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Helen Keller -- 1880 - 1968

Specialists providing low vision services include ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians along with special service organizations.

The specialists and selected resources included in this directory help individuals with low vision make the most of their remaining sight in all areas of their lives

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Sue Levine, LDO, FNAO

Madison Avenue Optical
1101 Madison Avenue,  #600
Seattle, Washington 98104-1340



Fax: 206.215.2047


Bloomington MN Anne W Towey , MD   (612) 993-2430
Concord NH T Gordon Hand , MD   (603) 224-2020
San Francisco CA  Daniel C Schainholz , MD (415) 431-1481


Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted
Phone:  206.525.5556
    Fax:   206.525.0422

9709 Third Avenue NE, #100
Seattle, Washington 98115-2027

   Email:        [email protected]
Visit Website:     www.csbps.com

http://www.hki.org                                                                                     Helen Keller

90 Washington Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY USA 10006 Tel.212-943-0890, ext.838   Fax.212-943-1220

E-mail: [email protected]

Selected Low Vision Resources

General Information
Print and Audio Materials


Choosing Eyeglasses with an Optician
Choosing Glasses

Low Vision Aids
Low Vision Aids

Low Vision Monitor
Low Vision Monitor

This list provides examples of available resources and we welcome suggestions for additions.
These resources may also be able to refer you to services in your area.
Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by EyeSearch.

General Information

American Academy of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
(415) 561-8500
• Provides brochures on low vision and other eye problems.

American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street, N.W., Suite 720
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-5081
[email protected]
• Offers a wide variety of services to visually impaired persons with emphasis on employment opportunities. Publishes the Braille Forum.

American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 30
New York, NY 10001
(212) 502-7600
[email protected]
• Offers consultation services to eye care, rehabilitation, and education professionals. Serves as a national clearinghouse for information about blindness and visual impairment. Provides referrals to low vision centers. Maintains regional offices throughout the country.

Regional Offices:

(404) 525-2303 - Atlanta, GA
(312) 245-9961 - Chicago, IL
(214) 352-7222 - Dallas, TX
(212) 502-7657 - New York, NY
(415) 392-4845 - San Francisco, CA
(202) 457-1487 - Washington, DC

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American Optometric Association
243 Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 991-4100
[email protected]
• Provides brochures on low vision and other eye problems.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
5707 Brockton Drive, Suite 302
Indianapolis, IN 46220-5481
(317) 254-1332
• Serves as an advocacy group for the visually impaired. Provides information on low vision technology. Publishes the CCLV News.

The Lighthouse
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 821-9200
(212) 821-9713 (TDD)
[email protected]
• Offers a comprehensive selection of large print materials, talking products, and related specialty items for people with visual impairments. (Aids and devices are available through catalog sales or by visiting a store located in Manhattan.) Serves as a national clearinghouse for information on vision and aging. Provides information on the developmental needs of children with visual impairments.

National Association for the Visually Handicapped
22 W. 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-3141
[email protected]
• Serves as a clearinghouse for information about all services available to the partially-sighted from public and private sources. Conducts self-help groups. Provides information on large print books, textbooks, and educational tools.

National Federation for the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
1-800-638-7518 - Job Opportunities
• Provides a wide variety of services to visually impaired people. Publishes the Braille Monitor and Future Reflections. Distributes a catalog of publications available in large print, braille, or audiocassette, and a catalog of aids and appliances.

Resources for Rehabilitation
33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02173
(617) 862-6455
[email protected]
• Offers training programs for public and professionals on coping with low vision. Distributes materials on coping with low vision.

120 Wall Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 425-2255
• Offers free services to anyone over age 55 with vision problems. Services include self-help study kits, counseling, professional support systems, consumer workshops, and an information center.

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Print and Audio Materials

National Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
[email protected]
• Provides free library service to individuals with visual impairments. Offers braille and large print materials and recorded books and periodicals.

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
• Provides free subscriptions to Reader's Digest, Newsweek and other magazines on disposable audiocassettes. Provides Reader's Digest in braille.

Associated Services for the Blind
919 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600
• Provides subscriptions (for a nominal fee) to magazines such as: Family Circle, Fortune, Smithsonian, Science News, and others.

Braille Circulating Library, Inc.
2700 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 359-3771
(804) 359-3743
• Loans braille materials, talking books, audiocassettes, and large print Christian materials.

Choice Magazine Listening
85 Channel Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883-8280
• Offers selected articles from popular print magazines on special-speed, 4-track audiocassette, six times each year. Free service nationwide.

Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
P.O. Box 6097
Lincoln, NE 68516
(402) 488-0981
• Provides a lending library of books in braille, and large print materials, disks, and cassette tapes.

Jewish Braille Institute of America
110 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525
• Provides talking books, braille and large-print books, a circulating library and a public education program. Offers counseling and referrals to low vision care in the U.S.

John Milton Society for the Blind
475 Riverside Drive, Room 455
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3335
• Provides free Christian literature in braille, audiocassette, and large type.

New York Times/Large Type Weekly
229 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 556-1234
1-800-631-2580 (California only)
• Offers subscriptions to the New York Times.

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Reader's Digest Large Type Publications
P.O. Box 241
Mount Morris, IL 61054
(815) 734-6963
• Offers subscriptions to Reader's Digest in large type.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic - Headquarters
The Anne T. MacDonald Center
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 452-0606
• Provides free cassette tapes, textbooks for students, and materials needed for occupational pursuits.

Recording for the Blind Regional Offices
(415) 493-3717 - California
(212) 557-5720 - New York

Talking Tapes for the Blind
3015 S. Brentwood Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63144-2715
(314) 968-2557
• Provides textbooks on audiocassettes for students who are blind or visually impaired

Vision Foundation, Inc.
818 Mt. Auburn Street
Watertown, MA 02172
(617) 926-4232
1-800-852-3029 (Massachusetts only)
• Publishes a catalog of materials available in large print and on audiocassette.

Xavier Society for the Blind
154 E. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 473-7800
• Serves as the National Catholic Lending Library and Publishing House. Publishes The Xavier Review in braille, large print, and audiocassette.

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Job Opportunities for the Blind
National Center for the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314

Occupational Information Library for the Blind
Upshaw Institute for the Blind
16625 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48227
(313) 272-3900

Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 371-8880

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Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada, 24th edition (1993)
American Foundation for the Blind
c/o American Book Center
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 852-9873

Living with Low Vision: A Resource Guide for People with Sight Loss, 5th edition (1998)
Resources for Rehabilitation
33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02173
[email protected]
(617) 862-6455

Rehabilitation Resource Manual: VISION, 4th edition (1993)
Resources for Rehabilitation
33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A
Lexington, MA 02173
(617) 862-6455

Aging and Vision--Directory of Programs and Services for Older Adults With Impaired Vision (1996)
The Lighthouse, Inc.
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 821-9200

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