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Alabama Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Agencies at a Glance

Government Agencies

  • Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services 

Library Services

  • Alabama Public Library Services

Nonprofit and Private Organizations

  • The Eyesight Foundation of Alabama
  • National Federation of the Blind Alabama Affiliate

Schools and Vocational Training

  • The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind

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Government Agencies


Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

The Alabama VRS Blind and Deaf Program "provides specialized assistance to Alabamians statewide through its four major programs: Blind and Low-Vision Services, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services, OASIS (Older Alabamians System of Information and Services), and the Business Enterprise Program."

Office locations:

602 S. Lawrence Street, Montgomery, AL, 36104   334.293.7500

https://www.rehab.alabama.gov/services/vr-bd/vr-bd



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Library Services


Alabama Library Service 

Provides digital recordings of books on cartridges - along with the equipment on which to play them - to patrons who meet the criteria for service. Once an application is received and approved, the cartridge does not have to come to BPH - all materials are mailed to them and they are allowed to keep the cartridges for three months. No fines are assessed for overdue or lost materials. All material and equipment is free and provided through the National Library Service (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress.

 https://aplsws2.apls.state.al.us/library-for-the-blind/  




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Nonprofit and Private Organizations


The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama

ESFA awards grants in the following areas:

  • Public education regarding preventive and routine eye care and vision screening
  • Eye care for the medically indigent
  • Low vision and rehabilitation service
  • Improved geographical access to general and specialty eye care services
  • Education and training of eye care professionals and scientific investigators
  • Research in the prevention and treatment of eye diseases, disabilities or impairment prevalent in Alabama and the development of effective methods of treatment, surgery or rehabilitation
  • Basic science research on the visual system

 UAB Callahan Eye Hospital and Clinics at (205) 325-8620.

EyeSight Foundation of Alabama: 

700 South 18th Street, Suite 123, Birmingham, AL 35233  

(205) 325-8620

https://eyesightfoundation.org/


National Federation for the Blind Alabama Affiliate

The NFB has affiliates has affiliates in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  They provide programs, services , and resources for the blind, visually impaired and their families.

https://www.nfbal.org/


The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind

Their "services literally span a lifetime including five campuses in Talladega, ten regional centers located in Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Shoals with programs that range from early and senior intervention, traditional and nontraditional education services in residential and outreach settings and a manufacturing facility that is the state’s largest employer of adults who are blind and deaf."

Main office:

205 South Street East, Talladega, AL 35160

https://www.aidb.org/ 


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