E-books and e-book readers:


Books and magazines on tape loaned by mail free; tape player provided:

  • U.S. National Library Service: 800-424-8567
  • In Canada: Canadian National Institute for the Blind Library: 800-268-8818


Books and magazines on tape, to keep, free:

  • American Printing House for the Blind: 800-223-1839
  • Choice Magazines (bimonthly articles, unabridged): 888-724-6423


Large print books and checks:

  • Books on loan by mail, free: National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH): 212-889-3141
  • Large print checks and registers (from your bank or check catalog)  


Large print materials and visual devices — (crosswords, bingo cards, address books, calendars, CCTVs, etc.):

  • National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH): 212-889-3141
  • LS&S: 800-468-4789
  • MaxiAids: 800-522-6294
  • Enhanced Vision: 888-811-3161
  • Independent Living Aids: 800-537-2118
  • New York Times Large Print Weekly  


Computer enlargement — accessibility features built into your computer:

  • Magnifying mouse: Microsoft
  • Magnification software: Ai Squared  


National organizations, for support, information and research updates:


Vision rehabilitation self-help materials:

  • "Getting Started" Kit for People New to Vision Loss - at VisionAware.org, from the American Foundation for the Blind®
  • A Self-Help Guide to Nonvisual Skills (PDF), D. Roberts, 2011
  • Making Life More Livable, M. Duffy, NY: American Foundation for the Blind, 2001; 800-232-3044
  • Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight, L. Mogk, MD, & M. Mogk, PhD, NY: Ballantine 2003
  • The First Year — Age-Related Macular Degeneration, D. Roberts, NY: Marlowe 2006
  • Overcoming Macular Degeneration: A Guide to Seeing Beyond the Clouds, S. Solomon, MD, & J. Solomon, NY: Avon 2000  


Locating vision rehabilitation professionals and services:


  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: 877-222-8387  


  • Lighthouse International: 800-829-0500
  • American Foundation for the Blind: 1-800-AFB-LINE (232-5463)


Do you know of a good resource we don't mention here? Let us know by e-mailing eyesmart@aao.org.

Page updated: Nov. 12, 2014

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