Resources for Older Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Information and Referral 
Aids and Devices

Information and Referral

American Association of Retired Persons

601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
Toll-Free: 888-687-2277
Offers educational programs, and information on products and services; publishes a wide range of education and consumer materials.

American Council of the Blind

1703 N Beauregard Street, Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22311
Toll Free: 800-424-8666
Fax (202) 467-5085
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a national membership organization whose purpose is to work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. Founded in 1961, ACB's members work through more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people. Provides information and referral, legislative and disability related advocacy, and publishes monthly magazine, The Braille Forum, in various accessible media. This magazine is free to individuals.

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
Offers books on aging & blindness. Check their website for titles of books available, their formats and how
to order.

American Foundation for the Blind

Center on Vision Loss
The American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss, located in Dallas, Texas, is a unique part of AFB dedicated to helping the 25 million Americans with vision loss find resources, professional services, and workable solutions to many issues related to living independently. We offer life-changing information and have over 500 products and devices on display that can help you:

Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Also check your state’s web site for additional information on aging and disability.
Description of ElderCare services and contact information

Business Publishers, Inc.

2222 Sedwick Drive
Durham, NC 27713
Toll Free: 800-223-8720
Fax: 800-508-2592
Publishes Older Americans Report, an insider's view of the Administration on Aging, Social Security Administration, Health & Human Services, and every other agency with programs affecting the elderly.

EyeCare America

P.O. Box 429098
San Francisco, CA 94142-9098
Toll Free: 877-887-6327
Fax: 415-561-8567
EyeCare America is a program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmalogy. EyeCare America provides referrals for disadvantaged individuals over 65 who do not have access to an ophthalmologist they have seen in the past. Eyeglasses, prescriptions, hospital services and fees of other medical professionals are not covered. Contact them to determine if you are eligible for their services.

Lighthouse International

111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Toll Free: 800-829-0500
Fax: 212-821-9707
Has information on a variety of eye conditions and provides local referrals through a database of resources for people with low vision. (Also see Lighthouse International under Aids and Devices).

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 220
Vienna, VA 22182  
Fax: 703-563-9504
To send an email, go to
Has brochures on topics of interest to persons concerned with elder law issues, such as age discrimination, elder abuse, estate planning, durable powers of attorney, Medicare and Medicaid. Call or write them for more information.

National Council on Aging

1901 L Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
To send an e-mail, go to
Provides information and referral, advocacy and brochures of interest to older Americans. Also publishes bimonthly newsletters.

National Eye Institute

Information Office
Building 31, Room 6A32
31 Center Drive MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
Eye health information
NEI publications catalog
Collects and distributes information on prevention, detection, and treatment of eye disorders. A division of the National Institutes of Health.

National Institute on Aging

NIA Information Center
5600 Nathan Shock Dr
Baltimore, MD 21224
Toll Free: 800-222-2225
Provides several brochures on common eye complaints and conditions often associated with aging.

Prevent Blindness America

211 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606
Toll-Free: 1-800-331-2020
To send an e-mail, go to
Has informational brochures on eye conditions and conducts public and professional education programs on prevention of blindness. Contact them to learn more about their services.

Resources for Rehabilitation

22 Bonad Road
Winchester, MA 01890
Fax: 781-368-9096
Publishes Living with Low Vision: A Resource Guide for People with Sight Loss, a directory of services and products for people with low vision of all ages, including self-help groups, the ADA, high tech equipment, internet resources and more. 18 point bold type.

Social Security Administration

Toll-Free: 800-772-1213
Toll-Free TDD: 800-325-0778
Administers Supplemental Security Income for the blind, aged and disabled. Has local and regional offices nationwide.

State Government Resources

Every state government provides rehabilitation and aging services. Contact your state rehabilitation agency for independent living services. For all other services, contact your area agency on aging.

Vision Aware Senior Site
Find out about reading, driving, using a telephone, retirement living, continuing to work, hobbies, and more. Get inspired by personal stories from older people just like you who are living successfully with vision loss. Join our VisionAware community and receive ongoing tips and advice.

Aids and Devices

S&S Worldwide

75 Mill St.
Colchester, CT 06415
Toll-Free: 800-288-9941
Fax: 1-800-566-6678
Sells a wide variety of items, from large print easy-to-read bingo cards to games, puzzles, craft kits, adapted sports equipment, therapeutic items, daily living aids, easels, magnifying lights, exercise bands, weights, mats, and machines, and a variety of furniture items (portable and stand-alone).

Lighthouse International

The Lighthouse Store
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Toll Free: 800-829-0500
Fax: (212) 821-9749
The Lighthouse store is a source for the latest products that can make day-to-day life easier. They offer a vast selection of helpful, vision-friendly products, including glare-free lighting, household items, magnifying mirrors, watches, clocks, computer software and CCTVs. (Also see Lighthouse International under Information and Referral.)

Maxi-Aids, Inc.

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
Web site:

Maxi-Aids sells a variety of braille displays, cell phones and accessories, headsets and adaptive computer accessories, large print and braille keyboards, keyboard overlays, computer systems, magnifiers, DAISY players, scanning and reading appliances, screen magnification software, braille translation software, and text-to-speech software, among other products.

Stress Less Drink Holder

KA Adaptive, LLC
404 Oakwood Drive
Thiensville, WI 53092
Phone: 262-227-7785
Versatile cupholder created by a legally blind inventor to help himself and others prevent spilling beverages, and to live life more independently and with less frustrations.