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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 includes 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.    

BIRD 2018 (MS Word)

Table of Contents

1 ARTS, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

1.1  Live Theater with Audio Description

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

TheatreWorks box office  650-493-1960 
http://www.theatreworks.org/

Description: The Visual Voice  650-336-5723   
http://thevisualvoice.net

1.2  Movies, TV, Audio Description DVD

Apple TV Apple TV            
https://www.apple.com/tv/

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

Blue Rose Videos (closed 2016; duplicate videos from  info@bluerosevideos.com)

Cinema - call theatre for movies with video description schedule

Described TV Listings AV Index  800-232-5463  http://www.afb.org/tv.aspx

Fire TV with Alexa Voice Remote   https://www.amazon.com/

Movies for the Blind  subscription
http://moviesfortheblind.com/

Museums with accessible programs
http://www.acb.org/adp/museums.html#CA

Narrative TV Network  free for blind  800-801-8184
http://narrativetv.com

Netflix some audio description
http://dvd.netflix.com/  DVD
https://www.netflix.com/ smart phone, smart TV, computer 

Newsline  National Foundation of the Blind (NFB) free  Application  410-67-659-9314; News by phone  888-882-1629  Described TV listings  866-504-7300
https://nfb.org/nfb-newsline-instructions   

San Mateo County Library  https://smcl.org/resources-types/ebooks-e audiobooks/  

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

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

1.3  Music  

Dancing Dots brl & low vision music tech
610-783-6692  http://www.dancingdots.com/main/index.htm 

Finale Music software midi, scan computer  keyboard 800-843-2066  https://www.finalemusic.com/

Music for the Blind  learn by ear Bill Brown sale CD, tape; piano, flute, guitar  888-778-1828  http://musicfortheblind.com/

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

National Library Service for Blind-Music  (NLS) instruction audio, LPrint,braille  800-424-8567
https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/music-materials/music-appreciation/music-and-the-human-experience/

National Resource Center for Blind Musicians  tech demos, resource list  203-366-3300 http://www.blindmusicstudent.org/

Ocutech - Vision Enhance Systems bioptic telescope for music  800-326-6460
https://www.ocutech.com/consumers/reading-music-with-bioptic-telescopes/

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 

1.4  Radio, Phone, Podcasts

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

AIRS-LA: Internet Reading Service
http://www.airsla.org/default.asp

As I See It http://ffb.ca/as-i-see-it-podcast/

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

Cool Blind Tech  subscribe email, iphone+
https://coolblindtech.com/

Eyes on Success subscription  podcasts re blindness  http://viewpointsplus.net/

Helping Hands for the Blind 818-341-8217  http://www.helpinghands4theblind.org/  links   •Old Time Radio

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

Radio Lab Podcasts  http://www.radiolab.org/ 

Radio Look-Up - online radio streams podcast, legend oldies  800-693-0595   http://billsparks.net/

1.5 Reading Materials in Alternate Media

Audio Editions sale –CD, tape, books  800-231-4261  http://www.audioeditions.com/

Books Aloud free  408-808-2613  http://www.booksaloud.org/

Bookshare  Accessible Online Library students free  or fee 650-352-0198   https://www.bookshare.org/   see 1.8


Choice Magazine Listening free 888-724-6423   http://www.choicemagazinelistening.org/

Consumer Vision blindness donations  508-994-         4972  http://www.consumervisionmagazine.com/

Newsreel Magazine donations blindness  mp3, cassette, NLS cartridge CD  888-723-8737  http://newsreelmag.org/

1.6 Large Print

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

DoubleDay L Print 716-250-5700; https://www.doubledaylargeprint.com/

NY Times LP Edition  800-631-2580
https://www.nytimes.com/subscriptions/hd/other/large-print.html

Random House LP and Audio Books on site e mail
http://www.randomhouse.com/largeprint/

Reader's Digest LP  877 732-4438 http://www.rda.com/readers-digest-large-print

1.7 Multiple Media

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

BARD- Braille & Audio Reading materials Free (download, cartridge reader) 888-657-7323
https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/bard-access/

