Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The following is a list of organizations, agencies, and companies that deal specifically with the blind and visually impaired.

GENETICS OF AGE RELATED MACULOPATHY

Dr. Michael Gorin at Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA is conducting a nationwide study of genetic and other risk factors that contribute to the development of age-related macular degeneration (also known as age-related maculopathy). You or members of your family may be eligible to participate in this observational study (this is not a treatment trial) which does not require that you come to UCLA, but allows you to participate through a confidential and secure website. If you wish to learn more about this study, you can go to the following website and read about the study with complete anonymity (and even send questions to the research coordinators). https://jseiclinres.jsei.ucla.edu/garm/ or contact: 1-800-286-8581

Employment Opportunities

Hired Disability Solutions provides people with disabilities an equal opportunity to succeed. Brings together employers and job seekers who have disabilities. Largest career network on the Internet.

Tennessee Business Enterprises (TBE), a program where blind and visually impaired people can operate their own vending facility, 615.313.4914

Entertainment

Regal Entertainment Group, Open Captioned & Descriptive audio showtimes for the entire state of Tennessee

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), tickets for live narration for the blind, contact Melissa Brett, 615.687.4292

Weather Underground Braille Page, accessable weather forcast by city.

Products for the Blind

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) promotes the independence of the blind and visually impaired by providing specialized materials and products, 1.800.223.1839

Audiovision Canada, audio described movies on videocassette, audiocassette and CD, 1.800.567.6755, ext.228

Descriptive Video Service sells movies that have been audio described for the blind and visually impaired. For information call 1.800.333.1203, To order call 1.317.579.0439

Freedom Scientific, sells computer hardware and software that has been adapted for the blind and visually impaired, 1.800.444.4443

Independent Living Aids (ILA) sells aids and appliances to the blind and visually impaired 1.800.537.2118

LS & S Products for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1.800.468.4789

Maxi Aids sells aids and appliances to the blind and visually impaired 1.800.522.6294

Seedlings Children's books in Braille and print. 1.800.777.8552

Speak to Me sells talking products 1.800.248.9965

Reading Material and Information

Blindskills Inc. publishes Dialogue Magazine, quarterly publication with helpful hints, recipes and articles of interest to the blind and visually impaired. Free issue upon request, 1.800.860.4224

Braille Forum, monthly magazine of the American Council of the Blind, 1.800.424.8666

Ears for Eyes, new ways to do old things aimed at the newly blinded, 1.800.843.6816

Tennessee State Library and Archives, offers free reading materials to the visually and physically handicapped Tennesseans.

Home Readers, catalog transcribing service for blind and visually impaired, 1.877.814.7323

Matilda Ziegler Magazine, articles of interest to the blind and visually impaired, 1.212.242.0264

National Braille Press (NBP) provides reading materials in accessible formats 1.800.548.7323

Newsline can read newspapers over the telephone, Dial 387-8002, enter 3-digit portal code, which is 632, press # for subscription information, then dial 1.866.504.7300. You will be given a 6-digit ID code and a 4-digit security code.

Newsreel, Audiocassette with monthly information from the blindness community, listen to or contribute to monthly magazine by calling 1.888.723.8737. There is a $30 annual fee.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB & D), recorded materials in digital format, 1.800.221.4792

Volunteers of Vacaville, Braille and tape transcription of materials, and Braillewriter repair, 1.707.448.6841 ext 2044

Referral & Support

American Council of the Blind (ACB), national consumer organization of blind and visually impaired people 1-800-424-8666 or 202-467-5081 or www.acb.org or www.acbradio.org

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), an information and referral service that provides print teaching materials to teachers, mobility instructors, and rehabilitation counselors 1-800-232-5463

AT&T Disability Center, for Braille and large print billing, 1-888-390-7770

Blind Handyman If you're interested in doing home repairs and other projects and want ideas on how to do jobs as a blind tool user, then join the Blind Handyman list to share ideas. To join, send a blank e-mail to blindhandyman-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans.

Tennessee Disability Coalition provides advocacy and various programs for the disabled, Carol Westlake, 615.383-9442

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder provides information and referral, Carole Moore Slater, 615.322-8529

Prevent Blindness Tennessee is a voluntary eye health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight across the state of Tennessee through vision screenings, public and professional education, community services, programs, referrals, information, and research.

Services

Directions for Me your one stop source for accessible packaging information.

Adult Protective Services, 615.532.4000

Bioptic Driving USA, It is the most comprehensive site on bioptic driving ever developed in the USA. It includes information on state laws for bioptic driving, animations and videos to better explain the process, history of bioptic driving and extensive information on training of drivers.

Center for Independent Living (CIL), empowers people with disabilities to achieve their vision of independence, Floyd Steward, 615.292-5803

Diabetes Hotline, lowest prices with free delivery, 1.800.344.2066

Bridges to Care Access to Healthcare for the Uninsured: 615.340.0573

Directory Assistance Nationwide free 1.800.373.3412

Disability Law and Advocacy Center (DLAC), assists disabled people with discrimination issues, 615.298.1080

Express Scripts, 1.877.214.3469, Pharmacy Help: 1.800.235.4357

Foundation Fighting Blindness raises money for eye research, Peggy Mitchell, 615.367.0930

Helping Hands for the Blind, provide various services and items for the blind, as well as giving away Old Time Radio discs. They also sell Braille cookbooks, 1.877.422.0300 or 1.818.341.8217

Lions Clubs International, is a voluntary cooperative network providing links to member clubs of the International Association of Lions Clubs who have sites on the Internet.

Tennessee Department of Rehabilitation Services for the Blind 615.741.1606

Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) Martin Monson, Superintendent 615.231.7300

PSOOTELLME, up-to-date sports scores, news, weather, Mapquest, business search, call 1.800.555.8355

211 Service, free directory service of agencies, organizations, and transportation services that provide for people with disabilities

Sports

United States Association of Blind Athletes, contact Melta Young at 615.228.1555

United States Blind Golfers Association (USBGA), contact Jim Baker 615.885.2952

The American Blind Bowling Association. (ABBA)

National Beep Baseball Association The adaptive version of America's favorite pastime for the blind and visually impaired.

Ski for Light is a program of cross-country skiing benefiting blind, visually-impaired, and mobility-impaired individuals and their guides.

United States Braille Chess Association (USBCA) is to actively encourage and assist in the promotion and advancement of correspondence and over-the-board chess among chess enthusiasts who are blind or visually impaired.

Transportation

TennCare Transportation, free rides to TennCare appointments serving all of Tennessee. For East Tennessee call: 1-866-725-6270. For Middle Tennessee call: 1-866-416-9209. For West Tennessee call: 1-866-405-0238. For Local Shelby County call: 1-901-405-0238.

Southwest Human Resource Agencys Rural Public Transportation system is designed to benefit the entire community including elderly, preschoolers, dialysis patients, and disabled.

Southwest Airlines Disability Line, call this number when ordering airline tickets, 1.866.281.8464