RESOURCES FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
azlinks logo           This section is divided between local and national resources          

Local  

  • Arizona Resource Directory for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, and or Deaf External Link (658 KB PDF)
    From the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration.
      
  • Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library External Link
    The library provides audio and braille books and magazines to individuals who have difficulty reading standard print materials because of vision loss or a physical disability. Loan of materials and an audio player are provided for free through the mail, no postage required.
     
  • Arizona Center For The Blind And Visually ImpairedExternal Link (ACBVI)
    ACBVI is committed to enhancing the quality of life for people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. Our services are available to adults who are legally blind or visually impaired as well as those who have a degenerative eye condition which may eventually become a visual impairment.
      
  • Arizona Industries For The Blind (AIB)
    AIB provides employment and training opportunities for Arizonans who are legally blind.
      
  • Guide Dogs for the BlindExternal Link
    Offering guide dogs and training free-of-charge to blind and visually impaired people throughout the U.S. and Canada.
      
  • Guide Dogs of the DesertExternal Link
    Improving the lives of the blind by creating opportunities for life-changing independence, and by conducting community outreach and education programs.  Guide Dogs of the Desert provides safe mobility, loving companionship and the "miracle of independence" to the blind through the use of a guide dog.
      
  •  Recordings For The Blind And DyslexicExternal Link Icon
    For over 50 years, the Arizona Unit has been providing access to educational materials for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia and are unable to process the written word. Our studios in central Phoenix and in the West Valley produce hundreds of digitally-recorded textbooks every year to benefit our members.
       
  •  Southern Arizona Association For The Visually ImpairedExternal Link (SAAVI)
    SAAVI promotes independence and enhances the quality of life for those with vision loss through programs offering services, skills training and social and recreational opportunities.
      
  • Sun Sounds of ArizonaExternal Link
    Providing audio-accessed information to people in the Southwest who cannot read print because they have a disability.
      

 


National  

  • American Association For The Education And Rehabilitation Of The Blind And Visually ImpairedExternal Link (AER)
    The mission of AER is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.
      
  • American Council Of The BlindExternal Link
    This site provides general info about the council, including recent issues of their monthly publication, "The Braille Forum."
      
  • American Foundation For The Blind - Senior SiteExternal Link
    Our goal is to change your life and provide you with helpful solutions.
      
  • ASB Braille & Recordings ResourcesExternal Link
    It is our goal at Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired to help the blind and visually impaired regain their independence, self-esteem and confidence so that they may lead active, productive and healthy lives.
      
  • Blinded Veterans AssociationExternal Link
    We are an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded Veterans. We are here to help Veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness.
      
  • Leader Dogs for the BlindExternal Link
    Providing dog guides to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 270 students attend our 26-day residential training program to be paired with a dog guide. This is a life-changing event that opens the doors to independence, safety and self-worth for many of our students.
      
  • Seven out of ten working age Americans who are blind are not employed. At NIB, it is our mission to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment.
      
  • National Federation Of The BlindExternal Link (NFB)
    With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
      
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped External Link (LOC)
    The Library of Congress national network of cooperating libraries administers a free library program of braille and audio materials. These are circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Every state has Braille and Talking Book Library services available.  

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