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Blind Interest Resource Directory also known as BIRD consists of approximately 500 urls and phone numbers of places and services of interest to the blind and visually impaired community. Beginning with Arts and Entertainment such as described movies, reading materials in several medias, the Bird also includeds catalogs and recreation, and includes sources of blind skills training, technology and advocacy. It is updated each year by the Health Library staff at Vista Center.            

BIRD  2011-2012

Contents:    ## Disclaimer %% Contact Info Print Page:
I.  Arts and Entertainment
A. Audio Description - Live Theater                  
B. Described Movies                                        
C. Described Home Videos and TV               
D. Reading Materials in Alternate Media       
E. Music                                                               
II.   Advocacy and Membership Organizations 
A. Agencies                                              
B. Membership Organizations                           
C. Disability Law                                                  
D. Research                                                       
III.   Alternate Media Production                         
IV.  Catalogs
A. Agency Connected Stores                               
B. Greeting Cards; Gifts-Toys; Jewelry               
C. Multiple Categories                              
D. Sewing - Crafts                                        
E. Technical Products                               
F. White Canes                                            
V.  Specialized Blind Skills Training & Education
A. Distance Learning                                      
B. Specialized Blind Skills Training                  
C. Self Help Products and Services                  
D. Dog Guides                                                    
VI.  Low Vision Devices & Service                        
VII. Recreation                                                        
VIII.  Assistive Technology
A. Computer Access                                         
B. Distributors - Packagers                                 
C. Funding Sources                                           
D. Telephony                                                      
E. Video Magnifiers                                               
IX.  Transportation                                            
X. Health
A. Health Information                                      
B. On Line Support Groups                           
C.  Eye Care and Prescription Financial Aid  
XI.  Businesses with Accessibility Features
A. Appliances & Manufactures                          
B. Blind-Friendly Services                                  
C. Food  on Line & via Phone                            
D. Telephone Info Services                                  
E. Travel                                                               
XII.  Religious Information in Alternative Media     
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I.  Arts and Entertainment
A. Audio Description - Live Theatre:
1. AudioVision, CA 
408 265-2203         
katiemags@aol.com 
www.audiovision.org
2. Narrative Television Network 
800 801-8184
www.narrativetv.com
3. Tabard Theater CA
408 979-0231
www.tabardtheatre.org
4. TheatreWorks CA
650 463-1960
www.theatreworks.org
B. Described Movies:
1. Media Access Group at WGBH
617 300-3700 access@wgbh.org
www.describedmovies.org
2. Audio described movie listings (SF bay area)   
415 694-7322; info@lighthouse-sf.org          
http://lighthouse-sf.org/events/entlist.php
3. The Audio Description Project (Formerly AD International)
www.acb.org/adp/
4. AMC theaters: 888 262-4386 or:
Bay Street 16:aud #5,Emeryville 510 457-9003 
Cupertino Square16: aud #3, 408 252-5960
Eastridge Mall15:a #9,San Jose 408 274-2274
Mercado20:aud #8, Santa Clara 408 919-0285
Metreon15:aud #8,SF 415-369-6201
Regal Jack London Square: 510-433-1325
Rialto Theatre:El Cerrito 510 528-8759
Saratoga14:aud #10 San Jose 408 871-2277
Van Ness14:aud5 SF 415 674-4630
5. Movies for the Blind info@archive.org 
http://moviesfortheblind.com/
C. Described Home Videos and TV:
1. Blue Rose Videos
415 492-1885           
www.bluerosevideos.com
2. KQED -described programs
415 354-8000
www.kqed.org/tv -Go to daily schedule
3. Libraries - Many public libraries in San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties have described videos to
Borrow for free:      
www.smcl.org/en/catalog
www.santaclaracountylib.org/catalog/
D. Reading Materials in Alternate Media:
1. Bay Area public Libraries - many have audible books to check out, or download
a.  Santa Clara County Library
www.santaclaracountylib.org/services/ebooks.html
b.  Palo Alto - 6 branches 650-329-2436
www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/lib/ebooks.asp
c.  Menlo Park Library 650 330-2500
www.menloparklibrary.org/libcats.html
d.  Mountain View Library
http://library.ci.mtnview.ca.us/                                                                                  
e.  Redwood City Library 650 780-7018
www.redwoodcity.org/library/
2. Audio books - cassette, CD - mp3
a. AIRS-LA: Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles-pod casts  
www.airsla.org/
b. American Audio Prose Library
573 443-0361                   
www.americanaudioprose.org/contacts.html
c. Audio Editions CA 800 231-4261
