Below is a list of community resources. This list provides resources in areas that are relevant to individuals who are blind or are visually impaired residing in the Washington DC Metropolitan area (as well as some national resources), including support groups. Resources in the areas of accessibility, transportation, and other useful services. This resource list is provided to assist persons for the sole purpose of connecting those in need of the listed services to service providers and is not and should not be considered an endorsement of any product or service listed. Please assist us with keeping our list growing and relevant. If you are aware of any resource or service that may be beneficial to be blind and visually impaired community, but not on this list, submit the resource or service to the N’SIGHT WEBMASTER at: email@example.com All submissions will be reviewed for inclusion to the RESOURCES Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind DChttps://www.clb.org(202) 454-6400 Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind MDWWW.CLB.ORG(301) 589-0894 National Federation of the Blind of DChttps://www.nfbdc.orgShawn Callaway Affiliate President, (202) 352-1511 National Federation of the Blind MD https://www.nfbmd.orgMarguerite Woods, President (443) 271-1668 National Federation of the Blind VAhttps://Nfbv.orgTracy Soforenko, President (202) 285-4595
American Foundation for the Blind AFBWWW.AFB.ORG(212) 502-7600 The Metropolitan Washington Ear, Inchttps://www.washear.org(301) 681-6636Office for Blindness and Vision Serviceswww.cdss.ca.gov/blind-services 1(866) 614-4780 Department on Disability Services D.Chttps://dds.dc.gov(202) 730-1700 DC Center for Independent Livinghttps://dccil.org(202) 388-0033 D.C Council of the Blindhttps://www.dccounciloftheblind.org(800) 424-8666 Blind Industries and Services of MDhttps://bism.org1 (888) 322-4567 VA Department for the Blind and Vision Impairedhttps://www.virginia.gov/agencies/department-for-the-blind-and-vision-impaired(804) 371-3140 V.R.C.B.V.I - Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impairedhttps://vrcbvi.org(800) 622-2155 Perkins School for the Blindwww.Perkins.org(617) 924-3434 Hadley Institute for the Blindhttps://hadley.edu(800) 323-4238 Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Vision Impairedhttps://aerbvi.org(703) 671-4500 Division of Rehabilitation Services DOORS -MDhttps://dors.maryland.gov(888) 554-0334 Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/25ind/html/50libraryf.html (800) 964-9209 Center for the Bind and Vision Impairedhttps://cbvi.net(804) 371-3151 Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington Youreyes.org ----(202) 234-1010 Braille Institute Centerwww.brailleinstitute.org1(800) 272-4553 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library https://www.dclibrary.org/mlk (202) 727-0321 Blinded Veterans Associationhttps://bva.org(800) 669-7079 National Library Servicehttps://www.loc.gov/nls1(888) 657-7323 American Council of the Blind (ACB)https://www.acb.org(800) 424-8666 Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Servicehttps://www.dars.virginia.gov(800) 552.5019 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Adaptive Technology Access Ingenuity1-877-579-4380Provides adaptive technology and software Adaptive Technology Services1-866-564-6650www.adaptivetec.comA for-profit agency that works in concert with the VA and Rehabilitation Agencies to conduct assessments, give recommendations, install computer software, and conduct training for blind and low vision individuals. ZOOM TEXT AND RELATED PRODUCTS Assistive Technology Center888-322-1918www.assistivetechcenter.comProvides jobsite evaluations/assessments, educational consultation, and training. Seller of adaptive hardware and software.Assistive Technology Network/Alliance For Technology Access800-390-2699www.atnet.orgInformation and referrals related to assistive technology Dolphin Computer Access866-797-5921www.YourDolphin.com Creates and provides software products for the visually impaired which allows use of mainstream information technology. Freedom Scientific800-444-4443www.freedomscientific.com The producer of JAWS Screen Reader and other tools. Freedom Scientific provides access to current software applications and internet for blind and visually impaired users. GW Micro, Inc.802-362-3612www.gwmicro.com Producers of Window-Eyes, offers a variety of speech features and the flexibility for running the most advanced Windows® applications. HumanWare800-722-3393Technical Support 800-722-3393www.humanware.com Publisher of The Artof Living Well with Low Vision. Human Ware creates and distributes adaptive technology products for the blind and visually impaired, including the Victor Reader Stream. Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)800-322-4784www.irti.net IRTI provides everyday useful products and high-tech innovations for the blind, visually impaired, as well as persons experiencing dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Optelec800-828-1056www.optelec.comSale of closed-circuit televisions and other blindness and low vision products. RL & Associates, Inc.866-339-1180www.rla.comOffers networks and adaptive technology for people with disabilities. RL is located in San Francisco, CA. Advocacy Equal Rights Center11 DuPont Circle N.W., Suite 450Washington, DC 20036866-719-4374 (free)202-234-3062 202-234-3106 (Fax) The Equal Rights Center (ERC) is a national non-profit civil-rights organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunity in housing, employment, and access to public accommodations and government services through education, research, testing, advocacy, and enforcement. BOOKS/LIBRARY SERVICES American Printing House for the Blind1-800-223-1839www.aph.orgA clearinghouse for Braille, large print/audio books, and educational/recreational products. Books Aloud408-808-2613www.booksaloud.org Audio book library service (free) for blind/visually impaired individuals with physical and learning disabilities (no age requirement) Braille Bible Foundation800-766-9080 or 513-576-9796 Provides King James Version of the Bible, concordance, and various religious materials in braille format.
