The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing provides currency readers, free of charge, to all eligible blind and visually impaired U.S. citizens and national residents.

https://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html

(877) 874-4114

A free, lifetime pass – available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) – that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.

https://store.usgs.gov/node/138

(888) 275-8747

Provides its listeners with free access to recorded programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service allows listeners to access audio programs online, through downloaded podcasts, on TV or over the phone. With recorded content from over 100 newspapers and magazines, this program provides  listeners with everything from national news to local news and community events.

https://www.aincolorado.org/about

(877) 443-2001

NFB NEWSLINE is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, or print-disabled that offers access to publications, job listings, and more.

https://nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline

(410) 659-9314

How to apply for a Disabled Placard from the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

https://mydmv.colorado.gov/_/

(303) 205-5600

TDD: (303) 205-5940

Provides referrals for: food, housing, utilities, home repair, emergency shelter, clothing, transportation, military assistance, taxes, mental health, senior issues, substance abuse, medical care and more.

https://unitedwaydenver.org/2-1-1/

(303) 433-8383

In the Pikes Peak region: (719) 632-1543

Consumer Groups

The National Federation of the Blind know that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

https://nfb.org

(410) 659-9314

Colorado Chapter: https://www.nfbco.org, Scott C. LaBarre, President

(303) 778-1130

 The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

https://www.acb.org

(800) 424-8666

The Foundation drives the research of prevention, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinal degenerative diseases.

https://www.fightingblindness.org

(800) 683-5555

Denver Chapter: Richard Faubion, Director, Development 

(720) 207-8362

Generating awareness, raising funds for research, and providing outreach, support and education to those affected by LCA and other rare retinal diseases.

https://sofiasees.org/about/ – vision 

(860) 556-3119

Transportation Resources (Colorado Springs):

One Ride is a collaboration between Mountain Metro Transit, Envida, Community Intersections, Fountain Valley Senior Center, and Silver Key to develop a one-stop-shopping call center and transportation solution.

https://coloradosprings.gov/mountain-metro/page/one-ride

(719) 663-7433

Mountain Metro Mobility is an ADA paratransit service provided for individuals who, because of their disability, are unable to use Mountain Metro fixed-route bus service.

https://coloradosprings.gov/mountain-metro/page/mountain-metro-mobility

(719) 385-7433

A nonprofit that provides transportation and homecare services to individuals with disabilities, older adults, and those experiencing financial challenges.

https://envidacares.org

(719) 633-4601

Provides transportation for seniors in the Fountain Valley area and Eastern El Paso County for medical/dental appointments, grocery shopping, meal sites, employment/education, recreation and socialization at the Senior Center, personal appointments, etc. Wheelchair equipped. Any person age 60 and older or those who are non-elderly disabled (confined to a wheelchair) who live in Southern and Eastern El Paso County may be eligible.

https://humanservices.elpasoco.com/fountain-valley-senior-center/

(719) 520-6470

Silver Key’s transportation service provides door-through-door ADA accessible transportation for medical appointments, shopping, group meals, social activities, recreation trips, and more.

https://www.silverkey.org/services/reserve-ride/

(719) 884-2300

Beo Mobility is a transportation service that accommodates ambulatory clients or those that are confined to a wheelchair.

http://www.beopersonalcare.com/mobility/

(719) 385-0200

Door-through-door transportation for disabled people.

https://mycoachtransportation.com

(719) 391-4444

Bustang is the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) interregional and intercity express bus service.

http://www.ridebustang.com

(800) 900-3011 

School-Aged Resources (Colorado):

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational services in safe, nurturing environments.

https://www.csdb.org

(719) 578-2100

Hadley offers distance education free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, as well as the families and professionals who serve them. Today, Hadley serves nearly 150,000 individuals each year, from all 50 states and in 100 countries. Hadley is also the largest educator of braille worldwide.

https://hadley.edu/AboutHadley.asp

(800) 323-4238

Housed on the campus of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), the Colorado Instructional Materials Center (CIMC) provides braille and large print textbooks and instructional aids to teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) who are certified by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) for use by students who are blind or visually impaired in Colorado schools at less than college level.

http://www.csdb.org/programs-services/outreach-programs-3/cimc/intro-cimc/

(719) 578-2100

Work-Aged Resources (Colorado):

APH CareerConnect provides employment information, career exploration tools, and job seeking guidance for individuals with vision loss and the professionals who work with them.

https://aphcareerconnect.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/for-job-seekers/12

VisionAware helps adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community.

https://www.visionaware.org/default.aspx

Program: Veterans Service Resource Center

The Veteran Services Resource Center is a one-stop shop for services for the blinded veterans provided by BVA, where claimants will find assistance in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits at no cost to the veteran or their family. The BVA empowers blinded veterans to find and follow the road to independence.