www.audioeditions.com
d. Books Aloud CA 408 808-2613
www.booksaloud.org
e. Choice Magazine Listening 888 724-6423         
www.choicemagazinelistening.org
f. International Assoc. of Audio Information Services 800 280-5325 
www.iaais.org
g. Isis Publishing
www.isis-publishing.co.uk
h. Learn Out Loud 800 550-6070
www.learnoutloud.com
i. Newsreel Magazine 888 723-8737                                         
www.newsreelmag.org
j. Tantor Media Inc 877 782-6867     
www.tantor.com
3. Braille:
a. Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement(ABLE)
414 286-3039
www.ablenow.org/
b. Braille Super Store  800 987-1231
www.braillebookstore.com
c. Braille Transcription Project San Jose                
408 298-4468; www.brailleproject.org
d. National Braille Association 585 427-8260
www.nationalbraille.org
e. National Braille Press (NBP) 888 965-8965           
www.nbp.org
f. RoboBraille e-mail service; free -digital txt to BRL
www.robobraille.org
g. Seedlings (braille/print books for kids)              
800 777-8552 
www.seedlings.org
4. Large Print:
a. Double Day Large Print
www.doubledaylargeprint.com
b. Huge Print Press 972 701-8288    
www.hugeprint.com
c. LRS LPrint School Books 800 255- 5002              
https://largeprintschoolbooks.com/
d. NY Times LPrint Edition 800 698-4637
e. Random House LPrint Books 212 780-9000    
www.randomhouse.com/largeprint
f. Reader's Digest Large Print Edition
800 310-2181 
www.rd.com
g. Ulverscroft LPrint USA Inc 800 955-9659   
www.ulverscroft.com
5. Multiple media:
a. American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Newsweek, Reader’s Digest                            
800 223-1839
www.aph.org
b. Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired(ASB)
215 627-0600
www.asb.org/eLibrary/catalog/
c. California Braille & Talking Book Library             
800 952-5666
www.btbl.library.ca.gov/klasweb
d. Dialog Magazine,BlindSkills Inc
800 860-4224
www.blindskills.com
e. Library of Congress National Lib Service          
800 424-8567 www.loc.gov/nls
Circular Sources
http://nlscatalog.loc.gov/
f. Louis Data Base (APH) 800 223-1839
www.aph.org/louis.htm
g. Read How You Want   800 797- 9277
www.readhowyouwant.com/
h. Matilda Ziegler (on line magazine for the blind)
mail to: blind@verizon.net
www.zieglermag.org
6. Online - file downloads
a. Access World Amer Found for Blind (AFB) 800 232-5463 
www.afb.org/aw/main.asp
b. Bookshare CA 650 644-3400                                       
www.bookshare.org
c. Librivox 
http://librivox.org/public-domain/
d. Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)NJ  
800 221-4792               
www.learningally.org/
e. ReadTheWords
www.readthewords.com
f. Thought Audio.com
http://thoughtaudio.com
7.Radio:
a. ACB Radio
www.acbradio.org
b. Audio Book Radio Network UK
www.audiobookradio.net
c. HandiHams (Ham Radio for Persons With Disabilities)
866 426-3442                           
www.handiham.org
d. Stephen Jolly (audible sport streams)
http://members.optusnet.com.au/stephenjolley/livestreams                        
e. Radio Look Up
www.billsparks.org
E. Music:
1. ACB Radio (Mainstrm,Radio Interactive +)      
www.acbradio.org
2. Accessible Electronics
727 498-0121            
www.talkingmp3players.com
3. Bill Brown’s Music for the Blind, Music by Ear
888 778-1828               
www.musicfortheblind.com
4. Dancing Dots
610 783-6692 
www.dancingdots.com
5. Finale Music (software)
800 843-2066
www.finalemusic.com/
6. Library of Congress Nat Library Service Music Section
www.loc.gov/nls/music/
7. MIDI Magazine Users Group Forum:
midimag-subscribe@midimag.org
8. Music Ed. Network for the Visually Impaired (MENVI)
866 824-7886
www.menvi.org/
9. Musopen -Free Legal Music Downloads
www.musopen.com
10. National Resource Center for Blind Musicians 
203-366-3300 
www.blindmusicstudent.org
11. Rhapsody Music Service free access 
www.rhapsodyblind.com
12. School of Piano Technology for the Blind  
360 693-1511
www.pianotuningschool.org
13. Stephens Development Co. (LP music)
888 714-4419  
www.stephensmusicpub.com
14. Talking Tabs (guitar lessons)
866 851-5406      
www.talkingtabs.com
II.  Advocacy and Membership Organizations
A. Agencies - Associations
1. Amer Assoc. People with Disabilities
800 840-8844 
www.aapd.com/
2. American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)                               
800 232-5463
www.afb.org
3. Academy for Certification of Vision and
Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)
520 887-6816
www.acvrep.org
4. Disability Rights California
800 776-5746                    
www.disabilityrightsca.org/
5. Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
800 526-7234
www.jan.wvu.edu
6. National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness 
800 438-9376
www.nationaldb.org/
7. National Employer Technical Assistance Center-for employers
www.ASKEarn.org
8. Parents Helping Parents CA
855-727-5775               
www.php.com
9. Project Vision CA
866 367-5361 
gabriel@wid.org   
www.proyectovision.net
10. Senior Legal Hotline CA (age 60+)
800 222-1753
www.seniorlegalhotline.org
11. Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
408 894-9041
www.svilc.org
12. Through the Looking Glass
800 644-2666                 
www.lookingglass.org
13. Vision Aware  
www.visionaware.org
14. World Institute on Disability (WID) CA                     
510-225-6400
www.wid.org
