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Blind Interest Resource Directory

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Blind Interest Resource Directory also known as BIRD consists of approximately 500 urls and phone numbers of places and services of interest to the blind and visually impaired community. Beginning with Arts and Entertainment such as described movies, reading materials in several medias, the Bird also includeds catalogs and recreation, and includes sources of blind skills training, technology and advocacy. It is updated each year by the Health Library staff at Vista Center.       

2016 BIRD (MS Word) 

Table of Contents

1 ARTS,  MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

1.1  Live Theater with audio description

AudioVision
408-265-2203  
katiemags@aol.com 
www.audiovision.org

TheatreWorks box office
650-903-6000
http://www.theatreworks.org/

Discription: The Visual Voice
650-463-1960  
http://thevisualvoice.net

1.2 Described Movies (call the cinema for availability of DVS)

1.3  DVD, TV, Audio Description (TV DVD, lists)

The Audio Description Project
202-467-5083
www.acb.org/adp/dvds.html

Blue Rose Videos (VCR only)
www.bluerosevideos.com

Described TV Listings (use zip code to find listings) 
800-232-5463 
http://www.afb.org/tv.aspx

Libraries - (movies, video, DVD, music etc.) San Mateo County Library
http://www.smcl.org/en/ebookseaudiobooks

Santa Clara County
800-286-1991
www.sccl.org/

Narrative TV Network (free for blind; u-tube with narration added) 
800-801-8184
www.narrativetv.com/

Netflix (Audio Description for Visually Impaired. Customers can choose audio narration on Netflix produced shows such as  Marvel’s Daredevils just like choosing the soundtrack in a different language.)
http://dvd.netflix.com/  (DVD)
www.neftlix.com   (streaming)

Newsline -National Foundation of the Blind [NFB] 
https://nfb.org/nfb-newsline-instructions
Application 410-67-659-9314

News by phone 888-882-1629 
Described TV listings 866-504-7300

Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research & Development Center
415-345-2113
www.vdrdc.org/  

Talking Flix  (to launch in 2015 buy/rent audio described movies TVseries) 
http://talkingflix.com/

1.4  Music

Dancing Dots (accessible music tech-midi, duxbury, lime lighter, sonar, OCR) 
610-783-6692 
www.dancingdots.com

Finale Music (software midi, scan comp keyboard)  Forum for blind users
800-843-2066 
http://www.finalemusic.com/search/?usterms=blind+user

Lampcraft (LED clip on music light)
800-277-5527 
http://www.lampcraft.com/

Music Education Network for Visually Impaired (MENVI) (specialists, resource links)   
866- 824-7876
www.menvi.org/

Music for the Blind (learn by ear) Bill Brown (sale CD,tape, download - Piano, flute guitar +)
888-778-1828
http://musicfortheblind.com/
also www.musicvi.com/  

Musopen ( free music downloads)
https://musopen.org/

National Library Service for Blind-Music (instruction LPrint, cassette, braille)
800-424-8567
www.loc.gov/nls/music/

National Resource Center for Blind Musicians  (tech demos, resource list)  
203-366-3300
www.blindmusicstudent.org

Ocutech -Vision Enhance Systems  (bioptic telescope for music)  
800-326-6460
http://ocutech.com/bioptic-music.aspx

Large Print Music  (software print to ipad, android, Mac/Windows)
http://largeprintmusic.com/

Sheet Music Plus
800-745-3868
http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?Ntt=large+print 

1.5  Radio, Phone, Pod casts

ACB Radio (6 streams)
231-460-1047
http://www.acbradio.org/  

AIRS-LA: (Internet Reading Service)
www.airsla.org/ 

Bill’s Old Time Radio Store (sale mp3, CD, streaming music 60’s)
317-783-4233  877-687-7234 (orders)
http://www.billsparks.com/
www.billsparks.org  

Eyes on Success (interviews re blindness)
http://viewpointsplus.net/

Fear You Can Hear (old time radio-free for blind/vip)
http://www.live365.com/stations/troyrthayne

Lets Talk Low Vision with Dr. Bill
712 432-6100
cclvi-announce@cclvi.org  

Radio Lab Podcasts (listen download)
http://www.radiolab.org/
 

Blind readers service (news sports info)
WRBH.org  88.3 FM and web
http://tunein.com/radio/WRBH-883-s22329/  

1.6 Reading Materials in Alternate Media

Audio Editions (sale -CD, tape books)
800-231-4261
www.audioeditions.com

Books Aloud (free audio)
408-808-2613
www.booksaloud.org

Choice Magazine Listening (free)
888-724-6423 
www.choicemagazinelistening.org

Consumer Vision (bimonthly re blindness donations)
508-994-4972
www.consumervisionmagazine.com

