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Resources For The Visually Impaired And Print Disabled In Oregon & SW Washington

As part of its mission to illuminate a wider world, OPB is committed to helping promote the services of organizations that support the visually impaired and print-disabled community.

Organizations Serving the Visually Impaired & Print-Disabled Community

  • American Council of the Blind of Oregon
    Consumer membership organization.
  • American Foundation for the Blind
    National nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that those with vision loss enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens.
  • American Printing House for the Blind
    Provider of accessible educational and daily living products since 1858.
  • Blindskills, Publishers of Dialogue
    Distributes resources and information to the blind and visually impaired and their families via toll-free help line, Web site and the bimonthly publication, DIALOGUE.
  • CGR Radio Network
    Streams old-time radio, mystery theatre, music and more.
  • IAAIS (International Association of Audio Information Services)
    Worldwide reading services on radio, telephone and Internet.
  • National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Oregon
    Consumer membership organization.
    Telephone service providing audio of several Oregon-based newspapers such as The Oregonian, Eugene Register-Guard and The Statesman-Journal. Registration required through Oregon Talking Book and Braille Services.
  • Omni Media Networks
    Based in Portland, OR. Programs are available via webcasting.
  • Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind
    Offers blind/low vision individuals social, recreational and informal educational activities at their 22-acre site in Sandy, Oregon. Programs include monthly retreats, special events and summer camps. Transportation is provided from the Portland area.
  • Oregon Commission for the Blind
    Provides vocational rehabilitation resources and independent living services for visually impaired Oregonians, their families and employers.
  • Oregon Talking Book & Braille Library
    Offers books, magazines and equipment at no charge to children and adults who are Oregon residents with a qualifying print disability. More than 70,000 available audio book titles, thousands of Braille materials, and personalized service from trained readers advisers. Offers downloadable audio books and electronic Braille, descriptive movies and access to NFB-NEWSLINE.
  • Oregon Technology Access Program
    Provides technical training, information, assistance and resources for children with disabilities. Sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education.
  • Washington State School for the Blind
    Provides specialized educational services to blind and visually impaired youth ages birth-21 in the state of Washington including on-campus and community-based programs.
  • Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
    Offers books and magazines on cassette, Braille and large-print books and equipment at no charge to children and adults who are residents of Washington state and who are blind or visually, physically or learning disabled.
  • Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
    Works with organizations around the world to develop strategies, guidelines and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.

Audio Books

Free With Registration
  • Library2Go: Oregon Digital Library Consortium
    Download best-selling digital audio titles. Service is free of charge, but library card number is required from local library.
  • LibriVox
    Free audio books for all books in the public domain (i.e., books published before 1923).
Fee Based
    Offers best-selling audiobooks, audio magazines and newspapers and podcasts for a small charge.