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RESOURCES

The following is a comprehensive list of vision rehabilitation resources, including tools and information to help navigate the world of sight loss. Other community and government resources are also included.

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Transportation

Access LYNX Ride Reservation
Phone: (407) 423-8747 - option4
8a.m. to 5 p.m. - 7 days a week
Online Reservations: http://66.134.2.99/

Access LYNX Purchase Tickets
Link: golynx.com/buy-tickets
Phone: (407) 254-6077

LYNX Fixed Route Bus Information
Link: golynx.com
Phone: (407) 841-5969 (LYNX)

Rideshare Services
Uber: uber.com
Lyft: lyft.com

Taxi Service
Mears Transportation
Link: www.mearstransportation.com/services/taxi/
Phone: (407) 422-2222

ITN Orlando
Member Based Transportation Service
Link: ITNOrlando.org
Phone: (407) 228-7761

Florida Senior Safety Resource Center (FSSRC)
Database of local transportation resources
Link: SafeandMobileSeniors.org/FindARide.htm

Information and Application for Disabled Parking Permit
Orange County Tax Collector’s Office
Link: dmv.org/fl-florida/disabled-drivers
Local Phone: (407) 836-4145
State Phone: (850) 617-2000

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Information, Education, Advocacy

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Hadley offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families, and affordable tuition to blindness professionals.
Link: hadley.edu
Address: 700 Elm Street • Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Phone: (847) 446-8111
Toll Free: (800) 323-4238

American foundation for the Blind
Resources, Programs, and Information for those experiencing sight loss, their friends/family, and professionals in the field of vision rehabilitation.
Link: afb.org
Address: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102 • New York, NY 10121

VisionAware
Information and resources For Adults with visual impairments. Includes list of vision rehabilitation services by state.
Link: visionaware.org
E-mail: visionaware@afb.net

Disability Rights Florida
Statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities
Link: disabilityrightsflorida.org
Address: 2473 Care Drive, Suite 200 • Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (800) 342-0823

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information line
US Department of Justice
Link: ada.gov
Phone: (800) 514-0301

Hotline for Air Travelers With Disabilities
Assists with informing of rights and/or resolving issues with air carriers
Phone: (800) 778-4838

The Information Line
Automated system providing News, weather, driving directions, and more.
Phone: (408) 752-8052

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Driving the Research that will provide preventions, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinal degenerative diseases
Link: blindness.org
Orlando Chapter Phone: (407) 551-0540
Orlando Chapter E-mail: Orlando@FightBlindness.org

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Low Vision Specialists

Dr. Darshna Salh, O.D. and Bonnie Smith, OTR/L, CLVT
The Low Vision Service and Low Vision Rehabilitation of Central Florida
Link: www.lowvisionservice.com
Address: 1400 S Orlando Avenue, Suite 320 • Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 895-4400

Dr. Robert Willson, O.D. and Dr. Ryan Schott, O.D.
Maitland Vision Center
Link: www.maitlandvisioncenter.com
Address: 600 S. Orlando Ave. Suite 300 • Maitland, FL 32951
Phone: (407) 647-2020

Dr. Sonya Braudway, O.D.
Vitreous & Retina Consultants
Address: 250 Ave K SW #200 • Winter Haven, FL 33880
Phone: (863) 297-5400

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Eye Conditions

National Eye Institute
Link: nei.nih.gov
Address: 31 Center Drive MSC 2510 • Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
E-mail: 2020@nei.nih.gov (link sends e-mail)
Phone: (301) 496-5248 - English and Spanish

American Macular Degeneration Foundation
Link: macular.org/
Address: P.O. Box 515 • Northampton, Massachusetts 01061-0515
Phone: (413) 268-7660
Toll Free: (888) MACULAR (1-888-622-8527)

Glaucoma Research Foundation
Link: www.glaucoma.org
Address: 251 Post Street, Suite 600 • San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 986-3162
Toll Free: (800) 826-6693

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Adaptive Aids & Accessible Technology