Bookshare 650-352-0198  https://www.bookshare.org/cms/

Bookshare reading tools (tablet/smart phones-- extensive)  https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/other-reading-tools#applications

CA Braille & Talking Book Library (free)
800-952-5666  https://btbl.library.ca.gov/ca1aopac

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

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

Library of Congress Nat Lib Serv  (free) 888-657-7323 www.loc.gov/nls/  

Listen Factor (movie sound tracks +) http://www.thelistenfactor.com /

Public Libraries- see San Mateo and Santa Clara County libs

Librivox  (free public domain audio books) info@librivox.com https://librivox.org/

Read How You Want (sale, LP, brl, daisy) 800-797-9277  http://readhowyouwant.com/ 

Victor Reader Stream2 book reader wifi 800-722-3393 http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/home 

2  ADVOCACY & MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS

2.1  Agencies and Associations

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

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
800-232-5463  https://www.afb.org/default.aspx

California Deafblind Services  415-405-7558, TTY: 415-405-7560  http://www.cadbs.org

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

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
503-838-8754  support@nationaldb.org
https://nationaldb.org/

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
408-894-9041  http://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/   
 aadb-info@aadb.org

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

Blinded Veterans Association 800-669-7079 http://www.bva.org/BVA

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

CA Council of Citizens with Low Vision (CCCLV)
650-969-3155; 800-733-2258  http://www.ccbnet.org/  

ACB Diabetes in Action (ACB DIA) Dee Clayton, President 515 848-5007 deeclayton@mchsi.com

Disabled Parenting Project  http://disabledparenting.com

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

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
410-659-9314  https://nfb.org/

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

2.3  Disability Law

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance section 800-514-0301; 800-514-0383 (TTY)  https://www.ada.gov/

Center for Disability Access  800-383-7027  http://www.potterhandy.com/disability-rights/

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

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

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)  510-644-2555; 800-348-4232 (TTY)
http://dredf.org/

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

Jobs Accommodation Network(JAN) 866-633-7365
https://www.dol.gov/odep/resources/jan.htm

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

Celia McGuinness, Esq. Derby, McGuinness & Goldsmith, LLP 510-987-8778 ext 102

3  BRAILLE

3.1 Braille literacy, products see category 4

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

Brailleback  Android screen reader - phones and tablets  https://play.google.com/store/apps/  https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/3535226?hl=en

Braille Superstore  software and Braille Supplies  800-987-1231 http://www.braillebookstore.com

Braille & Talking Book Library CA (free) 800-952-5666  https://btbl.library.ca.gov/ca1aopac

Braille Transcription Project of Santa Clara County (loan brl books, brailler repair) 408-298-4468   http://www.brailleproject.net/

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

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

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

SF Brl and Talking Book Library  415- 557-4400  https://sfpl.org/?pg=2000010901

3.2  Braille Production/Transcription

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

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

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

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

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

4  ACCESS TECHNOLOGY

4.1 Computer Access

ABiSee, Inc. Eye Pal (scaner/read) 800-444-4443  http://www.abisee.com/ VFO

BrailleNote Touch  Humanware 800 722-3393  http://store.humanware.com/hus/blindness/braillenote-touch-notetaker/

BrailleSense Polaris HIMS 888-520-4467 https://hims-inc.com/

Cobra Baum 855-620-7985
http://www.baumusa.com/

Jordy DaVinci. 888-811-3161 https://www.enhancedvision.com/

Dolphin Guide, Easy Reader 866-797-5921
https://yourdolphin.com/

Jaws Freedom Scientific 800-444-4443            http://www.freedomscientific.com/ VFO

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) Free        download  http://www.nvaccess.org/

Orbit Reader 20  APH 800 223-1839 https://shop.aph.org/

RL & Assoc (service/systems) 866-339-1180     http://www.rla.com/

System Access  Free 866-202-0520
http://www.serotek.com/systemaccess

Talkback & Brailleback - Android screen readers  phones & tablets  Google https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/3535226?hl=en

