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Other Resources

This list includes information on various topics relating to vision loss including: adaptive technology services, agencies on aging and associations relating to vision loss, talking books, catalogues containing products relating to low vision, and information relating to education for children and adults with visual impairments. There is also some information on recreation and leisure activities.

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Retail

Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned/managed by someone who is visually impaired. Browse & shop and you will find great items and unique offerings from merchants. Every purchase benefits the low vision/blind community. www.blindmicemegamall.com  

Podcasts

Blind Abilities is the most comprehensive resource for assistive technology, accessible devices, blind and low vision technology, iPhone demonstrations, success stories, job insights, as well as college and career path information. 

Blind Bargains provides deals, news, and resources. It is a source for the latest deals and news for the blind and visually impaired. Browse the latest deals and classifieds. Listen to the latest audio podcasts. Shop for what you need at bargain prices with their powerful product search tool. Click here for more.

Eyes on Success is a half-hour weekly radio program and podcast discussing products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss. It is available through radio reading services across the US and Canada, via internet streaming services, and to everybody else as a podcast. To date, the show has been downloaded in all 50 states in the US and over 100 other countries. It is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey and distributed by WXXI Reachout Radio in Rochester, NY through the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS).  Click here for more.

TekTalk by Accessible World seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community, and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them.  Click here fore more.

Newsletters

Flying Blind LLC is a US-Based (Ohio) company whose mission is to empower persons who are vision impaired with adaptive technology solutions to make them independent and efficient in unlimited capacities. www.flyingblind.com 

AccessWorld provides objective information you can trust, smart and informed commentary, and cutting-edge news and trends concerning information technology and visual impairment (published monthly in AccessWorld®: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.) www.afb.org/aw  

Resources

Applevis empowers blind and low vision users of apple products and related applications. www.applevis.com

The purpose of Mississippi State National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI) is to help improve the employment outcomes of individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  https://www.ntac.blind.msstate.edu/ 

The World Blind Union (WBU) is an internationally recognized organization, representing the 253 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries. They are the voice of the blind, speaking to governments and international bodies on issues concerning blindness and low vision in conjunction with their members. www.worldblindunion.org 

Information and technical assistance is provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). www.ada.gov  

Disabilities Rights Maine (DRME) mission is to ensure autonomy, inclusion, equality and access for people with disabilities in Maine. www.drme.org 

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).  www.afb.org

  • They advocate for better policies that promote accessibility and ensure equality and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired, creating a culture of inclusion at work, at school, and in our communities.
  • They advocate for people who are losing their sight—particularly the increasing number of older adults experiencing vision loss—to make sure they get the services and resources that will help them remain independent.
  • They convene leaders—across our field and among business leaders, public officials and other decision-makers—to champion the development of legislation and best practices that provide equal opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Through their monthly publication, AccessWorld® Magazine, they write and edit objective information you can trust—smart and informed commentary, cutting-edge news, product reviews, and trends concerning information technology and visual impairment.

Athletics

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) empowers Americans who are blind and visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation and physical activities, thereby educating and inspiring the nation. www.usaba.org 

The mission of Northeast Passage is to empower people living with disabling conditions, both visible and invisible, to define, pursue and achieve whole life health, community engagement and fulfillment through the purposeful use of sports and recreation; to develop and promote best practices in the fields of Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports. www.nepassage.org 

New England Regional Ski for Light (NERSFL) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the physical fitness of visually-impaired adults. Their mission is to sponsor physically demanding sports. In the winter, they cross country ski and snowshoe; in the summer, they hike, canoe, and tandem bicycle. People who are visually impaired or blind and those who are sighted join together in a unique one-on-one partnership to learn from each other in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere of camaraderie. In addition, NERSFL spreads its philosophy and experience to as many people each year as possible and serves as a resource to communities, organizations and individuals. www.nersfl.org

A. Adaptive Computer Services

 

  • Adaptive Technology Services
    Adaptive technology services of Maine.  Provides affordable computer training in the form of online courses or face to face computer training. Phone (207)512-2387 or 1-800-873-0190  Email:  steve@atmaine.com www.atmaine.com
  • All About Vision
    “AllAboutVision.com is an independent, up-to-date resource for all aspects of eye health and vision correction, including a section on Low Vision. The site was launched in January 2000 and now has over 500 pages of doctor-reviewed content.” www.allaboutvision.com
  • Mainely Access
    Provides adaptive computer training. 89 Auburn Street #1182 Portland, ME 04013 contact. Mary Beth Walsh  Phone (207) 650-8151 mbwalsh@mainelyaccess.com or Mike Adams          Phone (207) 650-8343  m.adams@mainelyaccess.com  www.mainelyaccess.com