Independent Living Aids (ILA)
Link: independentliving.com
Phone: (800) 537-2118

Learning, Sight & Sound Made Easier (LS&S)
Link: lssproducts.com
Phone: (800) 468-4789

Magnifying Aids
Link: www.magnifyingaids.com
Phone: (866) 691-2450

MaxiAids
Link: www.maxiaids.com
Phone: (800) 522-6294

Optelec
Link: shoplowvision.com/consumer-products
Phone: (800) 826-4200

Specialty Low Vision Products
Large Print Calendars, address books, and check registers
Address: Sioux Links Publishing • 705 Eagle Run • Dell Rapids, SD 57022
E-mail: largeprintcalendar@yahoo.com
Phone: (888) 201-5640

The Harbolt Company
Link: harboltcompany.com
Phone: (405) 633-2572

Emerald Coast Vision Aids
Link: www.ecvastore.com
Address: 163 East Burgess Road • Pensacola, FL 32503
Phone: (877) 473-8081

Enhanced Vision
Link: www.enhancedvision.com
Phone: (888) 811-3161

Florida Vision Technology
Link: floridareading.com
Phone: (800) 981-5119

Freedom Scientific
Link: freedomscientific.com
Phone: (800) 444-4443

Magnifying America
Link: magnifyingamerica.com
Phone: (800) 364-1610

AFB Access World
AFB's internet publication for accessible technology and devices
Link: afb.org/accessworld

NFB Technology Resource List
Link: NFB.org/technology-resource-list

AppleVis
A community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch
Link: applevis.com

Android Access
Accessible Android apps and news for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Link: androidaccess.net

JITTERBUG Cell Phone
User-friendly feature phone
Link: Jitterbug.com
Phone: (800) 918-8543

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Books & Literacy

Orange County Talking Book Library
Link: www.ocls.info/using-library/assistive-services/talking-books-and-players
Phone: (407) 835-7464

The Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library in Daytona Beach
Phone: (800) 226-6075

BARD – Braille Audio Reading Download
For downloading talking books
Link: nlsbard.loc.gov
Phone: (386) 254-3852

Bookshare
An Accessible Online Library for people with print disabilities
Link: bookshare.org

Learning Ally
Link: www.learningally.org
Phone: (800) 221-4792

American Council of the Blind - Religious Resources
Compilation of resources that provide religious materials in alternative formats Link: acb.org/content/religious-resources

Audio Bibles for the Blind
Link: www.audiobiblesfortheblind.org

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Video Description

The Audio Description Project
An Initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Link: >acb.org/adp

Described TV Listings
Search for upcoming TV programming with video description by zip code
Link: afb.org/tv.aspx

MoPix - Motion Picture Access
Search for movies offered with description in theaters equipped with Motion Picture Access systems.
Link: ncam.wgbh.org/mopix

Caption Fish
Lists accessible Theaters and Show times
Link: www.captionfish.com

Netflix Audio Described Programs
Both links below provide current programming with audio description available on Netflix.
Link: netflix.com/browse/audio-description - Must Be logged in to access
Link: acb.org/adp/netflixad.html

iTunes
To obtain a list of all movies with description, search for “DVS” Link: itunes.com

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)
Lending library of educational materials with video description
Link: dcmp.org

Brevard County Talking Book Library
Lending library of DVD and VHS movies with description. Must be a patron of the Florida Talking Book Library. Call for a catalog or to place order
Phone: (321) 633-1810

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Provides information about current regulation and programming with description from broadcasters and cable providers
Link: www.fcc.gov/general/video-description

The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC)
Investigates innovative technologies and techniques for making online video more accessible to blind and visually impaired students and consumers
Link: vdrdc.org/

YouDescribe
Experimental platform for adding extended audio description to YouTube videos
Link: youdescribe.org

TellMe TV
One-hundred% described video on-demand service with paid subscription
Link: tellmetv.com

Blindy.TV
Free audio-only TV streaming service containing programming with and without video description
Link: blindy.tv

The Movie Vault
An Initiative of BlindMiceMart - Free Downloadable audio-only tracks of movies and TV programming with video description - Must be logged in
Link: blindmicemart.com

