Helpful Resources and Links for the Blind in Utah
The Perkins Library Utilizing Amazon Marketplace
This is a preliminary notice about the availability of 4gb 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 email@example.com.
Here are the product links with pricing:4GB Blank Cartridge for Talking Book Players
Price: $9.99 Each8GB Blank Cartridge for Talking Book Players NEW!
Price: $10.99 Each
(Currently not in stock)
Price: $13.99 Each
(Currently not in stock)
Price: $4.99 EachContainer/Mailer for the Digital Talking Book Cartridges
Price: $1.99 EachCase 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 EachPerkins School for the Blind's Amazon Store
News and new resources, a very informative link to resources for Seniors and the Disabled Community.
You can call them at: (866) 983-3222.
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
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. Call toll free at: 1-800-223-1839.
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.
Call at: 703 671 4500.
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.
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
This website is for the Blind: it more than an 'Adjustment to Blindness' website and has several cool features, videos, blogs and other things.
Call Derek at: 1-(317) 721-1027.
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. Call: 1-866-351-6809.
An initiative of the American Council of the Blind. This is a great resource for audio descriptive programs provided by Amazon.
The Utah Assistive Technology Foundation (UATF) is a private, non-profit organization under UATP organized in 1991 under the laws of the state of Utah. Over the years UATF has been able to help hundreds of Utahns with disabilities of all ages obtain loans and grants to purchase the assistive technology that allows them to be independent, productive and successful at home, at school, at work and in the community.
Contact the UATF: 1-800-524-5152.
This is a great resource for University student who are disabled. There are a lot of useful resources. Contact: 801-581-5020.
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.
Addiction Treatment and Rehab For Deaf And Blind Individuals: This website is a wealth of unique and specific guides filled with informative facts and guidance regarding vision and/or hearing loss and addiction treatment that is very useful. Call: (800) 570-3670.
A website with information about Drug Rehab Centers for the Disabled and information about addiction and why the Disabled community is at a higher risk of becoming an addict. Call: (888) 605-7779.
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. Call: (212) 363-0330.
Our goal is to provide workable solutions to the challenges facing blind and visually impaired customers with the software the rest of the world is using.
We are the leaders in JAWS script development and Blind Accessibility. Our goal is to provide workable JAWS scripting solutions for even the toughest programs. With our team of JAWS script developers, we can find a fitting solution for you or your company.
Text2Speech.org is a free online text-to-speech converter. Just enter your text, select one of the voices and download or listen to the resulting mp3 file. This service is free and you are allowed to use the speech files for any purpose, including commercial uses.
VoiceoverEasy.net courses are tutorials geared toward blind and visually impaired users of iPhones and iPads with Siri capability, and who use Apple Corporation's accessibility technology called Voiceover to read the screen of their device.
This website was developed in order to provide a detailed, step by step tutorial for blind and visually impaired users of the VoiceOver assistive technology found in iPhones and iPads. This site makes no assumptions that the reader has any previous knowledge of or experience with iPhones or iPads, and no previous experience using VoiceOver is necessary to begin using these lessons.
There are no pictures or diagrams on this site. All lessons have been developed using text only.
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
This is a current initiative about improving web accessibility for individals with low vision. This website helps Visually Impaired by creating key information for website users. This page is a comprehensive summary of practical accessibility tips for vision-impaired users –covering things like using text-to-speech, changing text size and more.
Visit the web page here: https://www.nvisioncenters.com/internet-accessibility-guide/
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.
If you have vision loss or became blind, this website has a lot of useful resources. It is divided up into sections to help guide you with, "how to" links, to deal with certain issues after sight loss.
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
Heritage for the Blind's mission is multi-faceted. It includes the preservation of vision, through the promotion of eye health awareness with public service announcements, media campaigns and materials for the visually impaired, as well as improving the health and economic security of individuals in need. Phone: 1 (800) 236-6283
Henshaws is a charity that has been helping people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities for almost 180 years. Helping to reduce social isolation and increase independence through empowering disabled people to go beyond expectations and achieve their ambitions.
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
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.
Contact us at: 818-341-8217.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:http://seniortransportation.net
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. Call: 1-888-657-7323.
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
GoGoGrandparent turns on demand transportation companies like Uber into services that help families take better care of older adults. Available in all 50 states and Canada!
Call (855) 464-6872 and select a service
Press 1 to get picked up at home;
Press 2 to get picked up where we dropped you off
Press 6 to request an operator
Pickups happen within 15 minutes. To schedule in advance, speak to an agent.
The Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI) has developed programs to help meet the needs of Utah citizens who are blind or have significant visual impairments. In addition to providing vocational rehabilitation services, DSBVI offers a multitude of training and adjustment services. Call: (801) 323-4343.
250 North 1950 West, Suite B, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116-7902
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. Call: 801-715-6789.
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 inter-mountain 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. Call: 800-524-5152.
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. Call: 888-811-3161.
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
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.
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
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.
At Microsoft, our Mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Here is a list of our accessibility features available on Windows 10 and Office 365.
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.
A complete guide to Narrator.
Narrator is a screen-reading app built into Windows 10. This guide describes how to use Narrator with Windows on desktop PCs so that you can start using apps, browsing the web, and more. It's written for people who use a screen reader regularly.
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.
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 using Smart phones.
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.
To call New England ADA Regional Center at: 1-800-949-4232.
This is a website committed to promoting equality and opportunity for people affected by serious sight loss.
Vital Tech is your guide through the world of assistive tech. Our site is managed by blind and partially sighted people, for blind and partially sighted people. Browse our themes for guidance and instructional videos on all things tech.
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