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Local and State Resources The Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services: attempts to obtain or maintain employment and independence, and provides vocational training and counseling, office visits and other help related to employment. Phone: 251-479-8611. Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Provides many services to both children and adults with hearing and vision problems. Has a staff of teachers and technology specialists. Computer training in adaptive software is provided. The office is at 1050 Government Street in Mobile. Phone 251-432-7777. OASIS: (Older Alabamians System of Information and Services) provides independent living training. It has representatives from many organizations and disciplines, and is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services. Phone: 251-479-8611 The Veterans Administration Low Vision Services For the lower Alabama and Mississippi areas are administered from Biloxi. Much help is available and an inpatient Blind Rehabilitation center is in Biloxi. For information related to low vision, call the VIST (Vision Impairment Service Team) leader, Robin Sniffen at 228- 385-6762 or e-mail robin.sniffen@va.gov University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive low vision evaluation, including scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO), and Occupational Therapy rehabilitation. 1720 University Blvd. Ste. 380, Birmingham, AL 35294 (205) 488-0736 Local Support Groups (Note: Most are not currently being held due to Corona Virus) CSVR support group at the CSVR office 600 Bel Air Blvd, Suite 110 in Mobile AL. For information call 476- 4744 The Eyes Have It: A support group for visually impaired, meeting bimonthly at the J.T. Nix Senior Citizen Center in Fairhope. Contact Sherry Sullivan at 251-928-2835 Senior Circle: meets in Foley at the South Baldwin Hospital. Not specifically for visually impaired, but includes some who are. Scheduled trips, meetings, and discussion of health issues. Recommended for visually impaired who live in Foley area. Contact Jackie at 251-949-3882 Computer Training and Workshops Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind: Donnie Edwards instructs in computer software for visually impaired and blind. Call 432-7777 Mobile Public Library: Grelot Road- Computer classes taught by Mr. Ron Wood. Call 251-602-4923. Fairhope Public Library: Computer classes for Windows users. Conducted by Anne Hinrichs. Call 928-0808 for details. Transportation Mobile: Mobility Assistance Program (MAP): Supported by the MTA, allows blind/visually impaired to use a participating taxi service at approximately the usual cost. Call 251-344-5656. Senior Citizens Service in Saraland will provide transportation and are liberal in their requirements. Call 251-679-5511 Baldwin County: BRATS (Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System) provides low-cost (about 1/5th the cost of a taxi) transportation, door-to-door, in Baldwin County. Must be called the day before. Call 251-972- 6817. GoGo Grandparent acts as a dispatch service for Uber and Lyft, allowing use of their services with only a phone call. 855-464-6872 or www.gogograndparent.com Churches: Some local churches provide transportation Large Print and Audio Resources Readers Digest-Large Print: Magazine P.O. Box 241, Mount Morris, IL. 61054. order.readersdigest.com Readers Digest Partners for Sight: Offers a 1-yr. subscription to receive Select Editions-Large Type books. rdpfs.org or 1-800-877-5293 Doubleday Large Print Books has selection of current books, large print and abridged. doubledaylargeprint.com American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest publisher of products for the blind and visually impaired. Has an extensive selection of large print books, cassettes, CDs. aph.org or 1-800-223-1839 The Talking Books Program - A division of the National Library of Congress provides free access to books, magazines, and other publications to the visually impaired, physically impaired and blind utilizing the public library system in each state. This is an outstanding service, and all who have difficulty reading should use it! We have application forms available for Alabama, Florida and Mississippi residents and can provide 800 numbers for other states. Religious Materials Braille Bibles International: Provides Bibles to people who are blind or visually impaired in Braille, Large Print and Audio formats. 1-800-522-4253 or braillebibles.org Aurora Christian Ministries: Provides free Bible recordings and devotionals. 1-941-748-3031 or auroraministries.org Xavier Society for the Blind: Provides braille and audio religious material 1-212- 473-7800 or xaviersocietyfortheblind.org Organizations and Web Sites Dealing with Visual Impairment www.csvrlowvision.org Our web site www.preventblindness.org Information on current research to prevent blindness and general low vision information. 1-800-221-3004 www.nei.org- Site for the National Eye Institute. Extensive information about specific eye problems, much educational material. www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision-resources Low Vision Resources by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Has extensive listing and discussion of many low vision resources. www.afb.org The site of the American Foundation for the Blind. Information, resource lists. Has contact/occupation specific lists. 1-800-232-5463 www.nfb.org National Federation of the Blind. The largest of the blind/visually impaired national organizations. Has a good diabetic group, and much information for diabetics. Publishes a newsletter, the Voice of the Diabetic. www.visionconnection.org The low vision web site of the Lighthouse International in New York. Has many links, online education. Computers for the Blind - Free or low cost rebuilt computers for the visually impaired info@computersfortheblind.org or phone number 214-340-6328 Federal Tax Deduction To qualify as blind by the IRS you must keep in your tax records a certified letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that you have non correctable 20/200 vision in your best eye or that your field of vision is restricted to 20 degrees or less. These deductions change annually.
251-476-4744 in Mobile 251-928-2888 in Daphne 251-721-1160 in Foley