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

ZoomText AiSquared  800-444-4443
https://www.aisquared.com/ VFO

4.2  Environmental GPS 

APPs include : Blind Square,  Seeing Eye GPS XT
NearBy Explorer, LowViz Guide – Indoor Navigation

AIRA glasses  subscription  camera, trained agents  information  https://aira.io/#home   

BuzzClip  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-buzzclip-wearable-mobility-tool-for-the-blind#/
Sunu Band sonar/ haptic find gaps, avoid upper body accidents  fernando@sunu.io http://sunu.io/index.html?

Victor Reader Trek  talking GPS and book player   http://store.humanware.com/

VisionEdge Jasper Ridge  LED glasses  
http://jasperridge.net/visionedge/

4.3 Magnification

eSight Technology glasses  323-500-0078
https://www.esighteyewear.com/technology

Irisvision head set  855 207-6665
https://irisvision.io/

Low Vision Store  888-216-1912   https://www.thelowvisionstore.net/

Magnifiers.com 800-541-7903 http://www.magnifiers.com/

MATT ed tablet distance viewer  APH/Humanware  http://www.aph.org/matt-connect/   

Merlin Enhanced Vision  888-811-3161 https://www.enhancedvision.com/   
MonoMouse buy/rent 800-985-0535  
https://bierley.com/

Optelec https://us.optelec.com/dealers

Nova Dolphin 866-797-5921  https://yourdolphin.com/

Zoomtext Aisquared 800-444-4443 https://aisquared.com/products/zoomtext/

4.4 Multiple Categories

AFB Product List: (sort by task, category)
http://www.afb.org/prodmain.aspx

Blind Bargains Daily Deals News, Podcasts    
https://blindbargains.com/index.php  

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

Blind Treasures email auction list           http://www.blindtreasures.com/

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

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

Tech Access Weekly http://techaccessweekly.com

Top Dot Enterprises (tech letter) 425-296-1744
http://www.topdotenterprises.com/

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

4.5 OCR- Optical Character Recognition  

APPs: Capti Voice, Learning Ally Link, Narrator, Speech Central;  Android free Go Read; iOS and Mac free iBooks: Voice Dream Reader iOS or Android

DocuScan Plus (low-cost) 866-202-0520 http://www.serotek.com/docuscanplus

KNFB Reader  App Store - iTunes - Apple  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/knfb-reader/id849732663?mt=8

KNFB Reader - Android Google Play  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

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

Oehm Electronics (Optacon)  408-971-6250

Orcam MyEye glasses  866-976-7226 http://www.orcam.com/

Pearl/Open Book  800-444-4443 http://www.freedomscientific.com/Products/LowVision/ScanningAndReadingSolutions

Seeing Ai- Microsoft free app; iPhone reads text, identifies bar codes https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai/    artificial intelligence

4.6 Sources

Access Ingenuity (services/products)  877-579-4380  http://www.accessingenuity.com/

American Printing House APH  800 223-1839   https://shop.aph.org/

Android smart phones  https://play.google.com/store/apps/  

Apple APPs https://www.apple.com/ios/app-store/

Apple iphone, TV 877-204-3930 https://www.apple.com/

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

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

Freedom Scientific (Jaws) 800-444-4443  http://www.freedomscientific.com/ VFO

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

Lighthouse SF  415-431-1481
http://lighthouse-sf.org/shop/

Innovative Rehab Tech Inc. (IRTI) (customized computers)  800-322-4784   http://www.irti.net

Microsoft 800-936-5900 help
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai/

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

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

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

Society for Blind Store 916-452-8271  http://societyfortheblind.org/

Sterling Adaptives (services/products)  415-878-2922 http://sterlingadaptives.com/

Vista Center Store 650-858-0202; 800-660-2009   http://vistacenter.org;

