Independent Living Series Resource List

Leisure-Time Activities

Education, Arts, and Entertainment

American Radio Relay League
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111-1494

This national association for amateur radio operators provides information on getting started in ham (or amateur) radio operation, new products, events, legal concerns, and so on.

Choice Magazine Listening
85 Channel Dr.
Port Washington, NY 11050

This organization provides a free audio anthology of items from over 100 magazines and literary journals to people with visual impairments or other disabilities. Subscribers receive twelve hours of articles, fiction, and poetry from various periodicals.

Courage Center Handiham System
3915 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
TTY: 763-520-0245

This organization offers support and information to people with disabilities who are interested in amateur, or ham, radio.

Descriptive Video Service (DVS)
Media Access Group at WGBH
1 Guest St.
Boston, MA 02135
617-300-3600 (voice and TTY)

The operators of this service provide audio descriptions of many television programs and movies. A guide lists the programs and movies that can be viewed with descriptions.

Dialogue Magazine
Blindskills, Inc.
P.O. Box 5181
Salem, OR 97304-0181

This quarterly publication has articles by and for people who are visually impaired. It covers a wide range of topics, such as assistive techniques, technology reviews, sports, poetry, and fiction. Dialogue is published bimonthly in braille, large print, audio, email, and other accessible formats.

Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
80 Eighth Ave., Room 1304
New York, NY 10011

This magazine offers general interest news and blindness-related information for people who are visually impaired. Readers can subscribe to a monthly audio edition or a weekly email edition.

Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County
(Formerly National Resource Center for Blind Musicians and Music and Arts Center for Humanity)
391 East Washington Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06608

This organization provides information and referral services for students of all ages who are visually impaired, their parents, and teachers. It offers learning opportunities for students who are blind and headed to college, and hosts an annual Summer Institute for Blind College-Bound Musicians. It maintains a network of musicians who are visually impaired and willing to share expertise in braille music, technology, and coping strategies.

Newsreel Magazine
5 E. Long St., Suite 420
Columbus, OH 43215-2914

This publication is by and for people who are visually impaired. Subscribers receive audiocassettes or MP3 files with articles, information, and entertainment for people with visual impairments. They may also submit material for inclusion.

New York Times Large Type Weekly
800-698 4637 to order

This edition in 16-point font provides articles from the past week's Times. It includes world and national news, business, science and health, the arts, sports, editorials, and the crossword puzzle.

Reader's Digest Large-Print Edition
The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
750 Third Ave., NY 10017

This edition contains the same articles and features on nonglare paper in an extra-large font.

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
1090 Don Mills Rd., Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M3C 3R6

This service provides daily broadcasts of Canadian newspaper and magazine articles.


American Blind Bowling Association (ABBA)
Fred Nickl, President
111 South Dwyer
Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Rosell Campbell, Secretary
2826 Tall Oaks Ct., Apt. 15
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

This is the North American sanctioning organization for ten-pin bowlers who are visually impaired. Individuals can get information about participation in a league in their area.

American Blind Golf (AMG)

AMG is a national nonprofit golfing organization that promotes golf for people who are visually impaired. It is a leader in golf tournaments for people who are visually impaired, and players also compete in international events.

American Blind Skiing Foundation
c/o Jim Hynan, Treasurer
1831 Mission Hills Rd., Unit 203
Northbrook, IL 60062-5745

Lessons in alpine or downhill skiing are open to all levels and ages of children and adults with visual impairment. An instructor works one-to-one with the person, introducing equipment by touch and working in a safe environment until the skier is ready for a bigger hill. This activity builds independence, confidence, knowledge, fun, and social interactions.

Blind Sailing International

This organization unites sailors from around the world who are visually impaired. It holds competitive races and promotes sailing for people with visual impairments.

Blind Sport New Zealand (BSNZ)
P.O. Box 99 802
Newmarket, Auckland
New Zealand
(09) 355 6898

BSNZ is the governing body for sports for people with visual impairments in New Zealand. It promotes opportunities for athletes who are visually impaired to participate in national and international events, including the Paralympics.

Canadian Blind Sports Association (CBSA)
#325-5055 Rue Joyce St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V5R 6B2

This organization provides sports and recreation opportunities in Canada. Its goal is to increase participation in sports activities by people with visual impairments. CBSA works to promote fitness and also encourages high achievement through national and international competition.

International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA)
Ortega y Gasset, 22-24
28006 Madrid
+34 91 436 53 35

This organization for visually impaired people works internationally for their full integration in sports at all levels.

National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA)
c/o Stephen Guerra, Secretary
3444 Limerick Ln., NE
Rochester, MN 55906

This group organizes beep baseball leagues and runs the Beep Baseball World Series.

SailBlind Program
Carroll Center For Blind
770 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02458-2597
800-852-3131 or 617-969-6200

This program gives people who are visually impaired the chance to learn the art and science of sailing. Adaptive methods are taught, and no sailing experience is necessary; a small fee is charged.

Ski for Light, Inc.
1455 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

This organization for people who are disabled sponsors cross-country skiing events throughout the United States, including instruction, workshops, cultural activities, and races.

U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

This organization works to improve athletic opportunities for people who are visually impaired. It sponsors competitive events in nine sports. USABA works with the U.S. Olympic Committee to hold the Paralympics in conjunction with the Olympic Games.

U.S. Blind Golf Association (USBGA)
Phil Blackwell, President
105 Devon Dr.
Mauldin, SC 29662

This organization works to bring together golfers who are visually impaired. It organizes regional and national tournaments.

U.S. Braille Chess Association (USBCA)
Jay Leventhal, Secretary
5 Moore Ave.
Freeport, NY 11520

This organization encourages and assists chess players with visual impairments to participate in correspondence and over-the-board chess. It organizes annual tournaments and has a quarterly publication.

USA Goalball
330-475-6023 (between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., EST)

This website is dedicated to the growth and promotion of goalball, a Paralympic sport. Goalball is a highly competitive sport played by adults and children who are visually impaired. Teams play on gym floors, and the aim is to get the ball (which has bells in it) past the opposing team.


The Campanian Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 243
Rhinecliff, NY 12574-0243

This organization offers educational travel programs for people with visual impairments. The programs provide opportunities not available on regularly scheduled trips for sighted travelers. These features include tactile experiences, on-site lectures, and audio descriptions with music. Sighted guides accompany small groups, which may include sighted traveling companions.

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH)
347 Fifth Ave., Suite 605
New York, NY 10016

SATH is an educational membership organization for travel professionals, consumers with disabilities, and others. It provides education and training for those who serve the hospitality industry, and it serves as a clearinghouse for access information. Its publication, Open World, offers articles of interest to travelers with disabilities.

Wilderness Inquiry
808 14th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1516
TTY: 612-676-9475

Wilderness Inquiry provides outdoor adventure opportunities for people of all abilities. Its goal is to encourage and inspire personal growth and demonstrate the possibilities of achievement to all participants.

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

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