National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
As part of the Library of congress, NLS administers the national network of talking books libraries.
Radio Information Services
Local newspapers are read by volunteers and broadcast to sideband radios for individuals with print impairments.
Audio versions of 400 national newspapers and magazines are available via touch-tone telephone for individuals unable to read regular print.
Over 300,000 titles, including textbooks, are available in a variety of formats for people with print impairments.
A good resource of audiobooks and textbooks for students and adults who cannot read standard print.
Search for over 20,000 tools specially designed for people with disabilities.
Assistive Technology Fund
Through the Association of Blind Citizens, ATF provides funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software.
Closing the Gap
An organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newsletter, annual conference, and website.
Donka, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides assistive technology access and training and job readiness services to persons with physical, visual and limited learning disabilities.
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
IATP is a non-profit that assists people with disabilities in accessing and acquiring assistive technology devices and services.
Blind and Low Vision Organizations
American Council of the Blind
ACB is a national organization dedicated to increasing the independence, equality, and quality of life for all blind and visually-impaired people.
American Foundation for the Blind
Another national organization committed to removing barriers, creating solutions, and expanding possibilities for people with vision loss.
American Printing House for the Blind
APH promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.
Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Provides support services and education to people with vision loss in Central Illinois.
Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind
A social service agency providing rehabilitation services, education, employment training, and more.
Hadley School for the Blind
Hadley promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people with vision loss, their families, and service providers.
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, North Central Region
Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin with information, assessments, and skills-training for individuals with combined hearing and vision loss.
Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
A residential/day school for students with vision loss, located in Jacksonville.
Mary Bryant Home for the Blind
A certified supportive living center for individuals with vision impairment, located in Springfield.
National Federation of the Blind
Another national organization providing services and education to people with vision loss to promote independence and equality of opportunity.
Provides support, training, and services to individuals with vision loss to encourage independence and equality.
TCRC Sight Center
Provides low vision optometric assessments, mobility services, specialized computer technology, community rehabilitation, optical aids and devices, and other support services to 27 counties throughout Illinois.
disABILITY Information and Resources
A comprehensive list of disability-related services and resources.
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
Provides parents of children with disabilities with information, training, and assistance.
Great Lakes ADA Center
Serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Minnesota, this organization provides information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure accessibility and opportunity to people with disabilities.
Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
INCIL is the statewide association representing the 22 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Illinois and providing information on the needs and issues critical to their services and the independence of those they serve. CILs are non-residential, community based organizations, directed and managed by persons with disabilities and dedicated to the philosophy that all people with disabilities have the right and the responsibility to make choices to control the direction of their lives and participate fully and equally in their communities.
National Organization on Disability
NOD promotes full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women, and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital- Central Blind Rehabilitation Center
The Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at Hines offers the highest quality services through rehabilitation, education, and research programs.
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
Programs and services to assist veterans in navigating the many federal, state, and local benefits and resources available.
Illinois Department on Aging
The IDoA assists older adults with living independently in their homes and communities through a variety of programs and resources.
Illinois State Library
The Illinois State Library provides leadership in information access and serves as the Regional Library for the Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service.