Computer Products, Publications, Training, and Information Sources
The following organizations sell computer products, provide information, or conduct training. This list is not intended as a complete listing, nor is it an endorsement of any listed company or their products.
American Thermoform Corporation
1758 Brackett Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Toll Free: 800-331-3676
Sells braille embossers; thermoform machines; Perkins braillers; braille embosser accessories; braille paper & braille supplies.
5650 S. Windermere Street
Littleton, Colorado 80120
To send an e-mail, go to www.beyondsight.com/contact_us.php
Sells a variety of accessibility products including braille displays, braille embossers, and more.
Duxbury Systems, Inc.
270 Littleton Road, Unit 6
Westford, MA 01886-3523
Makes Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) (Windows, Macintosh, DOS, and UNIX) and MegaDots (DOS or Windows) braille translation software. DBT supports grade 1 and 2 translation in English, Spanish, French, and other languages. DBT and Megadots can produce contracted and uncontracted braille, mathematics, and technical braille.
Electronic Visual Aid Specialists (EVAS)
P.O. Box 371
Westerly, RI 02891
EVAS offers a wide range of access technology products for people with disabilities, including speech synthesizers, screen readers, refreshable braille displays, braille and tactile graphics printers, large print software, OCR reading systems, specialized keyboards, ability switches, TTYs and voice recognition software.
Enabling Technologies Company
1601 NE Braille Place
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Toll Free: 800-777-3687
Fax: 772-225-3299 or 800-950-3299
Manufacturers and distributors of, among others, the Romeo and Juliet braille embossing machines.
Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group
(a merger of Henter Joyce, Blazie Engineering and Arkenstone)
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1805
Toll Free: 800-444-4443
To send an e-mail, go to www.freedomscientific.com/forms/Contact_Us.asp?ID=General_Info
Products include screen reading software for the blind, magnification software for those with low-vision, and other products for accessible scanning and reading, as well as braille displays, notetakers, and the PacMate, an accessible PDA for the blind. The Freedom Scientific Newsletter is available at www.freedomscientific.com/news/current-newsletter.asp.
725 Airport North Office Park
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Manufactures Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP Home and Professional, Server 2003, and Vista. Also sells Portable SenseView, one of the smallest hand-held CCTVs available; Braille Sense, first Braille notetaker offering notetaking and entertainment in one package; Voice Sense, pocket size Braille notetaker; and Small-Talk Ultra, one of the smallest ultra personal computers – a full-featured, talking Windows XP computer, that fits in the palm of your hand.
175 Mason Circle
Concord, CA 94520
Toll Free: 800-722-3393
Their hardware includes braille displays, braille notetakers and embossers, and their software includes outSpoken, JAWS, Duxbury, MegaDots, and Picture Braille for graphics. Their speech products include synthesizers, scan and read systems, and related software.
IBM Accessibility Center - Special Needs Systems
1 New Orchard Road
Armonk, New York 10504-1722
Toll Free: 800-426-4968
Toll Free shopping assistance: 888-746-7426
To send an e-mail, go to www.ibm.com/scripts/contact/contact/us/en
You can receive information on the Home Page Reader. Other options and services are available.
Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)
13453 Colfax Highway
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Toll Free: 800-322-4784
Among a wide variety of products, they distribute talking computers, screen reading software, speech synthesizers, screen magnifiers, CCTV's and recreational products.
JBliss Low Vision Systems
Menlo Park, CA 94026
Toll Free: 888-452-5477
Toll Free Tech Support: 888-452-5477
Sell a variety of software for persons with low vision, such as VIPinfoNet, Internet Browser software. Also have entire computer systems.
The Low Vision Store
2200 University Ave West, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Toll Free 800-871-8780
Offers Zoom Text screen magnification software and other accessible products.
1808-G Janke Drive
P.O. Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
Toll Free: 800-468-4789
Toll Free TTY/TDD 866-317-8533
Toll Free Fax: 877-498-1482
To send an e-mail, go to www.lssproducts.com/contact
Products for the Visually Impaired & Hard of Hearing. Among many other products, has ZoomText & LP-DOS screen magnification software. Items also include voice-activated telephones and TV screen enlargers.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
To order, call 1-800-522-6294 .
For information, call (631) 752-0521.
Fax: (631) 752-0689
TTY: (631) 752-0738
To send an e-mail, go to www.maxiaids.com/contactUs
Web site: http://www.maxiaids.com/computers
Maxi-Aids sells a variety of computer systems and accessories, braille displays, braille and large-print keyboards, scanners (desktop, portable, and stand-alone), DAISY players, screen magnifiers, cell phones and accessories, magnification and text-to-speech software, and more.
4823 South Sheridan Road, Suite 302
Tulsa, OK 74145-5717
Toll Free: 800-580-6086
Assistive Technology for People Who Are Disabled - NanoPac supplies products and services for individuals with disabilities (low vision, blindness, reading disabilities, quadriplegia, blind, Legally Blind, reading machines, environmental controls, voice activation, augmentative communications, hearing impairments, voice recognition, speech synthesis, text to speech, switches and switch mounts, magnifiers, and door openers).
Optelec US Inc.
3030 Enterprise Court, Suite C
Vista, CA 92081
Toll Free: 800-826-4200
Provides low vision, speech, and braille Solutions. Among other products, offers ClearView video magnifiers and Traveller portable video magnifier.
