Available Resources and Useful Links

Camps

CHALLENGE ASPEN

P.O. Box M

Aspen, Co 81612

Tel: (970) 923-0578

Fax:(970) 923-7338

Contact Person:  Wendy Bontempo, Operations Director

www.challengeaspen.com

Winter sports camp for disabled children and adults.

 

CAMP INDIAN CREEK

 

CHRISTIAN RECORD BRAILLE FOUNDATION

444 South 52nd Street

Lincoln, NE  68516

Tel:  (402) 488-0981

Fax: (402) 488-7582

www@christian record.org

Camp for legally blind persons age nine and up, usually held for one week in the summer.

 

Education

 

THE HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND                                                                                     

700 Elm Street

Winnetka, IL  60093-0299

Tel:  1-800-323-4238

Fax: 1-847-446-0855

TTY:  1-847-446-8111

www.hadley/school.org

Contact Services:  Student Services.

Contact Person:  Dawn Tucker, Sr. Vice President

Provides distance learning classes for visually challenged students 14 years old and above and the parents of younger children, infants and up, free of charge.  Also provides adult continuing education classes.

 

 

HEATH RESOURCE CENTER

American Counsel on Education
1 Dupont Circle NW Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036
Tel:  1-800-544-3284
Contact Person:  Ellen Park-Hurst Barham,
Research AssistantProvides higher education information.

 

Materials

NATIONAL CENTER FOR BLINDNESS

AMERICAN ACTION FUND FOR BLIND CHILDREN AND ADULTS/AMERICAN BROTHERHOOD FOR THE BLIND

1800 Johnson St.

Baltimore, MD  21230

Tel:  (410) 659-9315

Fax: (410) 685-5653

www.NFB.org

Braille reading materials, Braille calendars

 

THE AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND, INC.

1839 Frankfort Ave.

P.O. Box 6085

Louisville, KY  40206-0085

Tel: (502) 895-2405, 1-800-223-1839

Fax: (502) 899-2274

www.aph.org

Contact Person:  Malcom Turner, Web/Data Base Associate (and acts as Webmaster)

Printing House.  Major source for Braille, Large Print, recorded materials, aids, and appliances for persons with vision challenges.

 

BRAILLE INSTITUTE

741 North Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles, CA  90029

Tel:  1-800-272-4553

Fax: (323) 663-0240

www.brailleinstitute.org

Braille periodicals & links, magazines etc.

 

NATIONAL BRAILLE PRESS

88 St. Stephens Street

Boston, MA  02115

Contact Person:  Ethan Rowe

Tel:  (617) 266-6160

Fax: (617) 437-0456

www.nbp.org

also:

www.braille.com

Braille books, free down loads, and links.

 

RECORDING FOR THE BLIND AND DYSLEXIC

20 Roszel Road

Princeton, NJ  08540

Tel: 1-800-221-4792

www.rfbd.org

Contact Person:  Judy Gary ext:  7607

Textbooks, reference and professional materials for persons with print disabilities

 

TENNESSEE RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

C/O Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN  37214
Tel:  (615) 321-7406
Contact person: Elaine Brown

 

Organizations

 

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND

1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004

Washington, DC  20005

Tel: (202) 467-5081 - 1-800-424-8666

State of TN dept. Tel:  (615) 262-4938 Hattie Bond - President.

www.acb.org 

Membership organization that strives to better the lives of visually impaired students and adults.  (Advocacy dept., government affairs dept., annual scholarship program.

 

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND

11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300

New York, NY  10001

Tel: (212) 502-7661

www.afb.org

Contact:  Julia Tucker

A national resource for people who are visually impaired.  Books, pamphlets, sponsor of research.

 

CITIZENS WITH LOW VISION INTERNATIONAL

2879 East Alden Place

Anaheim, CA  92806

Telephone – 1-714-630-8098  - 1-800-733-2258

Contact Person:  Coletta Davis- Bernice Kanadarian

Internet: http://www.tbaynet.com/

 

 

JOB ACCOMODATIONS NETWORK

1-800-526-7234

Internet:  http://askjan.org/

Contact:  Anne Hirsh / Beth Loy, Webmaster

NAVH

22 West 21st St.

New York, NY 10010

Tel:  (212) 889-3141

Fax: (212) 727-2931

Contact Person:  Cezar Gomez, COO

National Association for the Visually Handicapped that work with millions of people worldwide dealing with the difficulties of visual impairments.

