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3 Types of Resources are listed on this page for your information. You can scroll down to view each section or click the corresponding category from the following options:      VENDORS - SUPPORT GROUPS - ORGANIZATIONS


VENDORS

Adaptive Aids:

Florida Reading and Vision - 407-488-3547 (Dan Giblin)
Freedom Scientific - www.freedomscientific.com - 1-800-444-4443
The Magnifying Center of Winter Park - 407-671-6441
Magnifying Solutions - 386-986-0312 (Tom O'Rourke)

Catalogs for Adaptive Aids (To order free catalogs call):

Daily Living Products - 1-800-826-4200
LS&S - 1-800-468-4789
MAXI-AIDS - 1-800-522-6294
ILA (Independent Living Aids) - 1-800-537-2118


SUPPORT GROUPS

Low Vision Support Group meeting at Lutheran Haven - 407-366-5694 (Gloria Heumann)
Support Group for Visually Impaired at Marks Street Center - 407-290-2248 (Betty Sparrow)
Support Group for Visually Impaired at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - 407-293-0565 (Marilyn Baldwin)


ORGANIZATIONS

Access Lynx - www.golynx.com 407-423-8747
A shared ride Para-transit, door-to-door transportation van service provided by MV Transportation under the supervision of LYNX. The program is for eligible individuals who aren't able to use our regular bus service (also called "fixed route") because of a disability.

AMD Alliance - www.amdalliance.org
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for people over the age of 50 in the Western world, affecting approximately 25-30 million people. However, vision loss should not be an inevitable consequence of aging. The AMD Alliance International is a global coalition of vision and seniors' organizations dedicated to raising awareness of AMD and the options available for prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and support services.

American Academy of Ophthalmology - www.aao.org
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of Eye M.D.s. Eye M.D.s are ophthalmologists, medical doctors who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye M.D.s are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members.

American Academy of Optometry - www.aaopt.org
Founded in 1922, the goal of the AAO is to maintain and enhance excellence in optometric practice. The AAO does this by fostering research and the dissemination of knowledge in both basic and applied vision science.

American Association of Certified Orthoptists - www.orthoptics.org
The American Orthoptic Council (AOC) was founded in 1935 with the main purpose of establishing standards for orthoptists in the United States. Besides examining and certifying individual orthoptists, the AOC also is responsible for setting and monitoring standards for the education of orthoptists, and grants accreditation to orthoptic programs in the United States. It encourages and helps to provide continuing education for recertification, and establishes guidelines for the professional and ethical conduct of certified orthoptists.

American Foundation for the Blind - www.afb.org
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology, elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss, and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

AFB Senior Site - www.afb.org/seniorsite
Are you an older person experiencing visual impairment? This site was designed with you in mind. It contains helpful solutions and resources that can help you and your family members cope with vision problems.

Canine Companions for Independence - www.cci.org
Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional people.

Center for Independent Living - www.cilorlando.org
Connecting your business to highly motivated people.

Division of Blind Services - dbs.myflorida.com - 407-245-0700
The Division of Blind Services is Florida's state agency responsible for ensuring that people of all ages in the state who are blind or visually impaired can live independently and achieve their goals. Also, its Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library administers a free library program of Braille and recorded materials for eligible readers.

Family Connect - www.familyconnect.org/parentsitehome.asp
For parents of children with visual impairments.

Home Health Care Agencies - www.homehealthcareagencies.com HomeHealthCareAgencies.com has compiled extensive home health care information such as licensing requirements and state contacts.

Independent Transport Network - itnorlando.org
A community-based, community-supported, economically viable and consumer-oriented, quality transportation service for seniors.

MDsupport - www.mdsupport.org
Macular Degeneration Support is a world-wide non-profit public service that provides information and support for people who are affected by macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases.

Mid-Florida Council of the Blind - www.fcb.org/mfcb.htm - 407-473-0516 Mid-Florida Council of the Blind (MFCB) is the Orlando area chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind (FCB), an organization that is itself an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB). ACB is the nation’s leading membership organization of blind and visually-impaired people. It was founded in 1961 and incorporated in the District of Columbia.

National Association of Blind Veterans - nabv.org
We are a group of blind veterans, service connected and not service connected who are concerned about the welfare, and well-being of our fellow blind veterans. We want to make sure they all have the benefit of the resources that are offered by the National Federation of the Blind. These resources can mean the difference between successfully navigating the myriad of agencies charged with assisting blind veterans and being stuck in the quagmire of red tape that can stifle and stall even the most highly motivated of us.

NAPCSE - www.napcse.org
The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE) is national association that is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with children in special education by giving them numerous resources within the field of special education. By having an association that they can truly call their own, parents with children in special education now has an association that is completely devoted to their needs. NAPCSE advances and strengthens its community through networking, research, publications, and membership benefits.

NFB Greater Orlando Chapter - www.nfbflorida.org/chapters/orlando
Orlando's local chapter of the National Federation for the Blind (NFB). NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

Osceola Council on Aging - www.osceolagenerations.org
Created in 1971, the Osceola Council on Aging, Inc. is the largest social services organization in Osceola County, providing a wide array of services and programs to meet the needs of our community. The Council is an advocate for the elderly, providing four key elements to their quality of life: nutrition, transportation, health services and housing.

Prevent Blindness - www.preventblindness.org
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year.

RSVP - www.rsvporangecountyfl.com - 407-422-1535
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is designed to help adults 55 years old (and better!) to participate more fully in the life of their community through significant volunteer service. RSVP enables seniors to use their energy, creativity, and experience to make worthwhile contributions to others long after their professional careers have ended.

Seniors First - seniorsfirstinc.org - 407-292-0177
Seniors First enhances the quality of life for Central Florida senior citizens by maintaining their independence and dignity through nutrition, home improvement, and support services which assist seniors in need. Any Orange County resident, 60 or older, may be eligible for our services. Eligibility requirements vary by program and some programs require a professional in-home assessment.

Share the Care Orlando - www.helpforcaregivers.org - 407-423-5311
Share the Care™ is a non-profit agency providing services and support to family caregivers, enabling them to maintain their family member at home and delay or eliminate the need for institutional care.

Social Security and Disability Resource Center - www.ssdrc.com
Provides answers to questions concerning how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants filing for either SSD (social security disability) or SSI (supplemental security income) benefits.

Strengthen Orlando - www.strengthenorlando.com
Strengthen Orlando: Mayor Buddy Dyer's comprehensive economic action plan to sustain our community, including a comprehensive listing of programs and agencies providing economic assistance to families and residents.

Vision Technology - www.visiontechnology.com
For 17 years, the company's ground-breaking products have redefined desktop video magnification by setting new standards in features, products and excellence.

VisionAWARE - www.visionaware.org
Very informational and a "Self-Help for Vision Loss" website that provides free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers, and related professionals.

VisionServe Alliance - www.agenciesfortheblind.org
previously known as: National Council of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCPABVI). In April 2008, NCPABVI was renamed to VisionServe Alliance representing the Non-profit sector of services to those who are blind or visually impaired.