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Arizona Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Agencies at a Glance

Government Agencies

  • Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Governor's Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment

Library Services

  • Arizona Talking Books

Nonprofit and Private Organizations

  • Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Desert Low Vision Services
  • Saavi Services for the Blind

Schools and Vocational Training


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Government Agencies


Arizona Department of Economic Security

"DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure."

Rehabilitation Services

  • Business Enterprise Program - (BEPemployment and business opportunities for the blind and visually impaired

https://des.az.gov/about-des/welcome-to-des

Governor's Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment (GCBVI) hereby states that all meeting notices of this public body and any of its committees and subcommittees will be posted electronically on this website under the title Public Meeting Notices and Agendas.

Physical copies of the agendas for all full council and sub-committee public meetings will be posted at the following location:

Capitol Lobby
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

This office is open to the public Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (except legal holidays and state mandated furlough days).

https://des.az.gov/services/employment/rehabilitation-services/governors-council-blindness-and-visual-impairment-gcbvi


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Library Services


Arizona Talking Books

Provided through the Arizona State Library.  Application is needed, but once applied, you have Free access to many different media options.  they serve not only the blind, but Arizona residents with low vision, making it difficult to read standard print, those who find it hard to hold or handle a print book, Individuals who have a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction, Schools, Libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions serving such people.  Once your application is approved, you have access online or through your local library.

Arizona Talking Book Library

https://azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks

1030 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ  85008

Main Phone: 602-255-5578 (Phoenix metro area)

800-255-5578 (Toll Free within AZ)


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Nonprofit and Private organizations


Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Provides many programs and services for the blind and visually impaired in Arizona.  They even have a wonderful presentation section which shows what different types of vision loss look like.

https://acbvi.org/

Address:  3100 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, Arizona

602-273-7411 

 

Desert Low Vision Services

"Provides a non-threatening place for visually impaired individuals to go in order to take that next step in learning about their vision loss. We have firsthand information and resources, adaptive aids, and useful techniques to inspire confidence."

http://www.desertlowvision.com/

1645 N. Alvernon, Suite 2,  Tucson, AZ 85712 

520-881-3439|

Saavi 

They provide many different types of trainings for anything from mobility to daily life skills, provide funding and services for getting your GED or college, and help with devices and employment opportunities.

https://saavi.us/

Tucson

3767 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85716   Phone: (520) 795-1331

Phoenix

  4222 E. Thomas Rd, Suite 150, Phoenix, Arizona 86018   Phone: (602) 795-0195

Yuma

3795 W. 22nd Lane, Suite 2, Yuma, AZ 85364  Phone: (928) 276-4600


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Schools and Vocational Training



Foundation for Blind Children:  www.seeitourway.org/

MAIN CAMPUS

Moyes Building

1234 E Northern Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(Main Entrance 13th St. & Northern Ave.)

(602) 331-1470

EAST CAMPUS

Floye Steele Center

2005 N 91st Place
Chandler, AZ 85224

(602) 331-1470

WEST VALLEY

Swift Campus

2430 S 75th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85043

(602) 331-1470


See agencies listed above.  They all have some form of vocational and rehab training.


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