This list is not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors, nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Distributes information on eye disorders and low vision.
American Council of the Blind
1703 N. Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311
Fax: (703) 465-5085
Email: [email protected]
Provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals and publishes a magazine, “The ACB Braille Forum,” every other month, which is available at www.acb.org and in braille, large print, digital cartridge, podcast and e-mail. Also available is “The ACB E-Forum,” available on the web site, via podcast, and via email. The email version is free; to subscribe, send a request to [email protected]. Available free of charge to members; a subscription fee is charged for non-members, organizations, and foreign subscribers.
American Foundation for the Blind
Publishes “Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness,” a peer-reviewed magazine that includes information and original research; advocates for policies that promote accessibility and ensure equality and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired; advocates for older adults experiencing vision loss; speaks up for children who are blind or visually impaired to make sure they have the resources they need, including textbooks and classroom materials; and publishes “AccessWorld®” magazine monthly, which contains a wide variety of information, including commentary, news blasts, product reviews, and trends in information technology and visual impairment.
American Optometric Association
Provides information on low vision and maintains a list by state of their members who specialize in low vision. Call to request the list for your area.
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
ASCRS has data on intraocular implantation, does research and promotes continuing education of ophthalmologists. Has brochures available on cataract surgery and radial keratotomy.
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. The web site has information about macular degeneration, treatment, risk factors, prevention, symptoms, resources, questions and answers, publications, news, and research.
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)
Web site: www.cclvi.org
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 the web site.
Eye Bank Association of America
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
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
Provides financial support for research in the field of glaucoma as well as distributing free educational material on glaucoma. Publishes “Gleams” newsletter three times a year.
The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Provides tuition-free distance education to people with visual impairments and their family members.
IFB Solutions Community Low Vision Centers
Asheville, NC Office:
Fax: (828) 318-8672
Contact: Grant Weathers – [email protected]
Winston Salem, NC Office:
Fax: (336) 245-0640
Contact: Shonn Redmon – [email protected]
Phone: (336) 759-0551, ext. 5782
Little Rock, AR Office:
Fax: (501) 255-0908
Contact: Toni Fraser – [email protected]
IFB Solutions Community Low Vision Centers (CLVCs) exist to help foster greater independence. We help people with low vision use adaptive aids, computers, smart devices, and more to make everyday tasks simpler.
People with low vision visit our centers or mobile low vision facility to receive exams from specialized low vision physicians. These specialists evaluate and recommend specific technology. Our clients then work with low vision associates who also have low vision, so they understand the needs and opportunities.
All of the centers provide the latest technology and free training on all products. Visits are free and walk-ins are welcome. We’re open Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.
Has information on a variety of eye conditions and provides local referrals through a database of resources for people with low vision.
Low Vision Center
The Low Vision Center aims to help people with low vision discover the aids and strategies that will help them lead a full, happy, and independent life. Appointments are needed to visit LVC. A typical appointment lasts about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and may include discussion of lighting and contrast, hands-on demonstration of handheld magnifiers and CCTVs, and a chance to explore daily life aids such as talking clocks, writing guides, and touch enhancements. Publishes a quarterly newsletter, “EyePower.”
The Low Vision Centers of Indiana
Indianapolis Office: (317) 844-0919
Fort Wayne Office: (260) 432-0575
Hartford City: (765) 348-2020
Lafayette: (765) 490-5164
Web site: www.eyeassociates.com/
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.
Provides information and support for people who are affected by macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases. Offers a public awareness program designed to reach people who are without Internet access. Has a bookstore, run in cooperation with Amazon Books, featuring books on macular degeneration and other books of interest. Also has information on current clinical trials.
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
Provides information on, promotes cure of myasthenia gravis and holds professional, educational, and scientific symposia.
National Eye Institute
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 send e-mail to [email protected].
National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
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
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.
Offerings include a full range of assistive technology products – from the classic Perkins Brailler® to the latest screen-reading software – as well as customized trainings to ensure you get the most out of your purchase.
