BIRD 2012-2013
(Blind Interest Resource Directory)

Table of Contents

1 Arts-Music Entertainment:

1.1 21st Century Comm & Video Access Act of 2010 (CVAA) www.fcc.gov/guides/video-description
Audio Description Project
202-467-5083
www.acb.org/adp

1.2 Described - Live Theatre:

1.2.1 AudioVision
408-265-2203
www.audiovision.org

1.2.2 Theater Works Visual Voice
650-463-1960

1.3 Described - Movie Theaters: AMC:
888-262-4386

1.3.1 Bay Street 16:
Emeryville
510-457-9003

1.3.2 Cupertino Square 16:
408-252-5960

1.3.3 Eastridge Mall 15: San Jose
408-274-2274

1.3.4 Mercado 20: Santa Clara
408-919-0282

1.3.5 Metreon 16: SF
415-369-6207

1.3.6 Regal Jack London Square: Oakland
510-433-1325

1.3.7 Rialto Theatre: El Cerrito
510-528-8759

1.3.8 Saratoga 14: San Jose
408-871-2277

1.3.9 Van Ness 14: SF
415 674-4630

1.4 Northern CA Entertainment and Recreation List:
415-694-7322
bberenson@lighthouse-sf.org

1.5 Described Movies - TV at Home:

1.5.1 Blue Rose Videos
415-492-1885
www.bluerosevideos.com

1.5.2 KQED described list
415-864-2000

1.5.3 Libraries - www.smcl.org/en/catalog
www.santaclaracountylib.org/electronic_library

1.5.4 Media Access Group at WGBH
617-300-3600

1.5.5 Movies for the Blind
moviesfortheblind.com

1.5.6 Narrative Television Network
800-801-8184

1.5.7 Texas Center for Visually Challenged - Movie program
972-530-2949

1.6 Music:

1.6.1 ACB Radio (Mainstream ..)
www.acbradio.org

1.6.2 ACB Friends in Art MIDI magazine
midimag-subscribe@midimag.org

1.6.3 Dancing Dots
610.783-6692

1.6.4 Finale Music (software)
800-843-2066

1.6.5 Music Ed. Network for Visually Impaired (MENVI)
818-704-3819
www.menvi.org

1.6.6 Music for the Blind
888-778-1828

1.6.7 Natl Lib Service for Blind-Music
800-424-8567
www.loc.gov/nls/music

1.6.8 Natl Resource Center for Blind Musicians
203-366-3300
www.blindmusicstudent.org

1.6.9 Rhapsody Blind
www.rhapsodyblind.com

1.6.10 Rocksmith guitar
www.startteachingguitar.com

1.6.11 Stephens Music (LPrint)
888-714-4419
www.stephensmusicpub.com

1.7 Radio Online plus: [see 1.6]

1.7.1 CCLVI Low Vision Dr. Bill Broadcasts live
218-339-2699 Code 764516#

1.7.2 Fear You Can Hear (old time radio free for the blind/vip)
fearyoucanhear.com

1.7.3 HandiHams (Ham Radio for disabled)
866-426-3442
www.handiham.org

1.7.4 Stephen Jolly (sport streams)
members.optusnet.com.au/stephenjolley

1.7.5 Radio Look Up
www.billsparks.org

1.7.6 ViewPoints (podcasts: people with low vision)
http://viewpointsplus.net

1.8 Reading Materials in Alternate Media:

1.8.1 Bay Area Public Libraries - check out/download: L'h3>

1.8.1.1 Santa Clara County Library 24/7
www.santaclaracountylib.org/electronic_library

1.8.1.2 Palo Alto - 6 branches
650-329-2436

1.8.1.3 Menlo Park Library
650-330-2500

1.8.1.4 Mountain View Library
650-903-6887

1.8.1.5 Redwood City Library
650-780-7018

1.8.2 AIRS-LA:-Internet Read Service
www.airsla.org

1.8.3 Audio Editions
800-231-4261

1.8.4 Books Aloud
408-808-2613
www.booksaloud.org

1.8.5 Choice Magazine Listening
888-724-6423

1.8.6 Newsreel Magazine
888-723-8737

1.8.7 Tantor Media Inc
877-782-6867
www.tantor.com