B. Membership Organizations:
1. American Assoc of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
301 495- 4403
www.aadb.org
2. American Council of the Blind (ACB)
800 424-8666
www.acb.org
3. Assoc. for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired (AER)
877 492-2708
www.aerbvi.org
4. Assoc. for Retinopathy of Prematurity & Related Diseases (ROPARD)
800-788-2020
www.ropard.org
5. Blind Information Technology Specialists (BITS)
www.bits-acb.org/drupal/
6. Blinded Veterans Assoc. (BVA)
800 669-7079
www.bva.org
7. California Assoc. of Orientation & Mobility Specialities (CAOMS)
http://caoms.org
8. California Council of the Blind (CCB)
800 221-6359
www.ccbnet.org
9. California Council of Citizens with Low Vision (CCCLV)
800 733-2258
www.cclvi.org
10. National Assoc. for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment (NAPVI)
800 562-6265
www.spedex.com/napvi/
11. National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
410 659-9314
www.nfb.org
12. National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH)
800 473-2310
www.albinism.org
13. San Mateo Council of the Blind (SMCCB)               
650 349-6946
www.smccb.org
14. Silicon Valley Council of the Blind (SVCB)              
888 652-5333
www.svcb.cc

C. Disability Law:
1. American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
800 514-0301
www.ada.gov/
2. Department of Justice (DOJ)
202 514-2000
www.usdoj.gov
3. Disability.gov
800 333-4636
www.disability.gov
4. Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) CA
510 665- 8644
www.dralegal.org/
5. Disability Rights Legal Center CA
866 999-3752
www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org
6. State of CA Depart. Of Fair Employment & Housing
800 884-1684 
www.dfeh.ca.gov
D. Research:
1. Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access
404-894-4960 
www.catea.gatech.edu
2. Doheny Eye Institute USC CA
323-442-6522 
www.doheny.org
3. Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)
800 683-5555
http://www.fightblindness.org
Silicon Valley Chapter
650 922-3534
www.blindness.org
4. The Foundation for Retinal Research (TFRR)
224-927-5063
www.tfrr.org
5. Glaucoma Research Foundation
800 826-6693 
www.glaucoma.org
6. Harris Family Center for Disability & Health Policy, CA
909 469-5441
www.cdihp.org/
7. Institute for Blind Navigation 
989 737-5306 
www.wayfinding.net
8. Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases
800 215-6467; 410 955-5080
www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/research/
9. Jules Stein Eye Institute
310 825-5000 
www.jsei.org
10. Keratoconus Foundation
310 623-4466
www.nkcf.org
11. Prevent Blindness America Northern CA
800 338-3041
www.preventblindness.org
12. Rehabilitation, Research & Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision                
662-325-2001
www.blind.msstate.edu
13. Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute                             
415 345-2000
www.ski.org/
14. Tiresias.org Scientific Research Unit UK
http://tiresias.org/
www.rnib.org.uk
15. Western Blind Rehabilitation Center             
800 455-0057 
www.palo-alto.med.va.gov/wbrc
III. Alternate Media Production
A. Production:
1. Access USA
800 263-2750              
www.access-usa.com/
2. Andlyn Braille Press CA 
510 845-5858                  
www.axistive.com/andlyn-braille-press.html
3. Braille Institute CA 
www.brailleinstitute.org
4. Braille International
888 336-3142
www.brailleintl.org
5. Braille Library & Transcribing Services Inc                  
608 233-0222
http://bltsinc.org/
6. Braille Plus
866 264- 2345
www.brailleplus.net
7. Braille Ready 
608 833-2876
http://userpages.chorus.net/brlready/
8. Cat's Meow Braille Transcription
316 619-4750
http://catsmeowbraille.com
9. Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
513-522-3860  
www.clovernook.org
10. Metrolina Assn. for the Blind Accessible
Braille Services
704 372-3870
www.mabnc.org
11. National Braille Press (NBP)
888 965-8965
www.nbp.org
12. Tactile Vision Inc. Canada 
905 696-8819
www.tactilevisioninc.com
B. Supplies:
1. American Thermoform Corp.
800 331-3676
www.americanthermoform.com
2. American Printing house for the Blind (APH)               
800 223-1839
www.aph.org
3. Perkins Products
617 924-3434
www.perkins.org
4. Star Continuous Card Systems 
800 458-1413
www.braillepaper.com
5. Enabling Technology -braille embossers
800 777-3687  
www.brailler.com
IV. Catalogs - Sources of Accessible Items
A. Agency Connected stores:      
1. Lighthouse Adaptations 
888 400-8933
www.lighthouse-sf.org
2. Oregon Commission for the Blind OCB
888 202-5463
www.oregon.gov/Blind/store.shtml
3. Perkins Products
617 972-7308
www.perkins.org
4. Sight Connection
800 458- 4888
www.sightconnection.com
& www.csbps.com
5. Society for the Blind Sac
916 452-8271 ext 302         
www.societyfortheblind.org
6. Vista Center CA The Store 650 858-0202 ex 135
www.vistacenter.org [full contact info %%]
B. Greeting cards; Gifts; Jewelry; Toys:
1. At First Sight Braille Fashion Jewelry
http://braillejewelry.blogspot.com/ 
2. Braille Cards
www.braillecards.co.uk
3. Christiansen Designs.Com
802 738-3846                 
KimC38@gmail.com
www.braillejewelry.com
4. National Braille Factory Canada
877 827-2455
www.braillefactory.com
5. Shadows In the Dark
210 376-0017             
www.shadowsinthedark.com
6. Speak to Me
800 248-9965
www.speaktomecatalog.com
C.Multiple Categories:
