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  1. A Blind Net
    This site provides a variety of information about blindness; general information as well as links to organizations of and for the blind, some of the companies that provide equipment used by blind people, and other resources. [More Information on A Blind Net]

  2. AbilityOne
    Formerly known as Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD), AbilityOne is a Federal initiative to help people who are blind or severely disabled find employment by working for nonprofit agencies (NPAs) that sell products and/or services to the U.S. Government. The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled administers the AbilityOne program. It has designated National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and NISH to assist with program implementation. The core criterion for eligibility is that 75% of total direct labor hours must be performed by people who are blind or have other disabilities. In 2006, nearly 47,000 people were employed through the program, making AbilityOne the largest source of work opportunities for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities in the U.S. [More Information on AbilityOne]

  3. ACB Radio
    This Internet radio station for the blind is sponsored by the American Council of the Blind. It features blind broadcasters in eight countries, broadcasting to a worldwide audience in over 70 countries. A wide variety of programs are offered on topics like technology ("Main Menu, The Technology Show"), music (the ACB Radio Cafe), and classic drama and comedy. [More Information on ACB Radio]

  4. Access Wireless
    Access Wireless is an online resource to help people with disabilities, seniors and their families to find a cell phone and service plan appropriate for their individual needs. CTIA-The Wireless Association and the wireless industry created AccessWireless.org to be an entry-level resource to learn about the ever-changing world of cell phones and wireless services. This site provides information about the accessibility of a variety of cell phones, including smartphones, and an explanation of how the wireless carriers meet the needs of their customers who have disabilities. The site also provides detailed explanations of the accessibility features available for people with hearing, vision, speech, cognitive, mobility, and neuromuscular disabilities. [More Information on Access Wireless]

  5. AccessWorld
    AccessWorld: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is a monthly periodical for anyone who uses or wants to use assistive technology, specifically products for people who are blind or have low vision. AccessWorld offers unbiased and comprehensive product evaluations; user-friendly explanations of current technology; practical tips on using popular technologies; news and reports from the field and interviews with industry leaders. AccessWorld is published by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), AFB TECH. [More Information on AccessWorld]

  6. Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
    The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a consumer group of blind, partially sighted, and deaf-blind adults, parents of the aforementioned and other interested individuals, with a common goal to preserve and enhance the rights of such persons in Canada through public education, advocacy, and other initiatives. [More Information on Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians]

  7. American Council of the Blind
    ACB is a leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. With 51 state and regional affiliates and 20 national special interest and professional affiliates, the Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people. Their publication, The Braille Forum is a free, monthly magazine in Braille, large print, cassette, or IBM-compatible disk. This magazine contains articles on employment, legislation, sports, products, services and other pertinent information concerning the blind and visually impaired. [More Information on American Council of the Blind]

  8. American Foundation for the Blind
    The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens. The American Foundation for the Blind promotes wide-ranging, systemic change by addressing critical issues such as employment, independent living, literacy, and technology. In addition to its New York City headquarters, the AFB maintains four National Centers in cities across the United States, and a Governmental Relations office in Washington, DC. It publishes the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, a professional journal, and Access World, a consumer-oriented publication on assistive technology that is available free through the AFB web site. The AFB Press also publishes books on teaching braille, which are available through the AFB Bookstore. [More Information on American Foundation for the Blind]

  9. American Health Assistance Foundation
    The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) funds research on Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease, and stroke. AHAF also provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies. [More Information on American Health Assistance Foundation]

  10. American Macular Degeneration Foundation
    AAMDF provides information on macular degeneration, including prevention and care issues. The "Care & Services Directory" provides a state-by-state listing of professional eye care pproviders and state agencies specializing in blindness and visual impairment. [More Information on American Macular Degeneration Foundation]

  11. Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
    The AER is an international membership organization dedicated to rendering support and assistance to the professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults. [More Information on Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired]

  12. Association of Blind Citizens
    The ABC is a membership organization of blind/visually impaired persons, their friends and families, and other interested individuals who recognize the needs and issues effecting the blind community. It provides assistance through information and referral services, advocacy, and other supports to maximize and increase options and opportunities for all blind and visually impaired persons. The ABC offers an online newsletter (20/20 Access), informative meetings, and a radio show (In Focus). It sponsors an Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) that makes grants to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. Legally blind residents of the United States are eligible. [More Information on Association of Blind Citizens]

  13. Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence for Aging Veterans with Vision Loss
    The mission of the Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center is to improve the everyday function and quality of life of aging Veterans with vision loss and their caregivers. [More Information on Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence for Aging Veterans with Vision Loss]

  14. Audio Description Project
    The mission of the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ADP), formerly sponsored by AD International, is to boost levels of description activity and disseminate information on that work throughout the nation, sponsoring a broad range of activities designed to build awareness of audio description among the general public as well as its principal users, people who are blind or have low vision. [More Information on Audio Description Project]

  15. AudioDescription.com
    AudioDescription.com is a web site of Media Access Australia providing information about what audio description is and how it works, as well as details about the history of audio description. This site is constantly updated with audio description developments happening both in Australia and internationally, and it contains information about other organisations that help with audio description services. This website benefits people looking for a technological solution to media accessibility, including people who are blind or visually impaired, and people with print disabilities such as dyslexia, colour blindness, learning difficulties and physical disabilities that affect interaction with print and visual media. Other information about DVDs, Cinema, TV and the Arts is also provided, including a complete listing of audio described DVD titles available in Australia. [More Information on AudioDescription.com]

  16. A-Z to Deafblindness
    This site is hosted by James Gallagher, who is deafblind himself. It offers information on, and links to, services and other resources for people who are blind, deaf and deafblind. [More Information on A-Z to Deafblindness]

  17. BiOptic Driving Network - USA
    The BiOptic Driving Network is "a registered non-profit organization founded in 2001 to serve the needs and interests of those with stable low vision who may be able to drive with a miniaturized telescope mounted in the(usually) upper half of a pair of spectacles, a so-called BiOptic Telescope System (BTS). Such people may include those with albinism, nystagmus, cataracts, and corneal diseases, as well as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other conditions that affect the central macular area." The organization has branches in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and Taiwan. [More Information on BiOptic Driving Network - USA]

  18. Blind Ambitions Groups
    The Blind Ambitions Groups web site has information for the blind and visually impaired and their families to help them understand blindness better. It contains links to articles, tips, training, support group meetings and other topics specifically for the blind. It also has audio archives for Eyes on Employment and Sound of Sight, two radio shows for the blind that deal with life issues and employment. The programs air on stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and on ACB Radio, the Internet radio service of the American Council of the Blind. [More Information on Blind Ambitions Groups]

  19. Blind Bargains
    Blind Bargains tracks deals and bargains on blindness-related products including deals from online stores, used items, and auctions. The goal is to connect blind people with reasonably-priced equipment. Many items, especially used items, are listed on Ebay and on various Web sites, and the goal is to centralize this information. The site also offer a feature called Blind Search, a customized search engine for dozens of blindness-related websites. [More Information on Blind Bargains]

  20. Blind Citizens Australia
    The national consumer organization of Australians who are blind or visually impaired. They sponsor an online discussion of blindness-low vision issues and have a great links section. [More Information on Blind Citizens Australia]

  21. Blind Corps
    Blind Corps consists of an all-volunteer group of professionals in the field of work with the blind. It was formed in November of 2005 with the purpose of addressing the rehabilitation needs of blind people in developing nations by sharing the knowledge and experience of American rehabilitation professionals with individuals in developing nations who are interested in the advancement of the blind in those countries, including the blind themselves, rehabilitation workers, support organizations of the blind, government agencies, and the friends and families of the blind. The goal is to bring the blind to the point of economic, social and political equality by providing educational and technical support. The first Blind Corps project is in Turkey, where the Fiziksel Engelliler Vakfi (Physical Disabilities Foundation), in partnership with the Municipal Government of Istanbul, has invited Blind Corps volunteer rehabilitation consultants to present a program of intensive training services. The Turkish Republic is funding the expenses of seven volunteer trainers for this mission. Blind Corps is a non-profit corporation, 501c3 status pending. [More Information on Blind Corps]

  22. Blind Geek Zone
    The Blind Geek Zone is a web site devoted to computers and blind computer users. Contents include audio tutorials and podcasts, documents, programs, and web links. The webmaster also offers customized one-on-one software training and technical support for reasonable rates. [More Information on Blind Geek Zone]

  23. Blind Handyman & Blind Like Me
    The Blind Handyman and Blind Like Me are Internet radio programs that can be heard on ACB Radio at http://www.acbradio.org and on radio reading services for the blind around the United States. The Blind Handyman is a discussion program focused on home building, repair, and maintenance, all with the blind in mind. Listeners are invited to participate by sharing suggestions, ideas, comments, and experiences. Blind Like Me is an informative hour-long radio interview format show. The guests are blind and visually impaired individuals from all over the world, who present their unique perspective on how they have refused to let their visual acuity or lack thereof get in the way of doing exactly what they want, from sky diving to cooking. Blind Handyman and Blind Like Me are archived at the On Demand page on the ACB Radio web site. [More Information on Blind Handyman & Blind Like Me]

  24. Blind Rollers
    Blind Rollers is an online forum for discussing issues relating to blind people who have mobility disabilities. It is hosted by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The forum addresses the needs of blind people who require a wheelchair all or part of the time or have trouble walking. [More Information on Blind Rollers]

  25. blindcooltech.com
    Blindcooltech posts podcasts on a variety of issues relating to the use of information technology by people who are blind or have low vision. Podcasts discuss techniques for using computers, tablets and smartphones as well as the software, including apps, that run on those platforms. [More Information on blindcooltech.com]

  26. Blinded Veterans Association
    BVA is an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. They offer counseling to veterans nationwide; assistance in obtaining rehabilitation services and reentering the workforce; a scholarship program for spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans; a bimonthly newsletter, BVA Bulletin; and activities organized by regional groups. [More Information on Blinded Veterans Association]

  27. Blindskills, Inc.
    "The mission of Blindskills, Inc. is to distribute information and resources to visually impaired individuals and their families to enable them to meet their needs and aspirations while managing life with vision loss. Blindskills, Inc. provides a toll-free number that can be reached by anyone in the U.S. or Canada. The organization assisted 2200 callers in the last year alone. Its books, CONNIE'S KITCHEN and JOB HUNTING RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH VISION IMPAIRMENTS are popular with visually impaired people, rehabilitation professionals and teachers. Blindskills, Inc. hosts a monthly support group that meets in Salem, Oregon. Staff members at Blindskills, Inc. also make presentations to service organizations, schools, retirement and senior centers and conferences for professionals and physicians in the field of vision impairment." [More Information on Blindskills, Inc.]