[note Braille books moved to Brl section 3]

1.8.8 Large Print Books:
1.8.8.1 DoubleDay LPrt
www.doubledaylargeprint.com

1.8.8.2 Huge Print Press
972-701-8288

1.8.8.3 LRS LPrint School Books
800-255-5002

1.8.8.4 NY Times LPrint Ed.
800-698-4637

1.8.8.5 Random House LPrint Books
212-780-9000

1.8.8.6 Reader's Digest LPrint Ed.
800-310-2181

1.9 Multiple media: [see 1.5 1.8]

1.9.1 American Printing House for Blind (APH)
Newswk, Louis Data Base
800-223-1839
www.aph.org

1.9.2 Bookshare
650-644-3400
www.bookshare.org

1.9.3 CA Braille & Talking Book Library
800-952-5666
www.btbl.library.ca.gov/klasweb

1.9.3 Dialog Magazine, BlindSkills Inc
800-860-4224

1.9.4 Learning Ally (RFB&D)
800-221-4792
www.learningally.org

1.9.5 Lib of Congress Natl Lib Service
800-424-8567

1.9.6 Librivox
librivox.org/public-domain

1.9.7 Read How You Want
800-797-9277

1.9.8 Thought Audio.com
thoughtaudio.com

1.9.9 Matilda Ziegler (mag)
www.matildaziegler.com

2 Advocacy & Membership Organizations:

2.1 Agencies - Associations:

2.1.1 Amer Assoc People with Disabilities
800-840-8844
www.aapd.com

2.1.2 Amer Foundation for Blind (AFB)
800-232-5463
www.afb.org

2.1.3 Acad-Certification of Vision & Rehab & Ed Professionals (ACVREP)
520-887-6816

2.1.4 Disability Rights CA
800-776-5746 2.1.5 Job Accommodation Netwrk (JAN) 800-526-7234
askjan.org

2.1.6 Natl Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
800-438-9376
www.nationaldb.org

2.1.7 Parents Helping Parents
855-727-5775
www.php.com

2.1.8 Project Vision
866-367-5361
www.proyectovision.net

2.1.9 Senior Legal Hotline (age 60+)
800-222-1753
www.seniorlegalhotline.org

2.1.10 Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
408-894-9041
www.svilc.org

2.1.11 Through the Looking Glass
800-644-2666

2.1.12 Video Description Research & Develop Center (VDRDC)
415-345-2113
www.vdrdc.org

2.1.13 World Institute on Disability (WID)
510-225-6400

2.2 Membership Organizations:

2.2.1 Amer Assoc. Deaf-Blind
301-495-4403
www.aadb.org

2.2.2 Amer Council of the Blind (ACB)
800-424-8666
www.acb.org

2.2.3 Assoc. -Ed & Rehab of Blind & Visually Impaired (AER)
877-492-2708
www.aerbvi.org

2.2.4 Assoc. for Retinopathy of Prematurity & Related Diseases (ROPARD)
800-788-2020
www.ropard.org

2.2.5 Blinded Veterans Assoc. (BVA)
800-669-7079
www.bva.org

2.2.6 CA Assoc. Orientation & Mobility Specialities (CAOMS)
caoms.org

2.2.7 CA Council of the Blind (CCB)
800-221-6359
www.ccbnet.org

2.2.8 CA Council of Citizens with Low Vision (CCCLV)
800-733-2258
www.cclvi.org

2.2.9 Natl Assoc. for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment (NAPVI)
800-562-6265

2.2.10 Natl Federation of Blind (NFB)
410-659-9314
www.nfb.org

2.2.11 Silicon Valley Council of the Blind (SVCB) 888-652-5333
www.svcb.cc

2.3 Disability Law:

2.3.1 American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)
800-514-0301
www.ada.gov

2.3.2 Department of Justice (DOJ)
202-307-6026
www.usdoj.gov

2.3.3 Disability.gov
800-772-1213

2.3.4 Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
510-665-8644
< href="http://www.dralegal.org">www.dralegal.org

