Blindness and Visual Impairments: Information and Advocacy Organizations

NLS Reference Circulars

Blindness and Visual Impairments: Information and Advocacy Organizations March 2001

Introduction

The organizations listed in this reference circular provide a variety of direct services to persons who are blind and visually impaired, including advocacy and advisory services, information and referral, counseling and employment programs, assistive devices, and publications in special format. Many of the organizations also offer guidance to families of persons with visual impairments and training for professionals. Many publish journals, brochures, newsletters, and catalogs. The major publications are specified. The first section lists national organizations alphabetically with an annotation that describes the services provided, the second section lists organizations on specific eye diseases and eye injuries, and the third section lists international organizations. The fourth section includes publications that list the names of organizations that serve persons who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and in other countries, organizations with tactile map collections, producers and distributors of braille and large- print reading materials and assistive devices for reading, and web sites with links to online resources. The last section lists state agencies that administer public programs in special education and rehabilitation services.

Contents

National Organizations
Organizations on Eye Diseases and Eye Injuries
International Organizations
Selected Bibliography
State Agencies That Administer Special Education
State Agencies That Administer Rehabilitation Services

National Organizations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
(415) 561-8500 (415)
561-8575 fax
customer_service@aao.org
http://www.aao.org/

Serves as a national membership association of ophthalmologists. Supports public service programs: EyeCare America-National Eye Care Project to provide medical eye care to senior citizens, International Public Service Programs to enhance eye care services in economically developing countries, and School Eye Safety Program. Produces publications for ophthalmologists and their patients.

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9315
acc@roudley.com
http://www.actionfund.org/

Produces and distributes Twin Vision (print-braille) books free of charge throughout the United States; a free braille news magazine, Hot Line to Deaf-Blind, for individuals who are deaf-blind; and free braille calendars. Lends print-braille and braille books through the Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind Children.

American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-5081
800-424-8666
(202) 467-5085 fax
info@acb.org
http://www.acb.org/

Principal publication: Braille Forum, monthly. Serves as an informational clearinghouse on blindness and provides advisory service on federal legislation. Acts as an advocate for civil rights, educational opportunities, vocational training, social security benefits, and health and social services for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Special-interest affiliated organizations include:

American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
(212) 502-7600
800-232-5463
(212) 502-7777
fax (212) 502-7662 TTY
afbinfo@afb.net
http://www.afb.org/

Principal publications:

Develops and provides programs and services for persons who are blind or visually impaired in the areas of public education, social and technological research, consultation and referrals, and governmental relations. Sells publications in print, on cassette, and in braille and videos. AFB's National Technology Center is a centralized resource on adaptive technology. The AFB legislative information network presents details on legislation and regulations of concern to blind and visually impaired persons. The Careers and Technology Information Bank is a national data and networking resource on the competitive employment of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

American Optometric Association
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 991-4100
(314) 991-4101 fax
HOZinn@theaoa.org
http://www.aoanet.org/

Represents doctors of optometry, students of optometry, and paraoptometric assistants and technicians who are dedicated to improving the quality and availability of eye care in the United States. Sponsors Volunteers in Service in Our Nation (VISION) USA one month per year to provide vision care services, without charge, to individuals who have no other means of obtaining care. Offers consumer information.

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839
(502) 899-2274 fax
info@aph.org
http://www.aph.org/

Principal publications:

Designated and funded by an 1879 act of Congress as the official source of educational texts (primary through secondary level) for students who are visually impaired in the United States and its possessions. Maintains Louis, an electronic database that lists textbooks in braille, large print, and computer file format and on cassette that are produced by APH, by volunteers, and by commercial companies. Engages in research and development to create products for students and adults who are blind. Manufactures and sells assistive devices. Also produces recreational and religious literature in special format.

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
4600 Duke Street, #430
P.O. Box 22397
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-9690
(703) 823-9695 fax
aer@aerbvi.org
http://www.aerbvi.org/

Principal publications:

Renders support to the professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Offers members opportunities for professional development through publications and certification programs and by networking at meetings and conferences, timely news and research information, and career advancement through job exchange services.

Better Vision Institute
1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 243-1508
877-642-3253
(703) 243-1537 fax
vca@visionsite.org
http://www.visionsite.org/

Serves as the Vision Council of America's channel for public education about quality eye care and eyewear.

Blind Children's Center
4120 Marathon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3584
(323) 664-2153
800-222-3567 in California
800-222-3566 in United States
(323) 665-3828 fax
cathy@blindcntr.org
http://www.blindcntr.org/

Serves children with visual impairment from birth to school age by providing information about adaptive devices, educational materials, toys, and other resources. Makes referrals to early intervention programs, social service agencies, advocacy groups, and self-help organizations. Produces publications for sale, some in Spanish.

Blind Children's Fund
4740 Okemos Road
Okemos, MI 48864-1637
(517) 347-1357
(517) 347-1459 fax
blindchfnd@aol.com
http://www.blindchildrensfund.org/

Principal publication:

Promotes the development of materials and methods pertaining to the growth, development, and education of infants and young children who are blind or visually impaired or have multiple disabilities. Sells books and learning tools.

Blinded American Veterans Foundation
P.O. Box 65900
Washington, DC 20035-5900
(202) 462-4430
800-284-2283
email@bavf.org
http://www.bavf.org/

Principal publication:

Offers employment networking and rehabilitation counseling for veterans who are blind. Supports medical research on sensory disabilities.

Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-2694
(202) 371-8880
bva@bva.org
http://www.bva.org/

Principal publication:

A membership organization for veterans who became blind or visually impaired during or after their military service. Counsels veterans and assists them in obtaining benefits and rehabilitation training and in finding jobs. Offers scholarships to their spouses and dependents.

Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093-0299
800-323-4238
(847) 446-0855 fax
Info@Hadley-School.org
http://www.hadley-school.org/

Offers distance education courses at no charge to adults who are blind, to family members of an adult who is blind, and to a parent or grandparent of a child who is blind.

International Association of Audio Information Services
c/o Ben Martin, President
WVTF Public Radio
4235 Electric Road, Suite 105
Roanoke, VA 24014
(785) 864-4625
800-280-5325
lrmiller@ukans.edu and
revtrask@netscape.net
http://iaais.org/

Principal publications:

Represents radio and information services, dial-in newspapers, and Internet broadcasters that deliver audio broadcasts of daily newspapers and other printed materials to individuals with a visual or physical disability.

International Association of Lions Clubs
Lions Clubs International
300 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
(630) 571-5466
(630) 571-8890 fax
Lions@lionsclubs.org
http://www.lionsclubs.org/

Principal publication:

Initiates service projects in such areas as sight conservation and diabetes education through more than 44,500 clubs in 185 countries. Provides free professional glaucoma screenings, free eye care, eyeglasses, braille writers, large-print texts, white canes, and guide dogs. Establishes and supports eye banks, eye clinics, and eye research centers worldwide.