 

  

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

1800 Johnson St.

Baltimore, MD  21230

Tel: (410) 659-9314

https://nfb.org/

Contact Person:  Lorinda Riddle

Membership organization providing information and advocacy.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PARENTS OF THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

P.O. Box 317

Watertown, MA  02471

Tel:  (617) 972-7441 or 1-800-562-6265

Fax: (617) 972-7444

www.NAPVI.org

Information and assistance to parents of children with visual impairments.

 

NOAH

National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation

P.O. Box 959

East Hampstead, NH  03826-0959

Tel:  (603) 887-2310 or 1-800-473-2310

Fax: (603) 887-6049

www.albinism.org

Volunteer organization for persons and families involved with the condition of albinism.

 

 

RP INTERNATIONAL

P.O. Box 900

Woodland Hills, CA  91365

Tel:  (818) 992-0500

Fax: (818) 992-3265

Research retinitis pigmentosa service

 

STEP

Support Training for Exceptional Parents, Inc.

480 Craighead Street

Nashville, TN  37204

Tel:  (931) 431-6644

Fax: (615) 383-1176

E-mail:  

Contact Person:  Alena Sampson

 

 

TENNESSEE PROTECTION & ADVOCACY

2416 21st Ave. South

Nashville, TN  37212

Tel:  (615) 298-1080 or 1-800-297-9636

Fax: (615) 298-2046

www.tpainc.org

E-mail:  

Intake Coordinator:  1-800-342-1661

Advocators for the rights of citizens with disabilities.

 

THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS

11435 Cran Hill Drive

Owensmill, MD  21177

Tel: 1-888-394-3937

www.blindness.org

Contact Person:  Mitsy Palmer/  Laura Hagar, Webmaster

Fund research for retinal degenerative diseases.

 

Products

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE

1291 Taylor Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20542

Tel: (202) 707-5100

www.lcweb.loc.gov

Reference Circular "Assistive Services for Reading."

 

Nashville Public Library

615 Church Street

Nashville, TN  37219

Tel:  (615) 862-5800 ext. 5

www.library.nash.org

Contact Person:  Pam Reece, Public Relations Manager

Tel:  (615) 862-2753

LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL

111E 59th St.

New York, NY  10022

Tel:  1-800-829-0500

Web page:  www.lighthouse.org

E-mail:  

Produces publications and is a clearinghouse for visually handicapped persons.

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING AIDS

200 Robbins Lane

Jerico, NY 11753

Tel:  1-800-537-2118

Fax: (516) 937-3906

Web page: www.independentliving.com

E-mail: 

Contact Person:  Mimi Berman / Bryan Cooper, Webmaster

Market source for a variety of independent living aids.

 

FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC

11800 31st Court North

St. Petersburg, FL  33716

Tel: 1-800-444-4443

Fax: (727) 803-8001

http://www.freedomscientific.com/

Contact Person:  Scott Meyers, Director of Marketing

Product information, note takers, Braille display and embossers

 

SPALDING MAGNIFIERS

13150 FM529 Suite 118

Houston, TX  77041

Tel: 1-888-551-0054

Fax: (713) 466-4615

Telesensory equipment

  

 

VISION ADVANTAGE INC.

42-200 State St. Suite A-10

Palm Desert, CA  92211

Tel: 760-862-9040

Fax: (760) 862-9994

http://ww38.visionadvantage.net/

Contact Person:  Ron DeLoung, Owner

Reading devices

 

GOODKIN BORDER & ASSOCIATES

1862 Veterans Memorial Hwy.

Austell, GA  30168

Tel:  (770) 944-8226  / 1-800-759-6275

Fax: (770) 944-0254

Knoxville (865) 577-3008

Nashville (blindness) (615) 264-3420

(low vision) TN. Representative Faye Cox

(615) 822-4069

Contact person:  Elizabeth Merrill

Products and consultation for people with low vision, blindness, and learning disorders.

 

Services

 

DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES (DDS)

P. O. Box 775

Nashville, TN  37219

Tel: (615) 313-5464 1 or 1-800-342-1117

www.state.tn.us/humanserv/programs.htm

Contact Person:  Shelia Romines

Make disability determinations for the Social Security Administration for Tennesseans applying for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Benefits (SSI) through the Social Security Program.

 

 

LIONS EYE CENTER @ VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY (TN EYE CNTR)

1211 21st Ave.

