Princeton Chapter Resources
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.
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (formerly Theater By The Blind) has been working for 29 years to develop blind and low vision talent for the theater, television and film. With great pride, the company has just changed its name to reflect its commitment to include all artists with disabilities in its work, onstage, backstage, in the office and in the audience.
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.
Websites for Blind/ Low Vision Products, Training, and Access
- www.humanware.com - HumanWare's products are having a profoundly positive impact on the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. These are the tools that empower them to live independently and compete effectively in a sighted world. Products include: myReader, the world's first low vision auto-reader; the SmartView desktop video magnifier; and the portable PocketViewer magnifier.
- http://www.freedomscientific.com/ - Freedom Scientific is the world’s leading manufacturer of assistive technology products for those who are vision impaired and products for the special education and learning disability market.
- www.webanywhere.cs.washington.edu - New software, called 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 speakers or headphone connections. "This is for situations where someone who's blind can't use their own computer but still wants access to the Internet. At a museum, at a library, at a public kiosk, at a friend's house, at the airport," said Richard Ladner, a UW professor of computer science and engineering.
- www.annualcreditreport.com - Individuals with visual impairments may request their free annual credit reports in Braille, Large Print or Audio Format by telephone, toll free, (877) 322-8228. After you call and provide the required personal information and certify that you are blind or visually impaired within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act, you can then select your preferred alternative format. Your reports will be mailed via the U.S. Post Office within 15 days, but please allow an additional week for delivery. Alternatively, if you wish to immediately review an accessible on-line version of your free annual credit reports, you may use the secure Web site, www.annualcreditreport.com, to request access to them. After entering the required personal information, you will be asked to select the requested Consumer Credit Reporting Companies (Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian, and/or TransUnion LLC) and will be directed to their respective Web sites to continue with your request process.
New Jersey Foundation for the Blind
NJFFB 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.
NJFFB 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.
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
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)
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.
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.
Eye donor facilities provided by the Lions:
For upper part of the State, please contact:
Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey
841 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
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