Resources for the Visually Impaired

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Achilles International Tucson Group
Lupita Hernandez, President
(520)940.2494
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www.achillesinternational.org

Achilles encourages people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement.  We provide support and training to runner and walkers s at all levels. 

Accessible Pharmacy specialty for Blind and visually impaired
Accessible This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
215-799-9900

Free shipping and home delivery, sells over the counter prescriptions and vitamin supplements, and talking medical products.
Will set up pill boxes. Will contact your doctor and pharmacy for prescription.

Airline Travel - Call airline 800 number and ask for meet and assist when you make your reservation. This service will help you change planes and take you to baggage claim. If you mention that you are visually impaired and that the reservation website is inaccessible, they will waive the $25 service fee.

Audio Bibles for the Blind, 941-748-3031, www.audiobibles for the blind.org. The whole Bible fits on a cartridge, but you must have the advanced Talkingbook Player. For a $10 donation you can get to any verse of the Bible, Modern King James Version.

Aurora Talking Bible Cartridges: Free, 941-748-3031, other versions including International and American.

Audio Description movies, (Descriptive Narration) - Go to the box office of the theater to get a headset. After turning on the headset, a narrator will describe the action in the movie between the dialogues. Call the box office or go to
www.cinemark.com to see if descriptive narration is available. Century Theater El Con 202-3358, CenturyTheater Park Place 745-2321.

AZ Volunteer Real ID Cards - Go to AZ Motor Vehicle to get ID card. You need Photo ID for airplane travel, Cost $25. Need birth certificate or passport, social security card or tax forms with social security number on them, and two bills addressed to local address. Make an appointment. Call 
520-629-9808 for customer service.

Legally Blind – Get a written statement on an eye specialist’s letterhead. Use the document to apply for Sun Van, get tax credit on Federal tax form, get free operator-assistance on Jitterbug cell phone, and free directory assistance by CenturyLink and Cox Cable. Make several copies of this document.

Basic Accessible Cell Phone, MiniVisionn2 voice activated cellphone with number pad, 800-729-0083, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MiniVision2 is a fully accessible mobile phone with features such as large tactile buttons, a voice guide to inform the user of what is on the screen and what buttons have been pressed, the ability to place calls, send text messages and enter contacts by voice, and a SOS button. These features offer individuals with vision loss the ability to access every feature of the phone without barriers. The MiniVision2 could make the ideal choice for seniors who want accessibility combined with simplicity. In addition to basic features, such as calling and messaging, the MiniVision2 offers advanced capabilities, including calendar, FM radio, color identifier, money identifier, weather, where am I? , calculator, voice memos, notes, camera and photos. The phone's voice guide is available in English, Spanish, and many other languages. It also has a high-contrast display with adjustable font size, the option to bold text, and to select between six different color schemes. The MiniVision2 is an unlocked 4G LTE device and is compatible with providers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, MINT Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Consumer Cellular, Red Pocket Mobile, Straight Talk, and Metro by T-Mobile. RAZ Mobility has partnered with the prepaid wireless provider MINT Mobile to offer consumers a free SIM card and 3 months of free service. The cost thereafter is as low as $15/month. The phone cost $309.

iPhone SE2 – the least expensive iPhone, list priced at $399. Available at Target, Best Buy, Walmart etc.

Using the iPhone with Voice Over - There are many wonderful apps for the visually impaired user on the iPhone such as BARD Mobile to download books and magazine articles from the AZ Talking book Library. There is a learning curve, but after a while the iPhone becomes a helpful tool you will use all the time.

Manny Celis, Computer and iPhone instructor for the visually impaired
520-331-4682. He will come to your home for $40 for a 2-hour lesson.

Computers For the Blind, 214-340-6328, www.computersfortheblind.org. Refurnished computers, Windows 10 with JAWS, or Zoom text for the visually impaired. Desktops $130, Laptop $185, Warranty for one year.

Foundation Fighting Blindness, 800-683-5555, www.fightblindness.org, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Free genetic testing for qualified visually impaired individuals. Latest research news on Age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

Free catalogs for low vision aids:
• Independent Living Aids 800-537-2118
• LS&S 800-468-4789
• Maxi Aids 800-522-6294, 631-752-0521
• Speak to Me 800-248-9965

GoGoGrandparents: 855-464-6872 - A 24-hour personal operator provides access to Uber and Lyft rides on a regular cell phone. You sign up with credit card. The ride comes in 15 minutes. Using the service costs a few dollars extra over the ride-share cost. You set up driver instructions so they come to you. 1-800-832-2412, 703-378-3819.

