Resources

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Government
Business
Non-profit Organizations
Healthcare
Educational
Deaf/Blind
Other
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Government

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Department of Justice offers advice concerning the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over the phone.  The number to call is (800) 514-0301.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CMS offers resources describing how to assess practices, develop communication plans, and how to be prepared to implement accessible services for individuals who are blind, have low vision, deaf, or are hard of hearing.  For information, visit the web site at:
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/omh-visual-sensory-disabilities-brochure-508c.pdf

Medicare provides low cost health insurance for seniors

While basic Medicare covers hospitalization, doctor visits and prescription drugs, co-pay and deductible payments may be required and not all needed medical coverage is included.  Supplemental, alternative and additional drug plans are available at varying costs and coverage levels.  Deciding what elections to make can be quite confusing.  For information on coverage and options, please visit Medicare’s web site at:
https://www.medicare.gov/

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) also provides information about Medicare on its web site at:
https://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/?intcmp=FTR-LINKS-SSMEDI-MEDICAID-EWHERE

Social Security Administration (SSA)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays disability benefits prior to retirement to persons with disabilities including blindness if they or other members of their family have worked long enough and they can show that their medical condition has prevented them from working or is expected to prevent them from working for at least 12 months or end in death.  The benefits are modest.  Application can be made on SSA’s web site.  Information can be found by calling (800) 772-1213 or by visiting SSA’s web site at:
http://ssa.gov/benefits/ssi or https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability/

State Agencies

Each state has an agency to help its blind and visually limited residents obtain the skills and tools needed to deal with sight loss.  Usually, they offer these services to assist residents find or maintain employment.  They provide job placement assistance, orientation and mobility training, support for courses leading to potential employment, magnification and screen reading software and training, other aids to assist with basic life activities, and general information to aid in seeking and holding jobs.  While retirees will not be looking for job assistance, they may ask for help as homemakers; how much assistance these people may obtain will depend on their home states.

Business

AppleVis

Apple provides advice on using various products for people with vision impairments through AppleVis.  Information can be found by visiting its web site at:

https://www.applevis.com

Directions for Me

Directions for Me Is a web site that provides a complete, consistent, reliable source of packaging information, for everything from preparation instructions to ingredients and nutrition facts, for over 400,000 grocery, health and beauty products.  Directions for Me was designed to be completely accessible to those who use adaptive technology.  It also offers adjustable fonts for those who would prefer larger print.  Visit the site at:

https://www.directionsforme.org

Instacart Senior Support Service

Instacart’s new Senior Support Service is now available to help customers who are 60+ learn how to safely and efficiently use grocery delivery.  Information can be found by calling (844)981-3433 or by visiting the web site at:

https://www.instacart.com/help/

Non-profit Organizations

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The 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.  ACB has effectively collaborated with Vision Rehabilitation Service providers to develop the principles and values that should be at the heart of providing adjustment and placement services to people who are blind.  ACB has worked with governments at all levels to enhance and ensure adequate accommodations and rehabilitation services are provided both through policy initiatives and program implementation.  It has also advised and encouraged private companies and organizations to provide fair access and non-discriminatory treatment for those with vision loss.  Information can be found by calling (202) 467-5081 or (800) 424-8666 or by visiting ACB’s web site at:
http://www.acb.org

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

The AFB is a national non-profit foundation dedicated to seeking equal access and opportunities for people with vision loss.  It connects families to sources of knowledge and support.  It advises on the creation of more accessible products.  It offers publications and eLearning courses to educate professionals in the field.  Its advocacy helps to implement disability legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Information can be found by calling (212) 502-7600 or by visiting AFB’s web site at:
http://www.afb.org

AMD Groups Website

The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, BrightFocus Foundation, MD Support, Prevent Blindness and The SupportSight Foundation have launched AMD Central, an online resource that curates trusted information and tools from leading advocacy organizations to support the age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patient and caregiver community.  Visit the site at:
AMDCentral.org

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

APH Connect Center: Empowering people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative  products, materials and services for lifelong success.  Information can be found by calling (800) 232-5463 or by visiting its web site at:
connectcenter@aph.org

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides information and tips for visually limited persons to handle emergencies and disasters.  Information can be found by visiting the web site at:
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities

Association of Blind Citizens

The Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund.  The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software.  The products covered by this program must retail for a minimum of $200 with a maximum retail price of $6,000. Persons eligible to apply for assistance must have a family income of less than $50,000 and cash assets of less than $20,000.  Information can be found by visiting the web site at:

https://www.blindcitizens.org/

Council of Citizens With Low Vision International (CCLVI)

The Council of Citizens With Low Vision International (CCLVI), an affiliate member of ACB, is an advocacy membership organization for persons who have some but limited sight.  Its purposes are to establish the right of persons with low vision to make full use of their vision through all available aids, services and technology, to provide a mechanism through which low vision people can express their individual needs, interests and preferences, to educate the general public, professionals, and low vision people themselves as to the potentialities, capabilities, and needs of low vision people, to establish outreach programs to insure that all individuals with low vision have access to necessary services, to promote research to prevent blindness, improve maximum utilization of sight, and improve environmental conditions and access for low vision people, and to support the development of and expansion of pre-service and in-service training programs to improve the quality and quantity of medical and rehabilitative low vision services.  Information can be found by calling (800)733-2258 or by visiting CCLVI’s web site: 
http://www.cclvi.org

Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness provides information and outreach programs.  The Foundation is driving research to provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.  It funds leading-edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies.  Information can be found by visiting its web site at:
http://www.blindness.org

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International has local Lions Clubs which provide resources and support to benefit individuals with vision loss.  Information can be found by calling (630) 571-5466 or visiting its web site at:
http://www.lionsclubs.org

Lions Vision Resource Network

The Lions Vision Resource Network is a Not-for-P