  28. Bookshare
    Bookshare is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates under an exception to U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. In addition, many publishers and authors have volunteered to provide Bookshare with access to their works. By requiring individuals to register as members and provide a Proof of Disability, Bookshare ensures that only qualified individuals use the service. Bookshare members download books, textbooks and newspapers in a compressed, encrypted file. They then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays. Books are available in two accessible digital formats from the Bookshare website: (1) DAISY 3 text files that work with screen readers, self-voicing synthetic-voice DAISY players, portable self-voicing DAISY players, and scan-and-read software such as Kurzweil K1000 and K3000, WYNN, and OpenBook; and (2) BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) (digital Braille) for use with Braille embossers and refreshable Braille devices. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students.Memberships are available to individuals or through organizations. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities may sponsor subscriptions for their students or clients. [More Information on Bookshare]

  29. Braille Institute of America, Inc.
    The Braille Institute is a private, non-profit organization. The Institute offers counseling services, low vision rehabilitation consultations, and more than 200 classes in the southern California area to aid people who are blind or have low vision to lead independent, enriching lives. It also offers library services. The Institute's Braille Press is "the largest publisher of braille materials on the West Coast." [More Information on Braille Institute of America, Inc.]

  30. Braille International, Inc.
    Braille International is a not-for-profit organization that provides a broad range of braille material for all ages. They are one of the world's largest producers of braille. [More Information on Braille International, Inc.]

  31. Braille Jymico, Inc.
    Braille Jymico is a Canadian company that produces a variety of braille material including scientific braille (Nemeth code), tactile graphics, and musical braille. The site is in English and French. [More Information on Braille Jymico, Inc.]

  32. Braille Works
    Braille Works provides Braille transcription, large print document preparation, and documents in audio or screen reader friendly text files. Also available is an Access on Demand Service, enabling documents to be produced on an as-needed basis. [More Information on Braille Works]

  33. Braillnet Plus
    Offered in both Czech and English, this site grew out of Czech Blind United's BBS. The site provides information on Czech Blind United and other Czech adaptive technology, guide dog, and rehabilitation services for people with visual disabilities in the Czech Republic. [More Information on Braillnet Plus]

  34. Choice Magazine Listening
    CML offers free audio tapes of outstanding articles, short stories and poetry selected from over 100 current magazines such as The New Yorker, Audubon, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Gourmet, Travel and Leisure, Sports Illustrated, Foreign Affairs, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, Granta and Time - along with occasional material from other media sources. These free tapes are distributed throughout the U.S. six times a year with eight hours of outstanding articles, fiction and poetry read by professional voices. The unabridged articles are recorded on 4-track tapes to be played on the special tape players available free through the Library of Congress Talking Book Program. [More Information on Choice Magazine Listening]

  35. Cincinnati Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    "The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides library service to eligible individuals and institutions. Library service is free, but individuals and residents must register with the department by completing an application and providing appropriate certification." [More Information on Cincinnati Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped]

  36. CNIB
    CNIB is a national voluntary agency providing services to blind and visually impaired individuals across Canada in personal and social adjustments. It acts as a consultant and resource agency to the helping professions, government departments and private industry. CNIB also provides library services; career development and employment services; counselling and referral; rehabilitation teaching; orientation and mobility training; and vision rehabilitation. The site is in English and French. [More Information on CNIB]

  37. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
    The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has offered programs that enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to obtain and maintain independence at home, school, work, and in the community. CLB's programs and services include early intervention services, training and consultation in assistive technology, career placement services, comprehensive low vision care and a wide range of rehabilitation services. [More Information on Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind]

  38. Computer Center For Visually Impaired People
    The Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) was one of the first organizations to use computers to help equalize opportunities for people with severe visual impairments. For over 30 years, CCVIP has used computers equipped with the latest assistive technology: speech synthesizers, print enlargement, and braille printers - to help visually impaired people achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals. CCVIP offers a range of challenging non-credit computer classes in a college environment for beginners and experienced users. The Center provides information and training on assistive computer technology for professionals and the business community, and conducts research to explore innovative ways of using the computer to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people. [More Information on Computer Center For Visually Impaired People]

  39. Confessions of DeafBlind Mother
    This site features the blog of Tracy Stine, who is deaf, legally blind and a mother of two children. She also posts videos and resource ideas for a variety of disabilities. [More Information on Confessions of DeafBlind Mother]

  40. Cooking in the Dark
    Cooking in the Dark is a weekly audio program about cooking techniques for individuals who are blind. The hosts, Cheryl Cummings and Dale Campbell, demonstrate several recipes each week. The program is broadcast on ACB Radio and is also available as podcasts in a searchable archive. [More Information on Cooking in the Dark]

  41. Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
    CCLVI is an advocacy group with affiliates in several major U.S. metropolitan areas. They publish "Vision Access," a journal for and by those with low vision. [More Information on Council of Citizens with Low Vision International ]

  42. Council of Schools for the Blind
    The Council of Schools for the Blind is a consortium of specialized schools in Canada and the United States whose major goal is improving the quality of services to children who are blind or visually impaired. [More Information on Council of Schools for the Blind]

  43. DEBBI - Danish Electronic Library for the Blind
    A service of the Foundation for the Blind, Denmark, DEBBI provides electronic versions of books, periodicals and public documents to the Danish Blind. In Danish and English. [More Information on DEBBI - Danish Electronic Library for the Blind ]

  44. Descriptive Video Service
    Descriptive Video Service (DVS) from WGBH in Boston is a national service that makes Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television programs, Hollywood movies on video, and other visual media accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. DVS provides narrated descriptions of the key visual elements without interfering with the audio or dialogue of a program or movie. The narration describes visual elements such as actions, settings, body language and graphics. DVS is broadcast free to viewers by more than 130 public television stations nationwide. To receive DVS on television, a viewer must have either a stereo TV or VCR with the Second Audio Program (S.A.P.) feature or S.A.P. adapter. [More Information on Descriptive Video Service]

  45. Dialogue
    From Blindskills, Inc., Dialogue magazine is written specifically for persons who are blind or are experiencing sight loss. Each issue contains ideas and solutions intended to enhance it readers' quality of life. Articles cover a wide range of subject matter, including adjustment techniques, mobility, employment, independence, health, technology, cuisine,student issues, sports and recreation. Short pieces of fiction and poetry, submitted by readers, are spotlighted in each issue. Dialogue contains a resource section of products and services to aid the visually impaired in all aspects of life. [More Information on Dialogue]

  46. Empowerment Zone
    This is the home page of Jamal Mazrui, a blind consultant on computer accessibility. The site contains an extensive archive of information on computer accessibility. It also has a collection of documents on other issues related to disability and civil rights. [More Information on Empowerment Zone]

  47. Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (E.A.R.S. for Eyes)
    E.A.R.S. for Eyes is a non-profit organization which offers free audio cassette lesson tapes that teach adaptive daily living skills to the vision impaired and their caregivers. Each lesson tape provides uncomplicated, straightforward ways to help the listener do the things made difficult by low vision. To order lesson tapes, the user must call the organization and talk to a counselor about his or her needs. There are four lesson tapes on adaptive skills in the kitchen and in food preparation; two lesson tapes on mobility in the house and when going out; three tapes on personal care (grooming, doing the laundry, and managing medications); one on techniques which help avoid embarrassment when dining with others; and one with practical advice on using the telephone. An introductory lesson, which will always accompanies the first tape that is sent, explains how to most effectively utilize the lessons and discusses the audio tape cassette player. Each lesson tape is designed to stand alone and there is no progressive order or sequence to the lessons. An individual can choose the subject areas that are the most troublesome and order only those tapes, skipping those areas that are not problematic. [More Information on Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (E.A.R.S. for Eyes)]

  48. eSights Career Network
    eSights offers job listings and other information to aid people who are blind or have low vision in finding employment opportunities. [More Information on eSights Career Network]

  49. Foundation Fighting Blindness
    The Foundation is a charitable organization that supports research to prevent and treat conditions that cause blindness. The site also offers materials for people who are blind or have low vision and their friends and families. [More Information on Foundation Fighting Blindness]

  50. Fred's Head
    Fred's Head is an accessible, on-line catalog of useful tips, techniques, and resources for the blind and visually impaired. The heart of this catalog is drawn from the experience of Fred Gissoni of the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. The subjects covered range from the practical-- using old greeting cards for braille notepaper, to the esoteric-what blind people experience when they dream. There is a form for submitting questions not already covered. [More Information on Fred's Head]

  51. gh LLC
    "gh, LLC ("gh") combines innovation and expert knowledge in disabilities to provide technology-based products and services that help people with disabilities, as well as those without, gain access to information. gh offers software applications for accessing static and dynamic information and provides the service of converting information sources into a variety of accessible media formats." [More Information on gh LLC]

  52. Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
    Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence. [More Information on Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.]