Game Knowledge from Great Courses.
Phone 1-800-832-2412, 703-378-3819. www.greatcourses.com.

Maggie Hagan, a TSB Member, keeps her mind sharp by listening to college courses offered by Great Courses. These courses are fun to listen to and there is no homework involved. She gets them in DVD format, but you can also download them to a computer, tablet or iPhone. Each course consists of twelve, 30-minute lectures, for a total of six hours. By using a price filter on the site ($0-$40) 77 choices of courses can be found. Hadley: 800-323-4328
Hadley Tech Support: 847-784-2815 Ricky Enger: 847-784-2783

Hadley www.hadley.edu - Hadley is a wonderful free resource filled with practical information on vision loss. A series of short workshops cover Every Day Living, Adjustment to Vision Loss, Recreation, Technology, and Braille. You need to log in to their website in order to get the information. The series of how to learn using the computer and the iPhone is very helpful. Hadley has monthly discussion groups such as Tech it Out, Travel Talk, What’s Cooking, Crafts, gardening, writing, and learning Spanish and Braille. For those without a computer, Hadley will put the information on a cartridge which can be played on a NLS Talking Book player.

Interfaith Services, 297-6049 - complete application over phone. The service will provide free rides by volunteer to your doctor and to get prescriptions once a week. They can also take you grocery shopping. The service is not available for seniors in independent living facilities.

Dan Roberts Telephone Support Group - 888-866-6148, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For individuals with Low Vision, the group meets the third Thursday of the month for 45 minutes on the phone to hear a guest speaker. For their informative newsletter. Listen to previous audio presentations under the Audio Visual Library, www.mdsupport.org. Dan is also the editor of the latest research on AMD about preventing blindness, www.preventblindness.org, 800-331-2020, (press 3 for Beverly). Dan has written four free large print books in the Guide Me series for the newly diagnosed blind. The last book is called “Through Our Eyes,” a collection written by folks experiencing AMD. To order any of the large print books, call the Prevent Blindness number above and leave a message for Beverly. Another resource is www.amdcentral.org
Hull Foundation an 503-668-6195 d Learning Center
, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.oralhull.org. Located in Sandy ,Oregon, Provides zoom calls on many topics related to visual impairment with a monthly newsletter. Oral Hull Foundation also provides retreats filled with activities for active blind individuals. Sign up for the weekly emails with the zoom links

Safeway Groceries (online only), first-time delivery is free with a minimum order of $49.00. 877-505-4040, www.shop.safeway.com.

Script Talk: Free Talking Prescription Readers - Envision America, 
800-890-1180, Available at any Walmart, Sam’s Club, or Veterans Administration. Mail Order: Walmart, Pharmacy, (Caremark) Humana, Edna Optum RX, Envision America 800-890-1180, www.envisionamerica.com.

Sunsound Reading Service: Tucson 520-296-2400, can order radio through the AZ Talking Book Library. Reading service is also available on the computer and on the Alexa Echo. Human readers will read articles from the AZ Daily Star, USA Today, and other articles from different sources on a fixed schedule.

Talking Contour TV Remote for the Legally Blind - Free for Cox Cable subscribers. Cox Cable Specialized Support: 855-512-8876. Just say the channel and the remote selects that channel. Once audio description is set up then all TV programs that have audio description will automatically start talking. For example, you can ask for free romance movies, and it reads menus and TV guides.

The U.S. and State Capital telephone line is 844-872-0234. Put in your zip code, then press 1 for Federal or 2 for State. Press the # sign to get to the next official.

Talk to Governor Doug Ducey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., office 602-542-4331.U.S. ; Capital Switchboard 202-224-3121 email Rep Ann Kirkpatrick:
Walmart online (groceries & other items) - First-time delivery is free, minimum order $35, $10 delivery fee. Afterwards, pick two-hour delivery. Save order in favorites, use for heavy items.

Well Connected is a free service which brings programs and activities by phone to seniors. Seniors call the free 800 number at a set time to connect to other seniors. To register call 877-797-7299 or go www.avenidas.org.

