Chapter 7: Information Sources

Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources

Subsection: Blindness and Visual Impairment

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is a service agency which specializes in providing to blind people help which is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems.

1800 Johnson St., Ste. 100
Baltimore , MD 21230



American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The American Council of the Blind's (ACB) mission is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

1703 N Beauregard St, Suite 420
Alexandria , VA 22311



Toll Free: 




American Foundation for the Blind

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. They mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

1401 South Clark Street, Suite 730
Arlington , VA 22202



Toll Free: 


American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) empowers people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative products, materials and services for lifelong success.

1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, , KY 40206



Toll Free: 




American Thermoform Corporation

American Thermoform is a world-wide leader in the production and distribution of Braille Products and Supplies for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

1758 Brackett St.
La Verne , CA 91750



Toll Free: 




Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is a professional membership organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss.

5680 King Centre Drive, Suite 600
Alexandria , VA 22315





Blind Children's Center

A center-based program offers educational services to visually impaired children from birth to school age. Education, research and support services assist professionals and families nationwide.

4120 Marathon St.
Los Angeles , CA 90029



Blinded Veterans Association

BVA Field Service Program uses a nationwide network of blinded veterans to find veterans who are experiencing vision loss and to provide counseling and link these veterans to the variety of services that may be needed. Employment assistance can also be provided.

BVA offers spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.

1101 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria , VA 22314





Braille Institute of America, Inc.

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively transform the lives of those with vision loss.

741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles , CA 90029





Deaf & Blind Children's Fund, Inc.

Provides parents and professionals information, materials, and resources that help them teach and nurture infants and children who are blind and visually impaired. Works to increase global awareness of the need for early and continuing intervention for preschool children who are visually impaired.

P.O. Box 12655
Ogden , UT 84412






FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. The site also features a mom-authored blog, inspiring video testimonials from families, and articles authored by parents and experts in the field of blindness on multiple disabilities, technology, education, and more. From the personal to the professional, families will find all the resources they need to raise their children from birth to adulthood.

Toll Free: 


Foundation Fighting Blindness

This foundation supports the research that will lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the spectrum of degenerative retinal diseases, specifically macular degeneration – including age related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).

Foundation Fighting Blindness - PO Box for Donations
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Ste 100, PO Box 45740, Baltimore, MD 21297-5740
Columbia , MD 21046




410-363-7139 Local

Toll Free: 




Heartland Council of the Blind

The Heartland Council of the Blind (HCB) is a group of blind, visually impaired and sighted people from the Central Oklahoma area who come together to socialize, discuss issues related to visual impairment and advocate for a better life for the blind and visually impaired community in Central Oklahoma.

P.O. Box 30335
Midwest City , OK 73140



Learning Ally

While Learning Ally remains a leading provider of audiobooks – including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks – the organization has become a critical resource to not only students in need, but also their parents, families, and educators.

From delivering parent services, webinars and tools for managing a learning difference to providing links to support networks, certifiers and professionals in the field of learning disabilities, their goal is provide a community of support – online, on the phone and in person. They help parents manage the challenges that come with supporting a child with a reading and learning disability.

20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton , NJ 08540

Toll Free: 


Library Reproduction Service

Produces large print books that are customized in print sizes. Serves elementary through post-secondary students. Has an extensive collection of large print classics. Produces books for both library and individual use. Will produce books not already published. Catalog available online.

19146 Van Ness Avenue
Torrance , CA 90501

Toll Free: 




Lighthouse Guild

Lighthouse Guild is the leading organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. They provide coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation and behavioral health as well as related services directed at prevention, early detection and intervention of vision disorders. Reducing the burdens of vision loss is the cornerstone of what they do.

250 West 64th Street
New York , NY 10023


800-284-4422 — TTY 711

Toll Free: 


Lighthouse Guild- Suuport for Parents

Tele-support network.

250 West 64th Street
New York , NY 10023



Toll Free: 


Macular Degeneration Foundation

Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable foundation. The Foundation has relationships with key people and institutions in the field of vision research.

P.O. Box 531313
Henderson , NV 89053


702-450-2908 (Intl)

Toll Free: 




Michigan Braille Transcribing Service

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund (MBTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. They are a full braille transcription production facility and their main product is K-12 textbooks.

G. Robert Cotton Corrections Facility
3500 N. Elm Road
Jackson , MI 49201





MLV Foundation

MLV Foundation’s mission is to connect the visually impaired and blind in order to enhance lives, encourage independence, and expand awareness, beginning in Oklahoma and extending to the four-state region of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.

P.O. Box 848
Perkins , OK 74059



National Braille Press, Inc.

NBP empowers the blind and visually impaired with programs, materials, and technology supporting braille literacy and learning through touch. They promote literacy for blind children through outreach programs and encourages the teaching of braille to blind children by providing age-appropriate braille reading and support materials for caregivers and educators.

88 St. Stephen St.
Boston , MA 02115



Toll Free: 




National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. The NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in all fifty states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

200 East Well Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore , MD 21230





National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Oklahoma

The National Federation of the Blind Oklahoma is the state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. Chapters are located in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. They also have 3 state-wide divisions: the Oklahoma Association of Blind Students, the Oklahoma Association of Blind Merchants and the Oklahoma Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.

National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma Chapter

They are a non-profit 501 0 (3) charitable organization striving to seek equality for all blind people in Central Oklahoma. They offer public education about blindness, serve as a source of information and referral, provide literature and publications about blindness, share information about aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, support advocacy and protection of civil rights, and offer support for blind persons and their families.