  53. Guide Dog Users Inc.
    Guide Dog Users Inc. (GDUI), an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, is one of the largest consumer-driven organizations of people interested in the dog as a working guide. GDUI has affiliate organizations throughout the U.S., where members work together on local and global issues. It is primarily an advocacy organization, assisting individual members with advice and useful contact information and advocating at both state and Federal levels on behalf of the guide-dog handling population. [More Information on Guide Dog Users Inc.]

  54. Guide Dogs for the Blind
    Guide Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit, charitable organization with a mission to provide guide dogs and training in their use to visually impaired people throughout the U.S. and Canada. It operates two training centers in San Rafael, CA and Boring, OR. The site offers information on guide dog training and care. [More Information on Guide Dogs for the Blind]

  55. Guide Dogs of America
    "Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence." [More Information on Guide Dogs of America]

  56. Helen Keller International
    HKI is an international nonprofit organization devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness worldwide. With offices in New York, Africa and Asia, it helps millions of people in 80 countries preserve their sight. HKI also restores sight to blind people when possible, and works with the irreversibly blind people to support their efforts to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Through its Childsight program, HKI provides eyeglasses and other services to children with vision impairments. [More Information on Helen Keller International]

  57. Hong Kong Society for the Blind
    HKSB provides extensive services for people in Hong Kong who are blind or have low vision. [More Information on Hong Kong Society for the Blind]

  58. Horizons for the Blind
    Horizons enhances self-sufficiency of blind individuals by providing braille, large print, and audio cassette and CD instruction in crafts, gardening, food preparation, and the operation of household appliances. It also produces braille, large print, and audio materials and braille signage for businesses and other organizations. [More Information on Horizons for the Blind]

  59. Institute for Innovative Blind Navigation
    "The mission of the Institute for Innovative Blind Navigation (IIBN) is to become a global center for the study, promotion, and development of sophisticated wayfinding technologies that have the potential for improving the efficiency and safety of travel for blind individuals. IIBN is a wayfinding think tank organized to gather consumer, public, and professional opinion, formulate proposed policies, and develop and distribute relevant information." IIBN is a 501(c)(3) charity. [More Information on Institute for Innovative Blind Navigation]

  60. International Association of Audio Information Services
    IAAIS is an organization of services that provide audio access to information for people who are print disabled (blind, visually impaired, learning disabled or physically disabled). This site includes links for radio reading services for the blind in the U.S. and other countries. [More Information on International Association of Audio Information Services]

  61. International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment
    The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organisations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all visually impaired children and youth so that they may achieve their full potential. [More Information on International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment]

  62. Japan Guide Dog Association
    The Japan Guide Dog Association (JGDA) raises and trains guide dogs for the visually impaired. It has two training centers; one in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the other in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. [More Information on Japan Guide Dog Association]

  63. Jewish Braille Institute of America
    The Jewish Braille Institute of America (JBI) seeks the integration of Jews who are blind, visually impaired and reading disabled into the Jewish community and society in general. The JBI Library includes religious texts and other books of specific interest to Jews. [More Information on Jewish Braille Institute of America]

  64. Jewish Guild for the Blind
    The Guild is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian agency that serves persons of all ages who are visually impaired, blind and multidisabled. It offers a broad range of programs that include: medical, vision, low vision, psychiatric and rehabilitative services, managed long-term care, residential services, day health programs, schools and educational training programs for independent living. In addition, The Guild's radio reading service, InTouch Networks, and SightCare, its vision care education and training program, address the special needs of thousands of people nationwide. In addition to the home office in New York City, there are Guild offices in Albany, New York and West Palm Beach, Florida. [More Information on Jewish Guild for the Blind]

  65. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
    The Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB) is the international, interdisciplinary journal of record on blindness and visual impairment from the American Foundation for the Blind that publishes scholarship and information and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, airing of controversies, and discussion of issues. JVIB is a monthly publication that includes research articles, as well as shorter pieces of interest to practitioners and extensive news coverage about the field of visual impairment. The tables of contents are available on-line, but only a few articles can be viewed on the Web. [More Information on Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness]

  66. Judy Dixon's Collection of Braille and Tactile-writing Slates
    Judy Dixon is the community relations director of the NLS, but this is her own private site. It includes descriptions of each of the more than 200 braille slates in her collection. [More Information on Judy Dixon's Collection of Braille and Tactile-writing Slates]

  67. Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
    Learning Ally a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability. [More Information on Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)]

  68. Lighthouse International
    Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a non-profit organization whose goal is to prevent the disability associated with vision loss and to enhance the daily lives of people with visual impairments at any age. New York Lighthouse Vision Rehabilitation Services is a major provider of vision rehabilitation services in New York State. Other activities of Lighthouse International include professional education, research, prevention, and advocacy. In partnership with the Royal National Institute for the Blind, it built VisionConnection, a global Internet portal for people who are partially sighted or blind. It sells products for consumers through the Lighthouse Store, and to professionals through its Professional Products Division, also known as the Low Vision SuperStore. [More Information on Lighthouse International]

  69. Lioncourt.com - Mac Accessibility News
    This Web site provides information and links related to the use of Apple products by the blind and visually impaired. The site aims to collect information and resources to educate and assist blind and visually impaired Mac users, and to remedy misconceptions about the accessibility of Mac products, while encouraging use of the Mac OS X platform for work, school, or pleasure. The site includes Twitter posts, news stories, editorials, and podcast links. [More Information on Lioncourt.com - Mac Accessibility News]

  70. Lions Clubs International
    Lions Clubs International is a volunteer organization with 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas. Worldwide, Lions Clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention. Clubs provide free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille writers, large print texts, white canes, and guide dogs for thousands of people each year. The Lions SightFirst Program has restored sight to 7 million people through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss for 20 million people, and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions. The Lions Clubs International web site includes a locator for finding local clubs. [More Information on Lions Clubs International]

  71. Lions Foundation of Canada
    Lions Foundation of Canada trains dog guides for Canadians who are blind or visually impaired, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have medically and physically limiting disabilities. All programs are offered at no charge to the client, but future care and maintenance become the responsibility of the dog guide recipient. [More Information on Lions Foundation of Canada]

  72. Lions World Services for the Blind
    Lions World Services for the Blind is a training and rehabilitation center for people who are blind or visually impaired. Services include psycho-social counseling, training in independent living skills, personal adjustment training, and vocational evaluation and training. Training for independent living includes such skills as Braille, typing, oral communications, clothing care, cooking, grooming, housekeeping, independent travel through the use of a long cane, orientation to the environment, and use of transportation systems. Personal adjustment training includes the development of self-confidence in areas of social skills, physical conditioning and recreation. The center currently offers 13 vocational programs, which include three courses that teach trainees to work for the Internal Revenue Service. The three IRS courses are Contact Collection Representative, Service Center Collection Representative, and Taxpayer Service Representative. The other vocational programs are Assistive Technology Instructor, Bicycle Assembly and Repair, Enterprise Solutions Programming, Clerical Skills, Customer Service, Horticulture, Microsoft Computer Systems Engineer, Small Business Management, Small Engine Repair and Word Processing. [More Information on Lions World Services for the Blind]

  73. Low Vision Gateway
    This site provides a variety of links and information resources relating to low vision. It also contains links to low vision specialists in the U.S. and other countries whose names are listed. The site is sponsored by the Internet Low Vision Society and Low Vision Centers of Indiana. [More Information on Low Vision Gateway]

  74. Macular Degeneration Foundation
    MDF provides an online primer on macular degeneration and a guide to current research efforts and findings as well as other resources related to this condition. [More Information on Macular Degeneration Foundation]

  75. Media Access Australia
    Media Access Australia (MAA) is a not-for-profit, public institution and Australia’s primary media access organization. It provides information about media access and develops and applies technological solutions to media access issues. This includes, but is not limited to, captioning and audio description and social media. MAA was formerly known as the Australian Caption Centre. The captioning and other operations of the former Australian Caption Centre were sold to Red Bee Media in 2006. MAA works in collaboration with consumer organizations, the Australian government and industry. [More Information on Media Access Australia]

  76. Museum of Modern Art Access Programs
    The Museum of Modern Art has a variety of access programs and services for visitors with disabilties or special needs, including wheelchair access for exhibits and entrances; programs for students with disabilities; sign language-interpreted programs for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing; public telephones with TTY; MoMA Audio, with a variety of audio programs, including visual descriptions of exhibits for individuals with visual disabilities; a monthly lecture program (Art inSight) designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision; Touch Tours, which allow blind and partially sighted visitors to experience a selection of sculptures and design objects from the MoMA collection; Create·Ability, a monthly program for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities and their families; special events for seniors and homebound individuals; and Meet Me at MoMA, a monthly program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family members or care partners. [More Information on Museum of Modern Art Access Programs]

  77. National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
    The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. It offers a national 800 line for information and referral services. [More Information on National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments]

  78. National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired
    NAPVI "is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to provide support to the parents of children who have visual impairments." NAPVI has affiliate organizations in many states. [More Information on National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired]

  79. National Association for Visually Handicapped
    NAVH is a non-profit entity "dedicated to providing assistance to those with partial vision loss." The site provides information on several low vision aids, articles on the causes of vision loss and living with such conditions, and links to various resources related to low vision. [More Information on National Association for Visually Handicapped ]

  80. National Federation of the Blind
    The National Federation of the Blind is an organization of blind persons, with affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. Members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality. The NFB’s monthly magazine, the Braille Monitor, includes articles on assistive technology. Other services of the NFB include the NFB Materials Center, which sells over four hundred different aids and appliances used by the blind; the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind, an evaluation and demonstration center for speech and braille technology used by the blind; NFB-NEWSLINE for the Blind, a free talking newspaper service, which offers blind readers the complete text of leading national and local newspapers over the telephone; and Jobline, which offers national employment listings and job openings through a telephone menu system. [More Information on National Federation of the Blind]