VFO "The world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired"   (ABiSee, AiSquared, Freedom Scientific, Optelec), 727-803-8000  http://www.vfogroup.com/

4.7 Support

AIRA glasses  subscription  camera, trained agents  information  https://aira.io/#home   

Amazon 877-477-3527 https://www.amazon.com/

Apple Accessibility Hotline 877-204-3930
www.apple.com/support
Apple Vis community driven web site
https://www.applevis.com/

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

Be My Eyes App connect to sighted volunteers http://bemyeyes.com/   ios and android

Comcast XFINITY Accessibility Center  866-668-6703 https://www.xfinity.com/support/accessibility/   

Google https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/3535226?hl=en

Microsoft Accessibility Desk  800-936-5900
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/ accessibility/disability-answer-desk

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

Sprint Customer Service for People with Vision Loss  855-885-7568  https://www.sprint.com/en/shop/services/accessibility.html

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

Verizon National Accessibility Customer Service Center  888-262-1999  *611-wireless  
http://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/accessibility

4.8 DAILY LIVING AIDS; canes, clocks, kitchen tools, lights, closet, writing  

APPS include: Aipoly Vision  IDs objects, text, money colors; All Access scans/reads photos, menus; Braille Tutor free; Color ID Free; Digit-Eyes bar code reader; IDentifi object and text

Ambutech canes  800-561-3340  
https://ambutech.com/

Annies knit, quilt  800 582-6643  https://www.anniescatalog.com/

Bay Area Digital (800) 342-5632 http://bayareadigital.us/

Blind Independence Diabetes Group (BID) testing supplies)  866-351-6809 http://www.bid.northcoastmed.com  

Independent Living Aids (ILA)  800-537-2118 http://www.independentliving.com/

LS&S  800-468-4789 http://www.lssproducts.com/

Maxi Aids  800-522-6294 https://www.maxiaids.com/

Revolution Enterprises  canes (repairs +) 800-382-5132 http://www.advantage-canes.com/

Stitch in Time 713-893-7277
https://www.blindmicemegamall.com/bm shop/Directory_Departments?storeid=1890275    

5  SPECIALIZED BLIND SKILLS TRAINING & EDUCATION

5.1  Distance Learning

AFB Braille Bug  http://braillebug.afb.org/

AFB Free tutorials (NVDA + )   http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/assistive-technology-videos/123

Access Tech Institute http://www.blind.training/ATI

American Printing House  (APH) (Instruction +) 800-223-1839  http://www.aph.org/

Bioptic Training USA  317- 844-0919 http://www.biopticdrivingusa.com/

Carroll Tech http://www.carrolltech.org

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

Ears for Eyes  free audio lessons independent living-resource list  800-843-6816 http://www.earsforeyes.info/index.php/index.html

Mystic Access  free and fee podcast tutorials
716-543-3323 https://www.mysticaccess.com/shop/

Perkins  Paths to Technology
http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology

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

5.2  Local Specialized Blind Skills Training

Adaptive Technology Services- customized training 866-564-6650 http://adaptivetec.com/

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

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
http://www.earlebaum.org/

Hatlen Center (Living Skills) 510-234-4984
https://www.juniorblind.org/web/index.php/programs/south/youth-and-adult-services/the-hatlen-center

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

Lighthouse of SF 415-694-7322
http://lighthouse-sf.org/

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

 Santa Clara Valley Blind Center 408-295-4016 www.visionbeyondsight.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 Palo Alto 650-858-0202  800-660-2009 ; Santa Cruz 831-458-9766 http://vistacenter.org
Santa Clara Valley Blind Center 408-295-4016

Western Blind Rehab Center (WBRC) VA Palo
Alto 650-614-9952
https://www.paloalto.va.gov/services/wbrc.asp  

5.3 Dog Guide Schools and Organizations

Guide Dogs for the Blind San Rafael  800-295-4050
https://www.guidedogs.com/

Guide Dogs of Amer Sylmar 818-362-5834
http://www.guidedogsofamerica.org

Guide Dogs of Desert International  888-883-0022
http://www.guidedogsofthedesert.org