System Access Mobile (SAM) Network
Online paid subscription service, which includes audio-only tracks of movies and TV programming with video description
Link: samobile.net

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Guide Dog Information

National Association of Guide Dog Users
Provides information about the guide dog lifestyle, training programs, applicable laws, and resources
Link: www.nagdu.org

Guide Dog Users, Inc.
GDUI works with public entities, private businesses and individuals to ensure that guide dog users enjoy the same rights to travel, employment, housing, and participation in all aspects of life that people without disabilities enjoy
Link: guidedogusersinc.org/resources

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Consumer Organizations & Support Groups

Greater Orlando Council of the Blind (GOCB)
Orlando Chapter of the ACB
Contact: Charles Brooks
Phone: (407) 738-9804
E-mail: eagle77732@yahoo.com

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Greater Orlando Chapter Contact: Sherri Brun
Phone: (407) 898-6024
E-mail: flmom2006@gmail.com

Lighthouse Alumni Association
Contact: Josh Snowden – President
Phone: (321) 900-8800
E-mail: jsnowden12@gmail.com

Association of Blind Latin-Americans - Asociación de Ciegos LatinoAmericanos (ACLA)
Contact: Samuel Nieves – President
Phone: (407) 928-3124

Christian Fellowship of the Blind
Meets at Delaney Baptist Church
Address: 1919 S. Delaney St. • Orlando, FL 32806
Contact: Elizabeth Bouyer
Phone: (407) 523-8989

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Career Resources

CareerConnect
Resource for job seekers, employers, family members - American Foundation for the Blind
Link: afb.org/careerconnect

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Deaf-Blind Resources

National DeafBlind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)
Providing outreach, assessments, telecommunications technology, and training free of charge to those who meet federal eligibility guidelines
Link: icanconnect.org
Phone: (800) 825-4595
TTY: (888) 320-2656

Florida Relay Services
Phone 1: Dial 711
Phone 2: (800) 955-8770
TTY: (800) 955-8771

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Veteran Resources

Veteran's Center Orlando - Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST)
Contact: Chris Collins
Phone: 407-629-1599 - Ext. 1353

Veteran's Crisis Line
Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text
Link: veteranscrisisline.net
Phone: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
TTY: (800) 799-4889

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Community Resources

Center for Independent Living (CIL)
Offers services to assist individuals with disabilities, including free phones for people who are hearing impaired Link: cilorlando.org
Address: 720 North Denning Dr • Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 623-1070

Free Emergency- Only Cell Phones
Orange County Sheriff's Department Senior Crime Prevention
Phone: (407) 254-7375

Orlando Police Department
Link: www.cityoforlando.net/police/
Phone: (321) 235-5300

Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Link: www.ocso.com
Phone: (407) 254-7000

Osceola County Sheriff’s Department
Link: www.osceolasheriff.org
Phone: (407) 348-2222

Seminole County Sheriff’s Department
Link: www.seminolesheriff.org
Phone: (407) 330-6600

Easter Seals Florida
Link: www.fl.easterseals.com
Address: 2010 Mizell Avenue • Winter Park, FL 32792
Phone: (407) 629-1757
Toll Free: (877) 337-3257

Community Resources and Elder Hotline
Phone: Dial 211

Disaster Information
For shelter locations and all related questions
Phone: Dial 311

Seniors First
Meals, in-home care and more Link: www.seniorsfirstinc.org
Address: 5395 L B McLeod Rd • Orlando, FL 32811
Phone: (407) 292-0177

Osceola County Council on Aging
Link: osceolagenerations.org
Address: 700 Generation Point • Kissimmee, FL 34744
Phone: (407) 846-8532

Seminole County Meals On Wheels
Link: mealsetc.org
Address: 2801 S. Financial Court • Sanford, FL 32773
Phone: (407) 333-8877

Food with Care
Link: foodwithcare.com
Address: 6995 Venture Cir. • Orlando, FL 32807
Phone: (407) 657-3880