PDS-Personal Data Systems, Inc.
Personal Data Systems
638 Sobrato Ln
Campbell, CA 95008
To send an e-mail, go to www.personaldatasystems.com/contact.html
DECtalk Express Repair; The Audpater Speech System
RC Systems, Inc
1609 England Ave
Everett, WA 98203
Technical Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text to Speech and Voice Synthesis Products. They manufacture Doubletalk speech synthesizers.
Universal Low Vision Aids, Inc.
1350 W. 5th Ave., Suite 112
Columbus, Ohio 43212
Products include Duxbury Braille, Zoomtext Express, Megadots ZoomText Magnifier, ZoomText MR, Window-Eyes Pro, Duxbury Braille Zoomtext Express, Victor Reader Stream, Braille Embossers/ Printers; Braille Displays; Daisy Players; Digital Recorders
1965 SW Airport Ave
Corvallis, OR 97333
Toll Free: 866-836-2184
To send an e-mail, go to www.viewplus.com/contacts/general/
Sells braille embossers, ink-and-braille printers, and software.
4824 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road
Portland, OR 97225
Toll Free: 888-318-2582
To send an e-mail, go to www.visioncue.com/contact.php
Sells braille displays, low vision products, phone accessibility products, screen readers & magnification; reading systems; daily living products and; braille printers.
Many local vocational rehabilitation offices provide financial assistance for adapted equipment and may also be able to identify other organizations who provide assistance. Contact your local office for detailed information.
Many state governments provide a variety of programs and services to the blind and visually impaired such as low interest loans. Contact your local government agency for specific information in your state.
The Blind Readers’ Page
Computers and Assistive Technology: Financial Assistance
California Council of the Blind
1303 J. Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Toll-Free in CA: 800-221-6359
Fax (916) 441-2188
Provides no-interest loans to blind and visually impaired residents of California for special equipment needed to enhance employability.
Lions Clubs International
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
Local chapters of Lions Clubs may provide assistance to individuals. To obtain contact information for your local Lions club, visit the Lions Clubs International website, or contact your local Chamber of Commerce.
Missouri Council of the Blind
St. Louis, MO 63109
Toll Free 800-342-5632
To send an e-mail, go to www.missouricounciloftheblind.org/contact/
Has a matching grant program of up to $3,000 over a five year period for adaptive technology. Legally blind residents of Missouri are eligible to apply.
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Toll Free: 800-232-5463
Toll Free Fax: 888-545-8331
Publishes "Access World" a monthly magazine on adaptive technology and visual impairment, covering products, techniques, books and videos, tips, field reports, and more. Six issues of "Access World" are published bimonthly in your choice of print, electronic, audio cassette, or braille. On alternate months when "Access World" is not published, you would receive an email entitled "Access World Extra."
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
Toll Free: 800-424-8567
Loans many books on computers, has a circular on Assistive Technology. The NLS also provides reference services on blindness-related topics.
Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Toll Free: 800-221-4792
To send an e-mail, go to https://www.learningally.org/contact-us/
Offers many books about computers and software on audio cassette.
Special Needs Project - America's Disability Bookstore
1405 Anderson Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
To send an e-mail, go to www.specialneedsproject.com/custserv.asp
Offers books on disabilities and assistive technology.
Trace Research & Development Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2107 Engineering Centers Bldg.
1550 Engineering Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Trace Center is funded by the Department of Education (NIDRR) to serve as the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on the topic of information technology access and telecommunication access. In that capacity, they provide expertise in industry, government and various disability organizations on their work, which is primarily focused on research and development in the area of disability access to standard technologies.
In addition to the training available through your state rehabilitation service, and independent rehabilitation organizations which you may have in your area, the following training options are available to persons in their areas.
Carroll Center for the Blind
770 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458
Toll Free: 800-852-3131
To send an e-mail, go to http://carroll.org/contact-us/
Provides evaluation, training, information and technical assistance on adaptive technology to consumers, professionals and employers. Training is available at the Carroll Center or on the job site.
Cleveland Sight Center
1909 East 101st Street
Cleveland, OH 44106-8696
website: Cleveland Sight Center
Offers many programs of training, orientation and rehabilitation utilizing electronic resources and provides training on adapted computers.
Computer Center for Visually Impaired People
Baruch College, CUNY
151 East 25th Street, Room 648
NY, N.Y. 10010
Provides courses and training for computer professionals, teachers, and high school students.
National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
Toll Free: 800-548-7323 (ext. 520) Ask for Joanne
“One on One: A Directory of Adaptive Technology Trainers for Blind Computer Users” lists individuals and agencies that provide computer training to blind people over the phone, via e-mail, or in person. Most charge for their services but some volunteer their time. The director is available in braille, large print, and on disk at a cost of $10.00. Be sure to check www.nbp.org/downloads/tech.pdf for other books and guides for computers, software, and the Internet.
In addition to the organizations listed above, you may want to try some of these websites and e-mail lists.
The Low Vision Gateway
Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence
Low Vision Center
An active discussion list on topics related to blindness, blindness organizations, including guide dogs, pedestrian safety, accessibility of ATM's, rehabilitation and much more. Send an inquiry to email@example.com for instructions on signing up, or go to http://acb.org/mailman/listinfo/acb-l.
The Comprehensive Index of Blindness-Related Emailing Lists (www.hicom.net/~oedipus/blist.html)