A Guide to Helping People Who Are Blind or Low Vision

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ADA National Network: provides information, guidance, and training on how the ADA applies to older people, including people with disabilities.

APH ConnectCenter:  The trained staff of the APH  ConnectCenter Information and Referral Line help connect people with vision loss to services. Call:  1-800-232-5463 (M-F, 8a-8p ET) or email [email protected]

APH Directory of Services: provides over 2,000 profiles of agencies serving people who are blind or visually impaired categorized by type of services such as low vision and daily living.

Aging and Vision Loss Toolkit:   offers information and resources for aging service providers to provide accessible and appropriate services to older people with vision loss.

A guide for diabetes self-care for people who are blind or low vision: Discusses the 7 self-care behaviors related to living with diabetes and provides tips for managing diabetes for people who are blind or low vision.

ElderCare Locator: a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects people to services for older adults and their families. Call 1-800-677-1116. Speak with an Information Specialist Monday – Friday, 8am – 9pm ET.

Getting Started 2020: A Guide for People New to Vision Loss – VisionAware—Offer tips for living with Vision Loss in English and Spanish

Hadley: provides free learning opportunities online, large print, or by telephone for people who are blind or low vision and their families. Call 800-323-4238.

National Library Service the Blind and Print Disabled: provides free braille and talking book library service for people with low vision, blindness, or a physical, perceptual, or reading disability that prevents them from using regular print materials. Call 888-657-7323.

Resources | OIB-TACContinuing Education | OIB-TAC: The Older Individuals who are Blind — Technical Assistance Center provides resources, trainings, and free courses for those serving older individuals who are blind or have low vision.

Support Groups: The VisionAware support group section offers information on in person, virtual, phone, or hybrid groups.

Time to Be Bold:  offers a state directory of services and links older people with vision loss looking for services to the APH ConnectCenter.

VA Blind and Low Vision Services: The Veterans Administration provides advanced vision care and rehabilitation services to help Veterans or active-duty service members live an independent life.

Well Connected—a virtual community through Front Porch that offers phone and outline activities that build community through group conversations, games, and education. Another program offered is Social Call which connects older people and volunteers for one on one conversations, by phone or video. Access all programs by enrolling by phone or online at: (877) 797-7299 or [email protected].