Library of Congress
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0712 fax
(202) 707-0744 TTY
nls@loc.gov
http://www.loc.gov/nls

Principal publications:

Administers a free national library program of braille and recorded books and magazines for persons who are visually impaired and physically disabled. Distributes reading materials and playback machines through cooperating regional and subregional (local) libraries to eligible borrowers. Lends music materials directly from the Music Section of NLS, including scores in braille and large print; magazines and books about music and musicians in braille, large print, and recorded format; and instruction for voice and for instruments.

Lighthouse International National Center for Vision and Aging
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 821-9200
800-334-5497 and
800-829-0500
(212) 821-9705 fax
(212) 821-9713 TTY
info@lighthouse.org
http://www.lighthouse.org/

Principal publications:

Serves as a clearinghouse for information on vision and aging. Disseminates videos, brochures, and books about and conducts research on age-related vision loss. Provides referrals to low vision services rehabilitation agencies, support groups, and state agencies. Offers a continuing education program to professionals.

Lighthouse International
National Center for Vision and Child Development
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 821-9200
800-334-5497 and
800-829-0500
(212) 821-9705 fax
(212) 821-9713 TTY
info@lighthouse.org
http://www.lighthouse.org/educ_children.htm

Principal publication:

Provides for the needs of children who are visually impaired through parent and professional training and research. Works with schools, day care centers, and health and human services organizations to facilitate early identification of visual problems in children and to design strategies that enhance development. Conducts empirical studies in the fields of child development, family systems, and education as they relate to vision loss.

Mississippi State University
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-2694
800-675-7782
(662) 325-8989 fax
(662) 325-8693 TTY
bjmax@ra.msstate.edu
http://www.blind.msstate.edu/irr

Maintains the Information and Resource Referral Project as the outreach arm of the Center to provide an accessible database of resources on blindness and low vision to consumers and professionals. Sells research publications.

National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired
260 Northland Boulevard, Suite 233
Cincinnati, OH 45246
(513) 772-8449
(513) 772-8854 fax
nacweb260@aol.com
http://www.nac-bvi.com/

Develops standards and administers a voluntary system of accreditation for agencies and schools providing services to persons who are visually impaired and blind. Sells manuals on management, agency, and education standards.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471-0317
(617) 972-7441
800-562-6265
(617) 972-7444 fax
napvi@perkins.pvt.k12.ma.us
http://www.spedex.com/napvi/

Principle publication:

Provides a national support and information network and a referral service for parents and families of children with visual impairment. Advocates for the educational needs and welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired and initiates outreach programs.

National Association for Visually Handicapped
22 West 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-3141
(212) 727-2931 fax

3201 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-3201
(415) 221 8754 fax
staffca@navh.org
http://www.navh.org/

Principal publication:

Offers information, referral, and emotional support to individuals with low vision, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Maintains a large-print loan library. Sells assistive devices.

National Braille Association, Inc.
Three Townline Circle
Rochester, NY 14623-2513
(716) 427-8260
(716) 427-0263 fax
nbaoffice@compuserve.com
http://www.nationalbraille.org/

Principal publication:

Provides educational forums to groups and individuals on braille transcribing and translation, audio tape recording techniques, tactile graphics, and other areas of production in media other than print. Maintains a depository for braille masters and sells braille college textbooks, music texts, and career and technical materials at below cost to students and professionals who are blind. Has catalogs of the titles in these collections in braille and in print.

National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160
800-548-7323
(617) 437-0456 fax
orders@nbp.org
http://www.nbp.org/

Promotes literacy for individuals who are blind and deaf-blind by printing and selling braille and print-braille books and transcribing printed materials. Produces up to fifty copies in the Desktop Publishing Division and provides full-scale braille pressing services for fifty copies or more. Offers a Children's Braille Book Club, titles on computer disk, and PortaBooks to be read with a portable braille device.

National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
(410) 685-5653 fax
nfb@nfb.org
http://www.nfb.org/
http://www.nfbnet.org/ Telnet, BBS, FTP service

Principal publications:

Seeks the complete integration of persons who are blind into society on a basis of equality. Monitors state and federal laws and regulations affecting people with visual impairments. Informs members of services available to them and of their rights under the law. Maintains the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind. Operates Newsline, a talking newspaper service free to persons who are legally blind, and America's Jobline in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor and state job service agencies. Sells publications and assistive devices through its Materials Center. Divisions include: Deaf-Blind, National Association of Blind Educators, National Association of Blind Lawyers, National Association of Blind Students, National Association to Promote the Use of Braille, National Diabetes Action Network, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, National Organization of the Senior Blind, and Writers.

National Industries for the Blind
1901 North Beauregard Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22311-1727
(703) 998-0770
800-433-2304
(703) 998-8268 fax
info@nib.org
http://www.nib.org/

Principal publication:

Enhances the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment. Develops business opportunities in the federal, state, and commercial marketplaces for not-for- profit agencies and organizations associated with NIB. Allocates federal government contracts under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act.

New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Avenue
P.O. Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078-0332
(973) 376-4903
(973) 376-3807 fax

Provides new prescription eyeglasses for individuals in the United States for whom no other funds are available. Sends reusable eyeglasses to overseas medical missions and welfare agencies for distribution.

Prevent Blindness America
500 East Remington Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173-5611
(847) 843-2020
800-331-2020
(847) 843-8458 fax
info@preventblindness.org
http://www.preventblindness.org/

Principal publication:

Offers programs and services to help fight blindness and save sight, including adult and children's vision screenings; a toll-free information hotline; patient, public, and professional education; school-based programs; and Fight for Sight research grants. Sells publications, some in Spanish, and videos.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Inc.
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 452-0606
800-221-4792
(609) 987-8116 fax
custserv@rfbd.org
http://www.rfbd.org/

Principal publication:

Lends recorded books, ranging in educational level from late elementary through graduate school, to persons with a verified visual, physical, or specific learning disability that substantially limits reading. Requires a one-time registration fee and annual membership fee. Also sells books on computer disk called E-text (electronic text).

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
2318 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 345-2000
(415) 345-8455 fax
(415) 561-1665 TTY
RERC@ski.org
http://www.ski.org/Rehab/index.html

Principal publication:

Develops sensory aids and educational devices for persons who are blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired. Acts as a national information resource on sensory aids technology. Conducts research and development in these areas and compiles the findings in publications available on its web site, including Access to computerized music production by blind and vision-impaired musicians, Compendium of technology for blind and visually impaired persons, and Source material on remote infrared signage.

