**Disclaimer** This is not an exhaustive list of all resources available, it is meant to provide a starting point for the reader. The CICBVI does not endorse any individual company, organization, or website above the others. Each is listed for the benefit of consumers and it is their responsibility to make the decision best suited to their needs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest other relevant resources.
- Braille Institute of America
- National Braille Press
- National Library Service
- Seedlings Braille Books (children’s books)
Local and State Resources
- Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
- City of Peoria
- Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Offers free classes for youth and adults, both sighted and visually impaired, in a variety of subject areas to address the expanded core curriculum.
- Hines Veterans Administration Hospital — Central Blind Rehabilitation Center
Center-based blind rehabilitation program for veterans experiencing vision loss or blindness.
- Illinois Assistive Technology Program
- Illinois Department of Human Services — Bureau of Blind Services
- Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness
- Illinois State Library Talking Books and Braille Service
- Second Sense (formerly Guild for the Blind)
- Second Sense Support Groups
Second Sense helps individuals experiencing vision loss and their families locate support groups in their area and also offer some groups that allow for a “call-in” option.
- Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
- Tazewell County Resource Center (Sight Center)
- Web Tech Services, Inc.
Web Tech Services donates it’s time to manage and ensure accessibility of our website.
- American Foundation for the Blind
- American Printing House for the Blind
- independent living aids, inc.
- LS & S Group
- Magnified Vision
Magnified Vision sells and supports video magnifiers across the state of Illinois. It is also home of The View Pointe Store where people can shop (and test out) a wide selection of daily living items. For more information, click the link above.
- Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
FREE “screen reader” open source software for people with low vision/blindness that allows the user to access text on a computer screen.
FREE and functional license of Window-Eyes screen reader software for those who own a licensed version of Microsoft Office 2010 or later. For those with an unlicensed version, Window-Eyes will run in a restricted 30-minute demonstration mode.
- Benefit Access/Free Ride Program
Peoria area Public Transportation system
- Miller Senior Center
Provides door-to-door transportation to older adults living in Tazewell County.
- We Care
Their service area includes “Morton, Rural Tazewell County and Woodford County. Transportation is available for medical appointments, employment, grocery shopping, and hospital or nursing home visits.”