Newsreel Magazine (on site and mp3 re blindness donations)
888-723-8737
http://newsreelmag.org/

Newsline (NFB) National Foundation of the Blind (free) News by phone
888-882-1629

Described TV listings
866-504-7300
https://nfb.org/nfb-newsline-instructions  

1.6a Public Libraries (free DVD, L Print, movies, music)

San Mateo County Library
http://www.smcl.org/en/ebookseaudiobooks

Santa Clara County
800-286-1991
www.sccl.org/

SF Brl & Talking Book Lib
415-557-4253
Tantor Library Media Inc. (sale, e-books)
877-782-6867
http://www.tantorlibrary.com/home-library.asp

1.7 Large Print

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) (text books)
800-223-1839
http://www.aph.org/

DoubleDay LPrint
www.doubledaylargeprint.com

LRS LP School Books (sale, made to order)
800-255-5002
https://largeprintschoolbooks.com/Why_Books_.html

NY Times LP Edition
800-698-4637
http://homedelivery.nytimes.com/HDS/LargeTypeWeeklyHome.do?mode=ChooseCountry.LargeTypeWeekly

Random House LP and Audio Books
http://www.randomhouse.com/largeprint/

Reader's Digest LP
800-310-2181
http://www.rda.com/readers-digest-large-print

1.8  Multiple media

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
800-223-1839
http://www.aph.org/

Bookshare (fee, students, adults)
650-352-0198
www.bookshare.org

Book Readers Resource (computer, hardware device, tablet/smart phones-- extensive) 
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/other-reading-tools#applications

CA Braille & Talking Book Library (free)
800-952-5666
www.btbl.library.ca.gov/klasweb

Dialog Magazine, BlindSkills Inc (fee LP,  cartridge, brl, cassette, or em)
800-860-4224
http://blindskills.com/

Learning Ally (fee, students, adults)
800-221-4792
http://www.learningally.org/

Library of Congress Nat Lib Serv  (free)
www.loc.gov/nls/

http://www.loc.gov/nls/music/index.html

Public Libraries- see San Mateo and Santa Clara County libs (1.6)

Librivox  (free public domain audio books)
www.librivox.org/

Read How You Want (sale, made at request lp, audio books)
800-797-9277
http://readhowyouwant.com/

2 ADVOCACY & MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS

2.1  Agencies and Associations

American Association of People with Disabilities 800-840-8844
www.aapd.com

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
800-232-5463
www.afb.org

Disability Rights CA
800-776-5746
www.disabilityrightsca.org/

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
800-438-9376
www.nationaldb.org/

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
408-894-9041
www.svilc.org

Through the Looking Glass
800-644-2666
http://www.lookingglass.org/

2.2  Membership Organizations

American Association of the Deaf-Blind
301-563-9064
http://www.aadb.org/

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
800-424-8666
www.acb.org

Blinded Veterans Association
800-669-7079
www.bva.org

CA Council of the Blind (CCB)
800-221-6359
http://www.ccbnet.org/

CA Council of Citizens with Low Vision (CCCLV)
650-969-3155
http://www.ccbnet.org/   (search affiliates)

HandiHams (Ham Radio for disabled)
866-426-3442 
http://handiham.blogspot.com/

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
410-659-9314
www.nfb.org

Silicon Valley Council of the Blind (SVCB)
888-652-5333
www.svcb.cc

2.3  Disability Law

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
800-514-0301
www.ada.gov/

Dale Law Firm (serves disabled)
925-826-5585
http://dalelawfirm.com/

Disability.gov (resouce links)
https://www.disability.gov/

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
510-665-8644
http://www.dralegal.org/

Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC)
http://www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
510.644.2555
800-348-4232
http://dredf.org/

Law Office-Lainey Feingold (disability civil rights) 510-548-5062
http://lflegal.com/

Celia McGuinness, Esq.
The Law Offices of Paul L. Rein
510-832-5001
http://reinlawoffice.com

3   BRAILLE

3.1  Literacy

Braille & Talking Book Library CA (free for blind/vip)
800-952-5666
www.btbl.library.ca.gov/klasweb

Braille Transcription Project  (lending brl books, brailler repair)
408-298-4468
www.brailleproject.org

Braille Writing Tutor (USB to laptop;brl cell;interactive)
http://nbp.convio.net/site/R?i=LwHBKD2beSlkQ_UJwR7Hbg

National Braille Press (NBP) (produce/sell books)
888-965-8965
www.nbp.org

Seedlings Braille Books for Children (brl/print books)
800-777-8552
http://seedlings.org/order.php