Braille Institute of America323-663-1111www.brailleinstitute.org The Braille Institute, located in Los Angeles, CA. offers independent living classes and recreational activities for the blind (no age requirement) as well as a talking book library and low vision clinic services. Jewish Braille Institute (JBI) International212-889-2525http://www.jbilibrary.org JBI Library provides the visually impaired, blind, physically and reading disabled with books, magazines and cultural programs in audio (available in 7 languages). Materials are provided in both large print and Braille. Learning Ally (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)800-221-4792www.learningally.org Learning Ally is a non-profit volunteer organization which provides recorded reading materials for individuals who are unable to read print and specializes in educational materials. Please note there is a membership fee. National Braille Press617-266-6160www.nbp.org National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Library of Congress1291 Taylor Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 202-707-5100www.loc.gov/nls American Diabetes Association800-342-2383http://www.diabetes.org Freedom Med888-722-7556http://www.freedomed.com No cost diabetic supplies for if you qualify to receive Medicare benefits. Prodigy, talking glucose meter is available. Maxi Aids800-522-6294http://www.maxiaids.com Living aids for individuals with various disabilities in need of medical products. Medivoxrx866-798-2557http://www.afb.org United States Guide Dog Schools Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. 103 Old Iron Ore RoadBloomfield, CT 06002-1424 860-243-5200860-769-0567 (Fax)Email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: http://www.fidelco.org Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind1210 Hardscrabble Road Cassville, NY 13318315-822-5132 (Fax) 315-822-513please call before faxing)http://freedomguidedogs.org/ Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 371 East Jericho Turnpike Smithtown, NY 11787-2976 631-265-2121800-548-4337,631-361-5192 (Fax)http://www.guidedog.org Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.P. O. Box 151200San Rafael, CA 94915-1200415-499-4000 or 800-295-4050 Email: email@example.com://www.guidedogs.com Guide Dogs of America 13445 Glenoaks BoulevardSylmar, CA 91342818-362-5834 or 1-800-459-4843Fax: 818-362-6870Email:firstname.lastname@example.org://www.guidedogsofamerica.org Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc.611 Granite Springs Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598914-245-1609800-942-0149Fax: 914-962-1403 Email: email@example.comWebsite: http://www.guidingeyes.org Leader Dogs for the Blind, Inc. 1039 South Rochester Road Rochester, MI 48307-3115248-651-9011 or 888-777-5332Fax: 248-651-5812EMail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: http://www.leaderdog.org Pilot Dogs, Inc. 625 W. Town Street Columbus, OH 43215-4496614-221-6367Website: http://www.pilotdogs.org The Seeing Eye, Inc. P. O. Box 375 Morristown, NJ 07963-0375973-539-4425 or 800-539-4425EMail: email@example.comWebsite: http://www.pilotdogs.org Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. 4210 77th St. East Palmetto, FL 34221941-729-5665 or 1-800-944-3647EMail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: http://www.guidedogs.org Southeastern Guide Dogs Georgia Outreach1535 Lake Paradise Rd.Villa Rica, GA 30180770-459-2051 or 1-888-944-DOGSWebsite: http://www.guidedogs.org
Low Vision Products Tactile Markings
LS&S Group, Inc.800-468-4789http://www.lssproducts.com Company carries a general line of supplies for the blind including the raised line drawing pad kit and other items related to tactile graphics
Magnifiers & Reading Machines
Bossert Specialties800-776-5885www.wemagnify.com Sales of independent living aids and magnifiers for the blind and visually impaired.
Optelec800-444-4443www.optelec.com Sales of closed-circuit televisions and other blindness and low vision products Shop Low Vision800-826-4200http://www.shoplowvision.comVision products available to order online or by telephone. Visions Anew institute770-953-28821-800-355-0428http://www.visionsanew.org Products for sale or rent including closed circuit systems, basic reading machines, and workstations with computer interface. Purchases, sells and reconditions previously owned closed circuit TV systems.
Medical Services American Diabetes Association800-342-2283Provides assistance with navigating the services offered by Medicare. Freedom Med888-722-7556Free diabetic supplies to those who qualify for Medicare. Prodigy, talking glucose meter is available.
Organizations American Council of the BlindNational Office: 202-467-5081 www.acb.org National consumer organization of the blind and visually impaired. Please refer to the website for State and local chapters. American Foundation for the Blind 800-232-5463 www.afb.orgNational organization serving the blind and visually impaired.
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland3345 Washington Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21227410-737-2600www.bism.org Offers training and services for blind and low vision individuals who are Maryland residents.
DC Center for Independent Living1400 Florida Avenue, NEWashington, DC 20002202-388-0033202-398-3018 (Fax)202-470-1534 (TTY)www.dccil.orgPrivate non-profit organization that assists District of Columbia residents with significant disabilities to live independently in their homes and in their communities. We offer three locations within Washington DC and have staff members who are fluent in Spanish, French and American Sign Language (ASL).
Hadley School for the Blind1-800-323-4238www.hadley-school.orgMore than 90 free distance education courses to eligible students. Courses are available for blind individuals (must be at least 14 years), relatives of blind or visually impaired children or adults. Courses are also available to professionals in the blindness field. You may register for courses online.
National Federation of the BlindNational Office: 410-659-9314www.nfb.org National consumer organization of the blind and visually impaired, with affiliates throughout the United States and chapters in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
MetroAccessA shared ride paratransit service available in Washington DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties (Maryland) and Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax Counties (Virginia). For eligibility: 202-962-2700For Trip scheduling: 301-562-5360www.wmata.com/accessibility