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from the
National Library Service
is FREE for people who
are legally blind.

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Ministries
to sign up.

Resources

The following resource list is not meant to be exhaustive—more like a starter kit. The greatest need is for useful technology and training. As a member of the Council, you can apply for no-interest loans on adaptive technology.

Washington Access Fund

The Washington Assistive Technology Foundation (WATF) is dedicated to improving the socioeconomic circumstances of people with disabilities by providing access to assistive technology.

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program

Looking for information about assistive technology? WATAP is part of the University of Washington Center for Technology & Disability Studies and is guided by a consumer-majority advisory council.

New Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

Microsoft has designed a customer service option specifically to assist customers with disabilities answer questions about their products and services. The Disability Answer Desk is the place to go when customers need help from Microsoft. At the Disability Answer Desk, customers can talk one-on-one with a support technician for assistance.

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Learning Ally

For 60 years this national nonprofit, volunteer organization, has been the leading producer of accessible textbooks for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia that make reading standard print difficult or impossible.

Lowvision.com

This site offers top headlines in low vision news, free downloads, practical tips on adjusting to vision loss, medical updates and a monthly newsletter.

FamilyConnect

Great information for parents of children with vision impairment and opportunities to connect with other parents.

Senior Site

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Senior Site gives families, caregivers and people directly affected by vision loss tips and support needed to deal with age-related eye disease.

Mortgage and Home Loan Help Guide for the Disabled

Here you can learn more about the five important steps in buying a home and about financial assistance programs that are available for you living with disabilities, who want to buy a home.

Benefits Check-Up

This site is run by the National Council on Aging but also serves individuals with disabilities. Essentially you go to the website and fill out a brief questionnaire. It will analyze your answers and return a personalized report of programs you may qualify for. It works with 1,300 federal, state, and local programs.

Social Security and Disability Resource Center

SSDRC.com is an informational website that answers your questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants.

DisabilityInfo.gov

Sign up for personalized news and updates. Participate in online discussions and suggest resources for the site. New features include a Twitter feed, Really Simple Syndication feeds, a blog, social bookmarking and a user-friendly way to obtain answers to questions on such topics as finding employment and job accommodations.

Audio Book Ministries

Audio Book Ministries is a free lending library that began at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Burien as a reading service operating out of someone's basement. Now Audio Book Ministries serves people all across the U.S. and Canada, offering inspirational and Christian literature. Audio Book Ministries collaborates with other blind ministries, like Spoken Word, to make the digital conversion. Listen to "Our Daily Bread" and "Decision Magazine" on the NLS digital player.

Directions for me

Directions for me™, is your one stop source for accessible packaging information. Directions provides the information that’s on consumer packages or labels in a simple online format for anyone who has trouble reading the small print including people who are blind or visually impaired. They now offer a bar code scanner to help with in-store shopping.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision, International

CCLVi has a toll free hotline for the latest research findings, tips, resources, and connections on all things low vision. Call (800) 733-2258