Telephone Pioneers of America
930 15th Street, Suite 1200
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 571-1200
800-872-5995
(303) 572-0520 fax
http://www.telephone-pioneers.org/

Principal publication:

Maintains a directory of senior and retired telephone employees who repair and service record players and cassette machines of the talking-books program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. May visit homes of new readers to demonstrate use of the equipment and may help library staffs inspect returned talking books for damage before the books are loaned to other readers.

Vision World Wide, Inc.
5707 Brockton Drive, #302
Indianapolis, IN 46220-5481
(317) 254-1332
800-431-1739
(317) 251-6588 fax
info@visionww.org
http://www.visionww.org/

Principal publication:

Provides information, support, a referral helpline, and a free e-mail list to persons with low vision and their families. Maintains a web site with links that include sources for electronic books, assistive devices, associations and organizations, and eye diseases.

Organizations on Eye Diseases and Eye Injuries

American Diabetes Association National Office
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 549-1500
800-342-2383 (800-DIABETES)
customerservice@diabetes.org
http://www.diabetes.org/

Seeks to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Conducts a comprehensive program of public, patient, and professional education. Publishes a variety of pamphlets and a monthly periodical, Diabetes Forecast, for persons with diabetes and their families. Also publishes research journals for physicians who specialize in diabetes and for general practitioners.

American Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 515
Northampton, MA 01061-0515
(413) 268-7660
http://www.macular.org/

Principal publication:

Works for the prevention, treatment, and cure of macular degeneration by raising funds, educating the public, and supporting scientific research.

The Association for Macular Diseases, Inc.
210 East 64th Street, Eighth Floor
New York, NY 10021
(212) 605-3719
(212) 605-3795 fax
association@retinalresearch.org
www.macula.org/

Principal publication: Eyes Only, quarterly

Acts as a national support group for individuals and their families who are adjusting to the practical and emotional problems related to macular diseases.

Center for Keratoconus
6551 Vanalden Avenue, #8
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 754-8600
info@kcenter.org
http://www.kcenter.org/

Dedicated to eliminating keratoconus as a health problem through research, education, patient service, and advocacy.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness
11435 Cronhill Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117-2220
(410) 568-0150
800-683-5555
(410) 363-2393 fax
(410) 363-7139, 800-683-5551 TTY
http://www.blindness.org/

Principal publication:

>Funds research to find treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, and juvenile and age-related macular degeneration. Provides free information and referral services.

The Glaucoma Foundation
116 John Street, Suite 1605
New York, NY 10038
(212) 285-0080
800-452-8266 (800-GLAUCOMA)
(212) 651-1888 fax
info@glaucoma-foundation.org
http://www.glaucoma-foundation.org/

Principal publication:

Provides funding for medical research programs on glaucoma. Has public education programs, including a worldwide toll-free hotline and workplace and community outreach screening programs. Offers free educational publications.

Glaucoma Research Foundation
200 Pine Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 986-3162
(415) 986-3763 fax
info@glaucoma.org
http://www.glaucoma.org/

Principal publication:

Dedicated to protecting the sight and independence of people with glaucoma through research and education. Has free publications on glaucoma.

Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 9752
San Jose, CA 95157
(408) 260-1335
888-633-3937
eyesight@eyesight.org
http://www.eyesight.org/

Principle publication:

Seeks to develop cures for macular degeneration and educate patients, professionals, and the public about methods of prevention and treatment.

Macular Degeneration International
6700 North Oracle Road, Suite 505
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 795-2525
800-393-7634
(520) 797-8018 fax
info@maculardegeneration.org
http://www.maculardegeneration.org/

Principle publication:

Serves the needs of individuals with early onset (juvenile) or late onset (age-related) macular degeneration through educational and support programs.

Macular Degeneration Partnership
8733 Beverly Boulevard, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 423-6455
888-430-9898 recorded information
(310) 423-0163 fax
contactus@discoveryfund.org
http://www.MacD.net/

Principle publication:

Provides information on age-related macular degeneration to the public; supports research; and coordinates advocacy efforts.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
One Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560
(301) 654-3327
800-860-8747
(301) 907-8906 fax
ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/diabetes/ndic.htm

Principal publication:

Responds to inquiries about diabetes from people with diabetes and their families, health care professionals, and the public. Distributes professional and patient education publications, including fact sheets, booklets, The Diabetes Dictionary, and Spanish materials.

National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health
2020 Vision Place
Bethesda, MD 20892-3655
(301) 496-5248
2020@nei.nih.gov
http://www.nei.nih.gov/

Conducts and supports research on eye diseases and vision disorders. Offers professional and public education programs that include a school curriculum on vision for grades 4-8 and a traveling exhibit. Has free publications.

National Keratoconus Foundation
8733 Beverly Boulevard, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90048
800-521-2524
nkcf@csmc.edu
http://www.nkcf.org/

Principal publication:

Has a variety of programs to increase the awareness and understanding of keratoconus, including a patient information guide, a free e-mail-based mail list, the NKCF Registry, support groups, and an outreach and referral service.

National Marfan Foundation
382 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883-8712
800-8-MARFAN
(516) 883-8040 fax staff@marfan.org
http://www.marfan.org/

Principal publication:

Provides information about Marfan syndrome to patients, family members, and health care community; acts as a support network; and fosters research.

National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
P.O. Box 959
East Hampstead, NH 03826-0959
(603) 887-2310 phone and fax
800-473-2310
info@albinism.org
http://www.albinism.org/

Principal publication:

Offers information and support to individuals with albinism and hypopigmentation and their families through local chapters and a national conference. Educates the public and professionals about albinism and hypopigmentation and encourages research on the cause and treatment of these metabolic disorders.

Research to Prevent Blindness
645 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022-1010
(212) 752-4333
800-621-0026
(212) 688-6231 fax
info@rpbusa.org
http://www.rpbusa.org/hc2/index.asp

Principal publication:

Provides financial resources for eye research at medical institutions in the United States to develop cures and effective treatments for diseases of the visual system that damage and destroy sight. Provides free informational material on eye diseases.

United States Eye Injury Registry
Attn: LoRetta Mann
1201 11th Avenue South, Suite 300
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 933-0064
(205) 933-1341 fax
lorettamann@mindspring.com
www.helenkeller.ws/useir.htm

Collects data on all serious eye injuries occurring in the United States by involving approximately 37 states that have eye injury registries sponsored by state societies of ophthalmology.

International Organizations

Christian Blind Mission International, Inc.
450 East Park Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 239-0065
800-937-2264
(864) 239-0069 fax
info@cbmi-usa.org
http://www.cbmi-usa.org/

Principle publication:

Operates worldwide to prevent and treat blindness and other disabilities through medical care, rehabilitation training, and social integration programs.