SF Brl and Talking Book Library
415-557-4253 #4
lbpd@sfpl.org 

3.2  Braille cards, jewelry

Braille Transcription Project (brl books, cards, brailler repair)
408-298-4468
www.brailleproject.org

Braille Book Store (clocks, kitchen, cards ..)
800-987-1231
http://www.braillebookstore.com/

At First Sight Braille Jewelry
214-675-4061 
http://braillejewelry.blogspot.com/p/contact-us.html

Shadows in the Dark (cards, brl services)
210-376-0017
http://www.shadowsinthedark.com/

3.3  Braille Production/Transcription

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) (text books) 
800-223-1839
http://www.aph.org/

American Thermoform Corp. (embossers,paper, 3D, braille displays, software)
800-331-3676
http://americanthermoform.com/products/

Braille Plus (transcription, l print, audio..)
866-264-2345
www.brailleplus.net

Cat's Meow Braille Transcription (menus, crossword puzzles...)
316 619-4750
http://catsmeowbraille.com/

Sterling Adaptives (brl displays, note takers, OCR.)
415-878-2922
http://sterlingadaptives.com/

For braille technical devices; PDA, note takers, computer access, Apex, Braille Sense U2, please refer to Category 4  

4  SOURCES OF ACCESSIBLE ITEMS

4.1 Agency Connected stores

Lighthouse SF
888-400-8933
www.adaptationsonline.com

NFB Independence Market Place
410-659-9314 ext 2216
https://nfb.org/independence-market

Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB)
888-202-5463
www.oregon.gov/BLIND

Society for Blind Store
916-452-8271 ex 302
www.societyfortheblind.org

Vista Center Store
800-660-2009
www.vistacenter.org

4.2  Computer Access

Screen Readers- Jaws, Window Eyes, NVDA, Android-Talkback Apple-Voice Over;
Screen magnifiers - ZoomText Magic;
PDA-Note Takers: Pac Mate,  Prodigi,  Eye-Pal 

Access Ingenuity (retail, multiple products)
877-579-4380
www.accessingenuity.com

Ai Squared (ZoomText)
800-859-0270
www.aisquared.com

ABiSee, Inc. (Low vision/blind reading machines)
855-354-4080
www.abisee.com   (Now joined with Freedom Scientific)

Freedom Scientific (Jaws screen reader, Plextalk, Pacmate)
800-444-4443
www.freedomscientific.com

GW Micro (WindowEyes screen reader)
260-489-3671
www.gwmicro.com  
(Now joined with AiSquared)

Innovative Rehab Tech Inc. (IRTI)
800-322-4784 (products, customized computers/retail)
www.irti.net

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) free screen reader download
http://www.nvaccess.org/

RL & Assoc
866-339-1180
www.rla.com

VoiceOver - Apple Inc
877-204-3930
https://www.apple.com/voiceover/info/guide/

Talkback – Google Inc
https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/

4.3  Non-Visual Reading Devices

Talking readers including Stream 2, Intel reader, NLS Digital book player, Plex Talk, Pocket BookPort, BookSense, Braille plus APH

California Braille & Talking Book Library
800-952-5666
http://www.library.ca.gov/services/btbl.html/

HIMS- Human Info Manage.Sys
888-520-4467 (products/retail)
www.hims-inc.com/

Humanware
800-722-3393 (Products/retail)
www.humanware.com/

OCR- Optical Character Recognition systems- DaVinci Pearl/Open Book

Kurzweil Products
800-894-5374
https://www.kurzweiledu.com/

Oehm Electronics(Optacon+)
408-971-6250

Sterling Adaptives [retail, wide range of products]
415-878-2922
http://sterlingadaptives.com/

4.4 Phones, MP3, GPS

Providers – Samsung, Motorola (Android,) Apple iPhones, I Pods,Odin, Jitterbug

Apple Access
877-204-3930
www.apple.com/support

AT&T National Center for Customers with Disabilities
866-241-6568

CA Telephone Access Prog (CTAP special needs phones free)
800-806-1191
http://www.californiaphones.org/

Great Call (Jitterbug)
800-918-8543
www.greatcall.com/

Microsoft Accessibility
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/guides/vision.aspx

Odin mobile (smart phone, blind/vip) 
855-217-9459
http://odinmobile.com/

Sendero Group (GPS)
888-757-6810
http://www.senderogroup.com/

Sprint
866-866-7509
www.sprint.com/landings/accessibility/

TapTapSee
contact@taptapseeapp.com
http://www.taptapseeapp.com/

Verizon Wireless Mobile Access Center
800-922-0204

AT&T Customer Service for People with Vision Loss
866-241-6568

Sprint Customer Service for People with Vision Loss
855-885-7568

Verizon National Accessibility Customer Service Center(supports both iPhones and various Android models.)
888-262-1999

