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Resources for the Blind

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For Adults

American Council of the Blind


1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-5081 (800) 424-8666 FAX: (202) 467-5085

Toll-free information and referral on all aspects of blindness

Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired

912 N Hawley Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213
(414) 258-9200 or (877) 258-9200


Housing, adaptive equipment, low vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility training, social and recreation activities, support groups.


100 East 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 872-0100
Toll Free: 1-800-597-9558
Fax: (612) 872-9358

Contact: Joyce Scanlan, Executive Director


"BLIND, Incorporated is an adjustment to blindness training center. We teach the skills that blind people need to become independent and employable such as braille, home management, the use of the white cane, and computers with screen reading software, etc. But just as importantly, we instill in our students the confidence to put these skills into practice."

Center for Deaf-Blind Persons, Inc

3195 S Superior Street, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Voice/TTY/TeleBraille: (414) 481-7477

Rehabilitation training, social/support group

Center for Sight and Hearing

Rockford, IL
(800) 545-0080 Toll-Free Voice
(815) 332-6800 Voice
(815) 332-6820 TTY


Independent Living Services

Moorhead, MN
(800) 657-3755

Adjustment to blindness training for people not planning on going back to work.

Lighthouse International


Low Vision Service

University Station
(608) 263-7171


We may be able to assist you with low vision aids, techniques for using your remaining vision, and resources in the community that can help.

Minnesota State Services for the Blind

2200 University Ave. Suite 240
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114-1840
(651) 642-0500 or (800) 652-9000


Rehab services, Communication services, and "The Store".

National Library Service


For the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
(800) 424-8567 or (202) 707-5100

Provides braille and recorded books/magazines, 4 track talking book players, catalogues, bibliographies, music scores and music instruction materials through the mail via a national network of regional libraries. The service is free of charge for eligible persons; call to find your regional library.

North Dakota Vision Services

School for the Blind
500 Stanford Road Suite A
Grand Forks ND 58203-2799
(701) 795-2700 or (800) 421-1181

The School for the Blind provides services for persons with visual impairment throughout the state of North Dakota through its Outreach Program.

Runs "The Store" - items for daily living: (701) 795-2711 or 795-2715 or (800) 421-1181

Northcentral Technical College

1000 W Campus Drive, Wausau WI 54401
(715) 675-3331 x4087


Low vision services, rehabilitation and life skills training, services for the elderly and more

Sharper Vision Store

(608) 237-8100 or (800) 783-5213

State Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired

PO Box 7851, Madison, 53707-7851
(608) 266-3109 or 888-879-0017


Instruction in activities of daily living

State Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

2917 International Lane, Ste 230
Madison WI 53704
Adults: (608) 266-3118 or TTY (608) 243-5732

State Services for the Blind

Work Force Center
Bemidji, MN
(218) 759-8200 Contact: Cheryl

If you plan on going back to work, they will work on adjustment to blindness training as well as career testing, technology training, etc. It is a residential program that usually lasts 6-9 months.

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

754 Williamson Street
Madison, WI 53703-3115
Phone: (608) 255-1166 or (800) 783-5213
Fax: (608) 255-3301


Wisconsin Lions Camp and Conference Center

3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473
(715) 677-4761 or TTY (715) 677-6999


Camping and meeting facilities year-round for all persons with disabilities and their families.

Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

813 W Wells Street, Milwaukee WI 53233
(414) 286-3045 or (800) 242-8822


Recorded books and magazines, playback equipment and NFBNewsline - free!

For Children

Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children

5600 W Brown Deer Rod, Ste 4, Milwaukee WI 53223
(414) 355-3060


Special education, therapies, orientation and mobility training, birth to five years

State Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

2917 International Lane, Ste 230
Madison WI 53704
Children: (800) 441-4563 or TTY (608) 267-2427

Supervisor for Visually Impaired Students in Public Schools, Division for Learning Support, State of WI Department of Public Instruction

(800) 441-4563


Resources for statwide services, birth to 21

Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI)

1700 W State Street, Janesville, WI 53546
(608) 758-6100


Statewide services, residential and support services, birth to 21 years, summer program for adults