  81. National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science, A Division of the NFB
    National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science is a division of the NFB focused on computer and software issues. The division operates a mailing list that allows members to share information about the worlds of computer science and technology with each other. [More Information on National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science, A Division of the NFB]

  82. National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality
    The National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality is a Canadian consumer group of blind, partially sighted, and deaf-blind adults, parents of the aforementioned and other interested individuals, with a common goal to preserve and enhance the rights of such persons in Canada through public education, advocacy, and other initiatives. [More Information on National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality]

  83. National Glaucoma Research
    The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) provides this Web resource on glaucoma. It offers information on research, treatment and living with glaucoma. [More Information on National Glaucoma Research]

  84. National Industries for the Blind
    NIB operates under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act and the AbilityOne Program, a Federal purchasing program that enables people who are blind to work and provide products and services to Federal and commercial customers. Its mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its associated agencies provide a variety of services, and they manufacture and sell the SKILCRAFT line of products, which range from office supplies to instrument panel lighting on Air Force One. [More Information on National Industries for the Blind]

  85. National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard Development and Technical Assistance Centers
    The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) offers blind or print disabled students the opportunity for timely access to instructional materials. Whether students require braille, audio, or digital text, NIMAS provides the standard from which these specialized formats can be created. The Development and Technical Assistance Centers work to extend, align, validate and implement NIMAS. [More Information on National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard Development and Technical Assistance Centers]

  86. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    The NLS is provided by the Library of Congress. The site includes information on library services for the blind, an on-line catalog listing braille and recorded books available from the NLS and other library services around the world, and reference circulars on a variety of blindness-related topics. [More Information on National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped]

  87. National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigment
    NOAH is a U.S. based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that offers information and support to people with albinism, their families and the professionals who work with them. People with albinism often have low vision, and there is information about low vision and albinism on this site. [More Information on National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigment]

  88. National Resource Center for Blind Musicians
    The National Resource Center for Blind Musicians is a division of the Music and Arts Center for Humanity in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The resource center provides information and referral services for visually impaired students of all ages, their parents and teachers; learning opportunities for blind students headed to college; and maintains a network of visually impaired musicians willing to share their expertise in braille music, technology and coping strategies. The Resource Center is known for its Summer Institute for Blind College-bound Musicians, a residential program which brings together students from several states and countries, who are studying music at the college level. Other activities of the resource Center include development of programs for blind children in Connecticut and teacher training. [More Information on National Resource Center for Blind Musicians]

  89. Newsreel Magazine by and for the Blind
    Newsreel Magazine by and for the Blind is a monthly interactive audio cassette magazine produced in the voices of its blind or visually impaired subscribers. Each issue contains three hours of content recorded on a 4-track 90 minute NLS format cassette with usually around 50 to 60 articles. A typical issue of might include articles on the latest adaptive technology, personal experiences, pros & cons of white cane vs. guide dog, travel tips and suggestions, recipes and cooking methods, poetry, sports articles, and more. [More Information on Newsreel Magazine by and for the Blind]

  90. Perkins School for the Blind
    "Perkins provides its students with the tools and knowledge to chart a course toward each individual's maximum level of independence, rich in experience and overflowing with potential." This school has services and support for students who are blind. [More Information on Perkins School for the Blind]

  91. Phokeng in Education
    Phokeng in Education (PHiE) is an independent training and skills development service provider in South Africa which specializes in Braille studies, South African Sign Language (SASL) training, and information and communication technology (ICT) training for disabled youth, partially sighted, blind, hard of hearing and deaf persons in and around the rural villages of Rustenburg and the greater North West province of South Africa. [More Information on Phokeng in Education]

  92. PXE International
    Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a rare genetic disease that causes legal blindness, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal disease, and other complications. PXE International funds selected research projects that will further an understanding of the condition and lead to therapy. They coordinate global research on PXE with an aim to accelerating and focusing research. They also sponsor conferences and provide information and support to people with PXE and their families. [More Information on PXE International]

  93. Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America
    Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA) is a volunteer organization composed of blind and visually impaired vendors and those individuals who support the Randolph-Sheppard program. RSVA promotes independent and effective participation in the Business Enterprise Programs (Randolph-Sheppard Program). RSVA encourages the creation of new business opportunities as well as better working conditions for all vendors. RSVA actively negotiates better merchandise pricing from suppliers blind and visually impaired vendors/managers. In many states, blind vendors have joined together to form state affiliates that carry out the purposes and programs of RSVA at the local level. [More Information on Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America]

  94. Red Bee Media Limited
    With offices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, China, and Singapore, Red Bee Media is a business providing subtitling, audio captioning, and sign language captioning for both live and recorded media, including live television, pre-recorded programs, and DVDs. [More Information on Red Bee Media Limited]

  95. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
    The RRTC's mission is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. Its activities and other information are available on the site. The RRTC is supported by a grant from NIDRR to the Mississippi State University. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision]

  96. Royal National Institute of Blind People
    The Institute provides services to people in the United Kingdom who are blind or have low vision. RNIB offers information, support and advice through a national Helpline; produces and distributes braille and talking books; and supports research into the causes and latest treatments of eye conditions. RNIB's Online Shop sells over 1000 products and publications. Some products are available for sale in other countries such as the United States; contact the Online Shop Export Department for information. [More Information on Royal National Institute of Blind People]

  97. Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind
    The Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind is New Zealand's primary service provider for blind, vision-impaired and deafblind people. [More Information on Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind]

  98. Science Access Project
    A group at Oregon State University, Science Access Project works to develop methods for making science, math, and engineering information accessible to people with print disabilities. [More Information on Science Access Project]

  99. SightLossSolutions.org
    SightLossSolutions.org is a Web site devoted to sight loss, both low vision and blindness. Operated by an individual with 20 years of experience with low vision and 10 years with blindness, the site was launched in 2004 and provides information gleaned from television, radio, newsletters, other Web sites, professional resources, and other sources pertaining to sight loss. [More Information on SightLossSolutions.org]

  100. Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped
    SAVH, formerly known as the Singapore Association for the Blind (SAB), is a voluntary welfare organization that provides services and advocacy for Singaporeans with visual disabilities. [More Information on Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped]

  101. Six Friends: Resources for Christian Families Living with a Visual Impairment
    This site has many resource lists for people with visual impairments. Some are of special interest to Christians, such as "Churches Which Accommodate People with Visual Impairments" and "Denominations' Services for Members with Disabilities," and others are of general interest, such as lists of suppliers of products. [More Information on Six Friends: Resources for Christian Families Living with a Visual Impairment]

  102. Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped
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  103. Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
    SKERI, a nonprofit independent research institute, is dedicated to research on human vision. SKERI conducts research on many different topics, but its main interests are: clinical studies which relate directly to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders; the development of devices and vocational programs to aid the partially sighted, blind and hearing impaired; basic research to understand how the eye and brain work. [More Information on Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute]

  104. Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
    This RERC conducts research and development for persons who are blind or affected by a visual impairment. The project explores rehabilitation for young children, mobility solutions for those affected with mobility disabilities as well as sight, independent travel technology, communication devices, and many other important issues concerning the blind and visually impaired. [More Information on Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center]

  105. Soundings
    Soundings is a free, impartial and editorially independent monthly information service for anyone in the United Kingdom who is blind or partially sighted - whether they are registered or not. Soundings information, including Soundings Magazine, is available on cassette, on audio CD and on the Internet. [More Information on Soundings]

  106. T.V. Raman's Homepage
    T.V. Raman is a computer scientist at Cornell University who is internationally recognized for his work in auditory interfaces and other efforts to ensure that electronic information is accessible to people with vision-related disabilities. Dr.Raman is blind, and his homepage contains links to a variety of information sources on computers and Web accessibility. [More Information on T.V. Raman's Homepage]

  107. Tape Ministries NW
    Tape Ministries NW records Christian books on tape and has a library of more than 1,200 titles available for loan by mail to individuals in the USA and Canada. All services are free to anyone who qualifies, including people who are blind, visually impaired, dyslexic, or who have disabilities that make it difficult to hold a book or turn the pages. Tape Ministries NW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. They are a non-denominational Bible-based religious organization which partners with churches and individuals from many denominations, including Presbyterian, Lutheran, Covenant, Methodist, Episcopalian, Baptist, Assemblies of God, and many more. [More Information on Tape Ministries NW]

  108. Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
    This site provides educators who work with students who are blink, have low vision or are otherwise visually impaired with information to assist in the preparation and creation of a learning environment that is adapted to meet the unique needs of their students. The site includes information on teaching strategies, beneficial environmental and material adaptations including assistive products, and how to embed a student's unique needs into the curriculum by developing and implementing hands-on units. [More Information on Teaching Students with Visual Impairments]

  109. Texas Center for the Physically Impaired (TCPI), A Division of International Services for the Physically Challenged (ISVC)
    Begun as the Texas Center for the Physically Impaired (TCPI) and still operating under that name in Texas, International Services for the Visually Challenged (ISPC) serves the needs of the physically challenged and their family members in the United States and Canada. Services include information, counseling, and referrals. Programs include refurbished computers for the blind and a circulating library of over 200 descriptive video titles for individuals who are visually impaired. Computers are donated by businesses and refurbished by volunteers, and are free to blind residents of the United States or Canada with a $100 donation. [More Information on Texas Center for the Physically Impaired (TCPI), A Division of International Services for the Physically Challenged (ISVC)]

