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- Blind Industries and Services of
Maryland (BISM) is a not-for-profit organization offering
rehabilitation programs, employment opportunities, and services
for blind and low vision people of all ages.
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.
- The DC
Council of the Blind is the
local DC affiliate of the
Council of the Blind.
- Envision Technology, offering solutions for people with special needs
of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped accept donations from individuals and
other private sources and use the money to support
programs at the Maryland
State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Among the programs funded by Friends are the
B. Williamson Braille Literacy Awards.
- 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.
- National Federation of the Blind Of Maryland
is the local affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. Check
the web site for announcements of upcoming local programs,
among other things. Select the
& Divisions" link to find the local chapter nearest you.
- Prevention of Blindness Society
of Metropolitan Washington (POB). Among other things, POB
sponsors frequent informational events on various topics around
the metropolitan area. Visit the POB web site for more
information or to subscribe to the free monthly e-mail newsletter.
- 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
- Top Banana
is a non-profit grocery home delivery service with
a needs-based fee schedule.
- The University of Maryland Medical
Center's Medical Reference web site includes more than 50,000 pages
of medically-reviewed health content written in consumer-friendly language.
- Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually
Impaired, whose mission is to empower blind, visually impaired,
and deafblind individuals to achieve their maximum level of employment,
education, and personal independence.
- Virginia Department
for Aging and Rehabilitative
Services provides services to help Virginians with disabilities become
more independent and self-sufficient.
- Washington Ear reads THE WASHINGTON POST via radio and telephone
- The Washington
Volunteer Readers for the Blind convert
books and magazines to audio format to supplement
the Talking Book program for D.C. residents.
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Video Services at WGBH
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.
- Assistive Media, an audio literary service
- 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.
is a web site including, among other things, a list of suggested resources
for visually impaired job
seekers and a list of vendors of assistive devices.
- Learning Ally,
formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, produces and
distributes audio versions of books and other material, especially
textbooks and other educational material.
- Library of Congress, which offers the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- The Hadley School for the
Blind (1-800-526-9909) offers distance education courses on
Macular Degeneration and other subjects.
- The MoneyGeek.com
web site includes a
guide for students with disabilities,
including a section specifically for
visually impaired students.
- The Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, M.D.
Center for the Visually Impaired (formerly the Blind Association
of Western New York) Provides services in the Buffalo, N.Y., vicinity,
and includes the
National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service that
provides physically disabled individuals and those who are blind
or visually impaired with job training for the hospitality industry.
Guide for the Physically Blind is
another on-line list of resources of
potential interest to the visually