1. AFB Manufacturer list:
www.afb.org/prodBrowseManufacturer.asp
2. American Printing House for the Blind (APH)  
800 223-1839 
www.aph.org/products/index.html
3. Assistech Special Needs
866 674-3549
www.assistech.com
4. Bargains for the Blind 
www.BlindBargains.com
5. Beyond Sight
303 795-6455  
www.beyondsight.com
6. Blind Mice Mart
713 893 7277–due to reopen on 7/2011
www.blindmicemart.com
7. Blind Treasures-e-mail list
804 726-8900
www.blindtreasures.com
8. Braille Super Store Canada
800 987-1231
www.braillebookstore.com
9. Enable Mart
888 640-1999
www.enablemart.com
10. En-Vision America 
800-890-1190
www.envisionamerica.com/
11. Exceptional Teaching Inc.
800 549-6999                        
http://exceptionalteaching.net
12. Horizons for the Blind 
800 318-2000
www.horizons-blind.org/index.php
13. Independent Living Aids (ILA)
800 537-2118            
www.independentliving.com
14. LS&S Group
800 468-4789
www.lssgroup.com      
15. Maxi Aids
800 522-6294
www.maxiaids.com
16. Nat Public Website on Assistive Technology   
404-894-4960
http://assistivetech.net/search/products_for_disability.php
Go to ‘seeing’
D. Sewing - Crafts:
1. Clotilde
800 545-4002
www.clotilde.com
2. Copper Dots Craft Books-Braille
480 345-8773  
www.visionaware.org/copper_dots
3. Lion Brand Yarn
800 258-9276
www.lionbrand.com
E. Technical Products:
1. Bay Area Digital-med equip access
415 217-6667
www.bayareadigital.us
2. Brytech Canada-color, currency teller 
800 263-4095
www.brytech.com
3. Captek/Science Products -talking tools+
800 888-7400
www.captek.net/
4. Ferguson Technologies –electronic
605 854-9280
www.fergusontechnologiesinc.net
5. Executive Products-cases
818 833-8822 toll free 
www.executiveproductsinc.com/
6. Innovative Rehabilitation Technology Inc.(IRTI)
800 322-4784
www.irti.net
F. White Canes:
1. Single Brands:
a. Ambutech Canada 
800 561-3340
www.ambutech.com/index.asp
b. ‘K' Sonar Cane 
www.batforblind.co.nz
c. Rainshine Cane 
608 257–9330      
www.spoke.com/info/cVSrp/RainshineCanesForTheBlind
d. Revolution Enterprises
800 382-5132
www.advantagecanes.com
e. Other Brands include: Hi-core, Mahler, Reizen, RNIB, Spirit, WWV. Search Google.
2. Sources of multiple brands: 
a. Assistech Special Needs 
866 674-3549
www.assistech.com
b. Howell Mobility Products
248 548-1788                    
www.howellmobility.com
c. Rehab Mart
800 827-8283                           
www.rehabmart.com
go to ‘low vision’
