspondence courses via large print, braille, audio, and online – on a wide variety of subjects, such as eye conditions, adjustment to vision loss, health, braille, literature, composition, spelling, math, some foreign languages, and hobbies.

 

Hands-On Parenting: Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted, by Debbie Bacon; published by Through the Looking Glass. 1-800-644-2666. (available to FBC students in regular print, large print, or CD-ROM)

 

HOUSING for Low-Income People

Community Housing: 602-631-9780

Home Choice Program, Access Fine Homes: 623-322-4946

 

Identification Cards: 602-255-0072. www.servicearizona.com

You can get a nondriver photo ID (“nonoperating identification license”) at any branch of Arizona Department of Transportation/Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT/MVD); e.g.,

4005 N. 51st Ave.

20626 N. 26th Ave.

300 W. Washington, Courthouse

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INFORMATION

411 Fee Waiver: Contact your phone service carrier (home or cell) to request an application to waive any fee for use of 411 Directory Assistance.

Qwest customers can apply for a 411 fee exemption by calling the Qwest Office for Customers with Disabilities -  1-800-223-3131 - to request an application; or you can download the form  as either a PDF or an HTML file from www.qwest.com and click on “Customers with Disabilities” at the very bottom of the page.

 

BING 4-1-1: 1-800-246-4411

A toll-free directory assistance resource which offers a variety of other information as well - nationwide.

 

FREE 4-1-1: 1-800-373-3411

Another toll-free information number you can use from any phone, anywhere in the country.

 

Community Information and Referral

Service: 602-263-8856

Free 24-hour contact information for nonprofit services in Maricopa County -clubs, recreational organizations, support groups, counseling, Government services, etc.

 

Credit Reports: 1-877-322-8228. www.annualcreditreport.com

By law you are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the 3 credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax, and Transunion.  You can request an alternate format.

 

DIRECTIONS

Directions for Me: www.directionsforme.org – “… over 300,000 products in food, health and beauty and general merchandise. … preparation, … nutrition …, ingredients, allergy/drug interaction warnings and more.”

 

Product Access Project: www.productaccessproject.org

“Would you like directions for preparing a product bought at the store? Would you like to add a product's directions to the Product Access Project's database?”

 

National Do Not Call List:

1-888-382-1222

To minimize the chance of receiving solicitation calls, call to register the phone number from which you are calling (home or cell).

 

Read This to Me: 1-877-333-8847. www.ReadThisToMe.org

Fax Number: 1-877-333-8848 (Include a cover letter with your name and  callback number.)

 A free reading service via fax and telephone.  You can fax any print material (even handwritten), and someone will call to read it to you – usually within an hour.  

 

Repairs: TOFIXIT = 602-863-4948

Referrals for reputable home repair services available 24 hours a day.

 

TELL ME: 1-800-555-8355 (1-800-555-

TELL)

Business listings, taxi service, weather around the country, sports scores, airline arrival times, stock quotes, driving directions, and more.

 

Yellow Pages/Phone Book: Www.dexonline.com

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JOB-RELATED Resources

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce: 602-254-5521

http://www.phoenixchamber.com

 

Maricopa WorkForce Connections: www.maricopaworkforceconnection.com

Comprehensive One-Stop Centers

with computers with assistive technology, fax machines, copiers, and phones that can be used for job hunting.

Gilbert: 735 N. Gilbert Rd., Ste. 134.

480-497-0350

Mesa: 163 North Dobson. 480-962-

7678

Peoria: 9770 W. Peoria. 623-934-

3231

Phoenix: 9801 N. 7th St.,

 

AFB Career Connect: www.afb.org/careerconnect

www.AZStateJobs.gov

www.usajobs.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): www.eeoc.gov

Has a fact sheet addressing the reasonable accommodation obligation under the ADA.

 www.jobaccess.org

http://jobs.hiredisability.com

www.business-

disability.com/Job_Seekers/job_seekers.asp

www.disabledperson.com/recruitability

.asp

www.nextsteps.org

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LIBRARIES AND OTHER SOURCES FOR

ACCESSIBLE MEDIA

Arizona Braille & Talking Book Library:

602-255-5578 btbl@lib.az.us

www.lib.az.us/braille

You can request books, magazines, or DVS movies by phone or online.  Call to request a user name and password for online services. Their web site is also your gateway to BARD - = Braille and Audio Reading Downloads from NLS.