Helen Keller Worldwide
90 West Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10006
(212) 766-5266
(212) 791-7590 fax
info@hkworld.org
http://www.hkworld.org/

Works in developing countries to establish services to prevent blindness, to restore sight, and to rehabilitate and educate persons whose vision cannot be restored. Supports village-based efforts to build and sustain programs by training health-care providers and upgrading the skills of teachers working in school programs for children who are blind. Sells selected publications.

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
IAPB Secretariat L.V.
Prasad Eye Institute L.V.
Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills
Hyderabad, 500 034
INDIA
91-40-3545389
91-40-3548271 fax
IAPB@lvpeye.stph.net
http://www.iapb.org/

Principle publication:

Serves as a coordinating, umbrella organization whose members include the International Federation of Ophthalmological Societies, the World Blind Union, and international nongovernmental organizations that support global programs for community eye care. Mobilizes resources for blindness prevention activities such as disseminating ideas and information on successful approaches to eye-care delivery.

International Eye Foundation
7801 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-1830
(301) 986-1876 fax
info@iefusa.org
http://www.iefusa.org/

Principal publication:

Aids developing countries in achieving self-sufficiency in eye health care through clinical, surgical, and preventive services; equipment, supplies, and medications; training and public education; technical assistance; and operational research.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Section of Libraries for the Blind
c/o Rosemary Kavanagh, Chair
CNIB Library for the Blind
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E8
CANADA
(416) 480-7521
(416) 480-7700
kavanar@lib.cnib.ca
http://www.ifla.org/VII/s31/slb.htm

Principal publication:

Promotes national and international cooperation in delivering library services to readers who are blind and visually impaired and encourages research and development in all aspects of this area. Acts as a forum for discussing topics such as standardization, braille production, and the impact of new technology on library services to persons with visual impairments.

Sight Savers International
Grosvenor Hall, Bolnore Road
Haywards Heath West Sussex
RH16 4BX
ENGLAND
01444 446600
01444 446688 fax
scastle@sightsaversint.org.uk
http://www.sightsavers.org/

Principal publication:

Also known as the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. United Kingdom's oldest charity working to prevent and cure blindness in developing countries. Plans and supports a range of eye-care services, develops outreach programs for rural areas, and promotes the integration of children with visual impairment in mainstream schools.

World Blind Union (Union Mondiale des Aveugles)
c/o O.N.C.E.
c/La Coruña
18 28020
Madrid
SPAIN
34-1 571 36 85
http://umc.once.es/

Principal publication:

An international nongovernmental coalition of representatives from various associations for people who are blind and visually impaired and from agencies providing services to them. Members have regional groups for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Works for the prevention of blindness, promotes the well-being of people with visual impairment, and serves as an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of blindness.

Selected Bibliography

American Foundation for the Blind. Directory of services for blind and visually impaired persons in the United States and Canada. 26th ed. New York: 2001.

American Printing House for the Blind. Catalog of accessible books for people who are visually impaired or blind 2000-2001. Louisville, KY: 2000. 470p. Also on the Internet at http://www.aph.org/ louis.htm.

Blindness resource center. Retrieved December 12, 2000. http://www.nyise.org/blind.htm.

BLIST: the comprehensive index of blindness-related e-mailing lists. Retrieved December 12, 2000. http://www.hicom.net/~oedipus/ blist.html.

Braille: into the next millennium. Washington: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and Friends of Libraries for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals in North America, 2000. 600p. Free.

Braille on the Internet. Retrieved December 12, 2000. http://www.nyise.org/braille.htm.

Cassin, Barbara, and Sheila A.B. Solomon; edited by Melvin L. Rubin. Dictionary of eye terminology. 3rd ed. Gainesville, FL: Triad Pub. Co., 1997. 283p. (P.O. Drawer 13355, 32604).

The complete directory of large-print books and serials 2001. New Providence, NJ: R.R. Bowker, 2001. 1700p.

Cookson, John, and others. Digital talking books: planning for the future. Washington: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 1998. 72p. Free. Also on the Internet at http://www.loc.gov/nls/dtb.html.

Cylke, Frank Kurt. "National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped." In Management of federally sponsored libraries: case studies and analysis. Edited by Charles D. Missar. New York: Haworth Press, 1995. p. 109-128.

Cylke, Frank Kurt and Judith M. Dixon, managing eds. International directory of tactile map collections. The Hague: Section of Libraries for the Blind, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions; and Washington: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 1985. 19p.

Cylke, Frank Kurt, Judith M. Dixon, and Michael M. Moodie. "The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress." Alexandria, v. 12, no. 2, 2000: 81-98.

Dixon, Judith M. "Web-Braille: a new distribution system for braille books." Braille monitor, v. 43, Jan. 2000: 75-79.

Fong, Donald S., and Robin Demi Ross. The diabetes eye care sourcebook. Los Angeles: Lowell House; Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1998. 278p.

Gill, J.M., N. Muthiah, J.H. Silver, and E.S. Gould. Equipment for blind and partially sighted persons: an international guide. London, England: Royal National Institute for the Blind, 1997. Various pagings.

If blindness occurs. Morristown, NJ: The Seeing Eye, 1995. Single copy free. (P.O. Box 375, 07963-0375).

Information on specific eye diseases. Retrieved December 12, 2000. http://www.blind.msstate.edu/irr/diseases.html.

Jahoda, Gerald. How do I do this when I can't see what I'm doing? Information processing for the visually disabled. Washington: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 1993. 98p. Free.

King, Sue, ed. International agencies for blind and partially sighted people. London, England: Royal National Institute for the Blind, 1997. 395p. Also on the Internet at http://info.rnib.org.uk/ Agencies/Agencies.htm.

Leibs, Andrew. A field guide for the sight-impaired reader: a comprehensive resource for students, teachers, and librarians. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. 247p.

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Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Reference Section. Building a library collection on visual and physical disabilities: basic materials and resources. Compiled by Carol Strauss. Washington: 1999. 45p. Free. Also on the Internet at ftp://ftp.loc.gov/pub/nls/reference/circulars/building.library.

Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Reference Section. Library resources for the blind and physically handicapped. A directory with FY 1998 statistics on readership, circulation, budget, staff, and collections. Washington: 1999. 84p. Free. Also on the Internet at ftp://ftp.loc.gov/pub/nls/reference/directories/libres99.txt.

Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Reference Section. Reading materials in large print: a resource guide. Compiled by Gillian Mendle. Washington: 1997. 23p. Free. Also on the Internet at http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/circulars/largeprint.html.

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Living with low vision: a resource guide for people with sight loss. 5th ed. Lexington, MA: Resources for Rehabilitation, 1998. 288p.