B.  Associations & Foundations for the Visually Impaired.

C.  Agencies on Aging (services/programs/resources for seniors)

  • The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Maine is working to improve the lives of the 50-plus by advocating on the issues that matter most. Not only a trusted source for information, we’re also working to be sure to use local resources to help Mainers live with dignity and purpose. Through our programs, community outreach, and volunteers, we improve the quality of life as people age, and have fun while doing it. From York to Madawaska, we are 230,000 strong are working in your community. Together, we can play a role in Maine’s future. Join us!
  • Aroostook Area Agency on Aging
    Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington Counties 33 Davis Street, PO Box 1288 Presque Isle, ME 04769 Toll Free Phone-1-800-439-1789 TTY 764-3396 www.aroostookaging.org
  • Eastern Agency on Aging
    Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, Somerset, Sagadahoc and Kennebec Counties. 450 Essex Street Bangor, ME 04401 Phone 1-800-432-7812 Local (207)941-2865   Both numbers can also be used for TTY. www.eaaa.org
  • Maine Senior Guide
  • Seniors Plus
    (formerly: Western Area Agency on Aging) Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties 465 Main Street, PO Box 659 Lewiston, ME 04243 Phone-1-800-427-1241 or  (207)795-4010 or TTY 795-7232 www.seniorsplus.org
  • Senior Spectrum
    Provides the following services:
    • Alzheimer's & Dementia Services
    • Adult Day Health Services
    • Housing Options
    • Health Insurance Counseling
    • Medicare/Medicaid Help
    • Tax Rebates & Assistance With Complicated Forms list end
    One Weston Court, PO Box 2589 Augusta, ME 04338-2589 Phone (207)622-  9212 or 1-800-639-1553 TTY 1-800-464-8703 www.seniorspectrum.com
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
    (serving York and Cumberland counties) 136 US Route One Scarborough, ME 04106 Toll Free- 1-877-353 3771      www.smaaa.org
  • Elder Independence of Maine
    Toll Free Phone- 1-888 234 3920 Gould agency this agency determines weather an individual needs to be placed in a nursing home.  This approval is needed in order for Maine Care or Medicaid to pay for it.  Toll Free phone-1-800-690 7893 www.elderindependence.org
  • Maine Legal Services for the Elderly
    (statewide) Providing free legal assistance to socially and economically needy Maine residents age 60 and older with offices in Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, Portland.   Phone- 1-800- 750-5353  www.mainelse.org

D.  Braille (resources)

E.  Catalogs and Resources for Adaptive Aids

F.   Children Pediatrics/Special Education

This list contains resources for students, parents and educators and has many helpful websites which contain information on schools, careers and products.

 

G.  Continuing Education

  • Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education
    Text: As with the general population, the level of education and training after high school that a person with disabilities receives is a key factor in their ability to find work. Obtaining a four-year degree from an accredited online college will provide students with disabilities the skills and education needed to build a successful career.
  • Accessible Guide for Online Colleges & Disabilities 
    Navigating the complex process of paying for college raises a ton of questions for most students. What’s a Pell Grant? Or a Perkins Loan? Do I have to pay anything back? Those questions can pile up even more quickly for a student with a disability.
  • The Hadley School for the Blind
    Phone-1-800-446-8111 www.hadley.edu

H.  Local Community Resources

  • Access Maine
    This website was developed to assist Mainers with disabilities, their families, and providers. There is also lots of information here that is useful to employers, educators, researchers, and the general public. Phone (207) 396-6500  www.AccessMaine.org
  • American Council of the Blind (ACB) of Maine
    The local chapter of this organization gives information about different resources and services that are available to individuals with visual impairments in the state of Maine. 11 Marginal Way PO Box 9715-121 Portland, ME 04104 Phone - 1-800-424-8666   National website: http://www.acbmaine.org/
  • Jeanne's Professional Footcare
  • Lions Club International
    This is a resource for individuals who may want to become involved in their communities. The Lions Clubs also have various programs relating to vision loss such as an eye glass recycling program and information about where individuals can receive services in their area. To find out about the various programs and services offered through the Lions Club, visit their international website at: www.lionsclubs.org For local Lions Club information visit: www.mainelions.org
  • International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS)
    For a listing of radio reading services in the United States and their program schedules, visit: www.iaais.org
  • Partnership for Healthy Aging
    This organization gives information about local resources and services that are available to seniors. They also work with communities to help make them more of a welcoming place for seniors. Phone (207)775-1095 (Portland)   Contact: Peggy Haynes, Director www.mainehealth.com
  • Pine Tree Guide Dog Users (PTGDU)
    Is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote the well-being of dog guide users in Maine.  This website also gives useful links if individuals want to find out more information on where they need to go if they are interested in a guide dog for  themselves or if they are interested in raising a puppy to become a guide dog. There is also information given on different resources and products that are available to guide dog users.  www.ellsworthme.org/pinetree
  • The National Federation of The Blind (NFB)
    Provides information and resources to individuals with visual impairments, such as access to job listings, adaptive products and a news letter. The information given is the local branch of the NFB For more information you can visit the National Website at: John A. Batron, President ; 88 Shaker Road Gray, Maine 04039-9707 Phone: (207) 657-2829  Email: ambron@maine.rr.comwww.NFB.org
  • Ingraham
    This website has many helpful links relating to blindness and many other useful resources. 237 Oxford Street, PO Box 1868 Portland, Maine 04104 Phone: (207) 874-1055 Fax 207-774-5901 TTY 207-774-0700 Email: resourcelink@ingraham.orgwww.ingraham.info

