They work to increase access and equity for students that are visually or hearing impaired through connections, resources, and supports.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43214
Dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. They provide information on local chapter contacts and help locate local resources.
3805 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(800) 835-2226 or (614) 221-6688
Their assistive technology fund provides funds to cover a percentage of the retail price of adaptive devices or software to help legally blind residents of the U.S.
PO Box 246, Holbrook, Massachusetts 02343
(781) 961-1023 or (781) 654-2000
Has the world’s largest online digital library of accessible books for individuals with print disabilities. They operate under an exception to U.S. copyright law, allowing copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. Individuals must register as members and provide proof of disability. Members can download books, textbooks and newspapers and then read the material using adaptive technology. This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education.
480 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94306
Fosters positive attitudes about Braille for children and their families and promotes a love of reading by encouraging parents to read daily with their blind or low vision child.
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2287
Provides people with low vision and blindness, services and supports necessary to help them attain and keep jobs. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are tailored for each person through assessments and one-on-one meetings with professional VR counselors. VR services include: evaluation and treatment of an individual’s disability; information and referral services; vocational counseling and training; job search and job placement assistance; educational guidance (tuition resources and other support); transportation services; occupational tools and equipment; and personal attendant services (reader, interpreter, etc.).
4300 E. Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 466-4575 Voice or (614) 466-9846 TTY or (800) 430-6940 Toll-free
They provide CDs, books on tape, and DVDs (including descriptive and closed caption) for circulation.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY
Find out more about local free and low-cost eye exams and glasses in the low-cost health care section of CAP4Kids.
The American Optometric Association provides free eye exams for infants between 6 and 12 months of age regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Call to find a local participating optometrist.
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Toll-free: (888) 396-3937
Offers free access to the nation’s largest audiobook library of textbooks and literature titles through funding from the U.S. Department of Education. They have human-narrated audiobooks with descriptions of images, tables and graphs, a helpful online catalog and 24/7 phone support.
20 Roszel Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Represents a national support network of parents committed to providing support to parents of children who have visual impairments.
15 West Sixty-fifth Street, New York, New York 10023
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Their Kids Catelog has fun books and magazines for kids.
1291 Taylor Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100 or (202) 707-0744 TTY
This is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement and information.
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Offers routine and advanced care for children with visual impairments. They have several locations throughout Columbus, and their website lists helpful resources. They accept all major insurances (including Medicaid, Caresource and Molina) and provide financial assistance for patients without insurance who qualify.
555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
This monthly audio magazine, available on both audiocassette tape and in digital format, is produced by and for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Newsreel contains news, supportive articles, information and entertainment.
5 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 723-8737 or (614) 469-0700
Protect your child from getting injured when they play sports by getting a free pair of prescription sports goggles. Regular eyeglasses and contacts will not protect a child’s eyes from injury and may even increase the damage. The child needs to be qualified to receive prescription goggles.
3401 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
As the first public school for the blind in the U.S., they are dedicated to the education of students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities. Visit their resources page to find useful information about the blind community and visual impairments.
5220 North High Street, Columbus Ohio, 43214
Provides free professional eye exams, follow-up care, education and eyewear to medically needy children, youth, families and uninsured adults, and more.
1500 West Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(800) 301-2020 or (614) 464-2020
Provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to approximately 15,000 eligible blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, and reading disabled Ohio residents.
17121 Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
(800) 686-1531 or (800) 362-1262
Westerville Library participates in The Ohio Digital Library eBook project, which allows library members to go online and download a wide variety of popular book titles in eBook format, digital audiobooks, digital magazines and video for free to Ohio citizens.
126 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
It is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year radio station that serves people who cannot read the printed word. VOICEcorps features newspapers, magazines, various periodicals/journals and books. Some of their most popular offerings include grocery/retail ads, obituaries and live programs. Broadcasts may be heard within Columbus, central and southern Ohio.
2955 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204