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We at Reachout Radio want to provide you with as much information and as many resources as possible to help you participate fully and independently in this community.  Below are a number of links to services, product resources, entertainment options, organizations of and for the blind that may be beneficial to you.  Simply click on the link to find out more information.

We share these links for your information only.  We are not endorsing any particular product, service or organization.  Those choices are all up to you.

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)

Audio description is available for live theatre performances in some areas. In Rochester, Geva Theatre and the Rochester Broadway Theater League provide one audio described performance for each play in the season.

The American Council of the Blind The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

The American Foundation for the Blind  Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss.

The American Printing House for the Blind  Building independence through products and services for people with vision loss.

The Association for Macular Diseases


The Braille Forum  The official publication of the American Council of the Blind

College Consensus: Navigating College with Visual Impairments

Choice Magazine

Flying Blind, LLC  Empowerment through Technology, publishers of Top Tech Tidbits

The Foundation Fighting Blindness  The Foundation drives research providing preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by blinding retinal diseases.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Located in Winnetka, Illinois, Hadley is the largest provider of distance education for people who are blind or visually impaired around the world. From continuing adult education courses and practical help for low vision, to resource guides for caregivers, Hadley provides a wealth of education and resources. Hadley offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families, and affordable tuition to blindness professionals. They also offer free tech discussions on their Tech It Out YouTube Channel.

International Association of Audio Information Services  IAAIS is a worldwide organization of over a hundred independent Audio Information Services which provide printed material in audio form.

Lighthouse Guild (located in New York City) is the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Through the integration of vision + healthcare services and the expansion of access through education and community outreach, our innovative and comprehensive approach helps people achieve and maintain the highest possible level of function and independence.

National Braille Press  Promotes the literacy of blind children through braille and access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

National Eye Institute (NEI) The National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”

National Federation of the Blind Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

National Institutes of Health

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)  NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Rochester Area Blind Athletes, Inc. A 501(C)3 organization facilitating sports and recreational opportunities for the blind and visually impaired in the Rochester, NY area. Their new website is under construction, but contains lots of good information.

Suppliers of Reading Materials in Large Print and Braille

Suppliers of Reading Materials in Audio

Verizon Digital Mobile Assistive Technology for Those with Low Vision and Blindness