Deaf Blind Services


Braille Institute

1 (800) BRAILLE [1 (800) 272-4553]
http://www.brailleinstitute.org

Among other services, this agency publishes three catalogs a year & eligible children are allowed to choose three or four free children's Braille books from each catalog. These need to be requested for individual children - it's to encourage the use of Braille & to help these children build their own libraries. I understand that the Harry Potter series is available at times.


California Deaf-Blind Services

1 (800) 822-7884 [8-5 M-F]

This is an access number for families of or people working with those who are both deaf and blind (& who are not more than 21 years old). They will provide information, education/training, and technical assistance to those working with a person so handicapped. Se habla español. The URL associated with this agency is http://www.sfsu.edu/~cadbs.


California Specialized Media & Technology (CSMT)

Jonn Paris-Salb, Director
1430 North N Street, Ste. 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-5103
(916) 323-9732(fax)
jparissalb@cde.ca.gov
http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/pn/sm

Large print materials, Braille materials, and some videotapes (in American Sign Language for young children) designed for children in grades K - 8 are available through this agency. These materials are all free of charge for public schools in California. Go to the website and follow directions to order.


Center on Deafness, Inland Empire (CODIE)

3576 Arlington Ave., Ste. 211
Riverside, CA 92506
(951) 275-5000 or http://www.codie.org

This agency provides services such as advocacy, assistance with job placement, and coordination of support groups. Telephone to find out about times/locations of support group meetings.


Life Signs

1 (888) 930-7776
TTY 1 (888) 930-7779

Interpreting/referral resource for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Headquarters for this company is in Los Angeles but offices are located in various cities. The phone numbers listed will route your call to the office nearest you.


Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic: Learning Through Listening

1 (800) 221-4792 (National Organization)
http://www.rfbd.org

This is a great source for textbooks (kindergarten - professional level) for those with learning disabilities and/or vision impairments. These materials are loaned to eligible individuals for $100.00 for 1st year, $35.00/year thereafter. There are over 93,000 books available and they may be borrowed for one-year then renewed if appropriate. About 20,000 books are available on cd's. Recorders for use with tapes provided by this agency can be borrowed from the "Talking Books" organization. Applications, a listing of available materials, and additional information can be obtained from the agency's web site.


Talking Books - National Library Service

(Administered through the Braille Institute)
1 (800) 808-2555
http://www.braillelibrary.org

This is a great source for books and periodicals for those with learning disabilities and/or vision impairments. Many titles are available on cassettes, records, or in Braille, and the material may be borrowed for three months then renewed if appropriate. Tape players can be borrowed for use with tapes provided by this agency. Applications, a listing of available materials, and additional information can be obtained from the agency's web site or you may phone for an application &/or information.


Cross-Reference: Disability-Related General Information & Services