2.3.5 Disability Rights Legal Center
866-999-3752

2.3.6 State of CA Depart Fair Employment & Housing
800-884-1684
www.dfeh.ca.gov

2.4 Research Organizations: [see 10]

2.4.1 Center - Assistive Tech & Environ Access (CATEA)
404-894-4960
www.catea.gatech.edu

2.4.2 Doheny Eye Institute USC
323-442-6522
www.doheny.org

2.4.3 Found Fighting Blindness (FFB)
800-683-5555
www.blindness.org

2.4.4 Found Retinal Research (TFRR)
224-927-5063

2.4.5 Glaucoma Research Found
800-826-6693
www.glaucoma.org

2.4.6 Harris Family Center-Disability & Health Policy
909-469-5441
www.cdihp.org

2.4.7 Institute for Blind Navigation
989-737-5306
www.wayfinding.net

2.4.8 Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases
800-215-467

2.4.9 Jules Stein Eye Instit
310-825-5000
www.jsei.org

2.4.10 Keratoconus Found
310-623-4466
www.nkcf.org

2.4.11 Prevent Blindness America
800-338-3041

2.4.12 Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Instit
415-345-2000
www.ski.org

2.4.13 Stanford Ophthalmology
650-723-6995
ophthalmology.stanford.edu

2.4.14 UCSF Ophthal--
415-353-2800
ucsfeye.net

3 Braille:

3.1 Books, Literacy: [see 1.9]

3.1.1 CA Braille & Talking Book Library
800-952-5666

3.1.2 Braille Transcription Project
408-298-4468 (lib+ production)
www.brailleproject.org

3.1.3 Natl Braille Press (NBP)
888-965-8965
www.nbp.org

3.1.4 Seedlings (brl/print books for kids)
800-777-8552
www.seedlings.org

3.2 Braille Miscellaneous: (gifts, cards, jewelry)

3.2.1 At First Sight Brl Fashion Jewelry
214-675-4061

3.2.2 Heartsight Cards
269-779-2216

3.3 Braille Home Production: [see 4.2]

3.3.1 Braille Institute
www.brailleinstitute.org

3.3.2 Perkins Products
617-924-3434

3.3.3 Independent Living Aids (ILA) (paper, slates)
800-537-2118
www.independentliving.com

3.3.4 Maxi Aids
800-522-6294
www.maxiaids.com

3.3.5 Sterling Adaptives (brl displays embossers)
415-878-2922
www.sterlingadaptives.com

3.4 Commercial Braille Production-Transcription:

3.4.1 Amer Printing House APH [see 1.9]

3.4.2 Amer Thermoform Corp.
800-331-3676

3.4.3 Braille Plus
866-264-2345
www.brailleplus.net

3.4.4 Cat's Meow Braille Transcription
316-619-4750

3.5 Braille-based Technical Devices - PDA and Notebooks, computer access--Braille Sense etc [see 4.2]

4 Sources of Accessible Items:

4.1 Agency Connected stores:

4.1.1 Braille Institute [see 3]

4.1.2 Lighthouse Adaptations Store
888-400-8933
www.lighthouse-sf.org

4.1.3 Oregon Commission-Blind (OCB)
888-202-5463

4.1.4 Society for the Blind Store
916-452-8271 ext 302
www.societyfortheblind.org

4.1.5 Vista Center The Store
800-660-2009 [see Dosclamer/contacts]

4.2 Computer Access: [see 3.3 4.3 8]

4.2.1 Screen Readers--Jaws, Window Eyes, Apple VoiceOver, NVDA, Thunder, Satogo; Screen Magnifiers-0ZoomText Magic, WinZoom; PDA--Note Takers--BrailleNote, Apex BrailleSense, VoiceNote, PAC Mate ...

4.2.1.1 Access Ingenuity
877-579-4380 (retailer)
www.accessingenuity.com

4.2.1.2 Ai Squared
800-859-0270 (producer-ZoomText)
www.aisquared.com

4.2.1.3 Apple
800-MY APPLE (692-7753) (prod/retail)
www.apple.com

4.2.1.4 Freedom Scientific
800-444-4443 (prod-Jaws)
www.freedomscientific.com

4.2.1.5 GW Micro
260-489-3671 (prod-WindowEyes)
www.gwmicro.com

4.2.1.6 Innovative Rehabilitation Tech Inc. (IRTI)
800-322-4784 (prod/retail)
www.irti.net

4.2.1.7 RL & Assoc.
866-339-1180 (package,support)
www.rla.com

4.3 Non-Visual Reading Devices: [see 1.9 4.1 4.2 8]

4.3.1 Audio-Talking book Readers--VictorReader Stream, Intel reader, NLS Digital book player, PlexTalk Pocket, BookPort, BookSense