3. Tips & Accessories include ceramic, metal, rubber, nylon glide, roller, rover wheel
V.  Specialized Blind Skills Training & Education
A. Distance Learning: self-paced or instructor
1. AFB Braille Bug
www.afb.org/braillebug
2. Access Technology Institute- chat & email support 
www.blindtraining.com/
3. Bioptic Driving USA
317 844-0919
www.biopticdrivingusa.com
4. Carroll Center-computer programs                       
www.carrolltech.org/
5. Cisco Academy for the Vision impaired
Tech remove live log in
www.ciscovision.org
6. DeWitt & Associates -computer training
877 447-6500
www.4dewitt.com
7. Hadley School for the Blind -free high school
800 323-4238
www.hadley.edu
8. Lighthouse of Houston
713 284-8445
www.houstonlighthouse.org
B. Specialized Blind Skills Training:
1. Adaptive Technology Services SF
866 564-6650
www.adaptivetec.com
2. Center for the Partially Sighted
310 988-1970
http://low-vision.org/
3. Center of Vision Enhancement (COVE)
209 722-8118
www.covemerced.org/
4. Earle Baum Center Santa Rosa
707 523-3222
www.earlebaum.org/
5. Foley,Trish O&M
408 243-7688
tfmi516@aol.com
6. Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind                 
Youth & Adults
516 944-8900
www.hknc.org
7. Lighthouse of SF
415 431-1481                     
www.lighthouse-sf.org
8. Lions Center for the Blind of Oakland 
510 450-1580
www.lbcenter.org
9. Lions World Services for the Blind
800 248-0734
www.lwsb.org/
10. Orientation Center for the Blind (OCB) Albany
510 559-1208           
www.rehab.cahwnet.gov/ssd/blindser.htm#ocb
11. Rigel Technology (was Ass TechCenter) Sac.          
888-723-5011
www.rigeltechnology.com
12. Santa Clara Valley Blind Center San Jose
408 295-4016
www.visionbeyondsight.org
13.  School of Piano Technology for the Blind        
360 693-1511
www.pianotuningschool.org
14. Summer Transition Education Program (STEP)
510 794-3800
www.csb-cde.ca.gov
15.  Valley Center for the Blind Fresno
559 222-4447
www.valleycenterfortheblind.org
16. Vision Impaired Persons Support Modesto           
209 522-8477
www.vhips.com
17. Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired         
650 858-0202
www.vistacenter.org    
18. Hatlen Center (formerly the living Skills Center)
510 234-4984
www.hcblind.org

C. Self Help Products and Services:
1. National Help Desk - Assistive Tech help line   
888 825- 0080
ray.campbell@chicagolighthouse.org
2. Fred’s Head Tips & Techniques - APH        
www.fredshead.info/
3. Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired
www.visuallyimpairedandtheblind.com
4. Top Dot Enterprises-e news letter tech
425 296-1744
www.topdotenterprises.com
5. Vision Aware- sources products/services          
www.visionaware.org

D. Dog Guides
1. Schools in California:
a. Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc San Rafael
800 295-4050
www.guidedogs.com
b. Guide Dogs of America (GDA) Sylmar 818
362-5834
www.guidedogsofamerica
c. Guide Dogs of the Desert International                    
Palm Springs
888 883-0022
www.guidedogsofthedesert.org
d. Guide Dog Users Inc (GDUI)
866 799-8436
www.gdui.org
2. Products & Service:
a. Doctors Foster & Smith
800 381-7179
www.drsfostersmith.com/
b. Doggie Walk Bags -odorless
877 364-2247
www.dogbag.com/
c. Doodle Scoopers
412-693-3043
www.doodlescoopers.com/
d. Handiworks
800 331-6123                       
www.handiworks.com
e. Ruff Wear
888 783-3932
www.ruffwear.com/

    800 539-4425
www.seeingeye.org/Store
VI. Low Vision Devices and Services
A. Devices: see also Video magnifiers
1. Bundy Optical San Mateo
650 344-4232
www.bundyopticians.com
2. Coil USA
724 539-6991
www.coil.co.uk
3. Eschenbach Optik of America
800 487-5839             
www.eschenbach.com
4. Eye Medical Clinic of Santa Clara Valley Optical Depart
408 869-3402        
www.eyemedicalclinic.com
5. Freedom Vision Magnification Center
800 961-1334
www.freedomvision.net
6. Mons International
800 541-7903
www.magnifiers.com          
7. NoIR Medical Technologies
800 521-9746
www.noir-medical.com/
8. Optelec Magnification Center
800 826-4200
www.optelec.com/en_US/home
9. Optical Shoppe Sunnyvale
408 773-8388
10. Palo Alto Eye Works
650 327-5665
www.paloaltoeyeworks.com
11. Universal Low Vision Aids
614 224-6465
www.ulva.com/
12. Vision Aids Systems; Low Vision Store
317 888-0323   
www.visionaidsystems.com/
13. Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
www.vistacenter.org    See %%
14. Walters Low Vision Optics
800 992- 5837                  
www.walterslowvision.com/
15. Zeiss Vision Advantage
760 862-9040
www.visionadvantage.net/carlzeiss.htm
B. Low Vision Gateway Resource Links      
www.lowvision.org

C. Services:
1. Almaden Family Optometric Center San Jose      
408 997-2020
www.almadeneyecare.com
2. Dr. Karin Meng Sunnyvale
408 245-2020
3. Silicon Valley Eye Care Santa Clara
408 296-0511
www.sve.com
4. Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired Low Vision Clinic     
www.vistacenter.org See %%
VII. Recreation 
A. AUDIO - COMPUTER GAMES:
1. 7-128 Software Games
978 745-0160             
2. Driftwood
evildingo@gmail.com                  
www.blind-games.com/
3. Jim@kitchensinc.net
www.kitchensinc.net/
B. Bay Area Climbers-List indoor rock climbing gyms
www.bayareaclimbers.com/gyms.html
C. Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program (BORP)      
510 849-4663
www.borp.org
D. BOWLING
1. American Blind Bowling Assn. (ABBA)                     
919-621-1707 
www.abba1951.org/events.htm
2. Bowling: Santa Clara Tom Keiser
408-249-1721
E. CAMPING
1. Amer Camp Asso.2010 Directory of CA ACA Accredited Camps for campers with special needs
www.campparents.org
2. Camp Costanoan 
408 243-7861 x218                        
www.viaservices.org
3. Camp Krem -Camping Unlimited                         
510-222-6662
www.campingunlimited.com/
4. Easter Seal Camp
800 400-0617                             
www.centralcal.easterseals.com
5. Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind
415 431-1481
www.lighthouse-sf.org
F. DANCING
1. AXIS Dance Company
510 625-0110      
www.axisdance.org
2. Dance 10
510 339-3345 
www.dance10.org
G. Discovery Blind Sports Kirkwood
775 742-5811
www.discoveryblindsports.org
H. Environmental Traveling Companions
415 474-7662
www.etctrips.org
I. Fishing Licenses CA Depart Fish & Game–Free 
916-928-5805
www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/sortfishingfreereduced.html
