Printing House for the Blind
is the world's largest
nonprofit organization creating
educational, workplace, and
independent living products
and services for people who
are visually impaired.
Among the programs of APH is
Tales, Which provides free
age-appropriate Braille books to
legally blind young children (under
Macular Degeneration Partnership, a program of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UCI Health, offers information and support to those whose lives have been touched by age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
MD Support, a non-profit group
which offers both technical and emotional support for people who are
coping with retinal degeneration.
National Eye Institute, one
of the National Institutes of Health. The web site includes
information about specific eye disorders.
Lighthouse for the Blind.
Among other resources, the CLB
web site includes a calendar of
events of potential interest to
the visually impaired. The
calendar is not limited to events
sponsored by CLB.
To hear recorded announcements from
CLB, call 202-683-7699.
The IMAGE Center
helps Baltimore area residents with all sorts of disabilities
achieve their potential for independent living.
Maryland Division of
Rehabilitation Services (DORS), an agency of the state Department of Education:
The web site guides individuals with disabilities
to employment and independent living services. Maryland's employers can
find prescreened, qualified job applicants. DORS also serves Maryland
citizens who file Social Security disability claims.
The Maryland Department of
Disabilities, an agency of the state government, advances the rights
and interests of people with disabilities so they may fully participate
in their communities.
Maryland Parents of Blind Children,
a non-profit membership organization of parents and friends of blind
children and youth to ensure the best possible future for our blind
youth by: promoting blindness skills, fostering self-esteem, and
utilizing blind adult role models to build a solid foundation for a
productive life with the maximum independence.
Montgomery County Public Libraries,
supports library services for people with disabilities in
Montgomery County. The web page describes available services
and provides links to other resources.
Reach-a-Ride is a web
site sponsored by the
Washington Council of Governments
(COG). It provides a searchable list of transit options in the
Washington area for people with disabilities. The list includes taxi
companies, government and non-profit agencies, private ambulance firms,
and other transportation providers. If you have special transportation
needs because of low vision, this web site is one place to look for
is a non-profit grocery home delivery service with
a needs-based fee schedule.
The ABLEDATA web site
provides objective information on assistive technology and
rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international
sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers
within the United States.
is a web site that helps businesses ensure that
the electronic information technology they use is
accessible to their employees, customers, and prospects,
and helps manufacturers of electronic IT ensure
that their products are accessible.
is a monthly on-line magazine highlighting
developments in assistive technology.
is a service that can connect a visually impaired customer
to a trained sighted agent for assistance, using either the
camera of the customer's smartphone (IOS or Android) or a
custom headworn device purchased from Aira. subscription
plans let the customer purchase a fixed number of support
minutes per month; some businesses and events sponsor free
Aira access on their premises. As of
August 2019, Aira no longer charges for the
first five minutes of any call to their service,
so that brief requests are free.
Be My Eyes
uses the Apple iPhone or iPad or an
to connect blind or visually impaired
people to sighted volunteers for
help with small tasks requiring
eyesight. An app connects the requestor
to the volunteer through a video
chat session for immediate help.
(Since the volunteer will probably be a
stranger to you, you should be careful about
using this service to read sensitive information
such as a bank statement.)
is a program of Easter Seals greater Houston that
focuses on the use of touch-based mobile devices
(smart phones and tablets) to assist people
with disabilities. The web site includes a
data base of available apps, some of which have
been professionally reviewed by BridgingApps.
HumanWare, offering assistive technologies for people with visual and learning disabilities
iCanConnect.org is the
web site of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, which
funds state programs to help low-income deaf-blind individuals acquire and
use communications technology. The program can also be reached by calling
1-800-825-4595. The web site includes an
equipment gallery listing
many products which those with low vision might find helpful, even if
they have normal hearing.
Access provides technology training for the blind and
visually impaired. Besides selling audio courses and
other training, they also produce a free podcast
series and occasional free courses and downloads.
with an office in Bethesda, demonstrates and sells assistive
technology solutions and training for individuals with learning
difficulties and visual impairments.
Vision, now a part of Vispero, develops products
designed specifically for people with macular degeneration and other low vision
Vision Support demonstrates and sells video magnification systems
and computer software solutions.
1701 Kiva Road
Silver Spring, MD 20905
provides free computer software,
including the WebbIE web browser
and PDF reader, designed to present
their output in plain text particularly
suited to screen reader software.
Ocutech, Inc. manufactures a line
of bioptic telescopes for persons with low vision. Ocutech
telescopes mount on special eyeglass frames, include built-in
corrective lenses, and should be prescribed and fitted by a qualified
optometrist or ophthalmologist.
About Vision is an independent, advertising-supported
web site that publishes information
related to eye health and eye care. The
web site has a
Vision Guide which includes several well written
articles on aspects of low vision.
EyeHelp is a British web site
with articles on the general subject of eye health and eye care.
Some articles refer to specific aspects of the British National Health
Service, but other articles are of general interest.
on Success produces a weekly radio show/free
podcast on topics related to vision loss.
You can listen to the current and previous shows
from their web site.