Resources for Persons with Low Vision
This list not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
Fax: (703) 465-5085
Provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals and publishes a monthly magazine, The Braille Forum, available at www.acb.org and in braille, large print, half-speed cassette, data CD, and e-mail. Available free of charge to members; a subscription fee is charged for non-members, organizations, and foreign subscribers.
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Toll Free: 800-232-5463
Publishes books, operates a national clearinghouse on blindness and visual impairment and makes referrals to low vision centers.
American Optometric Association
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
Toll Free: 800-365-2219
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.aoa.org/x4674.xml
Provides information on low vision and maintains a list by state of their members who specialize in low vision. You may contact them to request the list for your area.
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
4000 Legato Road, Suite 700
Fairfax, VA 22033
To send an e-mail, go to http://ascrs.org/contact
ASCRS has data on intraocular implantation, does research and promotes continuing education of ophthalmologists. Has brochures available on cataract surgery and radial keratotomy.
BrightFocus Foundation (formerly the American Health Assistance Foundation)
22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, Maryland 20871
Toll Free: 800-437-2423
The BrightFocus Foundation funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)
Toll Free 800-733-2258
CCLVI is an international advocacy organization which publishes the quarterly magazine, Vision Access. Vision Access has information on living with low vision and is available in large print, cassette, e-mail or computer disk to members. Their mentoring and peer counseling program, Project Insight, is for people who are newly visually impaired or losing more vision. Project Insight is available nationwide. CCLVI advocates for low vision issues, provides information and referral, as well as scholarships for college students with visual acuity less than 20/70 or who are planning to provide low vision services. Further information about CCLVI is available on their website.
Eye Bank Association of America
1015 18th Street NW, Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20036
Gives research grants to promote transplantation, certifies eye banks, and sets medical standards for the procurement, screening and distribution of corneal tissue for transplant. Also provides public education brochures on the above subjects.
Foundation Fighting Blindness (formerly National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, Inc.)
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
Toll Free: 800-683-5555
Holds regional and national workshops for volunteers and professionals. Has a public education and a retina donor program. Provides information and referral and awards research grants in the field of retinitis pigmentosa and other genetic retinal conditions.
Glaucoma Research Foundation
251 Post Street, Ste 600
San Francisco, CA 94108
They provide financial support for research in the field of glaucoma as well as distribute free educational material on glaucoma.
The Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Toll Free: 800-323-4238
Provides tuition-free distance education to people with visual impairments and their family members.
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Toll Free: 800-829-0500
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)
The Low Vision Centers of Indiana
Indianapolis Office: 317-844-0919
Fort Wayne Office: 260-432-0575
Hartford City: 765-348-2020
The Low Vision Centers of Indiana is a nationally recognized practice devoted to low vision rehabilitation. It is one of the most awarded optometric practices in the world. It contains extensive information on all aspects of professional low vision care and information on vision rehabilitation of stroke and brain injury patients.
Macular Degeneration Research
This web site has information about macular degeneration, treatment, risk factors, prevention, symptoms, resources, questions and answers, publications, news, and research.
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, New York 10017
Toll Free: 800-541-5454
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.myasthenia.org/ContactUs.aspx
Provides information on, promotes cure of myasthenia gravis and holds professional, educational, and scientific symposia.
National Association for the Visually Handicapped
Acquired by Lighthouse International
National Eye Institute Information Office
31 Center Drive MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
Has information on visual impairment, supports training of eye researchers, and conducts research on eye and vision disorders. If you have any questions, problems or concerns about placing an order or about an existing order, please e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Glaucoma Research
This web site has information about glaucoma, treatment, risk factors, prevention, symptoms, resources, questions and answers, publications, news, and research.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
Loans braille and recorded books/magazines, book players, catalogs, bibliographies, music scores and music instruction materials free by mail via a national network of libraries. Call them for the number for your region. NLS also provides reference services on blindness-related topics.
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Toll Free: 800-999-6673 (voicemail only)
To send an e-mail, go to www.rarediseases.org/about/contact-us
NORD is a federation of voluntary health groups which help people and groups regarding rare "orphan" diseases by educational, advocacy, research and service programs. NORD works on identification, treatment, and cure of these disorders.
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Web site: www.perkins.org
Perkins produces a number of publications, workbooks and instructional tools for relatives and other caregivers of people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind or with multiple disabilities. Now available is the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program, a compilation of materials designed to teach early literacy skills to children with visual impairments and to help parents be more involved in their child's literacy development. It is also very appropriate for parents and grandparents with visual impairments for use with sighted (grand)children.
Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Toll Free: 800-331-2020
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.preventblindness.net/site/survey?action_required=uri_action_user_requests&survey_id=1180
Has informational brochures on eye conditions and conducts public and professional education programs on prevention of blindness.
Research to Prevent Blindness
645 Madison Avenue, 21st. fl.
New York, NY 10022-1010
Toll Free: 800-621-0026
Has fact sheets and brochures on eye diseases, Visual Acuity Cards to test your eyes for symptoms of age-related macular degeneration; makes medical research grants, provides information on eye research and advocates for eye research.
Sight Loss Solutions
Send plain text e-mails only to email@example.com
The scope of this website is awareness, availability and accessibility as they relate to sight loss. . Topics: text-to-talk; access resources; high tech; fun – learning; reference lists; grab-and-go talk plus text; national organizations
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
2318 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
The Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) develops new technology and methods for understanding, assessment and rehabilitation of blindness and visual impairment. Their target population consists of persons who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind.
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013-1354
Toll Free: 888-245-8333
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired assists people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities; educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life. They provide individualized rehabilitation training at home or in the community; social services; employment training and job development; group and community education and activities
30 Sudbury Rd., Unit 1B
Acton, MA 01720
Provides Eye-Pal Ace, Eye-Pal Vision, Zoom-Ex, and Zoom-Twix low vision products; Eye-Pal Rol, Eye-Pal Reader, Eye-Pal, and Eye-Pal Solo blindness/low vision products.
8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 302
Silver Spring, MD 20910
E-mail: info@Adaptify.Solutions (link sends e-mail)
Web site: Adaptify.Solutions
Facebook: www.facebook.com/adaptify.solutions (link is external)
Adaptify Solutions is a company that focuses on services and products that assists with improving independence for those with auditory and/or visual impairments. The company sells items like clocks, watches, phones, large print calendars, accessible medical items, games, eyewear, mobility canes, and much more. Adaptify also provides counseling services.
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Toll Free: 800-859-0270
Makes and sells Zoom Text screen magnification software, i-loview Magnifier, ZoomReader (OCR app), and ZoomContacts (large-print contacts manager app) for iOS devices.
Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.
200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
Toll-Free Sales: 800-537-2118
Technical Support: 516-937-1848
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.annmorris.com/contact.htm#
Offers magnifiers, watches, large print check registers and other household, medical and leisure products.
5650 S. Windemere Street
Littleton, CO 80120
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.beyondsight.com/contact_us.php
Provides magnifiers, binoculars, LP-DOS, ZoomText and VisAbility screen magnification software, CCTVs, wide variety of talking and large-digit products including GPS, braille displays, braille embosser, games and more.
The Big Type Company
Captek/Science Products (formerly Science Products for the Blind)
PO Box 144
Southeastern, PA 19399
Toll Free: 800-888-7400
Master Vendor Systems/Talking Cash Registers, MVS/Talking Scales/Thermometer, MVS/Talking Currency Counters/Identifiers, MVS/Talking Coin Counters/Sorters, Light Sensor/Talking Calculator/Shop Tools, Magnifiers, Telescopes, Large Print
5882 Machine Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649 USA
Toll Free: 888-811-3161
Technical Support: 800-440-9476 ext. 3
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.enhancedvision.com/contact-us/contact-enhanced-vision.html
Provides a wide variety of products designed for use by individuals with low vision.
Electronic Vision Access Solutions (EVAS)
39 Canal Street
P.O. Box 371
Westerly RI, 02891
Toll Free: 800-872-3827
Information Request: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Support: email@example.com
EVAS specializes in the design and manufacture of Computer Access Solutions for people who are visually, physically, hearing or learning disabled.
Freedom Scientific Blind/Low Vision Group
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1805
Toll Free Sales & Information: 800-444-4443 (within US)
To send e-mail to any of several departments, go to http://www.freedomscientific.com/contact.asp
Provides TOPAZ® Desktop Video Magnifiers, ONYX® Portable Video Magnifiers, RUBY® Handheld Video Magnifier, SAPPHIRE® Handheld Video Magnifier, MAGic® Screen Magnification Software, MAGic Large Print Keyboard, MAGic Scripting Edition, PEARL® Portable Scanning and Reading Solution, OpenBook® Scanning and Reading Software, SARA™ Scanning and Reading Appliance, SARA™ CE Camera Edition Scanning and Reading Appliance, LED Magnifiers, SAPPHIRE Handheld Video Magnifier, LED Magnifiers.
