Other Services and Resources:
We do a lot, but we don't do everything. Here are some links to organizations which provide related services (Presence of a link on this page does not imply any affiliation with ABLE, or any endorsement by ABLE).
- Reading resources for people with print disabilities
- Other resources for people coping with vision loss
- Transcriber resources
- Other links
The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, part of the Talking Book Program of the Library of Congress, provides braille and recorded books and playback equipment for those Wisconsin residents* who for any physical reason cannot read normal print. All books, equipment and services, including the mailing of materials, are free to the print-handicapped.
Call: 414-286-3045 or 800-242-8822.
*If you are not a Wisconsin resident, go to: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), which is part of The Library of Congress
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
Call: 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) to connect to a library near you.
Visit: NLS Catalog search
Visit: NLS Kids’ zone
The American Printing House for the Blind manufactures books and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. APH's fully-accessible web site (www.aph.org) features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics.
One popular feature of the APH site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S., including braille and audio books from ABLE.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the Braille Library & Transcribing Services (formerly Volunteer Braillists & Tapists) is a non-profit dedicated to providing print materials in braille or on audio cassette. Their philosophy is that everyone should have the opportunity to read.
This website provides complete product packaging information for everything from preparation or cooking instructions to ingredient lists to Nutrition and Drug Facts labels for many common grocery, health and beauty and general merchandise products. In addition, it also provides, potentially life-saving, allergy and drug interaction warnings. A service of Horizons for the Blind
The Vision Forward Association strives to provide a continuum of services, from birth through adulthood, to people who are blind and visually impaired, helping them adapt to and live successfully with vision loss.
They help people of all ages and at all stages of visual impairment achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency. They offer support, education and training, a full spectrum of programs and services uniquely designed to build confidence and independence for people of all ages living with vision loss.
IndependenceFirst is a non-profit agency which works for full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of the community. Services offered include: independent living skills training, peer counseling, advocacy, recreation, and information and referral services to persons with disabilities in the counties of Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, and Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy. Their Adult Summer School Program offers instruction in independent living skills, including orientation and mobility, home management, computers, recreation and leisure, and low vision aids and devices. Their Outreach Services staff also offer large print services.
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is a private, non-for-profit agency located in Madison. They offer adaptive devices, loans, vision rehabilitation, daily living skills training, information and referral, and legislative advocacy.
The Center for Deaf-Blind Persons serves those who have some degree of loss in both hearing and sight. They help people to achieve as much independence as possible and to experience the fulfillment of participating in meaningful work or leisure activities. They offer assessments, rehab training,
support and services to families and the community, and other direct services and resources.
Call: 414-481-7477 (Voice, TTY, TeleBraille)
Part of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in Madison, the OBVI
provides rehabilitation services to enhance independent living skills and quality of life for persons with vision loss. OBVI staff visit individuals in their homes, conduct group training, and teach techniques and technologies for use in daily living (home management, personal care, Orientation & Mobility, and communications). To talk or meet with a Rehab Specialist, contact the field office nearest you. If the call is long distance, you may contact the central office toll-free: 888-879-0017.
The Eye Institute in Milwaukee
assesses medical conditions contributing
to low vision and provides individual
attention and long-range planning. They
prescribe vision devices and training,
work to find community resources as well
as teach how to enhance vision and independence.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss.
AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB's work in these areas is supported by the strong presence the organization maintains in Washington, DC, ensuring the rights and interests of people with vision loss are represented in our nation's public policies. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.
National consumer and advocacy organization providing public education about blindness. They offer literature, scholarships, referrals and more.
The American Council of the Blind is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. They offer scholarship assistance, public education and awareness training, legislative training and more.
The mission of Wisconsin Braille Inc. is to advance communication and coordinate the efforts of all persons concerned with the availability, quality and distribution of brailled materials in the state of Wisconsin.
WisBrl's on-going activities include continuing education seminars for teachers and transcribers; transcription classes in state correctional institutions; free braille books for Wisconsin school libraries; a braille literacy project pairing students who are visually impaired with adults who are braille readers; collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction regarding issues related to braille; support for the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI) and other organizations serving the blind and visually impaired; publication of a newsletter; and maintenance of a website.
The National Braille Association, Inc. provides continuing education to those who prepare braille and braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.
NIU's College of Education offers one of the nation's preeminent programs in visual disability education. It also offers a program to learn to provide vision rehabilitation services for veterans who are blind or visually impaired.
Visit: www.vision.niu.edu or click the link below to learn more about working with vets.
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