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Blind & Visually Impaired Resources

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

ADWAS empowers Deaf and Deaf Blind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment. They provide advocacy on systems and policy issues, offer summer camps for kids, and provide information to individuals and families on their website.
8623 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98115
TTY: (800) 787-3224
National Hotline: (855) 812-1001
adwas.org

American Council of the Blind Ohio (ACBO)

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
acbohio.org

Association of Blind Citizens

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
blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm

Bookshare

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
(650) 352-0198
bookshare.org

Braille Reading Pals Club Early Literacy Program

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
nfb.org/braille-reading-pals-early-literacy-program

Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI)

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
ood.ohio.gov/core-services/bsvi

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)

The Columbus Metropolitan Library has 23 branch locations throughout Columbus, Ohio where you are able to. Examples of all their free services include: adult learning and GED classes, technology training, ESOL, adaptive services, research and consumer tools, Storytime, Ready for Kindergarten classes, summer reading club, homework help, Reading Buddies and more.
96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2275
columbuslibrary.org

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

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 TTY (800) 858-3542
disabilityrightsohio.org

Free & Low Cost Eye Exams

Find out more about local free and low-cost eye exams and glasses in the low-cost health care section of CAP4Kids.

InfantSEE

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
infantsee.org

Learning Ally

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
(800) 221-4792
learningally.org

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)

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
(800) 562-6265
napvi.org

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

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
(410) 659-9314
nfb.org

National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

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
loc.gov/nls

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology/Eye Clinic

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
(614) 722-4075
nationwidechildrens.org/ophthalmology-eye-clinic

Newsreel

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
newsreelmag.org

Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS) Free Sports Goggles Program

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
(614) 527-6799
playhardgear.com

Ohio State School for the Blind

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
(800) 310-3317
ossb.oh.gov

Prevent Blindness Ohio

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
ohio.preventblindness.org

State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program

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
library.ohio.gov/using-the-library/services-for-the-blind

The Ohio Digital Library

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
(614) 882-7277
ohdbks.overdrive.com

The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness

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
(614) 401-2969
deafandblindoutreach.org

VOICEcorps Reading Service

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
(614) 274-7650
voicecorps.org