  110. Tiflolibros
    Tiflolibros is a digital library for Spanish-speaking people who are blind or have severe disabilities. It offers an online catalog with more than 11,000 digital books that registered members can download using their personal password. Membership is open to Spanish-speakers from any country. Proof of disability must be provided. [More Information on Tiflolibros]

  111. Torres Foundation for the Blind
    The Torres Foundation is an organization that provides assistance and technology training for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The service area includes the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the Caribbean. It also distributes provducts from Freedom Scientific. [More Information on Torres Foundation for the Blind]

  112. United States Association of Blind Athletes
    The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. Since its founding in 1976, the USABA has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. Its members include over 3,000 blind and visually impaired athletes who compete in a variety of sports, including alpine and nordic skiing, goalball, judo, powerlifting, swimming, tandem cycling, track and field, and wrestling. [More Information on United States Association of Blind Athletes]

  113. V.I. Guide
    A guide to Internet resources on blindness and visual impairment for parents and teachers. The site has a wide variety of links and other information relating to services and products for people who are blind. [More Information on V.I. Guide]

  114. Vision Access
    Vision Access is a free journal published "by, for, and about people with low vision." It is published quarterly in three formats (cassette, large print, and computer disk) by the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), a not-for-profit affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. [More Information on Vision Access]

  115. Vision Australia
    Vision Australia is a national agency for Australians who are blind or have low vision. It was formed in 2004 following the merger of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation (VAF), and the National Information Library Services (NILS). Other agencies that have merged include the Royal Blind Foundation Queensland; Hear a Book, a Tasmanian producer of audio books; and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Services include assistive technology evaluation, employment advice and training, independent living services, library and information services, recreation and sports programs, and Vision Australia Radio. Vision Australia produces an Adaptive Technology Guide, an Equipment Solutions Catalogue, audio books, and other books and publications. Vision Australia's Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team has developed freeware products such as the Web Accessibility Toolbar. [More Information on Vision Australia]

  116. VisionConnection
    VisionConnection is an Internet portal for people who are partially sighted or blind, the professionals who work with them, the families and friends who support them, and anyone looking for information on vision impairment, its prevention and vision rehabilitation. [More Information on VisionConnection]

  117. VISIONS
    "VISIONS is a not-for-profit charitable rehabilitation and social service agency in the New York City area. Its purpose is to develop and implement programs to assist blind and visually impaired adults to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities, and to educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of blind and visually impaired adults so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life." [More Information on VISIONS]

  118. Visually Impaired Information Center
    The Visually Impaired Information Center publishes the Directory of Visually Impaired Services, a comprehensive resource guide with over 900 listings of organizations, services, and activities that are available to those with visual impairments. The directory can be ordered in large print, Braille, or on computer disk or cassette tape. [More Information on Visually Impaired Information Center]

  119. WGBH - Services for People with Disabilities
    This page provides information on WGBH's closed captioning and descriptive video services. WGBH is a public television station that produces programming shown nationally and provides services to provide access to multimedia materials for people with hearing and visual impairments. [More Information on WGBH - Services for People with Disabilities]

  120. Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins
    "The Wilmer Institute is known ... not only for research, but for management of exceptionally complex and serious eye cases." [More Information on Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins]

  121. WonderBaby.org
    WonderBaby.org, 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. [More Information on WonderBaby.org]

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  1. 2012 Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) International Conference
    July 18, 2012 to July 22, 2012 in Seattle, Washington, United States
    The 2012 AER International Conference will feature hands-on presentations in the field of blindness and visual impairment. Topics to be presented include Orientation and Mobility; Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; Aging and Blindness; Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment and BEP Services; Education Curriculum; Psychosocial Services; Multiple Disabilities; and Personnel Preparation. Attendees will include orientation and mobility specialists, teachers, low vision and vision rehabilitation therapists, counselors, social workers, optometrists, ophthalmologists, administrators and professionals from related fields. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. [More Information on 2012 Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) International Conference]

  2. 2012 Just Us Blind Girls (JUBGS) Blind Women Conference
    May 18, 2012 to May 19, 2012 in Palm Beach, Florida, United States
    The 12th Annual "Just Us Blind Girls" (JUBGS) Blind Women's conference will be hosted by The Braille Club of Palm Beach County, Inc in cooperation with The City of Lake Worth, Florida Lions Club. "Just Us Blind Girls" is a support organization founded 16 years ago in Atlanta Georgia by Ms. Virginia Gray, a blind Atlanta area business woman and mother. The organization's goal is to advocate, educate, and motivate blind women to help them achieve success in their personal and professional lives. Blind and visually impaired women throughout the U.S. and beyond are expected to attend. The conference will offer attendees information, product information and presentations. Topics will cover relationships, adjustments, interactions, and helping ladies to be motivated. The theme of the 2012 conference will be "I'm Every Woman, Mind, Body, and Soul." [More Information on 2012 Just Us Blind Girls (JUBGS) Blind Women Conference]

  3. 10th International Conference on Low Vision
    February 20, 2011 to February 24, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    The 10th International Conference on Low Vision will offer a wide range of topics and educational sessions on the most recent developments in the field of low vision research and rehabilitation. The conference will be highlighted by presentations from distinguished keynote speakers. The conference will feature plenary sessions addressing various themes such as new developments in research and rehabilitation, rehabilitation new advances, and multidisciplinary intervention and epidemiology in developing countries. There also will be free paper and poster sessions as well as low vision workshops. [More Information on 10th International Conference on Low Vision]

  4. 2010 American Council of the Blind (ACB) Mid-Atlantic Affiliates Convention
    November 5, 2010 to November 7, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    The 2010 ACB Mid-Atlantic Affiliates Convention will offer attendees the opportunity to learn new skills, participate in hands-on workshops, and try new technologies. Highlights of the convention breakout sessions will include:
    • Careers in the Federal Service
    • Accessible Apps
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Window Live
    • Website Redux
    • Versatile iPad
    • Leveraging Social Media
    • Innovative Appliances.
    The year's annual business reception will be held in the exhibitor's hall. [More Information on 2010 American Council of the Blind (ACB) Mid-Atlantic Affiliates Convention]

  5. 2008 Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) International Conference
    July 22, 2008 to July 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
    The 2008 Association on Education and Research conference will be representing professionals who provide services in all phases of education and rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired. The conference is expected to attract nearly 1,200 international delegates in the field of blindness and visual impairment. There will be a central gathering place for attendees and social events will be held throughout the conference. Commercial presentation breakout sessions will be available for exhibitors. [More Information on 2008 Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) International Conference]

  6. 2008 International Conference on Low Vision (VISION 2008)
    July 7, 2008 to July 11, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    The theme of VISION 2008 is "Research-Rehabilitation Partnerships," conveying a multidisciplinary approach to low vision rehabiitation. The conference will feature plenary and concurrent sessions during which distinguished academics, researchers, and practitioners will present the results of their work on vision science research, services of rehabilitation and psychosocial aspects of vision impairment. Presentations will be in the format of symposia, continuing education courses and oral and poster presentations. [More Information on 2008 International Conference on Low Vision (VISION 2008)]

  7. 2008 Ski for Light International Week
    February 10, 2008 to February 17, 2008 in Bend, Oregon, United States
    Ski for Light is a program of cross-country skiing benefiting blind, visually-impaired, and mobility-impaired individuals and their guides. The primary goal of this week is to teach blind, visually-impaired and mobility-impaired people who have never skied before the basics of the sport, and to give people who have already learned the basics a chance to improve their skill and technique, or to let them just have fun on the snow. [More Information on 2008 Ski for Light International Week]

  8. 2007 Getting In Touch With Literacy Conference: "Charting a Course for Literacy"
    November 29, 2007 to December 2, 2007 in St. Pete Beach, Florida, United States
    The 2007 GITWL conference offers the opportunity to share innovations, broaden horizons and expand knowledge about providing literacy opportunities to individuals who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. [More Information on 2007 Getting In Touch With Literacy Conference: "Charting a Course for Literacy"]

  9. RNIB National Centre for Tactile Diagrams Third International Conference on Tactile Diagrams, Maps and Pictures
    December 1, 2005 to December 2, 2005 in Birmingham, United Kingdom
    This international event covers all aspects of tactile graphics (images which are touched rather than looked at) for children and adults who are blind or have low vision in education, work and life activities. Tactile Graphics 2005 also offers an exhibition and pre-conference workshops and will cover techniques, applications and literacy development of tactile graphics. [More Information on RNIB National Centre for Tactile Diagrams Third International Conference on Tactile Diagrams, Maps and Pictures ]

  10. Vision 2005 London
    April 4, 2005 to April 8, 2005 in London, United Kingdom
    Vision 2005 London will take place April 4-8 2005 in London, UK. The conference, one of the largest on issues concerning people with sight problems, is sponsored by the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation and hosted by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). [More Information on Vision 2005 London]

  11. 6th General Assembly of the World Blind Union
    December 6, 2004 to December 10, 2004 in Capetown, South Africa
    The 6th General Assembly of the World Blind Union will take place in Capetown, South Africa on December 6-10, 2004. [More Information on 6th General Assembly of the World Blind Union]

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  1. AbleData Releases "How AT Can Help You at Play"
    Sep 09, 2014
    AbleData has released a new guide to assist you in finding out ways AT can help you perform recreational activities - both indoors and outside. [More Information on AbleData Releases "How AT Can Help You at Play"]

  2. AbleData Releases "How AT Can Help You in the Workplace"
    May 06, 2014
    AbleData has released a new guide to assist employees in understanding how assistive technologies can help them in the workplace and how to obtain them. [More Information on AbleData Releases "How AT Can Help You in the Workplace"]