J. HORSE BACK RIDING:
1. Bay Area Equestrian Network
800 943-8883
2. Horses in California, Inc.
415-221-9438                     
www.horsesinca.com
3. Skyline Therapeutic Riding Program
510-336-0850
www.skyline-ranch.com
K. KAYAKING - SURFING - WATER SKI
1.*Disabled Sports USA Far West
530-581-4161
www.dsusafw.org
2.*Environmental Traveling Companions
415-474-7662 
www.etctrips.org
3. Ride –a- Wave
831 239-3672
www.rideawave.org
4.Visions
800-352-2290
www.juniorblind.org
5. *Wilderness Inquiry
800 728-0719                            
www.wildernessinquiry.org
L. Magnets & Ladders -online mag for writers with disabilities
www.magnetsandladders.org
M. MARTIAL ARTS & SELF-DEFENSE
1. Abada-Capoeira
415 206-0650
www.abada.org
2. Academy of Taekwondo
415 864-4827       
www.academyoftkd.com/
3. Blind Judo Foundation 
415 336-2355
650-589-0724 
www.blindjudofoundation.org
4. KidPower
www.kidpower.org/
South Bay/ Silicon Valley Office southbay@kidpower.org
N. National Beep Baseball Ass.(NBBA)
507 208-8383
www.nbba.org
O. SAILING:
1. Adaptive Sailing Program
415-421-2225                   
http://tisailing.org/
2. Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
415-281-0212
www.baads.org
P. SKIING: 
1. Disabled Sports USA Far West
530-581-4161
www.dsusafw.org/
2. Discovery Blind Sports
209 258-2233
www.discoveryblindsports.org
3. Environmental Traveling Companions
415 474-7662
www.etctrips.org
4. Heavenly Mt Ski Resort
800 432-8365
www.skiheavenly.com/ski-and-ride-school/adaptive-ski-programs.aspx
5. Ski for Light 618 827-3232
www.sfl.org
Sierra Regional Ski for Light
http://srsfl.org/
6. Wilderness Inquiry
www.wildernessinquiry.org

Q. TANDEM BICYCLING
1. Double Vision Tandem Club -Western Blind Rehabilitation Center
650 852-3431
elizabeth.jessen@va.gov
2. Tandem Bicycling in Yosemite
209 372-4386      
www.yosemitepark.com/Activities_Biking.aspx
3. Tandems Across the Bay SF
http://tandemsacrossthebay.blogspot.com/
4. U.S. Blind Tandem Bikers Connection
818 719-0238 
http://bicyclingblind.org/
R. US Assn. for Blind Athletes (USABA)                       
719 630-0422
www.usaba.org
S. US Braille Chess Assn.(USBCA)
www.americanblindchess.org/
T. US Blind Golfers Assn.(USBGA)
570 386-5414         
www.blindgolf.com
U. USA Goalball
330 475-6023 
www.goalball.us

V. Wilderness Inquiry
800 728-0719 [see * abv]
W. WHITE WATER RAFTING
1. Disabled Sports USA Far West [see *abv]
2. Environmental Traveling Companions [see *]
Y. YOGA
1. BORP
510 849-4663
www.borp.org      [see * ]
2. Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
415-431-1481
www.lighthouse-sf.org
VIII. Assistive Technology
A. Computer Access:
1. ABISee, Inc
800 681-5989
www.abisee.com
2. AI Squared
800 859-0270
www.aisquared.com
3. Clarity
800 575-1456
www.clarityusa.com
4. Dolphin Computer Access
866 797-5921
www.yourdolphin.com
5. Duxbury Systems
978 692-3000
www.duxburysystems.com
6. Freedom Scientific
800 444-4443 Jaws:
www.freedomscientific.com/support/user-groups.asp
7. GW Micro
260 489-3671 WindowEyes
www.gwmicro.com/Support/Email_Lists/
8. HumanWare
800 722-3393
www.humanware.com
9. JBliss Low Vision Systems
888 452-5477
www.jbliss.com
10. Kurzweil Educational Products
800 547 6747
www.kurzweiledu.com
11. Repro-Tronics,Inc.(RTI)
800 948-8453
www.repro-tronics.com
B. Distributors - Packagers:
1. A.T. Kratter Inc
714 799-3000
www.atkratter.com
2. Beyond Sight, Inc
303 795-6455
www.beyondsight.com
3. Personal Data Systems
408 866-1126
www.personaldatasystems.com
4. RL & Assoc. 
866 339-1180 
www.rla.com
5. Sendero Group CA
530 757-6800
www.senderogroup.com
6. VisionCue
888 318-2582
www.visioncue.com
C.  Funding Sources - free/low cost:
1. The AIR Foundation
877 369-0101
www.accessibilityisaright.org/
2. Association of Blind Citizens (scholarship)
www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm
3. California Council of the Blind (CCB) Funds:
Crises, Ellen Murphy, & scholarships
800 221-6359 
www.ccbnet.org/
4. Disabled Discounts
818-983-3401
www.disableddiscounts.com/index.asp
5. Adaptech Research Network
free or inexpensive software
www.adaptech.org/en/research/adaptcan
6. NVDA Screen Reader: free open source
www.nvda-project.org/
7. Open Office 
www.openoffice.org
8. Serotek
866 202-0520
www.serotek.com
System Access to Go http://satogo.com/
9. Texas Center for the Visually Challenged
214 340-6328 (Low cost computers
www.computersfortheblind.net/
10. Thunder Screenreader
www.screenreader.net/
11. Tiresias.org Scientific Research Unit
www.tiresias.org/fonts/fonts_download.htm
D. Telephony:
1. AT&T Nat Center Customers with disabilities
866 241-6568
www.wireless.att.com/learnarticles-resources/disability-resources/nccd.jsp
2. California Telephone Assistance Program (CTAP)
800 806-1191
www.ddtp.org/CTAP
3. Code factory (Mobile Speak +)
www.codefactory.es/
4. Great Call Jitterbug Phones 
800 773- 6632
www.greatcall.com/
5. Sprint
866 866-7509
www.sprint.com
6. Talks (Nuance)
781 565 -5000
www.nuance.com/talks
7. Verizon Wireless Accessibility
800 922-0204
http://aboutus.vzw.com/accessibility/index.html