Guide Dog Users Inc (GDUI)  866-799-8436
http://guidedogusersinc.org/

5.4  Dog Guide - Products & Services

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

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

Doggie Walk Bags (odorless)  877-364-2247

Doodle Scoopers  877-766-7911

Handiworks products for special needs
 800 381-7753  http://www.handiworks.com/

6  VISION LOSS SUPPORT

Diabetics in Action Diabetics in Action  Dee Clayton, President 515- 848-5007 acb-diabetics-subscribe@acb.org

Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
lca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Low Vision Gateway- Resource Links 317-844-0919
http://www.lowvision.org/

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

RP International 818-992-0500 http://www.rpinternational.org/

Sight and Sound Impaired Committee (SASI)  Karyn Campbell, Chair  630-469-0545  karyn1421@gmail.com http://www.sasi.org/ (server default/future site for sasi)

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

Starkey Hearing Foundation (Hearing Aid Assistance)  888-251-9340  800-328-8602   
http://www.starkey.com/

Vision Aware (AFB) (coping with vision loss) 
http://www.visionaware.org/

7  RECREATION

Baseball: National Beep Baseball Association
866-400-4551 http://nbba.org

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

Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program           
(BORP) (sports, outings,)  510-849-4663
http://www.borp.org/

Birding: Birds Themselves NHEST Inc. 207-327-145 http://www.nhest.org/birds.html

Bowling: American Blind Bowling Association        President Robert McDonald 773 255-3121 http://www.abba1951.org/vi/index.html

Camping: American Camp Associatio (special
needs) www.acacamps.org/ ;
Camp Costanoan 408-867-1115;
Camp Krem  831 338-3210;  
Enchanted Hills for Blind  415-431-1481

Chess: US Braille Chess Association http://www.americanblindchess.org/

Dancing:  AXIS Dance Co.510 625-0110
www.axisdance.org

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

Gaming:  
7-128 Software Games www.7128.com ;
Driftwood Audio Entertainment
http://www.blind-games.com/

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

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/

Kayak-Surf-Water Ski-Rafting:  
Disabled Sports USA Far West 301-217-0960
http://www.disabledsportsusa.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/
Martial Arts:  Blind Judo Foundation  
www.blindjudofoundation.org

Nature for the blind Braille Trail    
http://www.naturefortheblind.com/directory-      redirectory

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

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

California Inclusive Sailing 650-441-0555
http://www.cisail.org/   

Snow Skiing:
Discovery Blind Sports-Tahoe  209-258-2233     http://www.discoveryblindsports.org

Heavenly Mt Ski Resort  800-432-8365      https://www.skiheavenly.com

Ski for Light 618-827-3232  http://www.sfl.org
Sierra Regional Ski for Light  http://srsfl.org/

Tandem Bicycling:  
Tandem Bicycling Yosemite     Lodg  801.559.4884
http://www.yosemitepark.com/biking.aspx

  US Blind Tandem Bikers Connection 310-455-1954         http://bicyclingblind.org

US Association of Blind Athletes
719-866-3224  http://www.usaba.org/

US Blind Golfers Association (USGA)    
503-635-3715   info@usblindgolf.com
http://usblindgolf.com/

Yoga:
Nancy Yamello  408 374 2672
nancy@nancyjamello.com

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

Lighthouse for Blind and Visually Impaired   415-431-1481  http://lighthouse-sf.org/

8.  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE- FREE/LOW  COST EQUIPMENT, SERVICES

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) http://www.blindcitizens.org/  

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

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

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) (scholarships)  844-460-0625 
http://www.cclvi.org/scholarship/

FreedomTech low-interest loans  CA Depart Ed, Rehab funding  916-737-5358  916-325-1695 TTY  http://freedomtech.org/#contact-us       
Patricia LaFrance-Wolf Memorial Fund to Assist People with Diabetes  apply to: ACB Diabetics in Action c/o American Council of the Blind 1703 N. Beauregard St.Suite 420 Alexandria, VA 22311