Share the Care
Link: www.helpforcaregivers.org
Address: 1524 Formosa Avenue • Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 423-5311

Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Link: elderaffairs.state.fl.us
Elder Helpline Local: (407) 514-0019
Elder Helpline State: (800) 96-ELDER (963-5337)

City of Orlando Hispanic Office for Local Assistance (HOLA)
Link: cityoforlando.net/hola
Address: 595 North Primrose Drive • Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 254 4652

Florida Housing Search
Includes a bi-lingual call center
Link: floridahousingsearch.org
Phone: (877) 428-8844

Volunteers for Community Impact (Formerly RSVP)
Link: volunteersforcommunityimpact.org
Address: 3545 Lake Breeze Drive • Orlando, FL 32808
Phone: (407) 298-4180

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Government Resources

Division Of Blind Services (DBS)
Link: dbs.myflorida.com
Orlando Office --
Address: 400 W. Robinson Street, S1026 • Orlando, FL 32801-1784
Phone: (407) 245-0700
State Office – Tallahassee --
Phone: (800) 342-1828

SafeLink Wireless
A federal Lifeline Assistance program. Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the federal Universal Service Fund.
Link: safelinkwireless.com
Phone: (800) 378-1684

Assurance Wireless
A federal Lifeline Assistance program brought to you by Virgin Mobile. Lifeline is a government benefit program supported by the federal Universal Service Fund.
Link: assurancewireless.com
Phone: (888) 898-4888

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Healthcare Resources

Scrip Talk Station
Audible prescription Reader - En-Vision America, Inc.
Link: envisionamerica.com
Address: 1234 Road • Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: (800) 890-1180

Colonial Drugs
Local pharmacy offering ScripTalk, bubble packaging, and free delivery Link: colonialpharmacyorlando.com
Address: 155 E New England Avenue • Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 647-2311

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Link: pparx.org
Phone: (888) 477-2669

Florida Department of Health
Link: floridahealth.gov
Orange County: (407) 858-1400
Seminole County: (407) 665-3000
Osceola County: (407) 343-2000

Orange Blossom Family Health Center
Healthcare services for residents who are uninsured/underinsured and/or homeless
Link: www.hcch.org
Address: 232 N Orange Blossom Trail • Orlando, FL 32805
Phone: (407) 428-1672

Shepherd's Hope
Faith-based organization of volunteers that provides access to health care for residents who are uninsured
Link: shepherdshope.org
Address: 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road • Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 876-6699

Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute
Link: floridahospitaldiabetes.com
Phone: (407) 303-2822

Orlando Foot and Ankle Clinic - Mobile Shoe Program
Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill entitles all qualifying Diabetic Medicare patients to receive one pair of shoes and three sets of inserts per year. Doctor may be able to visit your home for custom fitting
Link: www.orlandofootandankleclinic.com
Phone: (407) 423-1234

Dr. Alan Sirota - Podiatrist
Will make house call if patient unable to visit
Phone: (407) 695-7075 (Casselberry office)

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Mental Health/Counseling

UCF Community Counseling and Research Center (CCRC)
Free counseling for anyone who is not actively suicidal or abusing substances
Link: education.ucf.edu/CCC
Phone: (407) 823-2052

Mental Health Association of Central Florida
Link: mhacf.org
Address: 1525 E. Robinson St. • Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 898-0110

Florida Council for Community Mental Health
Statewide association of 50+ community-based mental health and substance abuse agencies
Link: fccmh.org

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Link: samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Phone: (800) 662-HELP (4357)
TTY: (800) 487-4889

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Link: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Phone: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
TTY: (800) 799-4889

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Central Florida Chapter
Link: afsp.org/cfl
Contact: Tara Sullivan
E-mail: tsullivan@afsp.org
Phone: (407) 415-8757

Disaster Distress Helpline
Link: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Phone: (800) 985-5990

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Link: fcadv.org
Florida Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: (800) 500-1110
TTY: (800) 621-4204

Florida Elder Abuse Hotline
Link: elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/report_abuse.php
Phone: (800) 962-2873
TDD: (800) 453-5145

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