Independent Living Series Resource List

Specialized Vendors

8630 Fenton St., Suite 930
Silver Spring, MD 20910
TTY: 301-608-8912

This is a good place to start if you are looking for a special assistive device. This organization provides information on assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. AbleData does not sell any devices, but it can help locate products and services. Its online database has information on more than 36,000 products.

AbleZone, Inc.
3456 Rochester Rd.
Troy, MI 48083

This company aims to provide straightforward, economic, and quality solutions, as well as hobby and technical optics, to people with disabilities. Products include low vision and blindness aids such as magnifiers, reading machines, screen readers, and notetakers.


This company manufactures and sells mobility canes and mobility aids for people who are blind or visually impaired. Its factory produces items on a make-to-order basis, allowing it to meet the customer's unique specifications.

ADW Diabetes
2501 NW 34th Place
Suite 35
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

This company sells brand-name diabetic supplies at up to 60 percent below retail prices, especially for people who are uninsured, underinsured, or who must pay out of pocket.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH)
1839 Frankfort Ave.
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085

This organization produces and sells materials in accessible formats, including braille, large print, audio, and electronic files. In addition, APH provides a database of accessible materials that may be obtained from other sources. These materials include textbooks as well as recreational reading. APH also provides a variety of assistive items for people with visual impairments. A catalog is available. APH also sells braille writing materials and offers a subscription to a braille version of the Reader's Digest to individuals who are blind.

Ankenbrant Enterprises
The New Vision Store
919 Walnut St., 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This organization sells a variety of assistive products for people with visual impairments. These include canes, magnifiers, and other items for daily living activities. A catalog is available.

Ann Morris Enterprises, Inc.
200 Robbins Ln.
Jericho, NY 11753

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 9022
Hicksville, NY 11802-9022

Fax: 516-937-3906

This vendor sells aids to enable people who are visually impaired to enjoy an independent lifestyle. Products include braille items, CCTVs, talking watches, low vision telephones, canes, magnifiers, and talking clocks.

Beyond Sight, Inc.
5650 S. Windermere St.
Littleton, CO 80120

This company specializes in independent living aids and adaptive technology. Their products range from braille embossers to computer technology, from games to kitchen aids, and from magnifiers to mobility aids. In addition, they provide training for using the products.

Blind Mice Mart
16810 Pinemoor Way
Houston, TX 77058

This online mall is designed to work with screen reader and low vision software. Blind Mice Mart sells cooking gadgets and other adaptive products for people who are blind, as well as seen-on-TV products.

CAPTEK/Science Products
P.O. Box 144
Southeastern, PA 19399

This organization provides a variety of assistive products for people with visual impairments. These include medical devices, tools with tactile markings, magnifiers, and children's large print books and toys. Custom adaptations are also available.

Carolyn's Low Vision Products
3938 S. Tamiami Tr.
Sarasota, FL 34231

This vendor offers products to assist people with visual impairments, including magnifiers, household aids, talking products, and CCTVs. A catalog is available.

Carson City Natives and Newcomers

This senior club works with Nevada prisoners to make free decks of brailled playing cards. Individuals can send an email with "Braille Cards" in the subject line. The email should include the person's name and address, the number of decks needed, and what they will be used for.

Designs for Vision, Inc.
760 Koehler Ave.
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

This company applies optical research and design to optical products to help people see well. It manufactures and sells specialized devices such as telescopes and microscopes.

Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc.
22 Shelter Rock Ln.
Danbury, CT 06810

This company produces and sells magnifiers, telescopes, sun filters, binoculars, and electronic reading devices.

Exceptional Teaching, Inc.
3994 Oleander Way
Castro Valley, CA 94546

This organization offers products for people with visual impairments and other special needs, as well as for the people who work with them. These items include toys, braille and mathematics books, and writing aids. A catalog is available.

The Eye-dea Shop
Cleveland Sight Center
1909 E. 101st St.
P.O. Box 1988
Cleveland, OH 44106-8696
216-791-8118, ext. 278 and 279

This vendor offers talking clocks, calculators, blood pressure monitors, and scales, as well as other assistive devices and diabetic supplies.

Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1805

This company manufactures and sells products worldwide to people with blindness, low vision, or learning disabilities. It also offers a complete line of products for people who are visually impaired. Products include magnifiers, screen magnification software, braille displays, player/recorders, and face-to-face deaf-blind communication devices.

Future Aids: The Braille Superstore
(A Division of MarvelSoft Enterprises, Inc.)
33222 Lynn Ave.
Abbotsford, British Columbia V2S 1C9

This company sells braille books, daily living aids, low vision products, writing supplies, and recreational items. In this family business, all of the full-time employees are totally blind.

