Links to Other Organizations and Resources

Information Access

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.

NFB Newsline

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.

Learning Ally

A good resource of audiobooks and textbooks for students and adults who cannot read standard print.

Assistive Technology


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.

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.

Second Sense

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.

Disablity Organizations

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.

Veterans Resources

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.

Other Resources

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.

Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

info [at] illinoistalkingbooks [dot] org
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