New York City Chapter, New Jersey Resources

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
1-800-424-8666
info@acb.org
http://www.acb.org

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
1-800-232-5463
afbinfo@afb.net
http://www.afb.org

AWARE (Associates for World Action in Rehabilitation & Education)
VisionAWARE is a "Self-Help for Vision Loss" web site. Their mission is to provide information on adapting everyday activities and locating helpful services and independent living resources for individuals with vision loss, their family members and those who work with them. The VisionAWARE team consists of highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in vision rehabilitation.

AWARE
P.O. Box 96
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
Telephone: (914) 528-5120
Anne Yeadon, Executive Director Anne. Yeadon@visionaware.org
http://www.visionaware.org/

E.A.R.S. for Eyes
232 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
1-800-843-6816
http://www.earsforeyes.info/

The Hadley School for the Blind
The Hadley School’s mission is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. Students can study in the comfort of their own homes. Course materials arrive in the mail or online; and for students in the U.S. and Canada, instructors are just a toll-free call away.

700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093-2554 USA
(847) 446-8111
(800) 323-4238
info@hadley.edu
http://www.hadley-school.org/default.asp

Lighthouse International
The Sol and Lillian Goldman Building
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
1-800-829-0500
http://www.lighthouse.org

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471
Telephone: 1-800-562-6265
napvi@perkins.org
http://www.napvi.org

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street At Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Telephone: (410) 659-9314
nfb@nfb.org
http://www.nfb.org

LOCAL NEW JERSEY RESOURCES

Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey

VLANJ is committed to helping adults who are blind or visually impaired lead independent and productive lives through comprehensive instruction in Orientation Mobility, Assistive Technologies, Activities of Daily Living, and Individual & Family Support and Advocacy. Electives such as art therapy, pottery, horticulture and yoga build the sensory and tactile skills which speed rehabilitation.

VLANJ is the only comprehensive vision rehabilitation day program for adults in Northern New Jersey. Students represent a diverse population who has been impacted by recent vision loss. Eighty percent of students are over 50, and an estimated 25 percent have additional significant disabilities.

230 Diamond Spring Road
Denville, NJ 07834
P(973) 627-0055
F (973) 627-1622
info@vlanj.org
http://vlanj.org/about-2/

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

The services of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped are available without charge to anyone living in New Jersey who for any physical reason cannot read regular printed books. Readers served by the Library include people with a physical disability that prevents them from holding a book or turning its pages. Any one who is legally blind to those totally blind are also eligible. Individuals with a learning disability that is certified by a medical doctor may also use the Library's services.

The Library for the Blind and Handicapped provides informational and recreational books in Braille, cassette, and large print. The Library's collection has more than 60,000 book titles and 76 periodicals available. Books by authors such as Danelle Steel, Nora Roberts and Dick Francis, to name a few, are available. Machines for playing the recorded materials are available on loan from the Library. Audiovision, the Library's radio reading service, is available to registered residents in New Jersey.

2300 Stuyvesant Ave.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
(800) 792-8322
http://www.njstatelib.org/talking-book-braille-center/

New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The mission of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to promote and provide services in the areas of education, employment, independence and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community. The Commission recognizes three major thrusts in carrying out this mission: (1) providing specialized services to persons with vision problems; (2) educating and working in the community to reduce the incidence of vision loss; and, (3) improving attitudes concerning people with vision loss.

Northern Regional Office
153 Halsey St., 5th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
(There are several other regional offices serving the entire State of NJ)
(973) 648-2111
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/index.html

New Jersey Association of the Deaf-Blind

NJADB exists to provide lifetime, comprehensive services and support to people who are deaf-blind, deaf or blind, including people with developmental disabilities and communication impairments. Recognizing that all people are unique in their abilities and desires, NJADB will provide individualized support to help people form connections, achieve goals and participate in life. At the heart of their programs and services is the fundamental belief that all people are valued members of their communities. NJADB’s activities will promote community accessibility for the people they serve and generate awareness of the possibilities for community enrichment when all people are included.

24K World's Fair Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 805-1912 v/tt
info@njadb.org
http://www.njadb.org/index.php

The Seeing Eye

The Seeing Eye, Inc. is the oldest existing dog guide school in the world. Their students are people who are blind or visually impaired and come from all over the United States and Canada to spend up to one month training with a new Seeing Eye dog. They range in age from 16 to senior citizens, their home environments may be rural or urban, and they may be homemakers, volunteers, or judges. But they all have this in common: They are motivated by a sense of independence and armed with the knowledge that Seeing Eye dogs will provide an extra edge to attain success, however they may choose to define it.

P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07963
P: (973) 539-4425
F: (973) 539-0922
info@seeingeye.org
http://www.seeingeye.org

EYE DONOR FACILITIES

For upper part of the State, please contact:
Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey
841 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone: 973-921-1222
Web address: http://lionseyebanknj.org/
Contact: Margaret Chapman

For lower part of the State, please contact:
Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley
401 North 3rd Street, Suite 305
Philadelphia, PA 19123-4101
Phone: 215-563-1679 or 800-743-6667
Web address: http://lebdv.org/
Contact: Gene Polgar, President/ COO

TECHNOLOGY AND WEBSITES FOR LOW VISION PRODUCTS

BlindSoftware.com
http://www.blindsoftware.com
From surfing the internet, to tracking your daily tasks, this website offers software to help you based on what you are interested in.

HumanWare
http://www.humanware.com
HumanWare products are designed to last and to grow (and in many cases, to go) with the user, giving them the independence to compete effectively with peers, to feel connected, and to be a vital part of the global information age in which we live.

ShopLowVision.com
http://www.shoplowvision.com
ShopLowVision’s goal is to improve quality of life for those who are visually impaired through awareness, resources, and solutions. They provide 4,000+ low vision solutions with daily living products, video magnifiers, optical products, and professional tools.

Vision Dynamics
http://www.visiondynamics.com
Vision Dynamics’ mission is to EMPOWER and INSPIRE people with low vision, blindness, and learning difficulties with the hope, desire and ability to lead happy and independent lives.

WebAnywhere
http://www.webanywhere.cs.washington.edu
WebAnywhere enables blind and visually impaired people to surf the Web on the go. The tool, developed at the University of Washington, turns screen reading into an Internet service that reads aloud Web text on any computer with speaker or headphone connections.