4.5  Daily Living Devices

Clocks pens kitchen organize

ILA
800-537-2118
www.independentliving.com

LSS
800-468-4789
www.lssproducts.com/

Maxi Aids
800-522-6294
www.maxiaids.com

4.5a Canes

Rainshine Cane (rigid,fiberglass)
608-257-9330
Revolution Enterprises (graphite)
800-382-5132
http://www.advantage-canes.com/

Others include:Mahler, Reizen, RNIB, Spirit, WCIB. Tips include ceramic, nylon glide, roller, wheel.

4.5b Crafts – Sewing

Annies
800-545-4002
www.anniescatalog.com
A Stitch in Time in the Blind Mice MegaMall (knitting, crocheting, and accessories) 
713-893-7277 https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bmm/shop/Directory_Departments?storeid=1890275

Lion Brand Yarn
800-258-9276

4.6  Lighting

Berryessa Designs
www.berryessadesigns.com

Jasper Ridge (VisionEdge)
650-212-3190
http://jasperridge.net/

      Lampcraft (LED music)
800-277-5527

MonoMouse hand held electronic magnifier
www.bierley.com

4.7  Video Magnifiers

DaVinci Merlin SenseView Smart View, Super Nova Clearview, WinZoom, Optelec
Dolphin
866-797-5921
http://www.yourdolphin.com

Enhanced Vision Systems
888-811-3161
https://www.enhancedvision.com/

Freedom Vision Mag Center
800-961-1334
http://www.freedomvision.net/

J Bliss Low Vision Systems
888-452-5477
http://www.jbliss.com/

Read Again
800-826-4200
www.readagain.org

Vision Anew (CCTV rentals)
800-355-0428

4.8  Low Vision Devices

Handheld magnifiers, telescopes

Bundy Opticians San Mateo
650-344-4232
Mons International
800-541-7903
www.magnifiers.com

Optical Shoppe (Sunnyvale)
408-773-8388

Palo Alto Eye Works
650-327-5665

Vista Center
800-660-2009
www.vistacenter.org

4.9  Multiple Categories

AFB Product List: sort by task,category..
www.afb.org/prodBrowseTask.asp

Bargains for Blind
www.BlindBargains.com

Bay Area Digital (med equip)
415-217-6667
www.bayareadigital.us

Blind Mice Mega Mall
713-893-7277
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com

Blind Treasures
804-726-8900

Flying Blind (tech newsletter)
www.flying-blind.com

Speak to Me Catalog (talking gifts etc)
800-248-9965
https://www.speaktomecatalog.com/

4.10 Screen Readers and Magnifiers

JAWS and MAGIC – Freedom Scientific
800-444-4443
www.freedomscientific.com

NVDA Non Visual Desktop Access
http://www.nvaccess.org/

Window Eyes – Ai Squared
260-489-3671
www.gwmicro.com

Zoomtext – Ai Squared
800-8590270
www.aisquared.com

Talkback – Google Inc
https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/

VoiceOver - Apple Inc
877-204-3930
https://www.apple.com/voiceover/info/guide/

5  SPECIALIZED BLIND SKILLS TRAINING & EDUCATION

5.1  Distance Learning

AFB Braille Bug
www.braillebug.org/

Access Tech Institute (ATI)
www.blindtraining.com/

Bioptic Driving USA
317-844-0919

Carroll Tech
http://www.carrolltech.org

Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired (tech)
http://www.ciscovision.org/

Phone training-Windows/Apple
832-554-7285
raul@raulgallegos.com

5.2  Local Specialized Blind Skills Training

Adaptive Technology Services (comp training)
866-564-6650
info@adaptive.com

Bioptic instruct Apex Drive School
415-267-6118
http://apexdrivingschool.com/

Center for Partially Sighted
310-988-1970
www.low-vision.org/

Center Vision Enhance (COVE)
209-722-8118
http://covemerced.org/

East Bay Center for the Blind
510-843-6935
http://www.eastbaycenterfortheblind.org/

Earle Baum Center
707-523-3222

Foley,Trish O&M
408-243-7688

Hatlen Center (Living Skills)
510-234-4984
http://www.hcblind.org/

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
516-944-8900
http://www.hknc.org/