505 Baker Street
Norman , OK 73072



National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

NIB’s mission is to enhance the personal and economic independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment. NIB is the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, and through its network of associated nonprofit agencies, is the largest employer of people who are blind in the country.

3000 Potomac Avenue
Alexandria , VA 22305



National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

.The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free national library program that provides braille and recorded materials to people who cannot see regular print or handle print materials.

Library of Congress
1291 Taylor St. N.W.
Washington , DC 20542



Toll Free: 

888-657-7323 To connect to a local library



National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information.



NewView Oklahoma

NewView Oklahoma, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to empower blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum potential through rehabilitation, employment, and community outreach.

They also offer community programs for people of all ages living with blindness and visual impairments including art classes, a dragon boating team, summer camps and support groups.

501 N. Douglas Ave.
Oklahoma City , OK 73106



Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop

​​​The Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop provides free materials to anybody working with children who are visually impaired and/or have ​special needs.

6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A
Santa Rosa , CA 95409



Oklahoma Council of the Blind

Oklahoma Council of the Blind (OCB) is a statewide organization of blind and visually impaired individuals, their families and friends. The organization works to encourage, empower, educate and enhance the lives of Oklahomans who are blind or visually impaired. OCB strives to empower blind Oklahomans to become full and independent participants in society through advocacy, leadership and public education on issues that affect the lives of citizens with visual impairments.

P.O. Box 1476
Oklahoma City , OK 73101

Toll Free: 


Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision

  • Individual assistive technology evaluations;
  • Recommendations for assistive technology to meet individual needs;
  • Demonstration of adaptive computer technology;
  • Employer consultation on technology for employment situations; and
  • Information on assistive tech options for blindness and low vision.
Rehabilitation Technology Lab for Blindness and Low Vision
2401 N.W. 23rd. St., Ste. 91
Oklahoma City , OK 73107


(580) 310-5301

Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children and Youth, Inc.

Nonprofit foundation promoting quality educational services for blind and visually impaired children and youth statewide. Provides mini-grants for student educational needs not met by other sources. Scholarship program.

Contact Vice Chairman of the Board Jeanne Meyer at 918 348-5661.

P.O. Box 1306
Muskogee , OK 74402


918 348-5661

Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Provides books and periodicals in recorded and other alternate formats for children and adults who are unable to use standard print due to visual or physical disabilities. Cassette players and talking book machines are loaned and maintained free of charge. Descriptive videos (with narration describing visual action) can be checked out. NEWSLINE service gives over-the-phone access to major newspapers read via computer speech.

Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM) - The Library provides textbooks in braille and other alternate formats for visually impaired students in public schools. Teachers are urged to request braille instructional materials well in advance of need, to the extent possible.

300 N.E. 18th St.
Oklahoma City , OK 73105




405-521-4672 TTY/TDD

Toll Free: 


Oklahoma School for the Blind

OSB is a residential and day school for children and youth with visual impairments. The School also serves as a statewide resource for the education of blind and visually impaired children in the public schools. Programs and services include:

  • Academic instruction through 12th grade;
  • Instruction in specialized adaptive skills such as braille, orientation and mobility, use of assistive technology and low vision aids, and independent living skills;
  • Vocational training and work-study opportunities;
  • College preparation;
  • Social, cultural and recreational activities including sports teams, music, band competitions, and a variety of student organizations;
  • Outreach services providing technical assistance to help teachers and parents develop appropriate individualized education programs for visually impaired children in public schools;
  • Related services such as student assessment, counseling, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, audiological services, health care and parent education and counseling; and
  • Library and Media Center with educational materials in alternate formats including Braille, large print and recordings. Assistive devices to try out or borrow include talking appliances, magnifiers, closed-circuit TVs for print enlargement, electronic Braille notetakers and much more.
  • Summer Enrichment Program: Oklahoma Kids: A Kaleidoscope. For 1st - 12th grade students who are blind or visually impaired. The summer program is for children and youth who do not regularly attend the School for the Blind. The program offers specialized skills instruction, remediation, reinforcement in academic skills, training in use of assistive technology for the blind, recreation and social skills development. Children are transported home each weekend of the four week session.

3300 Gibson St.
Muskogee , OK 74403



Toll Free: 

877-229-7136 (in state only)



Perkins School for the Blind

Produces, sells, and repairs braille writers. Produces some braille books. Provides information on instruction of the blind for teachers.

175 N. Beacon St.
Watertown , MA 02472





Prevent Blindness America

The mission of Prevent Blindness America is to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 400
Chicago , IL 60606

Toll Free: 


Seedling Braille Books for Children

Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality, low-cost children's books in braille.

14151 Farmington Road
Livonia , MI 48151

Toll Free: 




Tulsa Council of the Blind

The Tulsa Council of the Blind is a chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind. It was created by a group of blind individuals in the 1940s and served several functions. Over the past decades, TCB has been involved in legislative and other forms of advocacy in behalf of blind and visually impaired people, particularly on a local level. We have worked hard to develop public transportation, sidewalks, and acceptance of visually pmpaired people in all aspects of society.

Their monthly meetings are held from 5:30-7:30 pm, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Delta Cafe, 11101 E 41st St. Tulsa, OK.



World Services for the Blind

World Services for the Blind's mission is to empower people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve sustainable independence. They offer life skills and career training programs in one location. This approach allows students to receive services tailored specifically to their needs. From essential life skills that ensure an individual’s ability to live independently to technology based career-path programs designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience that will allow them to compete in today’s high-tech jobs market, their programs put students on the path to sustainable independence.

2811 Fair Park Boulevard
Little Rock , AR 72204