4.3.1.1 CA Brl & Talk Book Lib
800-952-5666 [see 3.1]

4.3.1.2 HIMS--Human Info Manage..Sys
888-520-4467 (prod/retail)
www.hims-inc.com

4.3.1.3 HumanWare
800-722-3393 (Prod/retail)
www.humanware.com

4.3.2 OCR--Optical Character Recognition systems, DaVinci Kurzweil, Pearl/Open Book [see 4.2 4.7]

4.3.2.1 Kurzweil Ed. Products
800-547-6747 (prod)

4.3.3 Oehm Electronics (Optacon repairs)
408-971-6250

4.4 Smart Phones: Talking Mp3, talking GPS, Text to MP3 Convert: Android, IPhone 4S, iPod Touch, Nano, Treker Breeze, Text Aloud [see 4.2, 8]

4.4.1 Accessible Electronics
727-498-0121 (prod/retail)

4.4.2 Blindsight
510-698-2030 (prod)

4.4.3 Sendero Group
888-757-6810 (prod/retail GPS)

4.4.4 TextAloud (prod)
www.nextup.com

4.5 Daily Living Devices: clocks games kitchen sun-glasses organize writing; see Agency stores [4.1]

4.5.1 ILA
800-537-2118
www.independentliving.com

4.5.2 LSS
800-466-4789
www.lssproducts.com

4.5.3 Maxi Aids
800-522-6294
www.maxiaids.com

4.5.4 Speak to Me
800-248-9965

4.5.5 Canes [see 4.1 4.5]

4.5.5.1 Rainshine Cane
608-257-9330 (rigid, fiberglass)

4.5.5.2 Revolution Enterprises
800-382-5132 [graphite) (prod/repair)
www.advantagecanes.com

4.5.5.3 Other Brands include: Hi-core, Mahler, Reizen, RNIB, Spirit, WCIB; Tips include ceramic, metal, nylon glide, roller, rover wheel. Search Google

4.5.6 Crafts and Sewing

4.5.6.1 Clotilde
800-545-4002
www.clotilde.com

4.5.6.2 Lion Brand Yarn
800-258-9276

4.6 Lighting: [see 4.5]

4.6.1 Berryessa Designs
www.berryessadesigns.com

4.6.2 Jasper Ridge-VisionEdge
650-804-5040
http://jasperridge.net

4.6.3 Lampcrart
800-277-5527 (LED music)

4.7 Video Magnification: DaVinci, Merlin, Pebble, SenseView, Mano, SmartView, Super Nova, Eclipse Touch, Clearview, WinZoom, Optelec [see 4.2]