Prevent Blindness America
Has informational brochures on eye conditions and conducts public and professional education programs on prevention of blindness.
Research to Prevent Blindness
Has fact sheets and brochures on eye diseases, and visual acuity cards to test your eyes for symptoms of age-related macular degeneration. Also offers medical research grants, provides information on eye research and advocates for eye research.
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
2318 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
TTY: (415) 345-2290
Fax: (415) 345-8455
Web site: www.ski.org/
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.
ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Center
1830 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 131
Mesa, AZ 85210
Fax: (480) 854-1864
Sun City office:
10001 W. Bell Rd. #115
Sun City, AZ 85351
Fax: (623) 583-1556
The ViewFinder Low Vision Resource Centers are a nationally recognized optometric practice that specializes in low vision rehabilitation. ViewFinder’s doctors help their patients enhance their remaining vision with low-vision eyeglasses and microscopic and telescopic low-vision aids. They also prescribe other low-vision aids and services.
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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, and educates 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. It provides individualized rehabilitation training at home or in the community; social services; employment training and job development; group and community education and activities.
Sells a variety of handheld, portable, desktop and video magnifiers, Duxbury braille translation software, Kurzweil 1000 software, CCTVs, a wide variety of talking and large-digit products, including GPS units, talking calculators, talking money identifiers, large-print keyboards, braille displays, braille embossers, braille and large-print games, large-print phone key stickers, large-number large-button phones, household items, canes and cane tips, and more.
The Big Type Company
Products include a large-print calendar, address book, check register and bold writing pens.
CAPTEK/Science Products for the Blind
Carries talking cash registers, talking calculators, coin and currency sorters/counters, scales, professional bill identifiers, talking multimeter, and other items.
eSight Eyewear offers electronic glasses that enhance the vision of many people living with low vision or legal blindness. They have completed clinical validation studies with six leading eye research institutes and now have thousands of eSight wearers who live with over 20 eye conditions including macular degeneration, Stargardt’s disease, diabetic retinopathy, and more.
Electronic Vision Access Solutions (EVAS)
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, CCTV systems, TTYs and voice recognition software.
5882 Machine Dr.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Fax: (714) 465-3401
To send an e-mail, go to https://www.enhancedvision.com/contact-us/contact-enhanced-vision.html.
Web site: www.enhancedvision.com
Sells a wide variety of products designed for use by individuals with low vision, including CCTVs, electronic magnifiers, portable magnifiers, electronic monoculars, portable scan-and-read systems, and more.
Produces a large print-large writing space calendar-planner.
Hardware includes braille displays, braille notetakers, talking GPS units, Victor Reader Streams (new generation), and embossers, desktop and handheld magnifiers, and more. Talking products include scan and read systems, audio graphic calculators, and related software.
Independent Living Aids
137 Rano St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
Toll-free fax: 1-855-937-3906
To send an e-mail, go to www.independentliving.com/contact.asp.
Web site: www.independentliving.com/
Has watches, clocks, canes, kitchen items, slates and styluses, household, personal and recreation items, voice activated TV remote, magnifiers, large button cordless phone, talking pagers, sewing aids, tools, medical devices including diabetic aids, and more.
Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)
Among a wide variety of products, they distribute talking computers, electronic magnifiers (desktop, portable, and handheld), scanners, scan-and-read systems, screen-reading and screen magnification software, speech synthesizers, wireless braille keyboards, screen magnifiers, digital recorders, CCTVs, braille displays and notetakers, talking clocks and watches, DAISY book players, locator dots, and a variety of home and recreational products.
Live Accessible Digital Products
This page is full of free printable PDF files with varying bold line paper, with different line thicknesses and spacing, 2020 and 2021 planner, blank address book pages, meal planning templates, to do list templates, and a few materials for children with visual impairments.
Sells a variety of CCTVs and accessories; iZOOM, Window-Eyes and ZoomText software; braille translation software; large-print and big-key keyboards; scanners; reading machines; Victor Reader Streams; bar code readers; magnifiers; lamps and lighting products; and more.
