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Organizations and Resources For Visually Impaired Patients

Libraries:

Talking Books programs, large print publications, and magnification devices can be found at nearly all public libraries.

Library of Congress Special Services Division - Elkhart Public Library (downtown) is the Regional Center for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Fill out the application provided by your Doctor to receive free talking book service as well as specially designed playback equipment.

Banks:

Nearly all banks offer large print checks. Bank One: At no extra charge, Relationship Bankers are available to read and explain appropriate materials to customers or to conduct financial transactions. Alternate formats including large print, audiocassette or computer disc can be provided by calling 877-226-5663. Call 877-241-8665 for information on talking ATM's.

Vocational Rehabilitation:

People who are visually impaired and are attempting to find work, this program can help counsel and provide funding to further opportunities in the workplace. (221 W. Wayne, South Bend : 574-232-4861)

Utilities:

SBC : (1-800-742-8771) Provides large print bills by simply calling to request this service. Based on visual disability, SBC will also provide operator service free of charge. Customer must call to request a form which must be signed by the doctor.

Long Distance Carriers:

AT&T Long Distance Customer Service (800-222-0300), Sprint (888-78805001), Verizon Wireless (800-974-6006) Bills can be provided in large print.

Advocacy/Consumer Groups: (800-326-9190)

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Indiana. Provides public education about blindness, information, literature, and support.

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS). Protects and promotes the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Recreation/Leisure:

ACB Radio (e-mail : support@acbradio.org website : http://www.acbradio.org). Webcasting service where you can listen to programs on your computer.

Descriptive Video Service (DVS Home Video)

317-579-0439 : customer service/order videos
800-333-1203 : automated service providing list of videos
888-818-1181 : large print catalog

Variety of services are offered to make TV and movies accessible including videos containing auditory narration of action or visual elements.
National Federation of the Blind Newsline
410-659-9314 : to subscribe, 888-882-1629 for information
E-mail : nfb@nfb.org
Website : http://www/nfb.org

Enables those who cannot read convention print to have access to newspapers. By entering and ID number and security code, the user can make selections over the phone, and they are read to the user, who is also able to modify the spped and voice quality. User must fill out a simple application

Public Transit Systems:

Amtrak (800-872-7245) offers rail fare discounts for passengers with disabilities. Recipient must provide written documentation of disability at ticket counter (letter from doctor is sufficient).
Greyhound (800-752-4841) - Call 48 hours in advance of trip to request assistance with boarding/unboarding coaches and purchasing tickets. Sighted guides traveling with legally blind customers can receive a 50% discount on their ticket.

Other Services:

Home Instead Senior Care - 245 W. Edison Rd. Suite 230, Mishawaka | Elkhart/Marshall Co. 1-866-500-1479 | South Bend/Mishawaka 574-256-1479 | Niles/Buchanan 1-866-500-1479

This service enables the elderly to live independently with the help and company of non-medical care givers.

Comfort Keepers: 6910 N. Main St. Suite 15B Unit 47 | Granger (574-277-4121)

This services provides in-home companionship care, errand service, meal preparation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, incidental transportation, daily TLC phone calls, laundry, recreational activities, grooming, and mail organization.
Meals on Wheels: home delivered meals for those over 60 years old in St Joseph County. Call Real Services for more information : 574-233-8205

Large Print Resources:

American Bible Society (800-322-4253) : bibles and selected portions of scriptures
American Printing House for the Blind (800-223-1839) : large print or cassette textbooks and reading materials for grades 2-12

Associated Services for the Blind (215-627-0600) : Textbooks and other materials
Aurora Ministries Bible Alliance (941-748-3031) : free bibles on cassette tape - available in several languages

Betty Crocker Food and Nutrition Center - General Mills (800-328-6787) : Cookbooks and meal planners

Doubleday Large Print Home Library (800-688-4442) : Current bestsellers, mysteries, and biographies

Reader's Digest Large-Type Publications (800-877-5293) : condensed books and the monthly general interest magazine

The New York Times Large Type Weekly (800-631-2580) weekly newspaper covering national events McMillan Library / Simon & Schuster (800-257-5157) : biographies, mysteries, romances, westerns, adult fiction and nonfiction

Books on Tape, Inc. (800-626-3333) : rental program of full length books

Bible Alliance (941-748-3031) : Recorded scriptures in 40 languages available.

Transaction Large Print (888-999-6778) : Large print catalog offers large print book selection

Choice Magazine Listening, Dept. TM (516-883-8280 : free service provided 6 time per year - free audiotapes of unabridged selection sof articles, short stories and poetry from the New Yorker, Time and Sports Illustrated.