Additional Help & Resources For Those With Low Vision

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If what we can provide through state-of-the art technology is not what you are seeking, here is a list of organizations that may be of further help to you.

National Resources

  • Sight Savers America -This organization serves more than 30,000 eligible children each year.  This organization coordinates comprehensive eye care services for children and provides vision aids to those with severely impaired vision.  These products and services are provided regardless of the ability of the child’s family to pay for them, ensuring that all eligible children have the products and services needed to see well enough to succeed in school and in life.
  • U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs – Veterans of the US Armed Forces who are legally blind or suffering from impaired vision can get assistance from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.  They will help provide medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as connect you with resources to obtain products that will enhance and enable an independent lifestyle.  We all want to be independent, and as a veteran of our Armed Forces, you deserve to enjoy the country that you fought so hard for.
  • Enhanced Vision – Enhanced Vision is a leading developer of assistive technology for the visually impaired including Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinitis Pigementosa and Diabetic Retinopathy. Low vision assistive technology enables people to read, write and fully participate in life.

Washington Resources

  • Washington State Department of Services for the Blind – A premier resource for those with blindness or low vision, the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind can help to retrain and find employment for adult people with impaired vision.
  • Washington Sensory Disablilities Services: Blind/Visually Impaired – The instructional resource center from the Washington Sensory Disabilities Services department offers lists of online and physical resources for the blind and visually impaired.  They also sponsor an email listserv for visually impaired people and their families to network with each other for support and to share information.
  • The DRM Regional Resource Directory: Washington State – Locate disability resources throughout Washington State, including all of the services and schools for the blind. This comprehensive list of online resources directs you to advocates, financial assistance, and educational assistance, as well as assistance specifically for the blind or vision impaired.
  • Washington State Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities – Parents of children who are blind or vision impaired can get the accurate and up-to-date information they need to support their children in transitioning to independent adults from the Washington State Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities

Idaho Resources

  • National Federation of the Blind of Idaho – As a consumer advocacy organization, the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho strives to improve the lives of blind and low vision people throughout Idaho.  Their current initiative is an effort to get Braille menus in restaurants across Idaho.
  • Blind/Visual Impairment Resources – You can learn more about the Idaho Assistive Technology Project from Idaho Blind/Visual Impairment Resources, as well as get contact information for sources of Braille books and other resources for the blind and visually impaired.
  • Aid for Aged, Blind, and Disabled – Health and Welfare – Idaho – As part of the Health and Welfare Division of the State of Idaho, the department of Aid for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled provides cash assistance for Idaho Families who are eligible, based upon their unique circumstances such as living arrangements, income, and resources.
  • Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Idaho individuals who are visually impaired or blind can get help from the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired who will connect individuals with the resources they need.  Their focus is on rehabilitation and employment assistance, although they also offer financial assistance for medical treatments to slow the onset of blindness.
  • Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind – Since 1906, the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind has been serving the children of Idaho who have loss of vision or hearing.  In addition to their Gooding location, they offer adaptive technologies and summer camp experiences to deaf and blind students throughout Idaho.

Montana Resources

  • Low Vision Montana – Connecting people with low vision to the community resources who can help them, Low Vision Montana helps blind and low vision individuals live better.  They provide a referral service to connect people with appropriate resources.
  • Montana State Disability Resources | Education.com – Disabled people or friends and family of disabled people can find all of the resources available from the State of Montana for school-aged children.  Other educational resources, such as activity lessons, are broken down by age.