Utah Council Of the Blind -Resources for the Blind

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Helpful Resources and Links for the Blind in Utah

The Perkins Library Utilizing Amazon Marketplace

This is a preliminary notice about the availability of 4 gb digital cartridges from the Perkins Library utilizing Amazon Marketplace. Currently in stock are 4 gb cartridges, and coming by the end of September, Perkins will be offering 8 gb and 16 gb cartridges as well. We are also selling a few other items to augment the audio reading experience, and links to the Amazon product pages for each product are below. If you have any issues with the Amazon web pages, please call the Perkins Library at 617-972-7240 or email library@perkins.org.

Here are the product links with pricing:

4GB Blank Cartridge for Talking Book Players

Price: $9.99 Each

8GB Blank Cartridge for Talking Book Players NEW!

Price: $10.99 Each
(Currently not in stock)

16GB Blank Cartridge for Talking Book Players NEW!

Price: $13.99 Each
(Currently not in stock)

Belkin Pro Series USB 2.0 Transfer Cable from Computer to Digital Cartridges with Talking Book Players

Price: $4.99 Each

Container/Mailer for the Digital Talking Book Cartridges

Price: $1.99 Each

Case for the National Library Service (NLS) Digital Talking Book Player

Price: $44.95 Each

"Over the Ear" Style Earphone for Talking Book Players

Price: $8.99 Each

Perkins School for the Blind's Amazon Store

The National Aging And Disability Transportation Center

News and new resources, a very informative link to resources for Seniors and the Disabled Communty.

The American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind website has links to services and activities for those with vision loss. Phone 202-467-5081 or visit: http://www.acb.org

American Foundation for the Blind

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has a Vision Aware site for Seniors and various other links for persons with vision loss and their families. They also have the AFB Center on Vision Loss where you can learn about independent living from Esther's Place, an apartment designed especially for persons living with vision loss. Phone 214-352-7222 or visit: http://www.visionaware.org/info/for-seniors/1

American Printing House for the Blind

The world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

Provides textbooks and educational materials for legally blind students.

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind

Promotes all phases of education and employment for all ages who are blind and visually impaired.

Support for professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments.

Bookshare

Bookshare is an Accessible Online Library for people with print disabilities. You can download free books, Braille books, and tools for people who are blind or visually impaired.

This service is only free to students, otherwise it's $50 per year.

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)

Each month, the Council of Citizens with Low Vision, International (CCLVI) provides a forum addressing topics of concerns to people with low vision titled "Let's Talk Low Vision". We are fortunate to have Dr. Bill Takeshita as the moderator and master of ceremonies for these presentations. The presentations occur the third Tuesday of each month and start at 5:30pm (Pacific), 8:30pm (Eastern). To be part of the conversation, please call: (712) 432-3447 enter code: 145330

The Blind Independence Diabetes Group (BID)

The Blind Independence Diabetes Group, or BID Group, is a one-stop source for people living with diabetes and blindness to obtain the best accessible products, accessible education/training, and helpful peer support to enable BID Group members to live healthy and independent lives yet never feel alone.

The Audio Description Project

An initiative of the American Council of the Blind. This is a great resource for audio descriptive programs provided by amazon.

Utah State University Center for Disabilities and Access

This is a great resource for University student who are disabled. There are a lot of useful resources.

Braille Bibles International

Braille Bibles International offers Large Print and Audio Bibles at a low price. Phone 800-522-4253
or visit: http://www.braillebibles.org

Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals With Blind Patients

The Information Access Team at The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind has developed a comprehensive best-practices document for healthcare professionals who have patients that are blind or visually impaired. This is a guideline for Blind patients and professional who have blind or Visually Impaired patients.

Download PDF

My Blind Spot

My Blind Spot's mission is to advance equal access and promote understanding, respect, and opportunity for people who are blind, visually impaired and print disabled.

My Blind Spot believes that all individuals are entitled to acceptance, encouragement, and respect, as well as freedom from discrimination, labeling, and stereotyping, regardless of their challenges in life.

We believe that every person, at every age and level of ability, has the potential for growth.

Doing It Blind

Whether you are a parent or you are an educator of a blind or visually impaired child, Doing It Blind is your community and number one resource for raising and educating a blind or visually impaired child or student.

Braille Institute of America

Braille Institute of America offers the Sound Solutions Series which promotes independence while educating and empowering the entire family through free audio dramatizations. Phone 800-272-4553
or visit: http://www.brailleinstitute.org

Ears for Eyes

Ears for Eyes - Enrichment Audio Resource Services provides free audio lessons promoting independent living.
Phone 800-843-6816 or visit: http://www.earsforeyes.info/index.php/index.html

Vision Loss Resources

Whether you were born with an eye disease or blindness or are new to vision loss, this site is for you. It's also for friends and loved ones and for professionals.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

This institute promotes independent living through lifelong distance education programs at no cost to persons who are blind, their families or their blindness service providers. Phone: 1-800-323-4238 TTY 847-441-8111 or visit: http://www.hadley.edu

Elder Care Locator

The Elder Care locator is a free service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. Every state has an Aging Services Division dedicated to providing seniors with home and community-based services, as a resource instead of living in a nursing home. Including home health aides, nursing care, home-delivered meals, help with household chores, transportation to shopping and medical appointments, as well as counseling, advocacy and legal aid. Phone 800-677-1116 or visit: http://www.eldercare.gov

Helping Hands 4 the Blind

A non-profit organization whose goal is to promote social, economic and educational opportunities for the blind. This organization can be found at your local church and other key locations. Helping Hands for the Blind is an organization of blind people who want to help other blind people. It is a problem solving organization and it is a guide that blind people can turn to in times of need.