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State Agencies That Administer Special Education and Rehabilitation Services

Direct services provided through state-level special education departments include consultation with and referral to local school districts and development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The list is on the Internet at http://www.ed.gov/Programs/bastmp/SDSE.htm.

Direct services provided through state-level departments of rehabilitation may include pre-vocational evaluation, vocational training and placement, job retention and job retraining, low-vision services and assistive devices, and counseling and social work services. These agencies also administer the vending facilities programs in each state. The list is on the Internet at http://www.ed.gov/Programs/ bastmp/SVRA.htm.

Special Education Services

Alabama Special Education Services
50 North Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-8114
(334) 242-9192 fax
speced@alsde.edu http://www.alsde.edu/html/
Alaska Special Education
801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200
Juneau, AK 99801-1894
(907) 465-2972
(907) 465-2970 TTY
(907) 465-2806 fax
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/sped/
American Samoa Special Education Division
P.O. Box 2202
Pago Pago, AS 96799
(684) 633-1323
(684) 633-7707 fax
jfrench@interwork.sdsu.edu
Arizona Exceptional Student Services
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 364-4000
(602) 542-1410 TTY
(602) 542-5404 fax
lbusenb@mail1.ade.state.az.us
http://www.ade.az.gov/ess/
Arkansas Special Education Programs
4 State Capitol Mall, Room 105-C
Little Rock, AR 72201-1071
(501) 682-4221
(501) 682-5159 fax
http://arkedu.state.ar.us/
California Special Education Division
515 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-4602
(916) 327-3706 fax
aparker@cde.ca.gov
http://www.cde.ca.gov/spbranch/sed/
Colorado Special Education Services
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-6694
(303) 860-7060 TTY
(303) 866-6811 fax
sped@cde.state.co.us
http://www.cde.state.co.us/
Connecticut Bureau of Special Education and Pupil Services
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457-1543
(860) 807-2025
(860) 807-2047 fax
george.dowaliby@po.state.ct.us
http://www.state.ct.us/sde/
Delaware Exceptional Children
P.O. Box 1402
Dover, DE 19903-1402
(302) 739-5471
(302) 739-2388 fax
mbrooks@state.de.us
http://www.doe.state.de.us/
District of Columbia
Division of Special Education
825 North Capitol Street, NE, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-4800
(202) 442-5517 fax
http://www.k12.dc.us/dcps/home. html
Federated States of Micronesia
Office of Special Education
Kolonia, Pohnpei, FM 96941
(691) 320-2609
(691) 320-5500 fax
Florida Exceptional Student Education Services
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 488-1106
(850) 922-7088 fax
http://www.firn.edu/doe/commhome/ese-home.htm
Georgia Division for Exceptional Students
1870 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 656-3963
(404) 651-6457 fax
pbragg@doe.k12.ga.us
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/
Guam Division of Special Education
P.O. Box DE
Agana, GU 96910
(671) 475-0549
(671) 475-0550 TTY
(671) 475-0562 fax
guamsped@ite.net
Hawaii Special Education Section
637 18th Avenue, Room C102
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 733-4990
800-297-2070
(808) 733-4841 fax
http://www.k12.hi.us/
Idaho Special Education Department
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
(208) 332-6910
800-432-4601
800-377-3524 TTY
(208) 334-4664 fax
rbrychen@sde.state.id.us
http://www.sde.state.id.us/SpecialEd
Illinois Office of Special Education
100 North First Street, E-228
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
(217) 782-5589
(217) 558-2375 fax
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/
Indiana Division of Special Education
State House, Room 229
251 East Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798
(317) 232-0570 voice and TTY
(317) 232-0589 fax
marrab@speced.doe.state.in.us
http://web.indstate.edu/soe/iseas/dse. html
Iowa Bureau of Children, Family, and Community Services
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
(515) 281-3176
(515) 242-6019 fax
brenda.oas@ed.state.ia.us
http://www.state.ia.us/educate/ programs/ecese/cfcs/index.html
Kansas Student Support Services
120 Southeast Tenth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
(785) 291-3097
800-203-9462
(785) 296-6338 TTY
(785) 296-1413 fax
apochowski@ksbe.state.ks.us
http://www.ksbe.state.ks.us/sss/ specialeducation.html
Kentucky Division of Exceptional Children Services
500 Mero Street, Eighth Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
(502) 564-4970 TTY
(502) 564-6721 fax
marmstro@kde.state.ky.us
http://www.kde.state.ky.us/
Louisiana Division of Special Populations
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
(225) 342-3631
(225) 219-4588 TTY
(225) 342-5880 fax
vberidon@mail.doe.state.la.us
http://www.doe.state.la.us/DOE/asps/home.asp
Maine Office of Special Services
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
(207) 287-5950
(207) 287-2550 TTY
(207) 287-5900 fax
dstockford@doe.k12.me.us
http://www.state.me.us/education/speced/specserv.htm
Maryland Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
200 West Baltimore Street, Fourth Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-0238
800-735-2258 TTY
(410) 333-8165 fax
cbaglin@msde.state.md.us or
nFeather@msde.state.md.us
http://www.msde.state.md.us/
Massachusetts Special Education
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148-5023
(781) 388-3388
(781) 388-3396 fax
MMittnacht@doe.mass.edu
http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/
Michigan Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
608 West Allegan
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-9433
(517) 373-9434 TTY
(517) 373-7504 fax
Rowell.Frank@mde.state.mi.us
http://www.mde.state.mi.us/off/sped/
Minnesota Division of Special Education
1500 Highway 36
West Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8289
(651) 582-8729 fax
norena.hale@state.mn.us
http://children.state.mn.us/
