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These resources are listed in alphabetical order and divided by ranges of letters. You may skip to a particular range by clicking on any of the following links:

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American Council of the Blind

ACB strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people. www.acb.org

Phone: 1-202-467-5081

American Foundation for the Blind

"We're the dreamers and the doers, improving the lives of the more than 20 million Americans who experience blindness or vision loss by amplifying those voices and ensuring equitable access for all." www.afb.org


Bookshare makes reading easier. Access a huge collection of ebooks for people with reading barriers. www.bookshare.org

Breast Cancer Support Group

For questions, call Lori Scharff at 516-887-1336, or lorischarff@gmail.com


Information on business plans, Assistive speech-accessible technology, marketing strategies, funding, training, networking and more - all tailored specifically for entrepreneurs with vision impairments and other disabilities www.business.com/articles/resources-business-disabilities/

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California Council of the Blind

California Council of the Blind is a non-profit tax-exempt organization composed primarily of Californians who are blind or have low vision. www.ccbnet.org

Toll-Free in California: 800-221-6359

Outside California: 916-441-2100

Career Guide for People With Disabilities from Novoresume.com [Updated 2020].

Classical Guitar Using Braille—Let's Play

With Let's Play, people who are blind or visually impaired can take lessons, and read music using Braille. www.texasstandard.org/stories/new-web-app-teaches-classical-guitar-using-braille/

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)

CCLVI is an advocacy membership organization for people with low vision ability. The monthly "Let's Talk Low Vision" conferences from CCLVI can be accessed at http://ltlv.cclvi.org/ or call 844-460-0625

County of Santa Clara - Office of Emergency Services


Contact: Patty Eaton

Public Risk Communication Officer

Office of the County Executive

55 West Younger Avenue, Suite 450, San Jose, CA 95110-1721

Office: 408-808-7818 Cell: 408-386-3055


CSUN, California State University, Northridge

Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference. www.csun.edu/cod/, 818-677-4929

Disability Air Travel: Information for Seniors & Disabled

Disability Remodeling - What is the Average Cost to Renovate? (You may have to close a pop-up.)

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Ears For Eyes

A nonprofit public charity. We provide, free of charge, audio lessons that teach Adaptive daily living skills to the vision impaired and their caregivers. www.earsforeyes.info

Exercises To Try At Home For Disabled People

When you live with a physical disability or illness, keeping fit can be difficult. From the Huffington Post.

Fire Safety for People with Disabilities: A How-To Guide for Prevention and Evacuation

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind empowers lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities. www.guidedogs.com, 800-295-4050

Guide Dog Users, Inc.

Guide Dog Users, Inc. Publishes "A Handbook to Help People Who Are Blind Decide If the Guide Dog Lifestyle is Right for Them." Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI), the largest membership and advocacy organization representing guide dog handlers in the United States, is pleased to announce the recent publication of a revised handbook for perspective guide dog users which shares comprehensive information about acquiring and using a guide dog for safe and independent travel. "A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler" is available as an E-book and in print from Amazon.com, Smashwords, and other online sellers. Visit this link for further information and to explore options for purchase:


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Hidden Talent - How Leading Companies Hire, Retain, and Benefit from People with Disabilities

Edited by Mark L. Lengnick-Hall https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0275992896

Legislative Hotlines - current issues for blind persons:


1-800-221-6359, after 5 PM and weekends


1-800-424-8666, 3-9 PM and weekends

Lighthouse For the Blind and Visually Impaired

Promote the equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or visually impaired through rehabilitation training, employment placement, Enchanted Hills Camp and other relevant services. www.Lighthouse-sf.org, 415-431-1481.

Making Meetings Accessible for Colleagues with Disabilities

If you're working with a colleague with a disability in a new capacity, you probably have questions about how to address their needs. You and your organization can easily make accommodations for your colleague, whether you're working with them remotely or in person. Here's how to respectfully hold meetings with or onboard a disabled colleague. https://www.conferencecalling.com/blog/help-colleagues-with-disabilities-in-meetings

Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know

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National Braille Press

Supports a lifetime of opportunity for blind children through braille literacy and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs. www.nbp.org/, 617-266-6160 or 888-965-8965

Navigating Learning Disabilities and the Cost for Treatment

Simple Dollar's guide that outlines how to afford out of pocket treatment costs, and provides information on specific rights and services offered to families of children with learning disabilities. www.thesimpledollar.com/navigating-learning-disabilities-and-the-cost-for-treatment/

Online Shopping For Consumers With Disabilities

From "wikibuy" a blog guide designed to help people with vision impairment and other common disabilities regain their independence by shopping online. The resources mentioned will help individuals with low vision, colorblindness, or dyslexia have a positive online user experience by helping them read what's on their computer, tablet, or smartphone screen. https://wikibuy.com/blog/online-shopping-for-consumers-with-disabilities-f45fffeeb5c2

Online Writer's Group for the Blind

Our goal is to improve the quality of our writing by sharing and discussing our work with each other. If you are a lover of fine writing, we encourage you to join us. Even if you're not an author yourself, you can help by critiquing.

We have created a mailing list, WritersRetreat on groups.io. There you can post any writing you wish the group to discuss. To subscribe to the group, send email to writersretreat+subscribe@groups.io. The direct link to the group is groups.io/g/writersretreat/topics.

Research Opportunities—tbd

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Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)

A non-profit, non-residential organization which serves all people with all types of disabilities, including seniors with disabling conditions, who live in Santa Clara County. www.svilc.org, 408-894-9041

Transportation Options for Seniors Who Don't Drive

VISTA Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Empowers individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. www.vistacenter.org

1-650-858-0202 or 800-660-2009

2500 El Camino Real, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94306


VTA ensures a comparable paratransit service is provided to eligible individuals with disabilities who cannot use conventional public transit service due to their physical, visual or cognitive disabilities. Read to learn more about paratransit Service, eligibility, and how to apply.

VTA Access: Call 408-321-2380. After dialing the VTA Access number, press 1 for English or press 0 for an agent and you'll get the recording you need. Then press 1 to schedule a ride, 2 to cancel a ride, 3 for status of a ride (late vehicle), and 4 for general info and client account info. With complaints, concerns, or compliments: call Robert Gebo at 408-321-5954.

Your Guide to the Disability Process

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