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Local and State Resources The Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services: attempts to obtain or maintain employment and independence, and provides vocational training and counseling, office visits and other help related to employment. Phone: 251-479-8611. Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Provides many services to both children and adults with hearing and vision problems. Has a staff of teachers and technology specialists. Computer training in adaptive software is provided. The office is at 1050 Government Street in Mobile. Phone 251-432-7777. OASIS: (Older Alabamians System of Information and Services) provides independent living training. It has representatives from many organizations and disciplines, and is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services. Phone: 251-479-8611 The Veterans Administration Low Vision Services For the lower Alabama and Mississippi areas are administered from Biloxi. Much help is available and an inpatient Blind Rehabilitation center is in Biloxi. For information related to low vision, call the VIST (Vision Impairment Service Team) leader, Robin Sniffen at 228-385-6762 or e-mail robin.sniffen@va.gov University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive low vision evaluation, including scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO), and Occupational Therapy rehabilitation. 1720 University Blvd. Ste. 380, Birmingham, AL 35294 (205) 488-0736 Local Support Groups (Note: Most are not currently being held due to Corona Virus) CSVR support group at the CSVR office 600 Bel Air Blvd, Suite 110 in Mobile AL. For information call 476-4744 The Eyes Have It: A support group for visually impaired, meeting bimonthly at the J.T. Nix Senior Citizen Center in Fairhope. Contact Sherry Sullivan at 251-928-2835 Senior Circle: meets in Foley at the South Baldwin Hospital. Not specifically for visually impaired, but includes some who are. Scheduled trips, meetings, and discussion of health issues. Recommended for visually impaired who live in Foley area. Contact Jackie at 251-949-3882 Computer Training and Workshops Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind: Donnie Edwards instructs in computer software for visually impaired and blind. Call 432-7777 Mobile Public Library: Grelot Road- Computer classes taught by Mr. Ron Wood. Call 251-602- 4923. Fairhope Public Library: Computer classes for Windows users. Conducted by Anne Hinrichs. Call 928-0808 for details. Transportation Mobile: Mobility Assistance Program (MAP): Supported by the MTA, allows blind/visually impaired to use a participating taxi service at approximately the usual cost. Call 251-344- 5656. Senior Citizens Service in Saraland will provide transportation and are liberal in their requirements. Call 251-679-5511 Baldwin County: BRATS (Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System) provides low-cost (about 1/5th the cost of a taxi) transportation, door-to- door, in Baldwin County. Must be called the day before. Call 251-972-6817. GoGo Grandparent acts as a dispatch service for Uber and Lyft, allowing use of their services with only a phone call. 855-464-6872 or www.gogograndparent.com Churches: Some local churches provide transportation Large Print and Audio Resources Readers Digest-Large Print: Magazine P.O. Box 241, Mount Morris, IL. 61054. order.readersdigest.com Readers Digest Partners for Sight: Offers a 1-yr. subscription to receive Select Editions-Large Type books. rdpfs.org or 1-800-877-5293 Doubleday Large Print Books has selection of current books, large print and abridged. doubledaylargeprint.com American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest publisher of products for the blind and visually impaired. Has an extensive selection of large print books, cassettes, CDs. aph.org or 1-800-223-1839 The Talking Books Program - A division of the National Library of Congress provides free access to books, magazines, and other publications to the visually impaired, physically impaired and blind utilizing the public library system in each state. This is an outstanding service, and all who have difficulty reading should use it! We have application forms available for Alabama, Florida and Mississippi residents and can provide 800 numbers for other states. Religious Materials Braille Bibles International: Provides Bibles to people who are blind or visually impaired in Braille, Large Print and Audio formats. 1-800- 522-4253 or braillebibles.org Aurora Christian Ministries: Provides free Bible recordings and devotionals. 1-941-748- 3031 or auroraministries.org Xavier Society for the Blind: Provides braille and audio religious material 1-212- 473-7800 or xaviersocietyfortheblind.org Organizations and Web Sites Dealing with Visual Impairment www.csvrlowvision.org Our web site www.preventblindness.org Information on current research to prevent blindness and general low vision information. 1-800-221-3004 www.nei.org- Site for the National Eye Institute. Extensive information about specific eye problems, much educational material. www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low- vision-resources Low Vision Resources by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Has extensive listing and discussion of many low vision resources. www.afb.org The site of the American Foundation for the Blind. Information, resource lists. Has contact/occupation specific lists. 1-800- 232-5463 www.nfb.org National Federation of the Blind. The largest of the blind/visually impaired national organizations. Has a good diabetic group, and much information for diabetics. Publishes a newsletter, the Voice of the Diabetic. www.visionconnection.org The low vision web site of the Lighthouse International in New York. Has many links, online education. Computers for the Blind - Free or low cost rebuilt computers for the visually impaired info@computersfortheblind.org or phone number 214-340-6328 Federal Tax Deduction To qualify as blind by the IRS you must keep in your tax records a certified letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that you have non correctable 20/200 vision in your best eye or that your field of vision is restricted to 20 degrees or less. These deductions change annually.

DAPHNE, AL

251-928-2888

MOBILE, AL

251-476-4744

COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR VISION REHABILITATION

FOLEY, AL

251-721-1160