Mississippi Office of Special Education
359 North West Street, Suite 338
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771
(601) 359-3498
(601) 359-2198 fax
jpigg@mdek12.state.ms.us
http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/
Missouri Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-5739
800-735-2966
(573) 526-4404 fax
mfriedeb@mail.dese.state.mo.us
http://www.dese.state.mo.us/ divspeced/
Montana Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
(406) 444-4429
(406) 444-3924 fax
http://www.metnet.state.mt.us/
Nebraska Special Populations Office
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
(402) 471-2471
888-806-6287
(402) 471-2471 TTY
(402) 471-5022 fax
http://www.nde.state.ne.us/SPED/ sped.html
Nevada Special Education Programs
700 East Fifth Street, Suite 113
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 687-9171
800-326-6888 TTY
(775) 687-9123 fax
http://www.nde.state.nv.us/
New Hampshire Special Education Services
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3860
(603) 271-3741
(603) 271-1953 fax
dgrabill@ed.state.nh.us
http://www.ed.state.nh.us/SpecialEd/special1.htm
New Jersey Special Education Programs
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
(609) 633-6833
(609) 984-8422 fax
bgantwer@doe.state.nj.us
http://www.state.nj.us/education/
New Mexico Special Education
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 827-6541
(505) 827-6791 fax
mapodaca@sde.state.nm.us
http://www.sde.state.nm.us/
New York Special Education
One Commerce Plaza, Room 1624
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-7584
800-222-5627
(518) 474-5652 TTY
(518) 473-5387 fax
vesidspe@mail.nysed.gov
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/
North Carolina Exceptional Children Division
301 North Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825
(919) 715-1565
(919) 715-1569 fax
lharris@dpi.state.nc.us
http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ec/
North Dakota Office of Special Education
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Tenth Floor
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
(701) 328-2277
(701) 328-4920 TTY
(701) 328-4149 fax
landerso@mail.dpi.state.nd.us
http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/speced/index.shtm
Ohio Division of Special Education
933 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085-4087
(614) 466-2650
(614) 728-1097 fax
se_herner@ode.state.oh.us
Oklahoma Special Education Services
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Room 411
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
(405) 521-3351
(405) 521-4875 TTY
(405) 522-3503 fax
darla_griffin@mail.sde.state.ok.us or
john_corpolongo@mail.sde.state.ok.us
http://sde.state.ok.us/
Oregon Office of Special Education
255 Capitol Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310-0203
(503) 378-3598
(503) 378-2892 TTY
(503) 373-7968 fax
steve.johnson@state.or.us
http://www.ode.state.or.us/sped/index.htm
Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Education
333 Market Street, Seventh Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 783-6913
(717) 787-7367 TTY
(717) 783-6139 fax
fwarkomski@state.pa.us
http://www.pde.psu.edu/
Puerto Rico Department of Special Education
P.O. Box 759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
(787) 753-7981
(787) 753-7691 fax
Republic of Palau
Special Education Coordinator
P.O. Box 189
Palau, PW 96940
(680) 488-2568
(680) 488-5808 fax
Rhode Island Special Education
255 Westminster Street, Fourth Floor
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-4600
(401) 222-6030 fax
phyllisp@ride.ri.net
http://www.ridoe.net/
South Carolina Office of Exceptional Children
1429 Senate Street, Room 808
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8806
(803) 734-4824 fax
http://www.sde.state.sc.us/
South Dakota Office of Special Education
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
(605) 773-3678
(605) 773-6302 TTY
(605) 773-3782 fax
michelle.powers@state.sd.us
http://www.state.sd.us/deca/special/special.htm
Tennessee Division of Special Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, Fifth Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0380
(615) 741-2851
(615) 532-9412 fax
http://www.state.tn.us/education/msped.htm
Texas Division of Special Education
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-9414
800-252-9668
(512) 475-3540 TTY
(512) 463-9560 fax
sped@tea.tetn.net
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/
Utah Services for At-Risk Students
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3204
(801) 538-7711
(801) 538-7991 fax
mtaylor@usoe.k12.ut.us
http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/sars/
Vermont Special Education Workgroup
State Office Building
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
(802) 828-5118
(802) 828-3140 fax
mmartin@doe.state.vt.us or
dkane@doe.state.vt.us
http://www.state.vt.us/educ/sped.htm
Virgin Islands Division of Special Education
44-46 Kongens Gade
St Thomas, VI 00801
(340) 774-4399
(340) 774-0817 fax
Virginia Office of Special Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
(804) 225-2402
800-422-1098 TTY
(804) 371-8796 fax
dougcox@pen.k12.va.us
http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/special.html
Washington Special Education Section
Old Capitol Building
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 753-6733
(360) 586-0126 TTY
(360) 586-0247 fax
speced@ospi.webnet.edu
http://www.k12.wa.us/specialed/
West Virginia Office of Special Education
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-2696
800-642-8541
(304) 558-3741 fax
dbodkins@access.k12.wv.us
http://wvde.state.wv.us/
Wisconsin Special Education Team
125 South Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
(608) 266-1649
800-441-4563
(608) 267-2427 TTY
(608) 267-3746 fax
juanita.pawlisch@dti.state.wi.us
http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsea/ een/index.html
Wyoming Special Education Unit
Hathaway Building, Second Floor
2300 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050
(307) 777-7417
(307) 777-6234 fax
rwalk@educ.state.wy.us
http://www.k12.wy.us/speced/index. html

Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
2129 East South Boulevard
P.O. Box 11586
Montgomery, AL 36111-0586
(334) 281-8780
800-447-7607
888-737-2032 TTY
(334) 281-1973 fax
sshivers@rehab.state.al.us
http://www.rehab.state.al.us/vrs.html
Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200
Juneau, AK 99801-1894
(907) 465-2814
800-478-2815
(907) 465-2815 TTY
(907) 465-2856 fax
Vikki_Parson@labor.state.ak.us
http://www.labor.state.ak.us/dvr/home.htm
Arizona Vocational Rehabilitation
1789 West Jefferson 2NW
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3202
(602) 542-3332
800-563-1221
(602) 542-6049 TTY
(602) 542-3778 fax
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
1616 Brookwood Drive
P.O. Box 3781
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 296-1616
(501) 296-1669 TTY
(501) 296-1675 fax
daturrentine@ars.state.ar.us
http://www.state.ar.us/ars/
Division of Services for the Blind
522 Main Street, Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-5463
800-960-9270
(501) 682-0093 TTY
(501) 682-0366 fax
jim.hudson@mail.state.ar.us
http://www.state.ar.us/dhs/dsb/
Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
110 16th Street, Second Floor
Denver, CO 80202-5204
(303) 620-4152
(303) 620-4153 TTY
(303) 620-4189 fax
diana.huerta@state.co.us
Connecticut Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Board of Education and Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095
(860) 602-4000
(860) 602-4030 fax
brian.sigman@po.state.ct.us
http://www.besb.state.ct.us/
Rehabilitation Services
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06105-5033
(860) 424-4844
800-537-2549
800-424-4839 TTY
brs.dss@po.state.ct.us
http://www.dss.state.ct.us/svcs/rehab. htm
Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
4425 North Market Street
P.O. Box 9969
Wilmington, DE 19809-0969
(302) 761-8275
(302) 761-8275 TTY
(302) 761-6611 fax
dlabor@state.de.us
Division for the Visually Impaired
1901 North DuPont Highway
Biggs Building
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 577-4734
(302) 577-4758 fax
http://www.state.de.us/dhss/dvi/dvihome.htm
District of Columbia
Rehabilitation Services Administration
810 First Street NE, Tenth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-8400
(202) 442-8742 fax
dcrsai@hotmail.com
Florida Division of Blind Services
2551 Executive Center Circle West
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 488-1330 voice and TTY
800-342-1330
(850) 487-1804 fax
Craig_Kiser@fdles.state.fl.us
http://www.state.fl.us/dbs/
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2002 Old St. Augustine Road, Building A
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0696
(850) 488-6210
800-451-4327
(850) 488-0867 TTY
(850) 488-8062 fax
feedback@fdles.state.fl.us
http://www2.myflorida.com/doe/vr/
Georgia Division of Rehabilitation Services
2 Peachtree Street NW, 35th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
(404) 657-3000 voice and TTY
(404) 657-3079 fax
rosserpe@drs.state.ga.us
http://www.vocrehabga.org/
Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division
P.O. Box 339
Honolulu, HI 96809-0339
(808) 692-7715
(808) 692-7727 fax
http://www.state.hi.us/dhs/
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
650 West State Street, Room 150
Boise, ID 83720-0096
(208) 334-3390 voice and TTY
800-856-2720
(208) 334-5305 fax
http://www.state.id.us/idvr/idvrhome.htm
State Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
341 West Washington Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 334-3220
800-542-8688
(208) 334-2963 fax
Dard@icbvi.state.id.us
http://www.icbvi.state.id.us/
Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation
623 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62794
(217) 785-0218
800-843-6154
(217) 782-5734 TTY
http://www.state.il.us/agency/dhs/vrnp.html
Indiana Division of Disability, Aging, and Rehabilitative Services
402 West Washington Street. Room W-451
P.O. Box 7083
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7083
(317) 232-1147
800-545-7763
800-962-8408 TTY
Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
510 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-5512
(515) 281-4211 voice and TTY
800-532-1486 voice and TTY
http://www.dvrs.state.ia.us/
Kansas Rehabilitation Services
2348 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66606
(785) 232-2264
(785) 296-7029 TTY
http://www.srskansas.org/ISD.htm
Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
209 Saint Clair
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4440
800-372-7172
888-420-9874 TTY
wfd.vocrehab@mail.state.ky.us
http://kydvr.state.ky.us/
Department for the Blind
209 Saint Clair
P.O. Box 757
Frankfort, KY 40602-0757
(502) 564-4754
800-321-6668 or
877-592-5463
(502) 564-2929 TTY
(502) 564-2951 fax
http://kyblind.state.ky.us/
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
8225 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806-4834
(225) 925-4131 voice and TTY
800-737-2958
(225) 925-4184 fax
http://www.dss.state.la.us/
Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
2 Anthony Avenue, 150 SHS
Augusta, ME 04333-0150
(207) 624-5959
800-698-4440
(207) 624-5955 TTY
(207) 624-5980 fax
harold.j.lewis@state.me.us
Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218-1696
(410) 554-9385
(410) 554-9411 TTY
(410) 554-9412 fax
dors@msde.state.md.us or
rburns@msde.state.md.us
http://www.dors.state.md.us/
Massachusetts State Rehabilitation Commission
Fort Point Place, Suite 600
27 Wormwood Street
Boston, MA 02210-1616
(617) 204-3604
800-245-6543
800-764-0200 TTY
(617) 727-1354 fax
elmer.bartels@mrc.state.ma.us
http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/mrc/mrc.htm
State Commission for the Blind
88 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02111-2227
(617) 727-5550
800-392-6450
800-392-6556 TTY
phil.oliver@state.ma.us
http://www.state.ma.us/mcb/
Michigan State Rehabilitation Services
P.O. Box 30010
Lansing, MI 48909-7510
(517) 373-3390
800-605-6722
888-605-6722 TTY
(517) 373-0565 fax
davisr1@state.mi.us
http://www.mrs.state.mi.us/
State Commission for the Blind
201 North Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48909-2062
(517) 373-2062
800-292-4200
(517) 373-4025 TTY
(517) 335-5140 fax
kreinerc@state.mi.us
http://www.mfia.state.mi.us/mcb/home.asp
Minnesota Rehabilitation Service Branch
390 North Robert Street, Fifth Floor
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1621
(651) 296-7510
(651) 296-3900 TTY
(651) 296-0994 fax
howard.glad@state.mn.us
http://www.mnworkforcecenter.org
State Services for the Blind
2200 University Avenue West, #240
Saint Paul, MN 55114-1840
(651) 642-0500
800-652-9000
(651) 642-0506 TTY
(651) 284-3307 fax
Bonnie.Elsey@state.mn.us
http://www.mnworkforcecenter.org/burgundy/ssb.htm
Mississippi Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind
P.O. Box 1698
Jackson, MS 39215-1698
(601) 853-5245
800-443-1000
http://www.mdrs.state.ms.us/vrbpage.htm
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 1698
Jackson, MS 39215-1698
(601) 853-5230
800-443-1000
(601) 853-5205 fax
gneely@mdrs.state.ms.us
http://www.mdrs.state.ms.us/vrpage.htm
Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
3024 Dupont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 526-7004
877-222-8963
(573) 751-3251 TTY
(573) 751-1441 fax
http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divvocrehab/index.html
Montana Disability Services Division
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604-4210
(406) 444-2590
877-296-1197
(406) 444-2590 TTY
(406) 444-3632 fax
jmatthews@state.mt.us
Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
(402) 471-3644
877-637-3422 (NE REHAB)
(402) 471-6329 TTY
(402) 471-0788 fax
vr_lincoln@vocrehab.state.ne.us
http://www.vocrehab.state.ne.us/
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
4600 Valley Road, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68510-4844
(402) 471-2891
877-809-2419
(402) 471-2891 TTY
(402) 471-3009 fax
pvanz@ncbvi.state.ne.us