 

Arizona Instructional Resource Center

(AIRC), Foundation for Blind Children

(FBC): 602-331-1470. 1235 E. Harmont Dr., Phoenix. www.seeitourway.org

Large braille library; large print collection; production center for materials in Braille, large print, or electronic format – for people of all ages.

 

BookShare: www.bookshare.org

Downloadable books in accessible formats.

 

National Braille Press (NBP): 1-800-

548-7323. www.nbp.org

Sells selected books in Braille or digital format – for the same price as the print editions.

 

Newspapers and Magazines

NFB-Newsline®: 1-888-882-1629

You can read a wide selection of newspapers and magazines by phone at no charge, any time, from any touchtone phone in the country.  You can also access local TV listings.  To request an access code, contact the Talking Book Library - 602-255-5578.

 

Princeton Braillists: 1-215-357-7715 or

1-609-924-5207

76 Leabrook Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540

www.Mysite.verizon.net/resvqbxe/princetonbraillists

Inexpensive tactile maps of many states and countries; anatomy drawings.

 

Sun Dial: 480-774-8300

A service of Sun Sounds, this program enables you to access newspapers by phone or Internet.  You can also use it to surf the Internet by phone.

 

Public Library System: www.lib.az.us

 

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

(RFB&D) -

National Headquarters: 1-866-RFBD-585

= 1-866-732-3585

www.rfbd.org

Phoenix Studio: 602-468-9144

If a student or working person needs a book that is not already available, this volunteer organization will record it in a specialized digital format. There is a registration fee and an annual renewal fee, and you must supply at least one print copy of the book. They also produce books for leisure reading.

 

Accessibility Center (formerly “Special

Needs Center”): 602-261-8690

Located in the  Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Has some assistive technology available for use by appointment (e.g., CCTV, computer with speech, Braille embosser). Large print books are available by mail. DVS videos, commercially-made audio cassettes, and Braille books (including some tech manuals) can be sent to your nearest branch library, for you to pick up in person.

 

Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio reading service: 480-774-8300

        www.sunsounds.org

24-hour broadcasting on a special frequency, accessed via a receiver supplied to you, on indefinite loan, at no charge.  Features include reading of the entire Arizona Republic (including ads), programs on disability issues, excerptsfrom books and magazines, and how-to shows (e.g., “Blind Handy Man”).

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Lions Foundation of Arizona: 602-244-

9757

 

Low Vision Plus, Mike Perry: www.lowvisionPlus.com

michael@lowvisionplus.com

Carries a wide variety of products for people with little or no vision – from CCTV’s to talking thermometers.

 

Mobile Veterinarians

Several vets make house calls, some at rates comparable to office visits.  Here are 2 such options:

Encanto Mobile Vet - Dr. Virginia Kenaway: 395-0161. C531-2504

Country Rover, Dr. Roger Cahill: 867-7100

 

Mobility International U.S.A. (MIUSA):

www.miusa.org

Information for people with disabilities on opportunities for studying or volunteering in other countries.

 

Parenting Tips: "Hands-On Parenting: A Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted" – available in large print or on CD ROM from Through the Looking Glass: 1-800-644-2666

http://www.lookingglass.org

(also downloadable from BookShare)

 

Prescription Discount: 1-888-227-8315

Every Arizonan is entitled to a free CoppeRX® Card. It applies to all prescription drug purchases. Present it to any one of over 500 Arizona pharmacies for a discount on your prescription purchase. Generally, CoppeRX® Card discounts range from 15 to 55 percent.

 

Sight Loss Solutions: www.SightLossSolutions.org

 

Sleep Research: 1-877-23-SLEEP (1-877-

237-5337)

e-mail blindhealth@rics.bwh.harvard.edu

Dr. Steven Lockley, Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's

Hospital, 221 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Some people who are totally blind have a sleep disorder, which Dr. Lockley is studying.

 

Statement of Legal Blindness

It is a good idea to get a statement of legal blindness from your eye doctor, and to make copies of it.  Various services for which you may wish to apply will require one (e.g., when applying for the 411 fee waiver, and when claiming a higher deduction on Federal taxes on the basis of blindness).

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SUPPORT AND INFORMATION GROUPS

Healer Within, Amina Kruck – 602-443-

0722

Free semimonthly wellness group for women with disabilities.  Held at the ABIL office at 5025 E. Washington, Ste. 200.

 

Men’s Disability Issues Group, Don Price: 602-980-

3232, donp@abil.org

For men, 18 and over, with any disability.

5025 E. washington

 third Thursday of each month, 5:30–7pm.

