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Orientation & Mobility
Basic Spanish for Orientation and Mobility, Brenda Naimy A phrase book and dictionary for communicating O&M instruction to students who primarily speak Spanish
Hall of Fame Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
Orientation and Mobility Listserv O&M Listserv open to anyone
Sauerburger.org Information on a variety of O&M topics
Step-by-Step: A Guide to Mobility Techniques An interactive computer curriculum for teaching mobility techniques
TAPS Orientation & Mobility Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairmant

The AER Guide on Professional Licensure for VRT and O&M Service Providers in the United States

Prepared and respectfully submitted by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Legislative Task force 2013-2015.

World Access for the Blind Organization whose present goals focus primarily on movement and navigation issues and who operates with a "no limits" philosophy.  Information regarding echolocation and Team Bat.  Several online articles regarding echolocation, movement, and navigation including a quick start, practical training guide to help teach echolocation.


Education
Blind Children's Center Los Angeles area agency which serves children with visual impairments from birth to school-age through center and home-based services.
Blind Children's Learning Center Santa Ana, CA agency providing direct services to blind and visually impaired children, birth through the 12th grade.
BRL: Braille Through Remote Learning Offers classes in braille, from basic to advanced, through the internet.
California Department of Education This is similar to the United States Department of Education but its scope is limited to the state of California.
California School for the Blind Provides comprehensive educational services to students of California who are visually impaired, deaf/blind, and visually impaired/multi-handicapped from infancy through age 21.  
Disabledtravelers.com Information on learning disabilities and links to sites about traveling with disabilities
Guide Dogs of America A guide dog school based in California
Guide Dogs for the Blind A guide dog school based in California and Oregon
Guiding Eyes for the Blind A guide dog school based in New York
Junior Blind of America Offers programs for infants, children, adolescents, and adults through in-home, residential, and non-residential programs.
Hadley School for the Blind Offers courses to individuals with visual impairments and blindness, their families, and professionals who serve those individuals. The courses include subjects such as braille, math with an abacus, and skills for independent living. The course materials are provided in large print, audio, and in braille.
Perkins School for the Blind School for the Blind in Massachusetts serving students through on-campus and outreach programs.  Home of Howe Press and the Perkins Brailler and the Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program.
The Seeing Eye A guide dog school based in New Jersey
SERI (Special Education Resources on the Internet)  
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired A web site with a collection of resources for students, parents, and professionals working with individuals with blindness, visual impairments, and multiple disabilities.
United States Department of Education This site has many useful links and is an excellent source of information for resources and groups across the nation.
Wonderbaby.org Resources for parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities.


Rehabilitation
Blind & Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County Inc. Outreach services for adult residents with all levels of vision loss who live in Monterey County including the Salinas Valley, South County, and the Monterey Peninsula
Blinded Veterans Association  
Braille Institute  
Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired The only agency serving the blind between Fresno and Sacramento that provides specialized services to people who are blind or have severe visual impairments.  Services include O&M, Daily Living Skills, Assistive Technology, and Braille.
American Psychological Association Provides counseling to individuals with disabilities
Davidson Program for Independence A residential program, at the Junior Blind of America, for adults with visual impairments and blindness to learn skills necessary for living independently. Courses offered include Braille, Computers, Counseling, English as a Second Language, Diabetic Training, Independent Living Skills, Recreation, and Orientation and Mobility.
Department of Rehabilitation, California  
Orientation Center for the Blind, Albany, CA Residential facility for Department of Rehabilitation Clients of the state of California
The Hatlin Center (formerly Peninsula Center f/t Blind) San Pablo, CA resource providing instruction on independent living skills for persons with visual impairments.
Rehabilitation Service Administration  
San Diego Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Provides educational and technological opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals. Houses the Lions Assistive Technology Center which provides low vision assessments, and sells low-tech and high-tech items.
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco)  Provides educational, recreational, and technological opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals
United States Veterans Affairs   
Vermont Dept. of Blind and Visually Impaired Links to various sites related to visual impairment
Westside Center for Independent Living Provides services to individuals with disabilities
Center for the Partially Sighted Optometric, counseling, rehabilitation services, low vision store


Organizations
American Council of the Blind
American Foundation for the Blind
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Canadian Institute for the Blind
The Foundation Fighting Blindness
National Federation of the Blind
Royal National Institute for the Blind
United States Association of Blind Athletes


Medical
All About Vision - AMD info. page  
American Academy of Ophthalmology  
American Diabetes Association Many useful links and information about diabetes and living with diabetes
Drug and Alcohol Abuse with Diabetes  
Digital Journal of Ophthalmology  
Focus Families Provides "Information, Education and Support" to those affected by Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) & Septo Optic Dysplasia (SOD)
Jules Stein Eye Institute  
Kohn Vision Science Library, SUNY College of Optometry  
Macular Degeneration Foundation  
Medicare and Medicaid Resource Page  
National Eye Institute  
New England Eye Center  
National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) Nonprofit organization to provide information and support to people with albinism, their families and the professionals who work with them.
University of California Berkeley, Optometry Library An excellent resource for information and links
The Wilmer Eye Institue at Johns Hopkins University  


Government
Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (U.S. Department of Education)
United States House of Representatives
United States Senate


Legislative
California Assembly and Senate Bills Daily Updates for Assembly and Senate Bills
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities  
Cornucopia of Disability Information  
EDWAC (DSA Evaluation of Detectable Warnings Advisory Committee) A committee established by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to propose durability and degradation testing standards for detectable warnings and directional surfaces.
National Council on Disability  
Project Action A reference for finding appropriate ADA transportation throughout the United States
TASH Worldwide disability advocacy
United States Department of Justice  
United States Legal Code  



Miscellaneous
NoIR Medical Technologies A vendor of special sunglasses for individuals with low vision
Accessible Design for the Blind Information about accessible pedestrian signals and detectable warning surfaces
Ambutech A vendor of mobility and support canes
Revolution Enterprises, Inc. "Advantage Canes" A vendor of graphite mobility canes for individuals with low vision and blindness
American Printing House for the Blind A source of information and materials for individuals with visual impairments and blindness, also provides the Louis Database of Accessible Materials and Fred's Head (a searchable database of useful information covering a broad range of subject areas)
Blindness Resource Center A service of the New York Institute for Special Education which provides useful links and information
Books Aloud A source for books, voter pamphlets, and other information on tape; special requests can be made as well
California Homes for Seniors Free referral service for various types of elder care
Enhanced Vision A leading manufacturer of electronic magnification tools for people with low vision and Macular Degeneration.
Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. High quality low vision products
Preventing Falls at Home  
Home Design for Fall Prevention for Seniors  
John Gill Technology Worldwide list of agencies serving the blind.  Consulting on accessibility.
Lensshopper.com Information about eye conditions, visual impairment, and contact lenses
Lighthouse International Carries products for individuals with low vision and blindness
The Low Vision Gateway Source of low vision resources and information
LS & S Group, Inc. Products for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities
NoIR Medical Technologies A vendor of special sunglasses for individuals with low vision
Maxi Aids A catalog of many products for individuals with various disabilities
Home Adaptations for Visually Impaired Guide to home adaptations for blind and visually impaired
Mortgage.com/Disabilities Housing and mortgage information for people with disabilities
Social Security Disability Resource Center Information on how to apply for SSD and SSI benefits
Teacher.org Information about public school teaching in California
Travel Tips for People with Disabilities  
Polara Engineering Manufacturer of accessible pedestrian signals
Accessible travel Travel tips and resources for people with various disabilities

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