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Blind Helpline

Self Help Clearinghouse

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with guide dogs free of charge. Provides information for students interested in guide dog training.
Voice: 1-800-942-0149 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm EST)
Website: http://www.guidingeyes.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

American Foundation for the Blind

Clearinghouse of information and referrals for the blind. Catalog of publications available.
Voice: 1-800-232-5463 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm EST)
Verified: 2/7/2014

Hadley School for the Blind

Provides free distance education to blind and visually impaired persons using Braille materials, large print or audio-cassettes.
Voice: 1-800-323-4238 (Mon.-Fri., 8am-4:30pm CST)
Website: http://www.hadley.edu
Verified: 2/7/2014

Prevent Blindness

Fights vision loss through research, education and direct services. Provides referrals to local services. Offers literature on vision, eye health and safety.
Voice: 1-800-331-2020 (Mon.-Fri.; 8:15am-4:45pm CST)
Website: http://www.preventblindness.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

Guide Dog Foundation

Provides dogs to the blind free of charge.
Voice: 1-800-548-4337 (Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm EST)
Website: http://www.guidedog.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

Library of Congress National Library Blind and Physical Handicapped

Refers callers to libraries that have information on books on tapes and in Braille available for qualified blind or handicapped persons who can't read standard print.
Voice: 1-800-424-8567 (Mon.-Fri., 8am-4:30pm EST)
Website: http://www.loc.gov
Verified: 2/27/2014

Bright Focus Foundation

Provides educational information and funds research for Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Voice: 1-800-437-2423 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm EST)
Website: http://www.ahaf.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

Retinitis Pigmentosa International

Provides support and information for persons affected by retinitis pigmentosa and their families.
Voice: 1-800-344-4877 (Mon.-Fri., 8am-7pm PST)
Website: http://www.visionawards.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

Learning Ally

Provides information on recorded textbooks and consumer publications for eligible persons with visual and learning disabilities. Information on volunteer programs for recording CDs.
Voice: 1-866-732-3585 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-4:45pm EST)
Website: http://www.learningally.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

Braille Institute

Provides publications, cassettes and free books for visually impaired children. Free Braille calendar. Referrals to resources. Tapes on vision loss available to companies and organizations.
Voice: 1-800-272-4553 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm PST)
Website: http://www.brailleinstitute.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Non-profit, phone support network for persons with glaucoma. Provides free literature.
Voice: 1-800-826-6693 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm PST)
Website: http://www.glaucoma.org
Verified: 2/7/2014

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