4.7.1 A.T Kratter
800-310-3938
www.yourdolphin.com

4.7.2 Enchanced Vision Systems
888-811-3161

4.7.3 Freedom Vision Magnification Center
800-961-1334
www.freedomvision.net

4.7.4 J Bliss Low Vision Systems
888-452-5477
www.jbliss.com

4.7.5 Read Again
888-322-5949
www.readagain.org

4.7.6 Vision Anew (pre-owned CCTV rentals)
800-355-0428
info@preownedcctvs.com

4.8 Low Vision Devices: hand magnifiers eyeware telescopes: [see 4.6 4.7]

4.8.1 Bundy Optical San Mateo
650-344-4232

4.8.2 Mons Internatl
800-541-7903

4.8.3 Optical Shoppe Sunnyvale
408-773-8388

4.8.4 Palo Alto Eye Works
650-327-5665

4.8.5 Vista Center
800-660-2009 [see Disclaimer/contacks]

4.9 Multiple Categories: [see 4.2 4.3 4.5]

4.9.1 AFB Manufactures list: category, task, company
www.afb.org/prodBrowseManufacturer.asp

4.9.2 Bargains for the Blind

4.9.3 Bay Area Digital (medical equip)
415-217-6667
www.bayareadigital.us

4.9.4 Blind Mice Mart
713-893 7277

4.9.5 Blind Treasures e-mail list
804-726-8900

5 Specialized Blind Skills Training & Education:

5.1 Distance Learning: self-paced or instructor:

5.1.1 AFB Braille Bug
www.afb.org/braillebug

5.1.2 Access Tech Institute
www.blindtraining.com

5.1.3 Bioptic Driving USA
317-844-0919

5.1.4 Blind Access Training
509-396-1646

5.1.5 Carroll Center for Blind (diab class)
800-852-3131
http://carroll.org/online-courses

5.1.6 Cisco Academy for Vision impaired (tech remote live log in)
www.ciscovision.org

5.1.7 DeWitt & Associates (comp train)
877-447-6500
www.4dewitt.com

5.1.8 Lighthouse of Houston
713-284-8445

5.1.9 Phone training--Windows/Apple device
260-307-2766
raul@raulgallegos.com

5.2 Local Specialized Blind Skills Training:

5.2.1 AdaptiveTech Service
866-564-6650
www.adaptivetec.com

5.2.2 Center for the Partially Sighted
310-988-1970
low-vision.org

5.2.3 Center Vision Enhancement (COVE)
209-722-8118

5.2.4 East Bay Center for the Blind
510-843-6935

5.2.5 Earle Baum Center
707-523-3222

5.2.6 Foley, Trish O&M
408-243-7688

5.2.7 Hatlen Center (Living Skills Center)
510-234-4984
www.hcblind.org

5.2.8 Helen Keller Nat Center Deaf-Blind
516-944-8900
www.hknc.org

5.2.9 Lighthouse of SF
415-694-7322 [see 4.1]

5.2.10 Lions Center for Blind of Oakland
510-450-1580
www.lbcenter.org

5.2.11 Orientation Center for Blind (OCB)
510-559-1208

5.2.12 Santa Clara Valley Blind Center
408-295-4016
www.visionbeyondsight.org

5.2.13 School of Piano Tech for Blind
360-693-1511
www.pianotuningschool.org

5.2.14 Summer Transition Ed Program (STEP)
510-794-3800
www.csb-cde.ca.gov

5.2.15 Valley Center for Blind Fresno
559-222-4447

5.2.16 Vision Impaired Persons Support
209-522-8477

5.2.17 Vista Center for Blind & Visually Impaired [see Disclaimer/contacts]

5.2.18 Western Blind Rehab Center (WBRC)
800-455-0057

5.3 Self Help Products and Services:

5.3.1 Nat Help Desk (Assist Tech help)
888-825-0080
http://chicagolighthouse.org

5.3.2 Tech Access Weekly (podcasts)
http://techaccessweekly.com

5.3.3 Top Dot Enterprises (tech letter)
425-296-1744

5.3.4 Vision Aware (resources-products/services)
www.visionaware.org

5.4 Dog Guide - Schools & Organizations:

5.4.1 Guide Dogs for Blind San Rafael
800-295-4050

5.4.2 Guide Dogs of Amer (GDA) Sylmar
818-362-5834

5.4.3 Guide Dogs of the Desert International
888-883-0022

5.4.4 Guide Dog Users Inc (GDUI)
866-799-8436
www.gdui.org

5.5 Dog Guide - Products & Service:

5.5.1 Doctors Foster & Smith
800-381-7179

5.5.2 Doggie Walk Bags (odorless)
877-364-2247

5.5.3 Doodle Scoopers
412-693-3043

5.5.4 Handiworks
800-331-6123
www.handiworks.com

5.5.5 Ruff Wear
888-783-3932
www.ruffwear.com

5.5.6 Seeing Eye Online Store
800-539-4425


6 Vision Care:

6.1 Low Vision Professional Services:

6.1.1 Almaden Family Optometric Center
408-997-2020
www.almadeneyecare.com

6.1.2 Eye Medical Clinic
408-869-3402
www.eyemedicalclinic.com

6.1.3 Dr. Karin Meng
408-245-2020

6.1.4 Silicon Valley Eye Care
408-296-0511
www.sve.com

6.1.5 Vista Center - Low Vision Clinic [see see Disclaimer/contacts]

6.2 Support: [see 2 5.2 6.1]

6.2.1 Apple Access
877-204-3930
www.apple.com/support

6.2.2 Blind-aid
blind-aid-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

6.2.3 Deaf/Blind
www.deaflinx.com/resources
resource-guide-deaf-blind.html

6.2.4 Deaf-blind Think Tank
dbtt.org

6.2.5 Diabetics in Action
acb-diabetics-subscribe@acb.org

6.2.6 Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
lca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
www.tfrr.org

