Adaptive Product Resources
- American Council of the Blind website has links to services and activities for those with vision loss. 202-467-5081 or www.acb.org
- American Foundation for the blind (AFB) has a Vision Aware site for Seniors and various other links for persons with vision loss and their families. They also have the AFB Center on Vision Loss where you can learn about independent living from Esther’s Place, an apartment designed especially for persons living with vision loss. 214-352-7222 or www.afb.org
- Ears for Eyes - Enrichment Audio Resource Services provides free audio lessons promoting independent living. 800-843-6816 or www.earsforeyes.info
- Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes independent living through lifelong distance education programs at no cost to persons who are blind, their families or their blindness service providers. Phone: 800-323-4238 TTY 847-441-8111 or www.hadley.edu
- Foundation fighting blindness: www.blindness.org/
- ICanConnect (National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program) is available for those with significant combined vision and hearing loss meeting Federal income guidelines. They can receive communication technology and training to stay connected with family members and friends at no cost. Phone: 800-825-4595 TTY 888-320-2656 or www.icanconnect.org
- National Library Service (NLS) and Regional Offices provide a free library service to people who are unable to read regular printed material because of visual impairment (books and magazines in Braille, e-braille, and audio). The materials and free playback equipment needed to read talking books and magazines are sent to borrowers and returned to libraries by postage-free mail.
- BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download): www.loc.gov/nls/bardnls/
- U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing Information Line provides a free Currency Reader for people with vision loss. Phone 844-815-9388.
- Blinded Veterans Association and Regional Chapters give access to national and regional resources and connect with blinded Veterans throughout the United States. 800-669-7079 or www.bva.org
- Lions Clubs International has Local Lions Clubs which provide resources and support to benefit individuals with vision loss. Phone 630-571-5466 or www.lionsclubs.org
- The elder care locater is a free service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. Every state has an Aging Services Division dedicated to providing seniors with home and community-based services, so they can continue living in their own home instead of a nursing home. A wide range of state assistance programs are generally available to eligible seniors, including home health aides and skilled nursing care, home-delivered meals, help with household chores, transportation to shopping and medical appointments, as well as counseling, advocacy and legal aid. 800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov
- Helping Hands Service Programs may be available in your area through a local church or senior center.
- National Aging & Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) can provide information on transportation sources. 866-528-6278, 866-983-3222, or TTY 202-347-7385 or email email@example.com or seniortransportation.net