Multi Services

Link to sites with a broad set of resources and services for the blind and visually impaired.

Braille Institute

Braille Institute offers services to help people with limited or no vision lead independent and enriched lives. We've been helping people with vision loss since 1919, and all of our programs are free of charge.

American Foundation for the Blind.

Provides services to and acts as an information clearinghouse for people who are blind or visually impaired and their families, professionals, organizations, schools, and corporations. Stimulates research and mounts program initiatives to improve services to blind or visually impaired people. Publishes a wide variety of professional, reference, and consumer books and videos.

Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired People in the US and Canada

This Directory from The American Foundation for the Blind is available as a book and as an searchable online database. It includes:

  • Information on more than 1,500 organizations, agencies, and product manufacturers
  • State-by-state and province by province listings of organizations Descriptions of services, legislation and key agencies in the blindness field
  • Expanded information on assistive products and their distributors
  • Updated web site and e-mail addresses

National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH)

NAVH's mission is to help the "hard of seeing" worldwide cope with the psychological effects of visual impairment and to provide low vision services, visual aids and training to anyone in need of these services.

Low Vision Aids Catalog offers magnifiers, light bulbs, lamps, clocks and watches, writing aids, electronic devices, and other products.

Free Large Print Loan Library with over 9000 titles


NAVH's large print FREE-by-mail library offers over 9000 titles and is accessible to anyone in the United States.

Last year close to 20,000 requests were filled giving children, young adults and seniors the opportunity to benefit from the pleasure of the written word--a treasure for those who find it hard or impossible to read regular print.

NAVH assists clients in locating services and resources in their area, which are appropriate for the visually impaired. These services and resources include low vision services, eye care specialists, state agencies and nonprofits committed to serving the visually impaired, and emotional support services.

Some information on international services is also available. To find services and resources in your area, call NAVH at 1-888-205-5951.

The Lighthouse

In addition to providing rehabilitation, low vision and many other direct services The Lighthouse also produces[link opens in new window], a one-stop, accessible resource on vision impairment and vision rehabilitation.

This is provided to people who are partially sighted or blind, the professionals who work with them, the family and friends who support them and anyone looking for the latest information on prevention, research and treatment.

Blindskills, Inc.

The mission of Blindskills, Inc. is to disseminate resources and information to blind and visually impaired people and their families.

This mission is accomplished through its toll-free help line, Web site and a bi-monthly publication, DIALOGUE: A World of ideas for Visually Impaired People of All Ages, available in five formats.

Blindskills, Inc. provides a toll-free number that can be reached by anyone in the U.S. or Canada. The organization assisted 2200 callers in the last year alone.

Its books, CONNIE'S KITCHEN and JOB HUNTING RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH VISION IMPAIRMENTS are popular with visually impaired people, rehabilitation professionals and teachers.

Blindskills, Inc. hosts a monthly support group that meets in Salem. Staff members at Blindskills, Inc. also make presentations to service organizations, schools, retirement and senior centers and conferences for professionals and physicians in the field of vision impairment.