General Mills Consumer Services
Large Type Directions
PO Box 9452
Minneapolis, MN 55440
Toll Free: 800-248-7310)
Large print book with package directions for their products free of charge. Also includes recipes from those packages.
725 Airport North Office Park
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Provides Window-Eyes 8.1, The ReadEasy Move, GWConnect 2.1,Sci-Voice Lab Solution: Making STEM Accessible for Blind Students.
HumanWare, Inc (formerly Pulse Data)
1 UPS Way
PO Box 800
Champlain, NY 12919
Toll Free: 800-722-3393
Their low vision products include Desktop/Portable Magnifiers; Handheld Magnifiers; Scan and Read; Screen Magnification; Talking GPS; Digital Book Players; Intel Reader
Independent Living Aids
200 Robbins Ln.
Jericho, NY 11753
Toll-Free: 800-537-2118 or 855-746-7452
Technical Support: 800-537-2118 x3817
To send e-mail to any one of several departments, go to http://www.independentliving.com/contact.asp
Offers a variety of products including magnifiers, CCTVs, and talking and large digit items.
Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)
13453 Colfax Highway
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Toll Free: 800-322-4784
Provides hand held electronic magnifiers, portable electronic magnifiers, desktop electronic magnifiers, low vision software, and hand held magnifiers
JBliss Imaging Systems
Menlo Park, CA 94026
Fax: Please contact us first before faxing.
Toll Free/Support: 888-452-5477
Sells a variety of software for persons with low vision, such as Pico, Prisma, Quicklook, Web LV; PnC E-Mail; PnC Memo; PnC Net; VIP, and ZoomText, a Companion to VIP. Also provides complete systems.
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 Organizations.)
LS&S Group, LLC
Northbrook, IL 60065
Toll Free: 800-468-4789
Toll Free Fax: 877-498-1482
Local/International Fax: 716-873-3848
To send e-mail, go to http://www.lssproducts.com/contact
Provides a variety of products including screen magnification software, magnifiers, watches, CCTVs, large display calculators and clocks.
Magnifying Aids, Inc.
4760 East Bay Dr. Suite E
Clearwater, FL 33764
Magnifying Aids - Low Vision Center is a leading low vision and blindness company with retail stores, internet web sites and a mail order catalog.
The Magnifying Center/Magnifying America
2129 SW Hwy 484
Ocala, FL 34473
Toll Free: 800-364-1610
They sell magnifiers, computer magnifiers, and a variety of talking aids at their several Florida showrooms and by mail order.
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/blind-and-low-vision-store
Maxi-Aids carries a large assortment of items for those with low vision, including talking alarm clocks, liquid level indicators, light detectors, bold-line paper, braille tape measures, tactile geometry tools; braille calendars, games and toys, watches, and notetakers; a variety of canes; color identifiers; labelers and label systems; large print address books and calendars; and much more.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Low Vision Center
601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
At the Vision Solutions Center, a whole world of special magnifying devises exists to assist with specific tasks, including bold line markers, hand-held magnifiers, closed-circuit television, read/write systems and miniature spotting scopes. Instructors are available to provide assistance with selection and guidance on how to use one’s vision to its fullest potential.
MONS International, Inc.
6595 Roswell Road #224
Atlanta, GA 30328
Toll Free: 800-541-7903
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.magnifiers.com/catalog/contact_us.php
Provides CCTV & High Technology, GREAT DEALS on Used Products, Lighting, Magnifiers, Spectacles, Sunglasses, and Telescopes & Binoculars
Optelec US Inc.
3030 Enterprise Court, Suite C
Vista, CA 92081
Toll Free: 800-826-4200
Offers portable and desktop video magnifiers. text-to-speech products, magnifiers, telescopes, and spectacles.
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
Resources for Rehabilitation
22 Bonad Road
Winchester, MA 01890
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.
4545 Stockdale Hwy. Suite "F"
Bakersfield, California 93309
Toll Free: 800-804-8004
Products include: Handheld and Portable Olympia and Pico Magnifiers; transportable Vertex and Vertex Pro desktop magnifiers; desktop Aladdin, Apex, Atlas, Genie, Rainbow, and Sunshine CCTVs; Ovation OCR Scanners.
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
Vision Technology Store
8501 Delport Drive
Saint Louis MO 63114-5905
To send an e-mail, go to www.visiontechnology.com/support/Contactus.php
Vision Technology designs and creates electronic vision aids for individuals with macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma among others.
This Web page was last updated September 12, 2014.