General Electric Corporation
800-626-2000 (24/7 answer center)

This manufacturer offers braille overlays for the controls on its products, including laundry, microwave, and cooking appliances. Information may be available through local dealers.

Gold Violin
P.O. Box 147
Jessup, PA 18434

This vendor, a partner of Lighthouse International, sells assistive devices for people with disabilities. A catalog is available.

Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH
Brunnenstrasse 10
D-72160 Horb

This company develops, produces, and distributes products for people who are visually impaired. Its products include refreshable braille displays, electronic notetakers, speech output devices, and CCTVs.

Help for the Blind: Free Braille Clothing Tags
c/o Mr. Nicholas Dudas
499 Grove Ave.
Edison, NJ 08820

Horizons for the Blind
125 Erick Street, A103
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

This organization was founded on the belief that people with vision loss should be able to experience life through the cultural arts. The online catalog includes cookbooks; books on plants and gardening; books and kits on crafts, knitting, and crocheting; and seasonal baking items with braille and large print instructions. The catalog also lists books on poetry, medical tips, and household hints.

The website, Directions for Me, offers accessible packaging information for hundreds of groceries and health and beauty items. This website offers a bar code scanner; by scanning a product's bar code, the individual will hear the product's name, preparation instructions, nutritional information, and ingredients.

HumanWare, Inc.
1 UPS Way
P.O. Box 800
Champlain, NY, 12919
800-722-3393 (U.S. only)

This global company creates, manufactures, and sells high-tech solutions for people with blindness, low vision, and learning disabilities to enable them to live independently. Products include advanced braille technology, electronic magnifiers, and digital talking book players. HumanWare has offices and distribution networks throughout the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.

Independent Living Aids, LLC
200 Robbins Ln.
Jericho, NY 11753

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 9022
Hicksville, NY 11802-9022

Sales: 800-537-2118
Technical Support: 800-537-2118, ext. 3817

This vendor has a wide variety of adaptive products for daily living activities, computer-related products, and games for children and adults. A catalog is available.

145 River Rock Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14207
Toll-free TTY: 866-317-8533
International/local: 716-348-3500

This vendor, whose motto is "Learning, sight and sound made easier," offers assistive products for people with visual impairments or other disabilities. Its catalog lists products in the areas of technology, daily living activities, lighting, and recreation.

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
800-522-6294 (to order)
631-752-0521 (info)
TTY: 800-281-3555 and 631-752-0738
Fax: 631-752-0689

This vendor offers products for independent living for people who have visual impairments or other disabilities. The catalog includes braille, large print, and talking items.

National Braille Press (NBP)
88 St. Stephen St.
Boston, MA 02115-4302
Fax: 617-437-0456

This organization provides a wide variety of books in accessible formats, including braille, audio, and computer files. It also offers a book-of-the-month club for children, with text in both regular print and braille.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
The Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
TTY: 202-707-0744

This U.S. government agency works with local libraries to lend materials in braille and on audio (talking books), including books, magazines, and music. It provides a catalog of available items. NLS has books on diabetes and other health issues.

Northern Nevada Braille Transcribers
Attn: Lois Baskerville
1015 Oxford Ave.
Sparks, NV 89431

This volunteer service specializes in personalized transcription at no cost for people who are deaf-blind. Organizations will be charged for paper and binding cost. It also provides "Jumbo Braille," as well as a free lending library of large-cell braille books.

Sight Connection
Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted
9709 Third Ave. NE, #100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027

This vendor sells a variety of products for people who are visually impaired, including diabetic aids, a talking blood pressure monitor, as well as talking, tactile, and low vision watches.

Speak to Me
PMB 154
330 SW 43rd St., Suite K
Renton, WA 98055-4976

This vendor offers products that talk, including clocks, calendars, calculators, timers, pedometers, scales, thermometers, and toys. A catalog is available.
P.O. Box 27145
Golden Valley, MN 55427-0145

Estados Unidos 3548 "B"
Ciudad de Buenos Aires 1228

This nonprofit organization offers a digital library to people in America, Europe, and Asia who are visually impaired and who speak Spanish. Tiflolibros has an online catalog of over 30,000 books in Spanish that registered members can download with personal password. Registration is free, but a donation is requested to support the library.

Whirlpool CXC
553 Benson Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

This company provides free, made-to-order braille overlays for all their products. Information may be available through local dealers.

(Submitted by: Patti Jacobson and Ginger Irwin; Last updated: July 31, 2013)

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