http://www.ncbvi.state.ne.us/
Nevada State Rehabilitation Division
505 East King Street, Room 502
Carson City, NV 89710-3705
(775) 684-4040
(775) 687-8440 TTY
(775) 684-4184 fax
http://detr.state.nv.us/rehab/index.htm
New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation
78 Regional Drive, Building 2
Concord, NH 03301-9789
(603) 271-3471 voice and TTY
800-299-1647
pleather@ed.state.nh.us
http://www.ed.state.nh.us/VR/index.htm
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and the Visually Impaired
153 Halsey Street
P.O. Box 47017
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 648-2324
(973) 648-7364 fax
jhilton@dhs.state.nj.us
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dhsbvi1.html
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
135 East State Street
P.O. Box 398
Trenton, NJ 08625-0398
(609) 292-5987
(609) 292-2919 TTY
(609) 292-8347 fax
dvradmin@dol.state.nj.us
http://www.state.nj.us/labor/dvrs/dvroff.htm
New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
435 Saint Michael's Drive, Building D
Santa Fe, NM 87505-7644
(505) 954-8500
800-224-7005
877-954-8583 TTY
(505) 954-8562 fax
http://www.state.nm.us/dvr/
Commission for the Blind
PERA Building, Room 553
Santa Fe, NM 87503
(505) 827-4479
888-513-7968
(505) 243-6427 TTY
(505) 827-4475 fax
New York Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
One Commerce Plaza, Room 1606
Albany, NY 12234-2822
(518) 474-2714
(518) 486-3773 TTY
http://web.nysed.gov/vesid/
North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2801 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2801
(919) 733-3364
(919) 733-5924 TTY
(919) 733-7968 fax
http://dvr.dhhs.state.nc.us/
Division of Services for the Blind
309 Ashe Avenue
2601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2601
(919) 733-9822
(919) 733-9700 TTY
(919) 733-9769 fax
John.DeLuca@ncmail.net
http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dsb/
North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation
600 South Second Street, Suite 1B
Bismarck, ND 58504-5729
(701) 328-8950
800-755-2745
(701) 328-8968 TTY
(701) 328-8969 fax
soperc@state.nd.us
http://207.108.104.74/dhs/dhsweb.nsf
Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission
400 East Campus View Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43235-4604
(614) 438-1200 voice and TTY
800-282-4536 voice and TTY
(614) 438-1257 fax
rsc_rlr@vscnet.a1.state.oh.us
http://www.state.oh.us/rsc/
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-4815
(405) 951-3400 voice and TTY
800-845-8476
(405) 951-3529 fax
drspiowm@onenet.net
http://www.onenet.net/~drspiowm/
Oregon Commission for the Blind
535 SE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 731-3221
888-202-5463
(503) 731-3224 TTY
(503) 731-3230 fax
ocbmail@state.or.us
http://www.cfb.state.or.us/
Vocational Rehabilitation Division
500 Summer Street NE, E87
Salem, OR 97301-1120
(503) 945-5944
877-277-0513
(503) 945-5928 TTY
(503) 378-2897 fax
http://vrdweb.hr.state.or.us/
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
909 Green Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102-2913
(717) 787-5244
800-442-6351
(717) 787-5244 TTY
800-233-3008 TTY
ovr@dli.state.pa.us
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/site/default.asp
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
909 Green Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 787-6176
800-622-2842
(717) 787-6176 TTY
(717) 787-3210 fax
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/site/default.asp
Puerto Rico Vocational Rehabilitation Administration
P.O. Box 191118
San Juan, PR 00919-1118
(787) 729-0160
(787) 728-8070 fax
vra@vrapr.gov
Rhode Island Vocational Rehabilitation
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903-1898
(401) 421-7005
800-752-8088, ext. 2608
(401) 421-7016 TTY
rcarroll@ors.state.ri.us
http://www.ri.net/RILRC/ors.html
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
275 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 277-2300
800-752-8088, ext. 2300
(401) 277-3010 TTY
(401) 277-1328 fax
thompson@ors.state.ri.us
http://www.ri.net/RILRC/ors.html
South Carolina Commission for the Blind
1430 Confederate Avenue
P.O. Box 79
Columbia, SC 29202-0079
(803) 898-8800
800-922-2222
(803) 898-8700 fax
http://www.sccb.state.sc.us/
Vocational Rehabilitation Department
1410 Boston Avenue
P.O. Box 15
West Columbia, SC 29171
(803) 896-6500
(803) 896-6635 TTY
(803) 896-6529 fax
scvrpi@infoave.net http://www.scvrd.net/
South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services
East Highway 34, Hillsview Plaza
c/o 500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
(605) 773-3195
800-865-9684
(605) 773-6412 TTY
(605) 773-5483 fax
jeff.kisecker@state.sd.us
http://www.state.sd.us/dhs/drs/index.htm
Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired
East Highway 34, Hillsview Plaza
c/o 500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5714
(605) 773-4644 voice and TTY
800-265-9684
(605) 773-5483 fax
patty.warkenthien@state.sd.us
http://www.state.sd.us/dhs/sbvi/
Tennessee Rehabilitation Services
Citizens Plaza
400 Deaderick Street, 15th Floor
Nashville, TN 37248-0060
(615) 313-4714 voice and TTY
(615) 741-4165 fax
ksteede@mail.state.tn.us
http://www.state.tn.us/humanserv/
Texas State Commission for the Blind
4800 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78756-3178
(512) 377-0500
800-252-5204 voice and TTY
bill.eastman@tcb.state.tx.us
http://www.tcb.state.tx.us/
Utah Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
250 North 1950 West, Suite B
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(801) 323-4343
800-284-1823
(801) 323-4395 TTY
(801) 323-4396 fax
http://www.usor.state.ut.us/htmls/dsbvi.htm
State Office of Rehabilitation
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3272
(801) 538-7530 voice and TTY
800-473-7530
(801) 538-7522 fax
byoung@usor.state.ut.us
http://www.usor.state.ut.us/
Vermont Vocational Rehabilitation Division
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2303
(802) 241-2186 voice and TTY
janetr@dad.state.vt.us
http://www.dad.state.vt.us/dvr/
Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2304
(802) 241-2210
888-405-5005
(802) 241-2128 fax
steve@dad.state.vt.us
http://www.dad.state.vt.us/dbvi/
Virgin Islands Division for Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services
1303 Hospital Ground
Knud Hansen Complex
St Thomas, VI 00802
(340) 774-0930
(340) 776-2043 TTY
(340) 774-7773 fax
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
397 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227-3697
(804) 371-3140 voice and TTY
800-622-2155 dbvi@dbvi.state.va.us
http://www.vdbvi.org/
Department of Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
P.O. Box K300
Richmond, VA 23288-0300
(804) 662-7000
800-552-5019
800-464-9950 TTY
(804) 662-9532 fax
drs@drs.state.va.us
http://www.vadrs.org/
Washington Department of Services for the Blind
402 Legion Way SE, Suite 100
P.O. Box 40933
Olympia, WA 98504-0933
(360) 586-1224
800-552-7103
(360) 586-6437 TTY
(360) 586-7627 fax
dsb_info@listserv.wa.gov
http://www.wa.gov/dsb/
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 45340
Olympia, WA 98504-5304
(360) 438-8000 voice and TTY
800-637-5627
(360) 438-8007 fax
nacewl@dshs.wa.gov
http://www.wa.gov/dshs/dvr/
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
P.O. Box 50890
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305-0890
(304) 766-4600
800-642-8207
(304) 766-4965 TTY
http://www.wvdrs.org/
Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
2917 International Lane, Suite 300
P.O. Box 7852
Madison, WI 53707-7852
(608) 243-5600
800-442-3477
(608) 243-5601 TTY
(608) 243-5680 fax
dwddvr@dwd.state.wi.us
http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dvr/
Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1100 Herschler Building
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-7385
(307) 777-7389 TTY
gchild@missc.state.wy.us
http://wydoe.state.wy.us/doe.asp?ID=5

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