8.2  Low cost/ free equipment, education

Android: (free) Google Play. https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=ScreenReader.net

CA Braille & Talking Book Library (free player,  book cartridges)  800-952-5666 https://btbl.library.ca.gov/ca1aopac

CA National Deaf-blind Equipment Distribution Program  Apply  858- 578-1600 /TTY https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc

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

Computers For The Blind Texas  (refurbished computers/talking typing prog) 214-340-6328   http://www.computersfortheblind.net

DocuScan Plus (low-cost OCR) 866-202-0520 http://www.serotek.com/docuscanplus

ICanConnect  Nat Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program)800-825-4595 TTY 888-320-2656  http://www.icanconnect.org
Hadley School for Blind free, 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 text online to brl, audio, multi languages)  http://www.robobraille.org/

SystemAccess to Go OCR, screen reader support 866-202-0520 http://www.serotek.com/

Thunder Screen Reader  http://www.webbie.org.uk/thunder/

8.3 Accessible Prescriptions  audio reader device; braille; large print on request.

Aetna Rx Home Delivery  800-262-2226
Caremark Mail Order 800-552-8159

CVS (mail order scriptalk) 888-861-4363
En-Vision America  800-890-1180
https://www.envisionamerica.com/products/scripability/scriptalk/scriptalk-station-for-patients/

Humana Pharmacy  800-379-0092

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

Kohll's Pharmacy  402-393-1404
OptumRx  855-475-5088

Rite Aid Los Altos  408-774-0134
Rite Aid San Mateo 650-570-6094
Rite Aid San Jose 408-379-6570

ScripTalk Pharmacies  Mail Order US list  http://www.envisionamerica.com/products/scripability/scriptalk/participating-pharmacies/

Walgreens (in store ask for talking prescription bottles) Walgreens Rx -should be free
Walmart Mail Order  888-227-3403
Walmart - Mountain View  650-917-0878

8.4 Financial Assistance for Eye & Medical Care and Prescription Costs

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

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

HealthWell Foundation  AMD RX copay/ eligibility  800-675-8416   https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/fund/macular-degeneration/

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

Lions Clubs International (resources - support) 630-571-5466  http://www.lionsclubs.org

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

NeedyMeds 800-503-6897 http://www.needymeds.org

Operation Access  (medical care for uninsured) San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties 415-733-0052
https://www.operationaccess.org

Pan Foundation (critical medical RX) 866-316-7263
https://panfoundation.org

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

RX Assist (data base) 877-537-5537 www.rxassist.org

Santa Clara County HICAP (health insurance counseling ) 408-350-3200 ccorrales@mysourcewise.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 http://www.aoafoundation.org

9  TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

9.1  Local Transportation

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

Avenidas Door to Door Palo Alto 650-289-5411 fee per distance, Mon- Fri partnership with Lyft
https://www.avenidas.org/services/transportation

Caltrain  800-660-4287 http://www.caltrain.com/

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

Go Go Grandparent transport      855-464-6872 Fee  24/7 operators       https://gogograndparent.com/

Mountain View Community Shuttle free 855-730-7433  http://mvcommunityshuttle.com/schedule/

Little House San Mateo County Medical and Dental Rides 650-326-0665 or 650-272-5040  partnership with Lyft http://www.penvol.org/lyft-doctors-2017.cfm

Lyft https://www.lyft.com/ via smart phone app 

Menlo Park Shuttle 650-330-6600  free
https://www.menlopark.org/156/Shuttle-services

Marguerite Shuttle Stanford free 650-724-9339  http://transportation.stanford.edu/marguerite

Palo Alto Shuttle 650-329-2520 free
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pln/transit/default.asp

Redi Wheels paratransit San Mateo County
650-366-4856  eligibility;650-348-8112 book ride ; 650-482-9350-late vehicle
http://www.samtrans.com/Accessibility/Paratransit.html 

