1. Department of Rehabilitation:
Provides assistive technology and daily living skills instruction, including orientation and mobility training.
2. Volunteer Wheels/Paratransit:
3. Society for the Blind:
Provides comprehensive services for the blind, including cane travel, braille, computer classes, low vision optical specialist, support groups, social workers, camps, and retreats.
4. California Telephone Access Program:
Provides push-button and/or large-number phones, speed calling, and 411 information services at no cost.
Will install, at no charge, tactile labels on thermostats, washer/dryers, stoves/microwaves, etc.
May provide guideline checks or registers at no cost or minimal fee.
7. Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind:
In San Francisco & San Rafael, provides services in rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, resources for the deaf-blind, recreational and social services, adaptive equipment, volunteer services, radio news broadcasts, and more.
8. VA Western Blind Rehab Center:
In Palo Alto, provides on-site training in a variety of independent living skills for blind veterans.
9. Hadley School:
A correspondence school for the blind offering a variety of subjects, including braille.
10. Center for Independent Living (CRI):
11. Guide Dogs for the Blind:
In San Rafael.
12. Library of Congress:
Provides talking book services at no charge.
13. Blind Babies Foundation:
For families of blind children, provides home counseling on early intervention & child development.
14. American Printing House for the Blind:
Provides audio versions of Readerís Digest, Newsweek, and other publications at no charge. Also sells various adaptive products.
15. Descriptive Video Services (DVS):
Provides videos with audible description of events that does not interfere with dialogue. Note: TVs, VCRs, and DVRs equipped with the Second Audio Program feature can receive this service free of charge on some PBS TV stations, such as KQED and KVIE.