 

Thought Provoker: http://thoughtprovoker.info

A website started by a rehab counselor regarding adjustment to blindness and vision loss.  Welcomes personal stories.

 

V.O.I.C.E.: 602-789-9129

Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.,

Glendale

Support and Information group for individuals with disabilities, their families and rehabilitation providers.

 

Youth Action Council of Arizona (YAC-

Az), David Carey: 602-443-0723

Sponsored by Southwest Institute for Children and Families withSpecial Needs (SWI), it fosters self advocacy and social activities for youth with disabilities ages 15-30.   

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Taxes

Legally blind people are allowed a higher deduction on Federal taxes.  (You will need to submit a doctor’s statement that you qualify.)  In addition, people with disabilities can get Federal tax forms done for free, by appointment, at the local IRS office.  The Arizona Department of Revenue assists with State tax preparation. Free tax preparation can also be found at adult centers, and at ABIL.

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TECHNOLOGY

Assistive Technology Computer Help Desk: 1-888-825-0080

 

AzTAP = Arizona Technology Access

Program: 602-728-9534

2400 N. Central Ave., Ste. 300

Assistive Technology Resource Center offering programs such as Short-term Equipment Loan, Equipment Demonstration,

Microsoft Accessibility Resource Center (MARC), The Arizona Assistive Technology Exchange (ATEX - www.azatexchange.org), Arizona Loans for Assistive Technology (AzLAT), and The Arizona Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (AzTEDP).

 

Extreme Internet: 480-368-4638

A local Internet provider staffed by people familiar with assistive technology.

 

Geeks on Call: 1-800-905-GEEK = 905-

4336, X2407 or

direct to local office: 480-632-8003

Provide expert computer trouble-shooting, including issues with assistive technology, in your own home or workplace .  You can pay for one visit at a time, or sign up for a 12-month service agreement.

 

OcuTrade: www.ocutrade.com

Auction site for visually impaired products (buy & sell).

 

SightExchange: an e-mail group which allows subscribers to offer unwanted items and search for items that serve the needs of people who are visually impaired. The goal is to recycle these often expensive items by passing them on once they are no longer needed. Subscribe to this list by sending an e-mail to sightexchange-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

Technology Loans

Low-interest loans for purchasing assistive technology are available; below are 2 possible sources.

Arizona Loans for Assistive Technology (AzLAT), AZTAP: 602-728-9534        www.azlat.org/

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Teeth Cleaning

Supervised students do cleaning and X-rays, which are read by a dentist.  The process is time-consuming but affordable. 

Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Clinic:

602-285-7323

1202 W. Thomas Rd., building R

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene Clinic:

480-517-8020

1150 E. Washington, Phoenix

Carrington College: 480-717-3510

1300 S. Country Club Dr., Suite 2, Mesa, AZ.
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TRANSPORTATION

ADA Paratransit Eligibility: 602-534-3157

302 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 610, Phx. 85003

For Phoenix DAR ticket books, Phoenix residents should call Phoenix Central Station Customer Service at 602-495-5795.

 

East Valley Dial-a-Ride: 480-633-0101

Glendale Dial-a-Ride: 623-930-3500

Phoenix Dial-a-Ride: 602-253-4000

Share the Ride - car pooling: www.valleymetro.sharetheride.com

Valley Metro Transit Information (bus/light rail):

602-253-5000. www.valleymetro.com

In addition to the usual bus routes, many cities have “circulators,” that are free. 

 

Airport Navigators: 602-273-3354

Volunteers to assist travelers at Sky Harbor Airport.

 

Airport Chaplaincy Services: 602-244-1346

The Chapel is in Terminal 4, northeast area, by the Crurrency Exchange. 

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VOTING

Maricopa County has accessible voting machines, which can provide either large print or audio.  In addition, ballots and pre-election information– are available in alternative formats.   Call in advance to request your preference -

Accessibility Specialist Tammy Patrick (Federal Compliance Officer):

602-506-1270

Just Vote Arizona Disability Coalition: jvadc.org

 

Maricopa County Elections Department: 602-506-1511

 

Voter Registration Hotline: 1-877-the-vote = 1-877-843-8683

www.servicearizona.com

Election information by phone or online –

The Sun Sounds Voter Information Project = VIP:

1-877-517-8711 (number may

change; can check with Sun Sounds – 480-774-8300)

 www.sunsounds.org

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World Blind Union: www.worldblindunion.org

Works to improve the lives of blind people all over the world.