  3. Technology changing lives for visually impaired people in developing countries
    Mar 28, 2014
    Assistive technology-screen readers and other communication software-can boost the economic and social aspirations of visually impaired people ANN ARBOR, USA: He was planning to be a lawyer because he didn't think visually impaired people like him could do high-tech jobs in India. But after discovering special technology that allows him to use computers, he changed his mind and now wants to be a software engineer. [More Information on Technology changing lives for visually impaired people in developing countries]

  4. AbleData Releases "Tips for Choosing Assistive Technology Products for Yourself"
    Mar 26, 2014
    AbleData has released a new guide to assist customers in discovering their funding options for assistive technology and in finding resources to help. [More Information on AbleData Releases "Tips for Choosing Assistive Technology Products for Yourself"]

  5. Microsoft to provide free downloads of Window-Eyes to purchasers of Microsoft Office
    Jan 16, 2014
    Today I am pleased to announce that Microsoft and GW Micro are partnering to provide people who are blind or have low vision improved access to Microsoft Office. Starting today, customers who have purchased and installed any version of Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013, including both perpetual and subscription clients, are eligible to download a free copy of Window-Eyes, GW Micro's widely used and highly regarded screen reading software. [More Information on Microsoft to provide free downloads of Window-Eyes to purchasers of Microsoft Office]

  6. Bocelli Visits MIT for Adaptive Tech Workshop
    Dec 06, 2013
    Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli says he might one day get to use the tools that researchers around the world are developing with support from the foundation that bears his name. Scientists and engineers working on high-tech hardware and software to help people with low or no vision make their way through the world gathered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to share some of what they're working on. Technology on display included a smartphone app that uses a camera, accelerometer and compass to help a blind person navigate an intersection, a computer vision program that can read body language, and retinal prostheses to replace damaged photoreceptors. The daylong workshop was organized by MIT and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, launched in 2011 to focus on poverty, illiteracy and the disabled. Also on Friday, the foundation hosted a second workshop, in partnership with MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, focused on humanitarian programs. [More Information on Bocelli Visits MIT for Adaptive Tech Workshop]

  7. FCC Launches Survey on 911 Access for People with Disabilities
    Mar 23, 2011
    The Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a national on-line survey to determine the most effective and efficient technologies and methods by which people with disabilities may access Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) emergency services systems. Among other things, the survey asks about accessing emergency services via video, text, and voice. The results of the survey will inform the EAAC as it develops recommendations for the FCC to draft rules to ensure that people with disabilities can access NG 9-1-1 services. The survey is available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) video). It will be available until April 24, 2011. The link below is to the survey in English and ASL. The survey also is available in Spanish at http://fcc.eaac-es.sgizmo.com/s3 (please copy and paste the address into your browser). [More Information on FCC Launches Survey on 911 Access for People with Disabilities]

  8. Louis Braille Silver Dollar Goes on Sale
    Mar 30, 2009
    On Thursday, March 26, the U.S. Mint began accepting orders for the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system. Surcharges from sales of the Braille Silver Dollar are authorized to be paid to the National Federation of the Blind to further its programs to promote Braille literacy. [More Information on Louis Braille Silver Dollar Goes on Sale]

  9. Call for Artists for "Shared Visions 2009-2010"
    Feb 11, 2009
    The Eye Care Center at the Southern California College of Optometry has announced the "Call for Artists" for "Shared Visions 2009-2010", an exposition of works by artists who are blind or legally blind. Works selected by the jury will be exhibited in the Eye Care Center for a period of one year. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 13, 2009. [More Information on Call for Artists for "Shared Visions 2009-2010"]

  10. U.S. Unveils 2009 Louis Braille Silver Dollar with Readable Braille
    Jul 22, 2008
    On July 2 2008, the U.S. Mint unveiled the design of the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar at the National Federation of the Blind's annual convention in Dallas, Texas. The Braille Silver Dollar is the first coin minted in the United States to feature readable Braille characters. The coin will go on sale in the spring of 2009, the bicentennial anniversary of Louis Braille's birth. [More Information on U.S. Unveils 2009 Louis Braille Silver Dollar with Readable Braille]

  11. Microsoft to Develop Translator to Convert MS Word Documents to DAISY
    Dec 19, 2007
    John Williams writes in Assistive Technology News that Microsoft is developing a plug-in to translate Open XML documents into Daisy XML so that Microsoft Word documents will be accessible to people with visual disabilities who use assistive products that read digital publications using the DAISY XML standard. The "Save As DAISY" plug-in will be available as a free download for Microsoft Office Word (Word XP, Word 2003 and Word 2007) customers in early 2008. For more details, read the article in Assistive Technology News linked below. [More Information on Microsoft to Develop Translator to Convert MS Word Documents to DAISY]

  12. NFB Starts New Forum for Blind Wheelchair Users
    Jul 25, 2007
    The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has launched Blind Rollers, an online forum for discussing issues relating to blind people who have mobility disabilities. The forum addresses the needs of blind people who require a wheelchair all or part of the time or have trouble walking. [More Information on NFB Starts New Forum for Blind Wheelchair Users]

  13. Javits-Wagner-O'Day Renamed "AbilityOne Program"
    Jun 27, 2007
    The Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) program is now called the AbilityOne Program. AbilityOne is a Federal initiative to help people who are blind or severely disabled find employment by working for nonprofit agencies that sell products and/or services to the U.S. Government. In 2006, nearly 47,000 people were employed through the program, making AbilityOne the largest source of work opportunities for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities in the U.S. [More Information on Javits-Wagner-O'Day Renamed "AbilityOne Program"]

  14. Parents with Visual Impairments Asked to Participate in Telephone Interview
    Dec 05, 2006
    Researchers at the University of Arizona and Northern Iowa University are seeking parents who have visual impairments to participate in a telephone interview. The purpose of the study is to learn about the strategies, concerns, and experiences these parents have as they raise their children. Parenting partners of participants will also be invited to participate in the study.

    Who Qualifies as a Parent with a Visual Impairment for this Study?

    • One whose visual impairment impacts daily life (e.g., ability to read standard print, drive)
    • Individuals raising one or more children, one or more of whom must be a senior in high school or younger
    • If separated from the other parent, your child(ren) are with you on average 50% of the time or more during a given month.

    Who Qualifies as a Parenting Partner for this Study?

    • A husband or wife
    • An ex-husband or ex-wife
    • A same-sex partner who is sharing in the raising of the child(ren)
    • A roommate or family member who is living in the home and sharing in the raising of the child(ren).

    To participate, please go to the Web page linked below or contact Dr. Sunggye Hong by telephone at 319-273-7954 or by email at hong@uni.edu.

    This research will be conducted by Dr. Sunggye Hong of Northern Iowa University and Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum and Ms. Beth Harris of the University of Arizona. [More Information on Parents with Visual Impairments Asked to Participate in Telephone Interview]

  15. NFB Helps Santa Respond to Letters from Blind Children
    Dec 01, 2006
    Santa Claus has made the staff at the National Federation of the Blind's Jernigan Institute honorary elves. They will help him answer the letters he receives from blind boys and girls. If you fill out the form linked below by December 15, 2006, and click submit, they will make sure Santa gets your letter. You will receive a reply from the North Pole in print and in Braille. [More Information on NFB Helps Santa Respond to Letters from Blind Children]

  16. Online Game Aims to Make the Web More Accessible
    Nov 28, 2006
    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have designed Phetch, an online game that aims to challenges players to describe pictures randomly selected on the Internet. The game will apply these captions to the pictures to improve the accessibilty of Web sites using these images for visually impaired people who use screen reading software. As multiple descriptions for individual images are collected by Phetch, they are tested with single players to produce an accurate caption. Play for free at the Web site below! [More Information on Online Game Aims to Make the Web More Accessible]

  17. Wanted: People with Disabilities to Discuss Emergency Preparedness
    Jun 08, 2006
    The American Red Cross is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ORC Macro to develop educational materials on terrorism and emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. As part of this project, people with disabilities are invited to take part in on-line focus groups to discuss how emergency preparedness information may best address specific experiences and concerns. The eight focus groups will take place between June 27 and July 6. Each person who takes part in a group will receive $50.00.

    The educational materials will cover five major preparedness topics, including mass evacuation and evacuation planning for people with disabilities and their caregivers; emergency water and food supplies; shelter-in-place during chemical or radiation emergency; quarantine and isolation; and maintaining a healthy state of mind.

    Each focus group will consist of people in one of the following groups:

    • people with severe hearing impairments (June 27 and July 6)
    • caretakers of adults with severe cognitive disabilities (June 27 and July 6)
    • people with severe vision impairments (June 26 and June 29)
    • people with severe mobility disabilities (June 26 and June 29).

    All focus participants must be 18 years of age or older.

    The focus groups are being conducted over the Internet – you can participate from home, from work, or any place you have access to the Web. You will need a computer with a high-speed Internet connection over which you can receive and respond to questions from a moderator. People with visual disabilities, people with mobility disabilities and caregivers will need to be able to connect to the Internet and make a phone call at the same time because during part of the discussions, participants will interact with the moderator and the group by phone as well as by Internet. Focus groups with people with hearing disabilities will be on-line only. Each focus group will last approximately 90 minutes. Approximately 6 people will participate in each focus group.