RoadRunners El Camino Hospital fee per distance; 650-940-7016  partnership with Lyft  https://www.elcaminohospital.org/services/roadrunners-transportation

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

Uber https://get.uber.com/  via smart phone app

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

VTA Access paratransit Santa Clara County
408-321-2300 
http://www.vta.org/getting-around/paratransit/

Yellow Cab Santa Clara County (+ Menlo Park) 650-999-9999
Yellow Cab, San Mateo  650-637-1234
9.2  General Travel

AMTRAK 800-872-7245  https://www.amtrak.com/home

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 blind/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

10  Vision Research, Info, Treatment

10.1 Research and Information

BrightFocus Foundation  855-345-6647 https://www.brightfocus.org/

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

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

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

Health Library at Vista Center; Stanford Hospital Health Library affiliate  free health info L print, email, braille, E-research updates  650-858-0202
800-660-2009 ext. 132  http://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 https://visionaware.org/

10.2 Vision Research and Treatment

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

Doheny Eye Institute 844 DOHENY-EYE
http://www.doheny.org/

UCLA Stein Eye Institute & Doheny Eye Institute
310-825-5000  https://www.uclahealth.org/eye/

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 Kits) 800-626-2005
http://www.geappliances.com/

Maytag 800-344-1274 https://www.maytag.com/

Sears  800-697-3277 http://www.sears.com/appliances/b-1020003

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

Whirlpool 866-698-2538 https://www.whirlpool.com/services/contact-us.html

11.2  Miscellaneous Accessibility Services

Amazon phone line  888-283-1678]

Business Ideas For People With Disabilities https://www.commercialcapitaltraining.com/business-resources/business-ideas/business-ideas-people-disabilities/

CA Secretary of State; Voter hotline: 800-345-VOTE (8683); (800) 232-VOTA (8682) español /Spanish; TTY/TDD: 800-833-8683 Eng; http://www.sos.ca.gov/

DMV Disabled Person Placard 800-777-0133; TTY 1-800-368-4327;
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/dmvfooter1/disabilityservices

Directions for Me (on pakage:food, garden etc) 800-318-2000  http://www.directionsforme.org/

Internet Speech email by phone  408-532-8460
http://www.internetspeech.com/

Mobile Voting Service San Mateo County  (650) 312-5222 or registrar@smcare.org

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

Smart Voter see Voters Edge below

Smithsonian Accessibility Program
http://www.si.edu/Accessibility

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Hotlines 24/7
855-278-4204 SClara County; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
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/

Voters Edge California  English and Espanol
http://votersedge.org/ca
U.S. Currency Reader Program  iBill Talking Banknote Identifier  free  844-815-9388 
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html

11.3 Food Online, Phone

Amazon Fresh, Pantry, Gourmet Foods 877-477-3527 https://www.amazon.com/AmazonFresh/

Door Dash  local restaurant menu; delivery https://www.doordash.com/

Farm Fresh to You produce 800-796-6009  http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com/
Good Eggs produce grocery  415-483-7344  https://www.goodeggs.com/sfbay/
Instacart Grocery Delivery from local stores 888- 246-7822 https://www.instacart.com/
Munchery  chef prep meals, daily menu:1hr delivery windows  888-458-5376
https://munchery.com/

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

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

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

Walmart grocery delivery https://www.walmart.com/cp/976759?search_redirect=true&redirect_query=grocery

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  760 739-1360   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 

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

Gospel Light Foundation for Blind  678-475-7879 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 Braille Workers Library for the Blind free Braille and large print Bibles, hymnals 800- 925-6092 http://www.lbwinc.org/ 

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

Unitarian Universalist 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, AS, GB, LH, AJ, BB, JG, SK, MK,  DW

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

Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Palo Alto 650-858-0202 ex 132; 800-660-2009
thl@vistacenter.org,  www.vistacenter.org
Vista Center Santa Cruz branch 831-458-9766 http://vistacenter.org