6.2.7 Low Vision Gateway - Resource Links
www.lowvision.org

6.2.8 Magnets & Ladders (writers with disabilities)
www.magnetsandladders.org

6.2.9 Sasi (sight/sound impaired)
sasi@acb.org

6.2.10 Senior Center without Walls 877-797-7299

6.2.11 Uveitis Support
617-494-1431

6.2.12 Vision Aware Message Boards [see 5.4]

6.3 Eye Care & Prescription Financial Aid: [see 8.3]


7 Recreation:

7.1 Audio and Computer Games:

7.1.1 7-128 Software Games
978-745-0160

7.1.2 Driftwood
www.blind-games.com

7.1.3 Jim@kitchensinc.net
www.kitchensinc.net

7.2 Bay Area Climbers - list indoor rock climbing
www.bayareaclimbers.com/gyms.html

7.3 Bay Area Outreach Rec Prog (BORP)
510-849-4663
www.borp.org

7.4 Birding site
www.nhest.org/birds.html

7.5 Bowling:

7.5.1 Amer Blind Bowling Assn. (ABBA)
919-621-1707
www.abba1951.org/events.htm 7.5.2 Bowling: Santa Clara
Tom Keiser
408-249-1721

7.6 Camping:

7.6.1 Amer Camp Asso. Directory CA (special needs)
www.acacampus.org

7.6.2 Camp Costanoan
408-867-1115

7.6.3 Camp Krem
510-222-6662

7.6.4 Easter Seal Camp
800-400-0617

7.6.5 Enchanted Hills for Blind
415-431-1481 [see 5.2]

www.acacampus.org

7.7.2 Dance 10
510-522-5678
www.dance10.org

7.8 Fishing Licenses CA Dept Fish-Game-Free
916-928-5805

7.9 Horse Back Riding:

7.9.1 Bay Area Equestrian Network
800-943-8883

7.9.2 Horses in CA
415-221-9438
www.horsesinca.com

7.9.3 Skyline Therapeutic Riding Prog
510-336-0850
www.skyline-ranch.com

7.10 Kayak-Surf, Water Ski, Rafting

7.10.1 Disabled Sports USA Far West
530-581-4161
www.dsusafw.org

7.10.2 Environmental Traveling Companions
415-474-7662
www.etctrips.org

7.10.3 Ride-a-Wave
831-216-6034
www.rideawave.org

7.10.4 Visions
800-352-2290
www.juniorblind.org

7.10.5 Wilderness Inquiry
800-728-0719

7.11 Martial Arts-Self-Defense:

7.11.1 Abada-Capoeira (m-arts center)
415-206-0650
www.abada.org

7.11.2 Academy of Taekwondo
415-864-4827
www.academyoftkd.com

7.11.3 Blind Judo Foundation
650-589-0724
www.blindjudofoundation.org

7.11.4 KidPower
www.kidpower.org

7.12 Natl Beep Baseball Assn. (NBBA)
507-208-8383
www.nbba.org

7.13 Sailing:

7.13.1 Adaptive Sailing Prog-Treasure Island
415-421-2225
tisailing.org

7.13.2 Bay Area Assoc. Disabled Sailors
415-281-0212
www.baads.org

7.14 Snow Skiing: [see 7.10]

7.14.1 Discovery Blind Sports-Tahoe
209-258-2233
www.discoveryblindsports.org

7.14.2 Heavenly Mt Ski Resort
800-432-8365

7.14.3 Ski for Light
618-827-3232
www.sfl.org
Sierra Regional Ski for Light
srsfl.org

7.15 Tandem Bicycling:

7.15.1 Double Vision Tandem Club-WBRC
650-852-3431
elizabeth.jessen@va.gov
[see 5.2]

7.15.2 Tandem Bicycling in Yosemite
209-372-4386

7.15.3 Tandems Across the Bay
http://tandemsacrossthebay.blogspot.com

7.15.4 US Blind Tandem Bikers Connection
818-719-0238
bicyclingblind.org

7.16 US Assn. for Blind Athletes (USABA)
719-866-3224
www.usaba.org

7.17 US Blind Golfers Assn. (USBGA)
503-635-3715
www.blindgolf.com

7.18 US Braille Chess Assn. (USBCA) www.americanblindchess.org/

7.19 USA Goalball
330-475-6023
www.goalball.us

7.20 Yoga:

7.20.1 BORP
510-849-4663
[see 7.3]

7.20.2 Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
415-346-6119
[see 5.2]