Lighthouse of SF
415-694-7322 (see also 4.1)
http://lighthouse-sf.org/

Lions Center for the Blind (Oakland)
510-450-1580
http://www.lbcenter.org/

Orientation Centr for Blind (OCB)
510-559-208
www.dor.ca.gov/OCB/index.html

Santa Clara Valley Blind Center
408-295-4016
www.visionbeyondsight.org

School of Piano Technology for the Blind
360-693-1511
http://pianotuningschool.org/

Valley Center for Blind Fresno
559-222-4447
http://www.valleycenterfortheblind.org/

Vision Impaired Persons Support
209 522-8477
http://www.vipsmodesto.org/

Vista Center for Blind & Visually Impaired
800-660-2009
http://vistacenter.org

Western Blind Rehab Center (WBRC) VA Palo Alto
800-455-0057

5.3  Self Help Products and Services

National Help Desk (Assist Tech)
888-825-0080
http://chicagolighthouse.org

Tech Access Weekly
http://techaccessweekly.com

Top Dot Enterprises (tech letter)
425-296-1744

Vision Aware (resources/products/services)
www.visionaware.org

5.4  Dog Guide Schools & Organizations

Guide Dogs for Blind San Rafael
800-295-4050

Guide Dogs of Amer Sylmar
818-362-5834

Guide Dogs of Desert International
888-883-0022

Guide Dog Users Inc (GDUI)
866-799-8436
www.gdui.org

5.5  Dog Guide - Products & Services

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) (free service animal eye exam)
servicedog@acvo .org
www.acvoeyeexam.org

Doctors Foster & Smith
800-381-7179
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/

Doggie Walk Bags (odorless)
877-364-2247

Doodle Scoopers
1-877-766-7911

Handiworks (products for special needs)
888-550-3063
http://www.handiworks.com/

6 VISION LOSS SUPPORT

6.1  Support Services

Deaf-blind Think Tank  (message page)
http://dbtt.org/

Starkey Hearing Foundation (Hearing Aid Assistance)
800-328-8602  
www.Starkey.com/starkey-hearing-foundation 

Diabetics in Action
acb-diabetics-subscribe@acb.org

Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
subscribe@yahoogroups.com
http://www.tfrr.org/index.php/en/

Low Vision Gateway- Resource Links
www.lowvision.org

Magnets & Ladders (writers with disabilities)
http://www.magnetsandladders.org/

Sasi (sight/sound impaired)
sasi@acb.org
http://www.sasi.org/

Senior Center without Walls  (phone based activities)
877-797-7299
http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

Vision Aware (AFB) (support info, message Board etc) 
http://www.visionaware.org/

7  RECREATION

7.1  Audio- Computer Games

7-128 Software Games
978-745-0160
www.7128.com
Driftwood Audio Entertainment
http://www.blind-games.com/

7.2  Indoor Rock Climbing

Bay Area Climbers
http://bayareaclimbers.com/gyms.html

7.3  Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program  (BORP) (sports, adventure outings, yoga) 
510-849-4663
www.borp.org

7.4  Birding

http://www.nhest.org/birds.html

7.5  Bowling

American Blind Bowling Association (ABBA)
919-621-1707
www.abba1951.org/events.htm

Moonlight Lanes, Santa Clara
ContactTom Keiser 408-249-1721

7.6  Camping

American Camp Association (special needs)
www.acacamps.org/

Camp Costanoan
408-867-1115

Camp Krem
510-222-6662

Easter Seal Camp
800-400-0617

Enchanted Hills for Blind
415-431-1481

7.7  Dancing

AXIS Dance Company 
510 625-0110  
www.axisdance.org

7.8 Fishing License

CA Department of Fish & Wildlife
(free with proof of blindness)
916-928-5805
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing

7.9  Horseback Riding

Bay Area Equestrian Network
800-943-8883
http://www.bayequest.info/

Westwind 4H Riding for the Handicapped
650- 947‑8680
http://westwind4h.org/

7.10 Kayak-Surf-Water Ski-Rafting

Disabled Sports USA Far West
530-581-4161
www.dsusafw.org/

Environmental Traveling Companions
415-474-7662
www.etctrips.org

Visions
510-240-2229
www.juniorblind.org

Wilderness Inquiry
800-728-0719
https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/