    If you are interested, please contact Deb Allen at ORC Macro.
    Toll-Free Telephone: 877-539-9696 (V) (TTY users - please use your state relay service).
    E-mail: Debbie.L.Allen@orcmacro.com. [More Information on Wanted: People with Disabilities to Discuss Emergency Preparedness]

  18. Blind Grandfather Graduates College with 4.0
    May 17, 2004
    The Washington Post has published the story of Bob Brophy, a 72-year-old grandfather who is blind who just earned his bachelor's degree from Jefferson College in Missouri with a 4.0 grade point average. (To read this story, you will be required to register for free with the Washington Post.) [More Information on Blind Grandfather Graduates College with 4.0]

  19. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision
    Jun 27, 2003
    The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision is creating a database to aid in the collection of data for its research on the issues facing people who have a sensory loss then develop another type of sensory loss after age 55 (i.e. deafness then blindness). The RRTC is developing of list of people with dual sensory loss who they can contact to ask about these people's experiences and strategies for meeting the challenges posed by dual sensory loss. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision ]

  20. Questionnaire on Inter-disciplinary Work in the Area of Assistive Technology
    Apr 03, 2003
    Marion Hersh and Gloria Moss are conducting a pilot study on the extent to which inter-disciplinary research in the fields of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. Marion is a lecturer in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She works on assistive technology for deaf, blind and deafblind people, as well as issues relating to technology and ethics. Gloria is a free-lance researcher, based in London, England. There is some evidence that the nature of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering encourage interdisciplinary work. They are therefore using this questionnaire to investigate the extent to which interdisciplinary work does in fact take place in these fields, any barriers and good practice. This questionnaire is both confidential and anonymous. All data will be kept securely and only statistical data will be published. They would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes answering the questionnaire. It should not take more than 20 minutes. Unfortunately they cannot offer a reward ­ just the knowledge that you will be contributing to better understanding of the research process in assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering and the development of good practice. They hope to present the preliminary results of this work at the AAATE Conference in Dublin and would therefore be particularly grateful for speedy replies as the deadline for paper submission is 18 April 2003. However, they hope to produce a longer version of this paper for journal publication and will therefore also welcome later replies. [More Information on Questionnaire on Inter-disciplinary Work in the Area of Assistive Technology]

  21. Fred's Head is proud to introduce "Brainwaves"
    Sep 14, 2001
    Fred's Head is proud to introduce "Brainwaves," an online contest for the blind and visually impaired community. Every other week, Fred's Head will post a question. We will post the best answers--that is those that save someone who is blind or visually impaired time, trouble, effort or money on a special web page here at The American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Every month, we will randomly draw one winner from the posted answers; that person wins a $25 gift certificate from APH! Rules & Guidelines: You do not have to be blind or visually impaired to enter. On the first business day of each month, we'll draw a name from the pool of respondents whose answers were posted in Fred's Head Brain Waves the previous month. Winners will be notified by email with instructions on how to redeem their $25 APH Gift Certificate. You can use your $25 APH gift certificate toward the purchase of any APH products excluding those which can only be purchased using Federal Quota Funds. Rules subject to change. [More Information on Fred's Head is proud to introduce "Brainwaves"]

  22. Freedom Scientific Begins $101,000 Scholarship Program for Students Who are Blind
    Jun 20, 2001
    Freedom Scientific Inc.announced on June 19 that it has launched a program to award $101,000 in technology scholarships annually, beginning in the 2001-2002 school year, to high school and college graduates in the U.S. and Canada who plan to continue their education. This program will be implemented through a partnership with six leading non-profit organizations in the blindness field: American Council of the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, Braille Institute of America, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, National Federation of the Blind, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. Each partner will be responsible for screening applicants and selecting the recipients for a portion of the funds. The winning applicants will receive vouchers in amounts of either $2,500 or $1,500 to apply toward the purchase of Freedom Scientific's full line of products, including hardware, software, accessories, training and tutorials. Applicants for the award must be U.S. or Canadian residents, who are legally blind and planning to pursue a full-time course of study at either the college/university or graduate school level. Winners will be selected by the partnering organizations based on three areas of consideration: academic achievement; extra-curricular or community service leaderships, and demonstrated personal qualities. The organizations will apply these general guidelines as well as supplement them with their own specific criteria. Application forms and other submission requirements will be available from the partnering organizations' web sites. Four organizations will award to graduating high school seniors in the U.S.: ACB, AFB, Braille Institute and NFB. The CNIB will select the winners among high school seniors in Canada, while the RFB&D will make the awards for college seniors planning to pursue graduate studies from either the U.S. or Canada. Applicants should contact the specific organization's scholarship coordinator for additional information. [More Information on Freedom Scientific Begins $101,000 Scholarship Program for Students Who are Blind]

  23. Statistics on Vision Impairment: A Resource Manual
    Apr 11, 2001
    For individuals interested in statistics on vision impairment, check out The Lighthouse's online Acrobat (.pdf) publication, Statistics on Vision Impairment: A Resource Manual [More Information on Statistics on Vision Impairment: A Resource Manual]

  24. JAWS for Windows 3.7 to Support New Adobe Acrobat 5.0 Software
    Mar 14, 2001
    Freedom Scientific Inc. has announced that JAWS® for Windows® 3.7 screen reader software will provide users the ability to read Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files directly from within Adobe® Acrobat® 5.0 software. Freedom Scientific will make this capability available as a free download for current JAWS® for Windows® 3.7 users. This is targeted to coincide with the distribution date of the Adobe 5.0 software in April. When complete, JAWS will be compatible with all Microsoft® Windows® operating systems including Windows 95, 98, ME, as well as Windows NT and Windows 2000 Professional. For more information, visit the Freedom Scientific website or contact the company at Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group 11800 31st Court North St. Petersburg, FL 33710-1805. Phone: 800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000 Voice. Fax: 727-803-8001. [More Information on JAWS for Windows 3.7 to Support New Adobe Acrobat 5.0 Software]

  25. Adobe Improves Accessibility of Acrobat Files
    Jan 11, 2001
    Putting documents on the web in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf files) enables the document to retain its original formatting, graphics, and photographs; However, these files are often inaccessible for people with vision disabilities and others who use screen readers. Adobe has provided some tools for converting these files to more accessible text or HTML files at their http://access.adobe.com, including an E-mail conversion service. However, if the .pdf files are not on the Internet and the user does not want to submit a file as an e-mail attachment, the Acrobat Access plug-in is the solution. Adobe Acrobat Access 4.0 for Microsoft Windows software is a plug-in for Adobe Acrobat software. The Acrobat Access plug-in converts .pdf files on a user's local system into plain text, which can then be read by screen reading programs. This plug-in is available for downloading free from the Adobe access website. System requirements for use are: 386- or 486-based personal computer (486 recommended); Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows NT(R) 4.0; 4 MB application RAM; 3 MB hard-disk space, plus 2 MB TEMP space available during installation; For Web integration, any Web browser that allows you to configure a helper application by mime type. [More Information on Adobe Improves Accessibility of Acrobat Files]

  26. Freedom Scientific Inc.
    Apr 12, 2000
    Henter-Joyce, the leading U.S. software company specializing in products for blind people, has merged with Blazie Engineering, the leading U.S. manufacturer of Braille hardware devices, to form Freedom Scientific Inc., a new company dedicated to offering a broad line of assistive technology products for people with sensory impairmentsand learning disabilities. Henter-Joyce and Blazie Engineering will continue to design, develop and manufacture their respective product lines in separate business development units, but their sales, marketing, order entry and administrative functions will be combined at the Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group, to be located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Freedom Scientific's corporate headquarters will be in Carlsbad, California. [More Information on Freedom Scientific Inc.]

  27. Bible cassettes free of charge
    Jul 30, 1999
    If you are visually impaired or print disabled, Aurora Ministries will provide Bible cassettes free of charge. The only requirement to receive these cassettes is certification of impairment.
    Added January 2007: Aurora Ministries now make audio bibles available on cassette and on CD in an MP3 format. [More Information on Bible cassettes free of charge]

  28. NASA
    Jul 30, 1999
    NASA has initiated a service called Iliad designed to make the Internet more accessible to people with visual impairments who have difficulty using graphical browsers like Netscape or Explorer. Users can e-mail requests to NASA for keyword searches of the Net. The Iliad system executes the search over multiple search engines and e-mails the results to the requestor. Iliad allows its users to access the resources of the Internet using text-based e-mail. [More Information on NASA]

  29. Choice Magazine Listening
    Apr 19, 1999
    If you are blind, visually impaired or unable to read because of other physical limitations, you are eligible to receive Choice Magazine Listening at no cost. CML is a not-for-profit taped audio anthology offering outstanding articles, short stories and poetry selected from current magazines such as The New Yorker, Audubon, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Gourmet, Travel and Leisure, Sports Illustrated, Foreign Affairs, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, Granta and Time - along with occasional material from other media sources. These free tapes are distributed throughout the U.S. six times a year. The unabridged articles are recorded on 4-track tapes to be played on the special tape players available free through the Library of Congress. If you already have the Library of Congress player, you are immediately put on the list of subscribers. If you do not have the player, CML will send you an application form and the address of the regional Library of Congress branch where your completed form should be sent. When you have received the tape player, notify CML by the post-paid card they provide, and you will be put you on their distribution list. Please note, too, that these tapes are distributed only in the United States. To apply for a free subscription or to receive a brochure, write to: Choice Magazine Listening, 85 Channel Drive Port Washington, NY 11050. Phone: 888-724-6423 or 516-883-8280; Fax: 516-944-6849. Email: ChoiceMag@Aol.com [More Information on Choice Magazine Listening]

  30. PowerBraille
    Apr 15, 1999
    Blazie Engineering has acquired the Telesensory access line and is now producing the PowerBraille product line. For more information on the PowerBraille line, check the ABLEDATA database (perform a brand name search for PowerBraille). [More Information on PowerBraille]