8 Financial Assistance-funding and low cost equip, services, Prescriptions:

8.1 Sources of funds:

8.1.1 Alice Chavez Pardini Education Grant: SFCCB
lmporelle@gmail.com

8.1.2 Assistive Tech Fund Assoc. of Blind Citizens
www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm

8.1.3 Barbara Rhodes Tech Grant (Santa Clara Valley)
susancglass@att.net
www.svcb.cc

8.1.4 CA Council of the Blind (CCB) - crises, scholarships
800-221-6359
www.ccbnet.org

8.1.5 Council Citizens with Low Vision (CCLVI) - scholarships
800-733-2258
www.cclvi.org

8.2 Low cost equipment, info, services, training:

8.2.1 Adaptech Research Network (list)
www.adaptech.org

8.2.2 Audio Book Radio Network--free
www.audiobookradio.net

8.2.3 Book readers--Free to Bookshare.org Members: Victor Reader Soft AMIS-PC Go Read for Android

8.2.4 Hadley School for Blind (free high school, adult ed)
800-323-4238
www.hadley.edu

8.2.5 Musopen - Free Legal Music Downloads
www.musopen.com

8.2.6 NVDA Screen Reader
www.nvda-project.org

8.2.7 Open Office
www.openoffice.org

8.2.8 RoboBraille (e-mail; free-digital txt to brl)
www.robobraille.org

8.2.9 SATtogo (SystemAccess to Go)
866-202-0520 (screenreader; notebooks)
www.serotek.com

8.2.10 STEPP (student e-rent text books)
866-272-4968
stepp.gatech.edu

8.2.11 Texas Center for Visually Challenged
214-340-6328
www.computersfortheblind.net

8.2.12 Thunder Screenreader
www.screenreader.net

8.3 Eye Care & Prescription Financial Aid:

8.3.1 Amer Health Assist Found
800-437-2423
www.ahaf.org

8.3.2 Bureau of Prescription Help
573-996-3333
www.freemedicine.com

8.3.3 En-Vision Amer (free ScripTalk)
800-890-1180

8.3.4 EyeCare Amer - Natl Eye Care Project
877-887-6327
www.eyecareamerica.org

8.3.5 Kaiser Med Financial Assist Prog
866-399-7696

8.3.6 Medicare drug benefit-Part D
800-medicare
www.medicare.gov

8.3.7 Mission Cataract USA
800-343-7265

8.3.8 Natl Council on Aging
202-479-1200
benefitscheckup.org

8.3.9 NeedyMeds
www.needymeds.org

8.3.10 New Eyes for the Needy
973-376-4903
www.neweyesfortheneedy.org

Lp>8.3.11 Operation Access
415-733-0052
www.operationaccess.org

8.3.12 Partnership for Prescription Assist Programs
888-477-2669

8.3.13 Sight for Students
888-290-4964

8.3.14 Walmart ($4 prescriptions)
800-273-3455


9 Transportation & Telephones:

9.1 Local transportation:

9.1.1 511 -- free trans info
http://511.org

9.1.2 CalTrain
800-660-4287
www.caltrain.com

9.1.3 Get Up & Go
650-378-2750
www.pjcc.org

9.1.4 Marguerite Shuttle, free-for public
650-723-9362

9.1.5 Outreach (Paratrans S.Clara County)
800-400-3440

9.1.6 Redi Wheels (Paratrans S.Mateo C.)
650-508-6241

9.1.7 RoadRunners
650-940-7016

9.1.8 SamTrans
800-660-4287
www.samtrans.com

9.1.9 Valley Transit Authority (VTA)
800-894-9908
www.vta.org

9.1.10 We Drive U (client car/Avis rental)
800-773-7483

9.2 General Travel:

9.2.1 AMTRAK
877-974-3322
www.amtrak.com

9.2.2 Damar Travel & Cruise
800-999-6101
www.damartravel.com/special-services

9.2.3 Dimensions in Travel
800-828-2962
www.dimensionsintravel.com

9.2.4 Magellan’s Travel Supplies
800-962-4943
www.magellans.com

9.2.5 Minds Eye Travel
207-542-4438

9.2.6 TSA Cares (Trans Security Adm-Disability Info)
toll free 855-787-2227

9.3 Telephone Companies Accessibility:

9.3.1 AT&T Nat Center Cust w/disabilities
866-241-6568

9.3.2 CA Telephone Assist Prog (CTAP)
800-806-1191
www.ddtp.org/CTAP

9.3.3 Great Call Jitterbug Phones
800-918-8543
www.greatcall.com

9.3.4 Sprint
866-866-7509
www.sprint.com/accessibility

9.3.5 Verizon Wireless Accessibility
800-974-6006

9.4 Telephone Info Services:

9.4.1 Free 411
800-373-3411 menu

9.4.2 Free 800 AT&T Yellow Pages
800-935-5697

9.4.3 Internet Speech
www.internetspeech.com


10 Health Information: [see 2.4]

10.1 Farewell to Falls
650-724-9369
stanfordhospital.org

10.2 The Health Library-Vista Center (free health info in alternate media) E-research lists: AMD-Ret Diabetes Glaucoma; Individ searches; BIRD resource list
{see disclaimer/contacts]

