Browse the AFB Directory of Services for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

  • Advocacy

    Services directed toward ensuring that people who are blind or visually impaired have access to benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and other programs available to them in the community and that their interests are appropriately represented by their policymakers and government agencies.

  • Assessment/Evaluation

    Specialized evaluative processes conducted by professionals to determine the present needs and skill levels of clients.

  • Audio, Braille or Large Print Books

    Sources of braille, audio, and large print books.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction

    Instruction and training braille to promote literacy among blind and visually impaired persons.

  • Braille Transcription

    Transcribers of printed material to braille.

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production

    Creation or publication of materials in braille, electronic, audio, or large print formats.

  • Community Outreach Programs

    Screening and other related activities conducted in the community to identify and assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired in need of assistance.

  • Computer/Assistive Technology Training

    Training in the use of appropriate computers and assistive technology. Computer training encompasses training in the use of such equipment as closed-circuit television systems, computer operating systems, database software, optical character recognition systems, screen magnification systems, speech output systems, and word processing software. It also includes computer training for instructors of students and other individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

  • Consumer Organizations

    Organizations listed in this section provide an opportunity for consumers in the field of blindness and visual impairment to become members and thereby participate in the organization’s mission and receive representation as well as the benefits of membership.

  • Counseling

    Clinical evaluations, counseling, referrals, and support provided by professionals, such as psychologists and counselors, to visually impaired individuals and family members.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training

    Training in adapted techniques for daily living and work activities, such as home management, personal management, communication, and travel, and other adaptive skills.

  • Dog Guide Training

    Instruction on how to work with a dog guide to negotiate the travel environment.

  • Employment/Job Training

    Career and skill counseling, prevocational evaluation, career preparation training, and vocational placement.

  • Health-related Services

    General medical and related services including eye evaluations, treatment of eye conditions, and genetic counseling.

  • Information and Referral

    General information about blindness and visual impairment and referrals to sources of other information and services.

  • Low Vision Services

    Evaluation and testing of a client's vision; prescription of appropriate optical devices; support, follow-up, and referrals to other appropriate agencies and professionals. These services also include the provision of nonoptical (such as lamps, filters, bold-lined paper, writing guides) and optical devices (such as magnifiers, microscopes, telescopes) and training in their use.

  • Low Vision Services (Independent Service Providers)

    Independent vision or vision rehabilitation professional who holds all or any one of the following certifications: low vision therapist (CLVT), certified vision rehabilitation therapist (CVRT), certified O&M specialist (COMS), or specialty certification in low vision (SCLV).

  • Radio Reading Services

    Radio broadcasts of newspaper articles, books, and consumer information for people with visual, physical, and reading disabilities, provided over otherwise unused radio frequencies.

  • Recreation Services

    Leisure activities--such as those related to arts and crafts, sports, music, and drama, and other similar activities--provided for blind and visually impaired persons.

  • Sources of Specialty Products

    Sources of assistive products that help people with vision loss live independently.

  • Support Groups

    Periodic meetings that provide participants with the opportunity to share information and talk about common experiences for mutual support, usually run by a facilitator or a professional who can provide guidance. For more information about support groups, go to Support Group and Resources.

  • Telephone or Personal Reader Services

    Telephone reader or personal reader services.

  • Training in the Use of Low Vision Devices

    Training in the use of low vision devices.

  • Transportation Services

    Transportation provided either for free for eligible clients or for a fee to people with disabilities and senior citizens without transportation options or who cannot use public transportation due to their disability.

  • Travel/O&M Training

    Training in the use of systematic techniques by which people who are blind or visually impaired orient themselves to their environment and move about independently.

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