Magnifiers.com sells a wide variety of magnifiers, scanning and reading devices, the Clearview, Optelec, and MagniSight CCTV systems, telescopes, binoculars and monoculars, sports glasses, sunglasses, large print and talking products, magnifying mirrors, marking aids, special lighting, ZoomText Magnifier, and much more.
Magnifying Aids, Inc.
Sells a wide variety of magnifiers (dome, handheld, hands-free, lighted, pocket, stand, video, etc.), CCTVs, reading glasses, monoculars, microscopes, magnifier accessories, digital recorders and players, sunglasses, reading machines, kitchen and household items, large print calendars and daybooks, large print books and games (including Bingo cards), talking color identifiers, and much more.
The Magnifying Center/Magnifying America
Sells a variety of handheld, pocket, stand and video magnifiers, computer magnifiers, large print timers, talking watches, iZoom software, letter-writing guides, reading glasses, bold writing pens, bold-line paper, scanning-and-reading appliances, sunglasses, large print Bibles and dictionaries, check-writing guides, talking scales, and much more.
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 Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
Vision Solutions Center: (305) 856-9100
Fax: (305) 285-6967
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: https://www.miamilighthouse.org/Adult_Services_Classes.asp#LowVisionServices
The Vision Solutions Center sells a wide variety of items to assist with specific tasks, such as bold line markers, hand-held magnifiers, closed-circuit television systems, 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.
Personal Data Systems, Inc.
Is able to repair DECtalk Express synthesizers; sells the Audapter Speech System.
1353 Athens Hwy.
Elberton, GA 30635
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.rehabmart.com/category/low_vision_aids.htm
Rehabmart.com is an online discount medical equipment and supply company that is owned and operated by occupational and physical therapists. We serve seniors, caregivers, special needs children and those who are disabled, including those who are struggling (and overcoming) visual impairments. Products include talking thermometers, low-vision thermostats, syringe magnifiers, large print keytop stickers, talking tape measure, needle threaders, Prodigy Voice glucose monitoring system, bar code scanners, and more.
Resources for Rehabilitation
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. New: a chapter dedicated to the needs of those who are both deaf and blind. Also has other resource lists for older blind individuals, resources for people with disabilities and chronic conditions, men’s and women’s guides to coping with disabilities, and more.
Southwestern Eye Center
Has blog article that reviews low-vision aids, such as handheld magnifiers and electronic glasses, that can help those with macular degeneration maintain eye health and optimize their vision.
Universal Vision Technology, LLC
Sells a wide variety of video magnifiers; handheld, transportable, desktop and wearable. Also sells Duxbury braille translation software, ZoomText Fusion, ZoomText Magnifier, and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader software; Kurzweil 1000 software; Dragon software, Read and Write software, Talking Typing Teacher; digital recorders and players; Livescribe Echo SmartPens; braille displays; talking GPS units; large-number big-key keyboards; talking bar code scanners; scanning-and-reading appliances; and much more, for blindness, low vision, and other disabilities. Training services available. We are a factory-authorized dealer for products and software from the following manufacturers: Enhanced Vision, Eschenbach, Humanware, Optelec, textHelp, Vispero (ZoomText and Fusion).
Sells a variety of handheld, foldable and desktop video magnifiers, electronic wearable devices and OCR/TTS devices. Also carry a wide variety of talking and large print products, large print check registers and calendars, talking calculators, large-print keyboards, braille and large-print games, large-print phone key stickers, large-number large-button phones, optical magnifiers, talking blood pressure and glucose monitors, canes and cane tips, and more.
Vispero is the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. The company develops and provides innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals that help them reach their full potential. Its family of brands includes ABiSee, Ai Squared, Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision, GW Micro, Optelec, and The Paciello Group.
Waymaker Life LLC
Waymaker Life provides low vision products for people who are visually impaired. Offers wearable devices that have adjustable zoom magnification, diopters (prescription), focal length control, pupil distance control, contrast, brightness, saturation, color, image control, wide dynamic ranges, image video formats, and more.