8. www.wheresmycellphone.com/
(input your number. Your phone will ring)
E. Video Magnifiers:
1. Clarity
800 575-1456
www.clarityusa.com
2. Enhanced Vision Systems
888 811-3161
www.enhancedvision.com
3. Freedom Vision Magnification Center
800 961-1334
www.freedomvision.net
4. HumanWare CA
800 722-3393
www.humanware.com/
5. JBliss Low Vision Systems
888 452-5477
www.jbliss.com
6. Magnisight Inc
800 753-4767
www.magnisight.com
7. Ocutech
800 326-6460
www.ocutech.com
8. Vision A New 
800 355-0428
www.visionanew.com
IX. Transportation 511
A. Trains:
1. CalTrain
800 660-4287
www.caltrain.com
2. Capitol Corridor (AMTRAK)
877 974-3322
www.capitolcorridor.org/
B. San Mateo County:
1. Get Up & Go 
650 378-2750
www.pjcc.org/learn/older/getupandgo.html
2. Redi Wheels (Paratransit)
650 508-6247
www.samtrans.com/rw.html
3. Marguerite Shuttle-Stanford’s free for public during school year
650 732-9362
http://transportation.stanford.edu/marguerite/
4. SamTrans
800 660-4287
www.samtrans.co
C.  Santa Clara County:
1. Outreach (Paratransit)
408 436-2865; 650 988-9860; 800 400-3440
www.outreach1.org
2. RoadRunners
650 940-7016
www.elcaminohospital.org/Patient_Services/Patient_Resources/Road_Runners_Transpo
3. Valley Transit Authority (VTA) 408 321-2300;800 894-9908
www.vta.org
D.  Other:
1.Google Directions transit or pedestrian:
http://maps.google.com/
2. We Drive U (drivers for client owned or Avis rental)
800 773-7483
www.wedriveu.com
X.  Health
A. Health Information:
1. Accessible Prescription Label Program Free En-Vision America
800-890-1180
www.envisionamerica.com/
2. Achromatopsia.info
317 844-0919
www.achromatopsia.info
3. Diabetes Assoc.Greater Cleveland- audio
216 591-0800
www.dagc.org/visimpaired.asp
4. Farewell to Falls CA
650 724-9369                 
http://stanfordhospital.org/clinicsmedServices/
medicalServices/emergency/fallPrevention.html
5. Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)
800 683-5555
www.blindness.org
6. Glaucoma Research Foundation
800 826-6693
www.glaucoma.org
7. The Health Library at Vista Center (free health
medical info in alternative media) e research lists:
AMD- Retina  +,Individual queries; BIRD resource list
www.vistacenter.org        contact into %%
8. Keratoconus Foundation
310 623-4466
www.nkcf.org
9. Lions Clubs International
630 571-5466
www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php
10. Macular Degeneration Partnership
310 623-4466
www.amd.org
11. Mammacare
800 626-2273
www.mammacare.com
12. Medline Plus English/Spanish
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
13. National Eye Institute
www.nei.nih.gov/
14. National Organization for Rare Disorders
800 999-6673
www.rarediseases.org
15. New York Online Access to Health (NOAH)
English/Spanish 
www.noah-health.org
16. Wilmer Eye Institute -J Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases 
800 215-6467
www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/research/
www.hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer/services/physiology.html
B. On Line Support and Research :
1. Diabetics in Action blank e-mail to:   
acb-diabetics-subscribe@acb.org
nfo Shirley Roberts 937 898-1989
2. Lebers Congenital Amaurosis LCA blank e-mail to:
lca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
www.tfrr.org
3. R-BLASTOMA send ‘subscribe r-blastoma to:
R-blastoma@listserv.acor.org
4. Senior Center without Walls
877 797- 7299
http://seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/
5. Uveitis Support 
617 797-8660
www.uveitis.org/patient/support/
C.  Eye Care and Prescription Financial Aid
1. American Health Assistance Foundation
800-437-2423 
www.ahaf.org
2. EyeCare America-National Eye Care Project
877 887-6327  
www.eyecareamerica.org/
3. Mission Cataract USA
800 343-7265
www.missioncataractusa.org/
4. New Eyes for the Needy
973 376-4903
www.neweyesfortheneedy.org/
5. Sight for Students
800 877-7195
www.sightforstudents.org/
6. Bureau of Prescription Help
573 996-3333
www.freemedicine.com
7.  Kaiser Medical Financial Assistance Program
866 399-7696 
www.kp.org/mfa
8. Partnership for Prescription Assistance Programs  
888 477-2669
www.pparx.org
9. Pharmacy Freedom Program, free ScripTalk -En-Vision America
800-890-1180
www.envisionamerica.com
XI. Businesses with Accessibility Features
A. Appliances- Manufactures:
1. GE Answer Center
800 626-2005
www.geappliances.com
2. Maytag
800 344-1274
www.maytag.com/contact-us
3. Sears
800 549-4505
www.sears.com/shc/s/v_10153_12605_Appliances
4. TalkingThermostats.com 
800-838-8860
www.talkingthermostats.com
5. Whirlpool
866-698-2538
www.whirlpool.com
B. Blind-Friendly Services
1. ATS Tax & Financial Solutions Inc
707 745-1040
www.taxangels.com
2. DMV Disabled Person Placard 800 777-0133;  
www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr07.htm
3. Bay Area Mass Prophylaxis Working Group-vaccines, meds in disasters 
408-492-5275
http://bayareadisastermeds.org/
4. CA Secretary of State
916 657-2166
www.ss.ca.gov/elections/elections.htm
5. Directions for Me -accessible packaging info
800 318-2000
www.directionsforme.org/
