Helpful Links and Services

Here are links and some contact info for many websites related to blindness and vision loss.

National Organizations

American Council of the Blind (ACB) [(202) 467-5081, (800) 424-8666]
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) [(800) 232-5463]
Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) [(202) 371-8880, (800) 669-7079]
National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment (NAPVI) [(617) 972-7441: (800) 562-6265]
National Association for the Visually Handicapped (NAVH) [(212) 889-3141: (888) 205-5951]
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) [410-659-9314]
National Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision (NRTCBLV)
American Association of the Deaf Blind (AADB)\ [(301) 588-6545]
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) [(800) 840-8844]
Association for Certification for Vision Rehabilitation and Education Programs (ACVREP) [(520) 887-6816]
Hadley School for the Blind [847-446-8111, 800-323-4238]

Florida Organizations

Florida Council of the Blind
Division of Blind Services [800-342-1828]
Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind (FAASB)
Florida Blinded Veterans

Lee County Organizations

Lighthouse of Southwest Florida [(239) 997-7797]
Calendar Girls [(239) 850-6010]
Center for Independent Living of Gulf Coast [Office: 239-260-4575 Toll Free: 855-260-4575]
Lee County Talking Book Library [239-533-4780]
Lee Tran / Passport [239-533-0300]
*VAF
ADA Advisory Council of SW Florida [Kevin Berry, 239-292-3469]
Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization [Main: 239-244-2220 x 1002, Direct: 239-330-2240]
Lee County D O T-Dispatch [(239) 533-9400]
Cape Citizens Action Center [(239) 574-0425]

Advocacy and the ADA

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page
U.S. Department of Justice and the ADA [800-514-0301, 800-514-0383 (TTY)]
Contacting The Congress: A Citizens’ Congressional Directory
Contact Florida State Senators
Contact Florida State Representatives
Become An Effective Self-Advocate
National Disability Rights Network [202-408-95]
National Organization on Disability [646-505-1191]
National Disability Advocacy & Law Organizations

Employment

Job Accommodation Network [(800)526-7234 (Voice) (877)781-9403] (TTY)
National Industries for the Blind [703-310-0500]
Dept. of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy [866-633-7365, 877-889-5627 (TTY)]

Accessible Materials

NLS/BARD [(202) 707-5100]
Learning Ally [(800) 221-4792]
Bookshare [650.352.0198]
WGCU Radio Reading Service [(941) 590-2530]

Adaptive Software and Technical Support

Freedom Scientific [Customer Service: 800-444-4443; Tech Support: 727-803-8600]
Window Eyes [802-362-3612]
Human Ware [800 722-3393]
Apple Accessibility [877-204-3930]
Microsoft Accessibility [800-936-5900]

Guide Dogs

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind [800-548-4337]
National Association of Guide Dog Users [813-658-5749, Hotline: 1-888-624-3841]
Resource List – Guide Dog Schools [NFB]

Braille

Braille Institute of America [(323) 663-1111]
Braille Forum [(202) 467-5081 (800) 424-8666]
National Braille Association [585-427-8260]
National Braille Press [617-266-6160, 888-965-8965]
Braille Bookstore [800-987-1231]
Blindness Resource Center: Braille Links on the Internet

Shopping

Accessible amazon Page [Customer Service 1-866-216-1072]
Future Aids: A Store for the Blind | Braille Superstore [800-987-1231]
Maxi Aids [800.522.6294]
Independent Living Aids ILA [(800) 537-2118]
Blind Mice Mart
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) [502-895-2405, 800-223-1839] (U.S. and Canada)

Audio Description

Blind Mice Mart Movie Vault
Movies for the Blind
Narrative Television Network
Sight Into Sound Radio
Audio Description Project
YouDescribe - A free accessibility tool for adding audio description to YouTube videos

Sports

*United States Association of Blind Athletes
American Blind Bowlers’ Association
International Blind Golf Association
International Blind Sports Federation
International Braille Chess Association
Foresight Ski Guide
Ski For Light
National Beep Ball Association
Audio Dart Master (763-383-0077)

Extra

Traveleyes
My Blind Spot
Mind’s Eye Travel
Disabled Travelers’ Blog
Access Able (Travel Tips For People With Vision Loss)
Blind Art
Art Beyond Sight [(212) 334-8720]
Thought Provoker

Resource Pages

Everything Blind
Organizations serving persons with visual impairments
National Organizations Serving The Blind