Additional Service Resources

The following links are provided as resources for information related to blindness, visual impairment, or other physical disabilities that result in an inability to read standard print. Please visit the sites below to learn more about these other agencies and services.

National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled
Administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries.

Braille Literacy Reference Circular from the Regional Library for the National Library Service (NLS)
This reference circular lists instructional materials, supplies, and equipment currently available for learning braille, and cites sources about braille literacy. The resources given are intended to assist sighted individuals who are interested in learning braille or want to transcribe print materials into braille; instructors who teach braille; persons with visual impairments who are interested in learning to read and write braille; and family members, friends, and professionals who desire information about braille literacy.

The State Library of Ohio Talking Books Program
Coordinates the Ohio braille and talking book program with OLBPD and serves as the machine lending agency for the state.

The Ohio State School for the Blind
A publicly funded educational facility that is dedicated to the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth of students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.

The State of Ohio Department of Education Blind and Visually Impaired Resources
Provides links to various information, programs and resources related to students who are blind, have visual impairments or print disabilities in Ohio.

Blinded Veterans Association
An organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through their service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, they hope to make life better for blinded veterans.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
To promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
An organization of blind people providing peer support for one another, and working together to integrate blind people into society as equals and productive members by helping them outgrow their many misconceptions about blindness and by changing the laws affecting us.

American Council of the Blind of Ohio
A membership organization heavily committed to advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels for greater understanding of the needs and aspirations of blind and visually impaired people.

U.S. Currency Reader Program
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.

Daily broadcasts of topical printed materials including newspapers, magazines, ads and books enabling listeners to be aware of local events, election information, grocery and department store ads, back-page stories, sports and even Dear Abby and the comics.

Newsreel Magazine
Newsreel is an exciting monthly audio magazine available on both audio cassette tape and in digital mp3 format. Produced by and for persons who are blind or visually impaired, Newsreel contains news, supportive articles, information and entertainment.

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Clovernook provides comprehensive program services including training and support for independent living, orientation and mobility instruction, vocational training, job placement, counseling, recreation, and youth services.

The Cleveland Sight Center
Private agency providing educational, rehabilitative, preventive, and support services for blind and visually impaired individuals in the greater Cleveland area.

Akron Blind Center
The Akron Blind Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1948, is committed to serving the visually impaired of Summit County and the greater Akron area with a variety of educational and social programs.

iCanConnect – Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
iCanConnect is a Federal program that provides communications technology free of charge to eligible low-income people of all ages who have combined vision and hearing loss.