6. Disabled Discounts CA
818-983-3401
www.disableddiscounts.com/index.asp
7. Easy Voter Guide
www.easyvoter.org
8. Home Readers -catalogs,cook books + recorded
877 814-7323
www.homereaders.com
9. IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
800 426-4968
www.03.ibm.com/able/
10. National Do Not Call Registry
888 382-1222
www.donotcall.gov
11. Oehm Electronics -access equip,optacon repair SJ
408 971-6250
12. ReadThisToMe toll-free fax
877 333-8848;
www.readthistome.org/
13.  Smart Voter http://smartvoter.org/
14. Smithsonian Accessibility Prog
202 633-4340
http://affiliations.si.edu/D
15. Suicide/Crisis Hotline CA all counties
855 278-4204
http://suicidehotlines.com/california.html
16. The Teaching Company
800 832-2412
www.teach12.com
17. Vision Loss Resource Center (VLRC)
415-694-7322
www.lighthouse-sf.org
C. Food on Line & via Phone:
1. Amazon Grocery
www.amazon.com
earch for grocery or use:
2. AulSuperStore.com 
800-791-2114
www.aulsuperstore.com
3. Carmela’s Gourmet
800-301-1151
carmelasgourmet@hotmail.com
4. Chocolates Unlimited 
718 359-4466
www.chocunltd.com/
5. Delivery.com (from local restaurants)
800 709-7191
www.delivery.com
6. Farm Fresh to You-produce
800 796 6009
www.farmfreshtoyou.com/
7. Meijer.com online groceries
877 363-4547
www.meijer.com/s/grocery/_/N-3sa
8. Netgrocer.com
www.netgrocer.com
9. Omaha Steaks
800 960-8400
www.omahasteaks.com
10. QVC Automated Ordering 
800-345-1212
www.qvc.com
Go to kitchen and food
11. Safeway.com
877 505-4040
https://shop.safeway.com/access
12. Schwans Food Company-frozen
888 724-9267 www.schwans.com
D. Telephone Info Services:
1. Free 411
800 373-3411 (free 411)
2. Free 800 YellowPages
800 935-5697
3. Free business numbers
800-4664-411
4. Internet Speech
877 312-4638
www.internetspeech.com
5. Microsoft free directory-assistance
800 225-5411 (call-411)
6. Tell Me 800 555-8355 (time +)
www.tellme.com
7. Time and Weather - type ‘time’ or ‘weather’ + (town)’ in google
8. US Naval Observatory Master Clock
202 762-1401
http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/timer.pl
9. Voice Terminal Service 866-545-1560;
888 382-8346
www.voiceterminal.net
E. Travel:
1. Damar Travel & Cruise
800 999-6101
http://damartravel.com
2. Dimensions in Travel CA
800-828-2962
www.dimensionsintravel.com
3. Magellan’s Travel Supplies
800 962-4943
www.magellans.com/store/catalog?Args=
4. Minds Eye Travel
207 542-4438
www.mindseyetravel.com/
5. Tips & Resources for Blind -VIP Traveler
www.fredshead.info/2006/08/tips-and-resources-for-blind-or.html
6. TravelBraille.com
http://travelbraille.com

XII. Religious Information in Alternative Media
A. Missions to disabled people:
1. Aurora Ministries Bible Alliance
941-748-3031 
www.auroraministries.org
2. Baha’i
800 228-6483
www.bahai.us
3. Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, Inc CA
650 589-6890
http://bartimaeus.us/
4. Care Ministries
800 336-2232
www.careministries.org
5. Christian Record Service for the Blind
402 488-0981
www.christianrecord.org
6. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
Utah Regional Library for the Blind 
800 453-4293
http://blindlibrary.utah.gov
7. Faith comes by hearing/Hosanna
800 545-6552
www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/
8. Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind
678 475-7879
www.glfb.org/
9. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
212 570-3500
www.goarch.org/en/resources
10. JBI International (was Jewish Braille Institute)
800 433-1531
www.jbilibrary.org/
11. Lutheran Braille Workers
800 925-6092
www.lbwinc.org
12. Lutheran Library for the Blind
888 215-2455
www.blindmission.org/resources/index.asp
13. National Catholic Office for Persons With Disabilities
202 529-2933
www.ncpd.org
14. One Place.com radio ministry 
15. Xavier Society for the Blind 800 637-9193
http://xavierscoeity.com/
B. On line Bibles in alternate media:
1. Audio Treasure
757-741-8457
www.audiotreasure.com
2. Bibles for the Blind & Visually Handicapped
International
812 466-4899
www.biblesfortheblind.org/
3. Braille Bibles International
800 522-4253
www.braillebibles.org
4. Gospel Communications
www.BibleGateway.com
5. Guidepost-store
800 932-2145
www.guidepostsmag.com/braille-guideposts/
6. Tape Ministries
206 243-7377
www.tapeministries.org
7. Whitney Library for the Blind
417 831-1964
http://blind.ag.org/Resources/whitney_library.cfm

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A Joint Production of Vista Center and SVCB
## Disclaimer: The focus of BIRD is on California & some of the national entities accessible by Californians. If you have information that you think needs to be included, please contact the Health Library - below. Acknowledgments -Richard Rueda for the concept; Bernice Kandarian for her extensive knowledge base.

%%Contact:  Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Palo Alto  650 858-0202 Library ext 132; from (408) area 800 660-2009; from (831) 800 705-2970 ; Santa Cruz  831 458-9766  thl@vistacenter.org
www.vistacenter.org

Bird team: rp, gb, ca, ke, as, mk, dw
7-2011