7.11 Martial Arts-Self-Defense

Academy of Taekwondo
415-864-4827
www.academyoftkd.com/

Blind Judo Foundation
www.blindjudofoundation.org

7.12 Baseball

National Beep Baseball Association
866-400-4551
www.nbba.org

7.13  Sailing

Adaptive Sailing Program-Treasure Island
415-421-2225
http://tisailing.org/

BayArea Association Disabled Sailors
415-281-0212
www.baads.org

7.14  Snow Skiing

Discovery Blind Sports-Tahoe
209-258-2233
www.discoveryblindsports.org

Heavenly Mt Ski Resort
800-432-8365

Ski for Light
618-827-3232
www.sfl.org

Sierra Regional Ski for Light
http://srsfl.org/

7.15  Tandem Bicycling

Double Vision Tandem Club (VA Palo Alto WBRC)
800-455-0057   

Tandem Bicycling Yosemite
http://www.yosemitepark.com/biking.aspx

US Blind Tandem Bikers Connection
http://bicyclingblind.org

7.16  US Association of Blind Athletes

719-866-3224
http://www.usaba.org/

7.17 Blind Golfing

US Blind Golfers Association (USBGA)
503-635-3715  
www.blindgolf.com

7.18  Chess

US Braille Chess Association www.americanblindchess.org

7.19  Goalball

USA Goalball
330-475-6023
www.angelfire.com/hi5/usa-goalball/

7.20  Yoga

Nancy Yamello 
408 374 2672
nancy@nancyjamello.com

Saratoga recreation Center
http://www.saratoga.ca.us/cityhall/rec/default.asp

Lighthouse for Blind and Visually Impaired 
415-694-7320
http://lighthouse-sf.org/

8  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE- FREE/LOW  COST EQUIPMENT, SERVICES, TALKING PILL BOTTLES

8.1  Sources of funds

San Francisco CCB Grant (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, SF, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma counties )
Charlie Dorris 415-775-0487
Tyreedorris@aol.com

Assistive Tech Fund Association of Blind Citizens (income requirements) 
www.blindcitizens.org/

Barbara Rhodes Adaptive Technology Grant (Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz,
& San Benito counties)
888-652-5333
www.svcb.cc

CA Council of Blind (CCB) (crises, scholarships +)
800-221-6359
www.ccbnet.org/

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) (scholarships)
800-733-2258
www.cclvi.org/scholarship

8.2  Low cost/free equipment , info, training

Adaptech Research Network (tech database)
http://www.adaptech.org/en/downlo

Android: (free book reader) Go to Google Play. Select Go Read and install.

CA Braille & Talking Book Library (free player,  book cartridges)
800-952-5666
www.btbl.library.ca.gov/klasweb

Computers For The Blind Texas (new name)  (refurbished computers with screen reader)    
214-340-6328  
http://www.computersfortheblind.net

Hadley School for Blind (free courses: high school, adult ed, professionals)
800-323-4238
http://www.hadley.edu/

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) free screen reader download
http://www.nvaccess.org/

Open Office (download, user mail list)
http://www.openoffice.org

RoboBraille (convert file, text online to brl, audio, multi languages)
www.robobraille.org

SystemAccess to Go (screen reader, smart phone app, support )
866-202-0520
www.serotek.com

Thunder Screen Reader (smart phone app, training)
www.screenreader.net

Window Eyes free for owners of Microsoft Office
http://www.windoweyesforoffice.com/

8.3 Accessible prescriptions - (talking pill bottles or label reader on request)

CVS –needs to be via mail order to use scrip talk reader
888-861-4363 (request)
http://www.cvs.com/

Then to get scrip talk reader for CVS drug labels call  En-Vision America
855-773-2579
http://www.envisionamerica.com/

Kaiser Northern CA  (request via primary MD)
888-218-6245
https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/

Walgreens (in store ask for talking prescription bottles attachments if prescriptions are at Walgreen’s-should be free)

Walmart mail order
(888-227-3403)

Other options dependent on insurance               
Aetna Mail order
(800-262-2226)

Caremark (also braille & ScripView)
( 800-552-8159)

Optum Rx Mail order (also ScripView )                           

Public insurance
855-475-5088

Private insurance (855-505-5107)

8.4  Financial assistance eye care

EyeCare America (free eye care)
877-887-6327
http://www.aao.org/eyecare-america/online-referral-center

Kaiser Medical Financial Assistance Program  (MFA)
866-399-7696
http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/northern-california-medical-financial-assistance/

Lions Clubs International (search "eye care")
https://directory.lionsclubs.org

Medicare Benefit - Eye Exams
800-633-4227
http://www.medicare.gov/coverage/eye-exams.html

NeedyMeds (search drug name for assistance program) 
800-503-6897
www.needymeds.org

New Eyes for Needy (eyeglass vouchers)
973-376-4903
http://neweyesfortheneedy.org

Operation Access (San Mateo, Santa Clara counties, outpatient surgery)
415-733-0052
www.operationaccess.org

Partnership for Rx Assist Prog (drug company partners, + search - for low cost clinics) 
888-477-2669
https://www.pparx.org

Patient Access Network (financial guidelines, list of conditions includes AMD)
866-316-7263
www.panfoundation.org