Nashville, TN  37212

Tel:  (615) 936-1034

Fax: (615) 936-2118

Contact Person:  Sherry Simpson, Supervisor

Provides vision services to children.  Financially needy children may be referred for Tenn Care and their community Lions club for sponsorship of services.

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY REHABILITATION RESEARCH AND TRAINING CENTER ON BLINDNESS AND LOW VISION

P.O. Box 6189

Mississippi State, MS  39762

Tel:  (662) 325-2694, (662) 325-2001 or 1-800-675-7782

www.blind.msstate.edu

E-mail:  

Contact Person:  B. J. LeJeune

Information and referral source on line accessible base of resources.

 

 

 

P.A.V.E.

P.O. Box 328

Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN  37203

Tel: (615) 322-2249, 343-8783, or 322-2249

Contact Person:  Jo Ellen Fowler, Program Coordinator of Communications at the Kennedy Center

Tennessee School for the Blind Coordinator of P.A.V.E. 

Provides low vision evaluations, optical aids, and conferences at no charge.

 

 

TENNESSEE LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND & PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED

403 7th Ave North

Nashville, TN  37243-0313

Tel: 1-800-342-3308

WWW.state.tn.us/sos/statelib/LBPH/lbph.

Contact Person:  Ruth Hemphill

Provides recorded, Braille, and large print books for persons unable to read print because of physical disability.  Maintains a library of descriptive video's.

 

NASHVILLE TALKING LIBRARY

505 Heritage Drive

Madison, TN  37115

Tel: (615) 862-5874

Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Person:  Fran Ziglar – E-mail: 

Michael Wagner - E-mail:  

Closed circuit radio transmission, newspaper & book articles, free receiver.

Vocational

 

TENNESSEE VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTERS (TVTC)

460 9th Avenue

Smyrna, TN  37167

TEL: (615) 459-6811

Contact Person:  Gail Demick

                           Supervisor Vision Impaired Services

                           Annette Murphy

                           PC Support

Network of 18 facilities throughout the state that provides vocational evaluation, work adjustment and job placement in local communities. 

 

TENNESSEE REHABILITATION CENTER

Tel: (615) 459-6811 ext. 246

Contact Person:  Gail Demick

The state's only residential vocational rehabilitation training facility, which offers vocational evaluation, training, Independent Living Skill Training, job development and placement.

 

SERVICES FOR THE BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Citizens Plaza Bldg.

400 Deadrick Street, 11th Floor

Nashville, TN  37248-6200

Tel: 1-800-628-7818 (statewide)

Provides rehabilitation services to the blind or visually impaired to promote employment, independent living, and adjustment to blindness.  This program also provides some emergency medical treatment to prevent blindness to those who can not afford such treatment.

 

SKILCRAFT (National Industries for the Blind)

1901 N. Beauregard St. Suite 200

Alexandria, VA  22311-1727

Tel:  (703) 998-0770

Fax: (703) 998-8368

www.nib.org

Services and information for persons with blindness.

JOB ACCOMMODATION NETWORK (JAN)

www.jan.wvu.edu

International toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities.  JAN also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION

Tel: 1-800-669-3362

 

AMERICA"S JOB LINE NETWORK

www.eeoc.gov/

Information and assistance with employee discrimination and ADA

Tel: (410) 767-2626

 

 

 

U.S.DEPT OF LABOR AND DISABILITIES

www.blind.net

Employment information for blind persons.

200 Constitution Avenue, Suite 1303

Washington, DC  20210

Tel:  (202) 693-7880

Promotes employment of persons with disabilities.

 

Technology

 

https://www.enablemart.com  - A website offering adaptive technology for challenged persons.

 

The above listing is of various groups and organizations offering services shown to be of value to the visually impaired community. Tennessee School for the Blind, through this listing, is not showing direct relation to, or proclaiming affiliation to, these organizations and is not responsible for the information contained on their sites. When clicking on any of the provided links you will be redirected away from the Tennessee School for the Blind website. This information is provided simply as a service to the visitors of the school.This listing is of various groups and organizations offering services shown to be of value to the visually impaired community. Tennessee School for the Blind, through this listing, is not showing direct relation to, or proclaiming affiliation to, these organizations and is not responsible for the information contained on their sites. When clicking on any of the provided links you will be redirected away from the Tennessee School for the Blind website. This information is provided simply as a service to the visitors of the school.