National Aging & Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)

National Aging & Disability Transportation Center can provide information on transportation sources. Phone 866-528-6278 or 866-983-3222 TTY 202-347-7385
e-mail: contact@nadtc.org or visit:http://seniortransportation.net

National Library Service (NLS)

National Library Services and Regional Offices provide a free library service to people who are unable to read regular printed material because of visual impairment (books and magazines in Braille, e-braille, and audio). The materials and free playback equipment needed to read talking books and magazines are sent to borrowers and returned to libraries by postage-free mail. Visit the website: http://www.loc.gov/nls/bardnls/index.html

The Braille Superstore

The Braille Superstore offers a variety of reasonably priced products, software and Braille Supplies.
Phone 800-987-1231 or visit: http://www.braillebookstore.com

MaxiAids

MaxiAids sells independent living and mobility products for those who are deaf or have low vision. Phone 800-522-6294
or visit: http://www.maxiaids.com

Independent Living Aids

Independent Living Aids sells low vision aids, magnifiers and other independent living products. Phone 800-537-2118
or visit: http://www.independentliving.com

ICanConnect

ICanConnect (National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program) is available for those with significant combined vision and hearing loss meeting Federal income guidelines. They can receive communication technology and training to stay connected with family members and friends at no cost. Phone: 1-800-825-4595 TTY 888-320-2656 or visit: http://www.icanconnect.org

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International has Local Lions Clubs which provide resources and support to benefit individuals with vision loss.
Phone 630-571-5466 or visit: http://www.lionsclubs.org

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation

This is a Government Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Services in support of employment and independence for individuals who have visual impairments or blindness.

Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled

The Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled, the library's automation vendor (Keystone Systems), and other libraries for the blind are cooperating to create a national repository of locally recorded digital books called the Shared Electronic Files (SHELF) project. Readers can download locally recorded and produced digital talking books contributed by participating libraries.

The Utah Assistive Technology Program

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) gets assistive technology into the hands of people who need it. Our goal is to help people use technology to be more independent in education, employment, and community settings.

The UATP is a federally funded program serving individuals with disabilities of all ages in Utah and the intermountain region. Our job is to provide assistive technology devices and services as well as train university students, parents, children with disabilities and professional service providers about assistive technology.

Enhanced Vision

This is a resources webpage about products, services and link listings for the visually impaired.

This is a very helpful site as it contains addresses and phone numbers to vision help centers in Utah.

The Moran Eye Center

Our vision at the Moran Eye Center is that no person with a blinding condition, eye disease, or visual impairment should be without hope, understanding, and treatment.
Phone (801) 581-2352

Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired strives to enhance the lives of blind children, youth and young adults by teaching skills, providing experiences, and developing self-confidence to live fulfilled and productive lives with the greatest degree of independence possible.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing Information Line

U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing Information Line provides a free Currency Reader for people with vision loss.
Phone 844-815-9388 or visit: http://www.moneyfactory.gov/

Blinded Veterans Association

Blinded Veterans Association and Regional Chapters give access to national and regional resources and connect with blinded Veterans throughout the United States.
Phone 800-669-7079 or visit: http://www.bva.org

The Low Vision Gateway

The Low Vision Gateway to the Internet is your starting point to the world's resources for vision loss, vision-impairment, blindness, low vision aids and low vision rehabilitation services.

AppleVis

A website for people who are blind or have visual Impairments that are users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the Apple TV.

AppleVis is a resource containing multiple links and access to useful information concerning the Blind and low vision community who use Apple products.

Microsoft Accessibility Help Desk

If you run into a problem that you cannot figure out, the Microsoft disability answer desk may be able to help you. The Disability Answer Desk agents will provide assistance to customers with disabilities, such as people who are blind, have low vision, are deaf, or may have other impairments.

There is support for customers looking for help with accessibility features such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, or speech recognition commands.

Computers for the Blind (CFTB)

Computers For The Blind - is a volunteer organization devoted to providing accessible desktop,and laptop computers at very low cost to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Phone 214-340-6328.

Assistive Technology About.Tech

This is a page dedicated to Smart Phones and Assistive Technology for people who are Blind or have low vision.
This is a good resource for information about assistive technology and Smart phones.

New England ADA Regional Center

The NIDILRR-funded New England ADA Regional Center has released two one-minute videos on Aging, Disability, and the ADA. These new public service announcements are aimed at reaching older Americans with disabilities who may not be aware they have rights under the ADA. The videos feature iconic places in Boston and Worcester, MA with good examples of accessibility that support community participation for older Americans and that benefit all potential users. The videos are available on YouTube and downloadable with open captions from Vimeo.

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