RX Assist (data base)
www.rxassist.org

Santa Clara County HICAP (health insurance counseling )
408-350-3200
ccorrales@coasiliconvalley.com

San Mateo County HICAP office
Self Help for the Elderly
650 627-9350 
christinak@selfhelpelderly.org 

Sight for Students (financial guidelines)
888-290-4964
http://www.sightforstudents.org/

Together Rx Access
800-444-4106
http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/

Vision USA
800-766-4466
www.aoafoundation.org

Walmart ($4 prescriptions)
800-273-3455 
www.walmart.com          

8.5 Affordable Online Colleges and Resources

Affordable colleges online
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/

College Resources for Students with Disabilities http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/

9  TRANSPORTATION & PHONE INFO SERVICES

9.1  Local transportation

511 Transit information
Dial 511
http://511.org

Avenidas Door to Door Palo Alto
(Volunteers.  Fee per distance, Monday - Friday)
650-289-5411

Caltrain 
800-660-4287
www.caltrain.com

Get Up & Go San Mateo County (fee, Mon, Tue, Fri)
650-378-2750
http://www.pjcc.org

Google shuttle Mountain View (No charge)
Circle route stops
855-730-7433

Marguerite Shuttle
Stanford (No Charge)
650-723-9339
http://transportation.stanford.edu/marguerite

Outreach (paratransit, Santa Clara County)
800-400-3440
http://www.outreach1.org/

Palo Alto Shuttle (No charge)
650-329-2441
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/

Redi Wheels (paratransit San Mateo County)
650-366-4856 eligibility
650-369-1797 book rides
http://www.samtrans.com/Accessibility/Paratransit.html

RoadRunners El Camino Hospital (fee per distance; Monday thru Friday)
650-940-7016

SamTrans San Mateo County
800-660-4287
http://www.samtrans.com/

ValleyTransit Authority (VTA) Santa Clara County
800-894-9908
http://www.vta.org/

We Drive U (your car or Avis car)
800-773-7483
http://www.wedriveu.com/

9.1a Smart phone apps (person with smart phone can call to request a ride for a friend)

Lift Hero Lite (curb to curb; call to set up ride with Uber; Uber charge plus small percentage)
888-606-4654
https://www.lifthero.com/concierge

SideCar
https://www.side.cr/

Uber
https://get.uber.com/

Yellow Cab Santa Clara County (plus Menlo Park) 650-999-9999
Yellow Cab, San Mateo
650-637-1234

9.2  General Travel

AMTRAK
800-872-7245
www.amtrak.com

Damar Travel & Cruise
800-999-6101
http://damartravel.com/

Dimensions in Travel
800-828-2962
http://www.dimensionsintravel.com/

Magellan's Travel Supplies
888-450-7714  
http://www.magellans.com/

Minds Eye Travel (bline/vip focus)
207-542-4438
http://www.mindseyetravel.com/

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions 
866-289-9673
http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/travelers-disabilities-and-medical-conditions

9.3 Telephone Info Services

24/7 Inc. (News, movies, traffic, etc.)
408-752-8052

Free 411 (Note: ad comes before main menu)
800-373-3411

Internet Speech  (email by phone)
408-532-4-8460
www.internetspeech.com

10  Vision Research, Info, Treatment

10.1 Research and Information

BrightFocus Foundation (AMD, Glaucoma) 
855-345-6647
www.brightfocus.org/

Center-Assistive Technology & Environmental Access (CATEA)
404-894-4960
http://www.catea.gatech.edu/

Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)
800-683-5555
www.blindness.org

Foundation for Retinal Research
224-927-5063
http://www.tfrr.org/

Glaucoma Research Foundation
800-826-6693
http://www.glaucoma.org/

Health Library at Vista Center (Stanford Hospital Health Library affiliate)
(Free health info searches.  Large print, email or braille) E-research lists, BIRD
800-660-2009 ext. 132 
www.vistacenter.org

Macular Degeneration Partnership
888-438-9898
http://www.amd.org

MedlinePlus
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

National Eye Institute
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health

VisionAware
www.visionaware.org/

10.2 Vision Research and Treatment

Byers Eye Institute, Stanford
650 723-6995
http://ophthalmology.stanford.edu

Doheny Eye Institute, USC
323-442-7100
http://www.doheny.org/
Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
310-825-5000
http://www.jsei.org/

UCSF Ophthmology institutes 
415-353-2800
http://ucsfeye.net

Wilmer Eye Institute,  Johns Hopkins
800-215-6467
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/