I.  Recorded reading materials.

  • American Printing House for the Blind
    Has many audio books forleisure reading as well as text books available.1839 Frankfort Avenue, Box 6085 Louisville, KY 40206-0085 Phone(502) 895-2405  or  1-800-223-1839 Fax (502) 899-2274 E-mail: info@aph.org www.aph.org
  • American Audio Prose Library, Inc.
    Produces contemporary fiction and poetry on cassette, read by the authors. Some tapes include interviews of authors. Box 842 Columbia, MO 65205   Phone-1-800- 447-2275 Fax (573) 499-0579  e-mail: aaplinc@gte.net
  • Audio Editions
    Audiobooks - Audio Editions Books on Cassette Over 8000 audiobooks encompassing all interests. Call for catalog. Box 6930 Auburn, CA 95604 phone 1-800- 231-4261 Fax: (800) 882- 1840  or (530) 888-1840 e-mail:  info@audioeditions.com www.audioeditions.com
  • Aurora Ministries
    Provides the bible in an audio format to individuals with visual impairments. P.O. Box 621 Bradenton, FL 34206 phone (941) 748-3031 Fax (941) 748-2625  e-mail: tapes@auroraministries.org www.auroraministries.org
  • Blindskills, Inc. - Publisher of Dialogue
    Publishes Dialogue, a quarterly magazine for the visually impaired. Variety of subject matters (I.E: careers, lifestyles, how to, technology, new products) Available in braille, 4-track cassette tape, large print and computer disk. Annual subscription rates: $28.00 for blind/legally blind and $40.00 for the NOT legally blind. Blindskills, Inc. Box 5181 Salem, OR 97304-0181 Phone (503) 581-4224 Toll Free-1800 860-4224    fax (503) 581-0178   E-mail: info@blindskills.com    www.blindskills.com
  • Choice Magazine Listening
    selects and records memorable writing from approximately 100 leading magazines. Every other month, this unique, free service offers its subscribers eight hours of outstanding unabridged articles, fiction and poetry read by professional voices and recorded on four-track cassette tapes. The required four-track player is provided free of charge by the Library of Congress through its Talking Book program, which is available to those who are unable to read because of visual or physical handicap. Toll Free phone - 1-888-724-6423   www.choicemagazinelistening.org
  • Maine State Library
    Provides audio books on tape individuals can receive the tape players needed to play the tapes free of charge. There is also a mail program available where individuals can receive and return books through the mail after filling out an application. http://www.maine.gov/msl/outreach/lbph/index.shtml Special Services,  64 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0064 Phone - 1-800-762-7106
  • Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
    General interest monthly magazine available in braille, 4 track audio     cassette, computer disk or email which is free to blind or visually impaired persons. Has a variety of articles reprinted from magazines and newspapers, many otherwise unavailable other than in print. Also poems, short stories, humor, a pen pal section, and a letters column. 80 8th Ave. Room 1304 New York, NY 10011 Phone-(212) 242-0263 Fax (212) 633-1601    e-mail: blind@bellatlantic.net

J. General Information

  • Lens Shopper - Provides some great information and resources to help teach about how albinism affects vision. http://www.lensshopper.com/eye-disorders/how-albinism-affects-vision.asp
  • Caregiving Tips - Caring for an aging, ill, or disabled family member creates a host of responsibilities, some familiar, some not so, while others are very difficult, depending on the circumstances.  Family members, especially ones serving in a primary caregiver role, will feel alone at times. But despite the challenges, it's rewarding. Here are some tips to make the tasks easier.  Always remember, you're not alone. This prevailing encouragement will help you throughout the journey.
 
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