Tech support for Computers Computer and iPhone Help

iPhone Apps

  • AIRA Customer Care 800-835-1934 or visit www.aira.co, a free app from the app store to help the visually impaired to do daily tasks or to know what is around them. Can use for free under 5 minutes, also have monthly plans for trained visual interpreters to help you.
  • BARD Mobile: Download books and magazines on computer, iPhone, iPad, and Victor Stream. Set up user name and password with AZ Braille and Talking Library.
  • Blind Mice Mega Mall 713-893-7277 - You can buy many specialized products here.
  • Be My Eyes App: Free. Sighted volunteers will read items or help you find things. Click on specialized help. You can ask help from Google and Microsoft, and others.
  • Seeing AI App: Free, will read documents, labels, and bar codes.

National Braille Press, 800-548 7323 www.nbp.org, Getting Assistance with an iPhone and 31 Cool Tricks for the iPhone, by Judy Dixon, is being released in various formats. You can get it in a one-volume hardcopy in braille, or as a download in DAISY text or as a MS Word document. It will cost you $14.00. Also look for books by Deborah Kendricks.

Amazon Echo Dot, about $20-30, once connected to internet and computer or iPhone, you can listen to the news, call anyone on your contact list, find out addresses of businesses, listen to Amazon music, set timers and alarms, listen to audiobooks, NFB Newsline, make shopping lists – all by voice commands. The Echo Show 10, with 10-inch screen will read labels on cans using its camera and you can watch free movies on its screen. The Amazon Microwave and Alexa Smart Oven are both voice-controlled by Echo.

WEBSITES INFORMATION, PODCASTS, AND PRODUCTS

Accessible Product Hotline, 316-252-2500, is staffed by trained customer service representatives who are blind or visually impaired.

Access World is a publication by American Printing House of the Blind. You can read magazine articles on technology at www.accessworld.com or on NFB Newsline.

Audio Description Project, www.adp.org - Audio Description Project has made a new search function available where a title or part of a title can be entered, resulting in matches in a Master Audio Description (AD) List. This site lists all movies that have audio description. The movies are listed by title and by streaming service. Listen to AD on TV, Movies, Streaming Services and Museums, www.adp.org. This search may be initiated on the main website page (www.acb.org/adp).

Audio Description
Audio description provides a verbal narrative of key visual events added to audio tracks of video and film; the added descriptions occur during pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements. Audio description is designed to aid in the fuller appreciation of a movie or TV series by a person who is blind or has low vision. People with other disabilities such as autism also benefit, as do individuals with attention deficit disorder and Streaming Services with Audio Description. Some examples of subscriptions services that utilize audio description are Netflix (has the most titles), Amazon Prime Videos, Disney Plus (wonderful narrators for movies as old as 1930 such as Sleeping Beauty), Apple TV Plus, HBO Max Peacock, Amazon Prime Videos which has the most AD Movies and Paramount Plus.

 

Audivault.net
Vault provides free audio described movies and TV shows. All that is required is to create a login username and password. Anyone can subscribe then thousands of movies and TV shows are available for listening
. There is no  due dates, rental limit or fees to join. This is one of my favorite sites. The audio descriptions are great. and rely on donations and volunteers to create their content.
. It really is one of the coolest resources available to persons with a vision impairment and anyone who
Spectrum Access a free app on the IOS app store
This service does not require a log in. You download an audio described track ahead of time. Then you play the movie, and the spectrum app will syn the audio with the movie. There are 500 titles abailable which can be found at the adp .org under spectrum access.likes audio described movies and TV shows.

Eyes on Success: www.eyesonsuccess.net, Weekly podcasts on visual impairment. You can listen either on Amazon, Echo, or Google Home smart speakers. As an example, you can say “Play the latest episode of Eyes on Success by Pete and Nancy Torpey.” When you go to their website, look for the search button. Using the search button, enter key words to search for past episodes. The site has podcasts listed by year with current episodes on the bottom. Look at the show notes which give contact information for guest speakers and their websites.

www.oepatients.org

Signup for this website to receive a monthly newsletter. There are many useful articles on adjusting to vision loss.
www.visionaware.org, 800-232-5463 - This is a wonderful resource where you can download a beginner’s guide to vision loss, look up eye diseases, and listen to personal blogs.

Timothy: Cactus walking with a white cane, dark sun glasses, and white cowboy hat.

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