11 BUSINESSES WITH ACCESSIBLE FEATURES

11.1 Appliances-Manufacturers

GE Answer Center
(braille Kit for Artistry Electric Range/microwaves)
800-626-2000
www.geappliances.com 

Maytag
800-344-1274
www.maytag.com

Sears
800-697-3277
www.sears.com

TalkingThermostats.com
800-838-8860
http://talkingthermostats.com/blind.shtml

Whirlpool
800-253-1301
www.whirlpool.com/support/

11.2  Miscellaneous Accessibility Services

Blind Audio Catalogs (daisy,mp3 download)
877-814-7323
http://www.blindaudiocatalogs.com/

Voter hot line, CA Secretary of State
916-653-6814 
800-345-8683
http://www.sos.ca.gov/

DMV Disabled Person Placard
800-777-0133
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/

Directions for Me (food, beauty, garden, package info)
800-318-2000
http://www.directionsforme.org/

Discounts for people with Disabilities
https://disableddiscounts.com

U.S. Currency Reader Program - iBill Talking Banknote Identifier (free)
844- 815-9388 
www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html

National Do Not Call Registry
888-382-1222 
https://www.donotcall.gov/

Smart Voter (insert zip to get your ballot issues/ candidates)
http://smartvoter.org

Smithsonian Accessibility Program
888-783-0001
http://www.si.edu/Accessibility

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Hotlines 24/7
855-278-4208  800-273-2885
http://www.sccgov.org/sites/mhd/Resources/SP/
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The Great Courses (science, history, DVD, CD,  downloads)
800-832-2412
http://www.thegreatcourses.com/

11.3 Food Online, Phone

Amazon Grocery & Gourmet Foods
www.amazon.com

Farm Fresh to You (produce)
800-796-6009
http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com/

Good Eggs (produce, grocery, bakery) SF-MV
415-483-7344
https://www.goodeggs.com/sfbay/

 Netgrocer.com (grocery, frozen)
1-888-638-4762 
www.netgrocer.com

Omaha Steaks
800-960-8400
http://www.omahasteaks.com/shop/

Safeway.com (grocery, deli, bakery)
877-505-4040              
https://shop.safeway.com/ecom/account/sign-in

Schwans Food Co (frozen)
888-724-9267
http://www.schwans.com/

11.4 Same-day chef prepared & restaurant food

https://www.doordash.com/
Choose restaurant; on line menu items  $6.
Delivery in 45min.
https://www.fluc.com/
Choose restaurant; on line menu items  $5-7 delivery 45min
Munchery (chef prepared meals) daily menu: $2.50 pick 1hr delivery window  888-458-5376
https://munchery.com/

Waitersonwheels.com (WOW)
Order by phone, 650-366-3366  1-1hr 15min
local delivery charge and min order
www.waitersonwheels.com

  
12  RELIGIOUS INFORMATION-ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

AudioTreasure (Bibles- some free/ download)
757-741-8457
http://www.audiotreasure.com/

Aurora Ministries-Bible Alliance
941-748-3031
http://audiobiblesfortheblind.org/

Bartimaeus Alliance of Blind
650-754-4207
http://bartimaeus.us/

Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicap
812-466-4899
http://www.biblesfortheblind.org/

Bible Gateway (look up passages, store)
www.BibleGateway.com

Braille Bibles International (braille,large print,audio)
800-522-4253
http://www.braillebibles.org/

Care Ministries- for people who are blind 
800-336-2232
http://www.careministries.org/

Church of Jesus Christ -Latter Day Saints
www.lds.org

Gospel Light Foundation for Blind
678-475-7875
http://www.glfb.org/contact.html

Guidepost (large print books)
800-932-2145
http://www.guideposts.org/

Jewish Braille Institute International
800-433-1531
www.jbilibrary.org/

Lutheran Library for the Blind
888-215-2455
http://www.lbwinc.org/library/index.php

National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)
202-529-2933
www.ncpd.org

Unitarian Universalst Church
www.uua.org

Xavier Society for the Blind
800-637-9193
http://www.xaviersocietyfortheblind.org/

Whitney Lib for the Blind (Assemblies of God)
417-831-1964
http://blind.ag.org/Resources/whitney_library.cfm

 

Disclaimer: BIRD listings do not necessarily imply recommendation.  They are examples of the category and certainly do not represent all that is available. BIRD is intended to assist you in finding the service, equipment, or info you are looking for.  If you find places you think should be included in a future update, please let us know.

BIRD Team: RP, DW, MK, GB, AS

Silicon Valley Council of the Blind
888-652-5333
http://www.svcb.cc/

Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
650-858-0202 ext. 132; 800-660-2009
thl@vistacenter.orgwww.vistacenter.org