Visually impaired resources

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Visually impaired resources
The Internet has extensive lists of resources for the visually impaired. (vision image by Phototom from Fotolia.com)

There are many organisations, government agencies, businesses and institutions that provide resources to make life easier for the blind and visually impaired. Access to products, services, assistance, accessible technology and educational resources can be found online through organisations dedicated to serving the needs of those with eyesight loss or visual impairment. There are special needs schools, charitable organisations and state assistance available in many large cities and towns across the country. Inquire in your area for a complete list of local visual impairment resources.

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American Council of the Blind Website

The American Council of the Blind provides an up-to-date list of links to resources for the blind and visually impaired. The list includes a directory of banks with talking ATMs, a voting access guide for blind voters, resources for teachers and parents of blind children, music resources, a guide to navigating college, computer publications, products and training for the visually impaired, Braille products, transcribers and sign-makers, medical information, travel books and information for the blind, a list of guide dog schools and associations, financial aid and scholarship information, as well as specialised product catalogues. The site has no ads and the list is always growing, so check back often for more resources.

Bethel University Resource Page

Bethel University in Minnesota offers a list of resources on the school's disability services website. The list includes resources in five categories: access to print, math and science resources, technology, accessible webpage design and general information on blindness and impaired vision. Resources include a Braille book-sharing service, Purdue's "Tactile Diagrams Manual," Dancing Dots musical training for the blind, sites for science and math teachers to assist with teaching for the blind, links to technological implements and services for the blind and visually impaired and links to organisations that serve the blind, such as the National Federation of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind.

V. I. Guide

The Visual Impairment (V. I.) Guide was designed by a mother whose daughter suffers from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) blindness--the result of premature birth. Visit the website to find links to stories, webcast radio stations, adapted curriculum for teaching the blind, socialisation and rehabilitation resources, free books in Braille, entertainment websites developed for the blind, current research on blindness and eyesight impairment, funny and inspiring quotes by the visually impaired, networking opportunities, assistive technology products, Federal and state laws plus related legislation, and even computer games. Use V. I. Guide to navigate the online world of resources for the blind and visually impaired.

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