10.3 Macular Degeneration Partnership
310-623-4466
www.amd.org

10.4 MedlinePlus
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

10.5 Nat Eye Institute
www.nei.nih.gov/health

10.6 Nat Organ.. Rare Disorders
800-999-6673
www.rarediseases.org

10.7 WebMD
www.webmd.com


11 Businesses with Accessibility Features:

11.1 Appliances and Manufactures:

11.1.1 GE Appliances Disability Center
800-626-2005

11.1.2 Maytag
800-344-1274
www.maytag.com

11.1.3 Sears
800-549-4505
www.sears.com

11.1.4 TalkingThermostats.com
800-838-8860

11.1.5 Whirlpool
866-698-2538
www.whirlpool.com

11.2 Miscellaneous Accessibility Services [see 4.2]

11.2.1 Blind Audio Catalogs
877-814-7323

11.2.2 CA Sec of State
800-345-8683

11.2.3 DMV Disabled Person Placard
800-777-0133

11.2.4 Directions for Me (access package info)
800-318-2000
www.directionsforme.org

11.2.5 Disab Discounts
www.disableddiscounts.com

11.2.6 IBM Human Ability & Access Center
800-426-4968
www-03.ibm.com/able

11.2.7 Natl Do Not Call Registry
888-382-1222

11.2.8 ReadThisToMe (free via fax)
877-333-8848

11.2.9 Smart Voter
smartvoter.org

11.2.10 Smithsonian
888-783-0001

11.2.11 Suicide/Crisis Hotline 24/7
800-971-0016

11.2.13 The Teaching Co.
800-832-2412

11.3 Food Online & via Phone:

11.3.1 Amazon Grocery
www.amazon.com

11.3.2 Carmela's Gourmet
800-301-1151

11.3.3 Delivery.com (local restaurants)
800-709-7191

11.3.4 Farm Fresh to You (produce)
800-796-6009

11.3.5 Netgrocer.com
www.netgrocer.com

11.3.6 Omaha Steaks
800-960-8400

11.3.7 Safeway.com
877-505-4040
shop.safeway.com/access

11.3.8 Schwans Food Co. (frozen)
888-724-9267
www.schwans.com


12 Religious Information in Alternative Media:

12.1 Missions-disabled people:

12.1.1 Aurora Ministries – Bible Alliance
941-748-3031

12.1.2 Baha’i
800-228-6483
www.bahai.us

12.1.3 Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind
650-754-4207

12.1.4 Care Ministries
800-336-2232
www.careministries.org

12.1.5 Church of Jesus Christ - Latter Day Saints
www.lds.org

12.1.7 Gospel Light Foundation for Blind
770-601-4196

12.1.8 Greek Orth Archdiocese Amer
212-570-3500

12.1.9 JBI Internatl
800-433-1531
www.jbilibrary.org

12.1.10 Lutheran Library for Blind
888-215-2455

12.1.11 Natl Catholic Office Persons w Disabilities
202-529-2933
www.ncpd.org

12.1.12 Unitarian Universalist Church
www.uua.org

12.1.13 Xavier Society for Blind
800-637-9193

12.2 Online Bibles in alternate media:

12.2.1 AudioTreasure
757-741-8457
www.audiotreasure.com

12.2.2 Bibles for Blind & V. Handicapped
812-466-4899

12.2.3 Braille Bibles
800-522-4253
www.braillebibles.org

12.2.4 Gospel Commun..
www.BibleGateway.com

12.2.5 Guidepost
800-932-2145
www.guideposts.org

12.2.6 Whitney Library for the Blind
417-831-1964

Disclaimer and Contacts
Joint Production of Vista Center & SVCB

Disclaimer

The listings here do not necessarily imply recommendation. They are meant to be representative of the category and certainly do not represent all that is available. The BIRD is intended to assist you in finding the service, equipment, or information you are looking for. If you discover accessible entities you think should be included in a future update, please let us know.

The BIRD Team: RP, CA, GB, SN, MK, AS, DW; 8/2012

Contact

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