Program: Operation Peer Support

An ongoing effort to link recently blinded veterans with other OIF/OEF blinded service members and their counterparts from previous conflicts. Operation Peer Support’s highest priority is to assist these men and women through the process of adjustment to vision loss by introducing them to and connecting them with the tools and resources they will need to establish new goals.

https://www.bva.org

(844) 250-5180

The Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain employment by providing a range of services based on your individual employment needs and goals. Rehabilitation Counselors work closely with you to determine an employment goal and identify and arrange for the services needed to achieve this goal.

https://www.colorado.gov/dvr

Colorado Springs office: (719) 635-3585

Colorado Center for the Blind offers several programs such as their independence training program for adults, youth programs, college prep, and senior programs, as well as training for professionals on blindness.

(303) 778-1130

VA

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers veterans a variety of benefits, including education and healthcare.

https://www.va.gov

(844) 698-2311

TTY: 711

Hadley offers distance education free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, as well as the families and professionals who serve them. Today, Hadley serves nearly 150,000 individuals each year, from all 50 states and in 100 countries. Hadley is also the largest educator of braille worldwide.

https://hadley.edu/AboutHadley.asp

(800) 323-4238

The United States Association of Blind Athletes empowers Americans who are blind and visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation and physical activities, thereby educating and inspiring the nation.

(719) 866-3224

Assistive Technology

The Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) provides opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to acquire skills that enable them to participate in the leisure experiences of their voice and enhances their ability to function within a community setting. The TR staff provides advocacy and inclusion support for individuals with disabilities to enjoy general recreation activities, as well as specialized therapeutic programs

https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/therapeutic-recreation-program-trp

(719) 385-5940

The Mission of Flying Blind, LLC is to develop and/or market Adaptive Technology Solutions for persons who are vision impaired within educational, vocational, community, and residential settings.

http://www.flying-blind.com/tidbits2019.html

(216) 381-8107

Objective information you can trust, smart and informed commentary, and cutting-edge news and trends concerning information technology and visual impairment are published monthly in AccessWorld®: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.

https://www.afb.org/aw

Recreation:

The United States Association of Blind Athletes empowers Americans who are blind and visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation, and physical activities, thereby educating and inspiring the nation.

https://www.usaba.org

(719) 866-3224

The Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) provides opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to acquire skills that enable them to participate in the leisure experiences of their voice and enhances their ability to function within a community setting. The TR staff provides advocacy and inclusion support for individuals with disabilities to enjoy general recreation activities, as well as specialized therapeutic programs

https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/therapeutic-recreation-program-trp

(719) 385-5940

VIBeS is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to enabling the blind and visually impaired to experience recreational activity through a shared vision. The goal is to provide physical fitness, outdoor and recreational activities for the participants, thereby increasing self-esteem, independence and personal growth.

http://www.coloradovibes.org

(719) 357-0381

Your source for the best assistive tech news, reviews and interviews from top blind and low vision experts. An entertaining and trustworthy discussion on emerging technologies.

https://coolblindtech.com

Email Contact: CBT@CoolBlindTech.com

Regular podcasts on a wide variety of interests related to vision loss. Podcasts include daily living skills, access technology, employent, and much more.

Subscribe to the Hadley podcasts here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/hadleypodcasts

Eyes On Success is a half-hour weekly radio program and podcast that discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss. Topics range from detailed descriptions of adaptive equipment and programs such as screen readers and portable braille displays to discussions of various accessible reading materials to personal stories of engaging in extreme sports and other hobbies.

(585) 210-8094

Guide Dog Resources

Below is a list of resources in the USA.  Before you begin your search, you may benefit from reading an article entitled ‘Here’s How To Get A Guide Dog,”  written by Peter Slatin, appearing in Forbes magazine’s website. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterslatin/2019/07/03/heres-how-to-get-a-guide-dog/#74940f17584a

In Madison, WI, provides guide dogs as well as visual companion dogs for children.  Additionally, they provide other types of service dogs for special needs such as autism. 

www.customcanines.org

(844) 888-8850

In Bloomfield, CT, providing guide dogs to the blind and visually impaired. 

