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
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,
Crisis Line - Maricopa Crisis Response Line:
Domestic Violence Resources
National Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE = 799-7233
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 602-279-2900 (business hours)
Fire Department (Phoenix,
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)
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):
Can answer questions about the ADA
and send literature in alternate formats.
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL): 602-256-2245
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
Statewide Independent Living Council
(SILC): 602-262-2900 www.azsilc.org
5025 E. Washington, Ste. 214
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB):
A wealth of information, including
AFB CareerConnect: 1-888-824-2184
“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.”
Audio Bible: 1-864-260-9977
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:
PO Box 621 Bradenton, FL 34206
Local libraries for the blind should have applications.
Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.: 1-800-925-6092
Free large print or Braille Bibles and other devotional materials, in several languages.
Talking Bibles International: www.talkingbible.org
Sells digital NIV new Testament.
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: email@example.com
ACB Store: 1-877-848-3218
American Printing House for the Blind
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:
Blind Treasures: 1-804-266-3062
Braille Super Store:
California Canes: 1-866-332-4883.
Home Readers: 1-877-814-7323
Offers taped catalogs from several mainstream companies, such as Blair, Land’s End, and Schwan’s.
Independent Living Aids (ILA): 1-800-
Perkins school for the Blind: 1-617-924-
Speak to Me: 1-800-248-9965.
American Council of the Blind (ACB):
Arizona Council of the Blind (AzCB):
Council of Families with Visual
Impairment (CFVI): www.acb.org
Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona
National Federation of the Blind (NFB):
National Federation of the Blind of
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
American Diabetes Association:
Living with Blindness and Diabetes, a Frre book from
NFB Independence Market (in large print and on CD).
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).
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor’s Council on blindness and Visual Impairment (GCBVI): 602-542-
Glendale City Hall: 623-930-2000
Glendale Commission on Persons with Disabilities: 623-930-2287
You can use this site to apply online for medical assistance (AHCCCS), Food Stamps, or cash assistance.
Maricopa County Switchboard: 602-506-3011
Medicare Information line through Arizona’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program: 1-800-432-4040
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
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
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
Hadley School for the Blind: 1-800-526-
9909 or 1-847-446-8111
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
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
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.
National Do Not Call List:
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.
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
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce: 602-254-5521
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.
Mesa: 163 North Dobson. 480-962-
Peoria: 9770 W. Peoria. 623-934-
Phoenix: 9801 N. 7th St.,
AFB Career Connect: www.afb.org/careerconnect
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): www.eeoc.gov
Has a fact sheet addressing the reasonable accommodation obligation under the ADA.
LIBRARIES AND OTHER SOURCES FOR
Arizona Braille & Talking Book Library:
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.
Downloadable books in accessible formats.
National Braille Press (NBP): 1-800-
Sells selected books in Braille or digital format – for the same price as the print editions.
Newspapers and Magazines
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
76 Leabrook Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540
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
National Headquarters: 1-866-RFBD-585
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
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”).
Lions Foundation of Arizona: 602-244-
Low Vision Plus, Mike Perry: www.lowvisionPlus.com
Carries a wide variety of products for people with little or no vision – from CCTV’s to talking thermometers.
Several vets make house calls, some at rates comparable to office visits. Here are 2 such options:
Country Rover, Dr. Roger Cahill: 867-7100
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
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-
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
SUPPORT AND INFORMATION GROUPS
Healer Within, Amina Kruck – 602-443-
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-
For men, 18 and over, with any disability.
5025 E. washington
third Thursday of each month, 5:30–7pm.
Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.,
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
Assistive Technology Computer Help Desk: 1-888-825-0080
AzTAP = Arizona Technology Access
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.
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 email@example.com
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/
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:
1202 W. Thomas Rd., building R
Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene Clinic:
Carrington College: 480-717-3510
1300 S. Country
Club Dr., Suite 2, Mesa, AZ.
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.
Glendale Dial-a-Ride: 623-930-3500
Share the Ride - car pooling: www.valleymetro.sharetheride.com
Valley Metro Transit Information (bus/light rail):
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.
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):
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
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)
World Blind Union: www.worldblindunion.org
Works to improve the lives of blind people all over the world.