  31. Valentine's Gift for Someone who is Blind or Visually Impaired
    Feb 01, 1999
    Looking for an interesting Valentine's gift for someone who is blind or visually impaired? The Chocolate Experience, Inc., is "the original manufacturer of Brailled chocolate gifts for the Blind and Visually impaired." For the last 10 years, The Chocolate Experience has been manufacturing 13 assorted edible messages, guide dogs and more, for all occasions including Valentine's Day and Easter. The 7" x 5" , 5 oz. bars are boxed in a window gold box. Each bar is individually plastic wrapped. They make Brailled Valentine's Day hearts, Easter bunnies, and chocolate guide dogs. The dogs have an integrated chocolate harness and a brailled message of: "Best Friend". There are chocolate Labs, Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. The Chocolate Experience also manufactures sign language "I love You" pops. All products are offered in gourmet and sugar free white, milk and semisweet chocolates. For more information, you can visit their text only site. [More Information on Valentine's Gift for Someone who is Blind or Visually Impaired]

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  1. For Sale : Aladdin Apex Basic ( Received May 06, 2013)
    LIKE NEW Aladdin Apex Basic Telesensory vision aid 20" Color BW Negative TV Output. Enjoy reading books and magazines, doing crossword puzzles and examining hard-to-see objects such as pill bottles — all with the ease of the Apex Basic's adjustable flat panel screen. With the Apex Basic, you can raise or lower the screen, bringing the image to your eye level, or slide the screen forward and tilt to enjoy a glare-free image at your optimum reading distance. Reading is made easy with this simple featured, integrated flat panel system. Viewing options include full color with picture mode, positive and negative modes, brightness controls. Also features continuous auto focus with manual override. Monitor folds down for easy storage. TV out also is a great feature! Unit is Sept 2011 and is warrantied for 3 years so it is still covered by the manufacturer. All paperwork, original packaging, documentation comes with the unit. [More Information on Aladdin Apex Basic]

  2. Wanted : Voice Mate ( Received Apr 08, 2013)
    Looking for a new Voice Mate. [More Information on Voice Mate]

  3. For Sale : JORDY ( Received Oct 19, 2012)
    The JORDY unit comes with a padded carrying case, battery charger, rechargeable battery, AC adapter, 6-foot "Video IN" cable and coupler, belt clip, extra nose pieces. Item was only used a few times. It works perfectly; this is in like new condition. Bought in 2008. [More Information on JORDY]

  4. Wanted : ASAP Automatic Screen Access Program ( Received Jun 24, 2012)
    Want "ASAP" text to speech program. Used with DOS in the late 90's. [More Information on ASAP Automatic Screen Access Program ]

  5. For Sale : Kurzweil Hand Scanner (KNFB Reader) ( Received Feb 02, 2012)
    In excellent condition; has battery charger, SD cards, and carrying case. Purchased January 2008. [More Information on Kurzweil Hand Scanner (KNFB Reader)]

  6. For Sale : Journey Magnisight (Model MSJ-19-L) ( Received Jan 31, 2012)
    Only used about 10 times. Purchased new approximately 1 year ago. Very good condition, like new. [More Information on Journey Magnisight (Model MSJ-19-L)]

  7. Wanted : MousCam 500 Color System handheld video magnifier ( Received Dec 20, 2011)
    Want old MousCam Color 500 handheld or only handheld that are working good. I think it is in 2000s. [More Information on MousCam 500 Color System handheld video magnifier]

  8. For Sale : Cassette Tutorial / Reading Edge 2.0 ( Received Jul 08, 2011)
    1995 training tutorial. [More Information on Cassette Tutorial / Reading Edge 2.0]

  9. For Sale : Victor Reader Wave ( Received Apr 03, 2011)
    Victor Reader Wave in excellent working condition. Purchased approximately 2 and a half years ago and lightly used. Includes original carrying case, rechargeable batteries, and AC adapter. Headphones and original packaging not included. "A powerful, compact, and affordable DAISY player for school, work, or leisure, Victor Reader Wave offers everything you are looking for in a digital talking book player at an affordable price. Victor Reader Wave is a sophisticated DAISY talking book, MP3, and music CD player. Audio and visual indicators for volume, speed, and battery level. * Variable-speed playback with auto-pitch compensation. * Supports all DAISY navigation levels: Go to chapter, section, page, paragraph, or custom bookmarks. * It is very lightweight - weighs 9.17oz. or 260 Grams. Dimensions: 148 x 138 x 29 mm." [More Information on Victor Reader Wave]

  10. For Sale : JORDY ( Received Dec 22, 2010)
    The JORDY features include: magnification range up to 30x; auto focus which keeps images in clear, bright focus; lightweight and portable; proprietary high-contrast wide field-of-view; four viewing modes - full-color, black and white, high-contrast positive and negative; digital zoom provides ability to magnify and view faces of loved one’s, objects, or any image instantly. It is 5 years old but used five times. [More Information on JORDY ]

  11. For Sale : Victor Reader Stream ( Received Dec 22, 2010)
    Download your favourite books and MP3s on your Stream and leave home with your library in the palm of your hand. This versatile, powerful DAISY-MP3 and NISO player lets you read and navigate through complex books, such as reference manuals and school books, as well as novels and magazines. You can also use its built-in text to speech to read books in text format such as Bookshare. It also features an integrated microphone to record voice notes. No other DAISY player offers you so much in such a small package… and at such an affordable price. Brand new and never registered with the library services. [More Information on Victor Reader Stream]

  12. For Sale : I.D. Mate ( Received Dec 22, 2010)
    Talking bar code scanner. I bought it in June 2009 but only used it three times. [More Information on I.D. Mate ]

  13. For Sale : Olympus Digital Voice Recorder ( Received Oct 07, 2010)
    Purchased in 2008. [More Information on Olympus Digital Voice Recorder]

  14. For Sale : Magic Version 10 screen magnification program with speech ( Received Oct 07, 2010)
    Purchased, but never used. [More Information on Magic Version 10 screen magnification program with speech]

  15. For Sale : BrailleNote mPower BT 18 with GPS ( Received Jul 09, 2010)
    This item is 2 years old. It has a Perkins-style keyboard, recently cleaned Braille display, and battery replacement. GPS version 5 with cf card of map of Maine. Other U.S. maps can be obtained free of charge online. Shipped with Braille manual, AC adaptor for both GPS receiver and BrailleNote, GPS receiver, ethernet card and wireless card. [More Information on BrailleNote mPower BT 18 with GPS]

  16. For Sale : Explorer 20-inch Custom Color Inline CCTV System ( Received Aug 28, 2009)
    Bought in 2008. Hardly used. [More Information on Explorer 20-inch Custom Color Inline CCTV System]

  17. For Sale : Aladdin Apex Color Video Magnifier ( Received Aug 21, 2009)
    The CCTV has a 20" color TFT LCD screen. This unit was purchased for my Father in August 2008,was used less than 10 hours and is in excellent condition. It has been stored in dust and smoke free area. Will ship to Buyers request. [More Information on Aladdin Apex Color Video Magnifier]

  18. For Sale : Visionary CCTV Video Magnifier ( Received Jun 24, 2008)
    "Perfect...like new condition." CCTV with a 17-inch monitor. Shipping available! Email for details and sale arrangements. [More Information on Visionary CCTV Video Magnifier]

  19. For Sale : Versapoint Braille Embosser ( Received Mar 11, 2008)
    Mint condition. I am the only and original owner. Printer is 10 years old and was hardly ever used. Inclued in the sale: serial and power cables; small supply of fan fold paper, and the noise reducing pad for underneath the printer. Please contact with any questions. [More Information on Versapoint Braille Embosser]

  20. For Sale : SmartView2 ( Received Jan 28, 2008)
    Black and white low vision reading system comes with table and monitor on compact stand. Purchased used in April 2005 for $1,800; used very little in three years. Easier to pickup than ship, but could arrange if needed. Call or e-mail for more information. Private owner. [More Information on SmartView2]

  21. Wanted : CCTV ( Received Oct 30, 2007)
    Looking for a used CCTV and screen. Equipment must have good resolution and all parts must be working. [More Information on CCTV]

  22. For Sale : BrailleNote Classic ( Received Sep 25, 2007)
    Purchased in august of 2002, this unit has been upgraded with keysoft 6.11. It is in perfect condition, and all braille display cells are working perfectly. Enjoy the full suite of software that is part of the braillenote family of products. [More Information on BrailleNote Classic]

  23. For Sale : BrailleNote ( Received May 16, 2007)
    3 and a half years old. Good condition in general except battery. Have all accessories, manual, and so on. Plus, network card, superdisk, and memory card specific for BrailleNote. [More Information on BrailleNote]

  24. For Sale : Electric Perkins Brailler ( Received Feb 10, 2007)
    Like new. Comes with a dust cover and the Original Electrical Circuit Diagram and Description. Clean inside and out! [More Information on Electric Perkins Brailler]

  25. Wanted : Duxbury Braille Translator for Windows ( Received Feb 01, 2007)
    Software for braille translation. Sale must include license or offer will be deeply discounted. [More Information on Duxbury Braille Translator for Windows]

  26. For Sale : Perkins Braille Writer ( Received Dec 03, 2006)
    [More Information on Perkins Braille Writer]

  27. Wanted : Perkins braille writer ( Received Nov 09, 2005)
    I need a Perkins braille writer in working condition. Please email me. [More Information on Perkins braille writer]

  28. For Sale : Optelec CCTV with color screen ( Received Oct 31, 2005)
    Item was a gift barely used in good working condition. [More Information on Optelec CCTV with color screen]

  29. For Sale : Alva Braille display ( Received Aug 20, 2005)
    This refreshable Braille display is a 40-cell model with status cells. It was purchased in June 2002. "In good condition." Works with Jaws and Window eyes and other screen reader that support Braille displays for Windows 95 through XP. Includes USB connection to a computer. [More Information on Alva Braille display]

  30. For Sale : Braillenote QT32 ( Received Aug 20, 2005)
    This Braillenote QT32 was purchased in June 2002. Has one SMA count left. Running Windows CE Version 4.20 and Keysoft 6.11. Includes Multilingual Spanish German and French software already installed. [More Information on Braillenote QT32]

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