Website www.fidelco.org

(860) 243-5200

In Cassville, NY, their full service guide dog program also includes a special needs program and a veterans program.  

www.freedomguidedogs.org

(315) 822-5132

With campuses in San Rafael, CA, and Boring, OR, this is one of the oldest dog schools in the U.S. They offer instruction, orientation and mobility, financial veterinary assistance, extensive alumni support, and a broad array of educational information and links on their website.

www.guidedogs.com

(800) 295-4050

This organization is located in Smithtown, NY, providing guide dogs and training as well as other types of service dogs. 

www.guidedog.org

(800) 548-4337

In Sylmar, CA, providing guide dogs with training as well as offering a calendar of special events for blind and visually impaired persons and their dogs.  

www.guidedogsofamerica.org

(800) 459-4843

These schools are located in San Antonio, Austin, Denton and Houston, TX. They provide full service guide dog training and instruction.  Austin is also where the Texas School for the Blind is located.  

www.guidedogsoftexas.org

Located in Whitewater, FL, providing full guide dog services to the blind and visually impaired.

www.guidedogsofthedesert.org

(808) 941-1088

Located in Honolulu, HI, provides full training and a wide range of related educational services useful in acquiring a guide dog.  Their extensive website provides multiple links and references to educational information, technology, braille and specialized camps, and training opportunities. Included is reference to a technology workshop for guide dog users held in San Francisco. 

www.guidedogsofhawaii.org

 (808) 941-1088

In Yorktown, NY, they provide guide dogs and training to the blind and visually impaired.  Additionally, they work with blind persons with other challenges such as cognition, deafness and gait issues.  They offer a special program for runners who use guide dogs.

www.guidingeyes.org

(800) 942-0140

Leader Dogs in Rochester Hills, WI, serves teenagers and adults in acquiring a guide dog, providing training in orientation and mobility skills and education for participants. They have special events including a summer camp for teens with guide dogs. 

www.leaderdog.org

(888) 777-5352

In Madison, WI, they provide a full service guide dog program.  They also utilize a Paws Forward program in which prison inmates assist in caring for the dogs.

www.occupaws.org

(608) 772-3787

In Columbus, OH, providing full service guide dog training as well as other types of service dogs such as hearing dogs. 

www.pilotdogs.org

(614) 221-6367

In Morristown, NJ,  Seeing Eye was the first guide dog school in the U.S.A.  They provide dogs, training, and education to blind and visually impaired individuals.

www.seeingeye.org

(973) 539-4425

Located in Palmetto, FL, offering full guide dog services for the blind and visually impaired and veterans.  

www.guidedogs.org

(941) 729-5665

Grants/Scholarships

Scholarships for the blind and visually impaired.

https://www.seethefuture.org

The National Federation of the Blind offers several scholarships and awards that honor blind individuals as well as teachers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and organizations whose work benefits the blind community. 

https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/scholarships-and-awards

National Resources

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

https://www.nfb.org

  • We expand and share knowledge, and we guide the creation of more accessible products and websites. We advocate for better policies that promote accessibility and ensure equality and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • We advocate for blind or visually impaired children to make sure they have the resources they need, and for older adults experiencing vision loss, to make sure they get the services and resources that will help them remain independent.
  • We convene leaders to champion the development of legislation and best practices that provide equal opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.


https://www.afb.org

Thousands of people with visual impairment across the U.S. rely on APH for cutting-edge products, materials, and information.

https://www.aph.org

(1800) 223-1839

Hadley offers distance education free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment,as well as the families and professionals who serve them. Today, Hadley serves nearly 150,000 individuals each year, from all 50 states and in 100 countries. Hadley is also the largest educator of braille worldwide.

https://hadley.edu/AboutHadley.asp

(800) 323-4238

Objective information you can trust, smart and informed commentary, and cutting-edge news and trends concerning information technology and visual impairment are published monthly in AccessWorld®: Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.

https://www.afb.org/aw

http://braillebug.org

Information about and resources for learning braille.

FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.

https://www.familyconnect.org/parentsitehome.aspx

Accommodations

Michael Killebrew, Title II ADA Coordinator

Rob Hernandez, Title II ADA Manager

https://coloradosprings.gov/office-accessibility/page/office-accessibility

 (719) 385-5175

Adaptive Equipment

  1. Maxi Aids
  2. LS&S
  3. Others


Where to find a Vision Simulator to have on the website.

Shows pictures simulating various types of vision loss. Click on each picture for information about the causal disease.

https://medialibrary.nei.nih.gov/search?keywords=simulation

For people with normal sight, it can be difficult to fully comprehend the experience of the visually impaired. This video contains a series of simulations for the most common causes of vision loss.

https://visionaware.org/info/your-eye-condition/eye-health/vision-simulation-video/125

Based in the UK, Vision Matters is an organization for the blind and visually impaired which has an e-vision simulator on their website that allows a person to experience what it’s like to view the world through eyes affected by varying degrees of vision loss.

http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/home/e-vision-simulator