The resources in this section have something for everyone. You will find opportunities on how you can study by using academic distance learning. This section also directs you to a variety of websites that will help you learn blindness skills, cooking directions to products, information about Apple products and apps and how to use them, and other useful tips for blind persons.
The HadleyInstitute for the Blind's mission is to promote independent living through lifelong distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.
A website created by the NFB of Utah which provides video or audio demonstrations of how blind people live the lives they want. Topics include technology, education, employment, recreation and leisure, and active daily living skills.
c/o Horizons for the Blind
125 Erick St., A103
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
DirectionsForMe, a service of Horizons for the Blind, provides the information that’s on consumer packages or labels in a simple online format for anyone who has trouble reading the small print including people who are blind or visually impaired. This site provides a consistent, quality source of complete packaging information for everything from preparation or cooking instructions to ingredient lists to Nutrition and Drug Facts, as well as labels for many common grocery, health and beauty and general merchandise products. In addition, it also provides potentially life-saving allergy and drug interaction warnings. Horizons for the Blind also sells a variety of books on cooking, crafts and gardening.
NLS Music Section - National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542
The special music collection of the National Library Service consists of more than thirty thousand audio, braille, and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional materials about music and musicians. Collection materials range from beginning to advanced levels. Holdings are searchable online at nlscatalog.loc.gov, and many of these audio and braille titles can be downloaded from NLS BARD. Many recorded titles are devoted to instruction in playing various instruments, e.g., guitar, piano, organ, and recorder.
National Braille Press
88 Saint Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115-4312
National Braille Press produces a wide variety of books, including material on cooking, health, and tutorials on PC software. They publish an especially wide range of books describing the nonvisual use of iPhones, iPads and iPods. Most of their publications are available in hardcopy braille, downloadable braille, Daisy audio or Microsoft Word formats.
AppleVis is a community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the Apple TV. It strives to empower the community by offering multiple pathways to access and share relevant and useful information. It seeks to encourage and support people in exploring the many ways in which these mainstream products and related applications can offer opportunities to the vision-impaired for personal enrichment, independence and empowerment. In addition to discussion forums and podcasts, AppleVis contains reviews of the accessibility of thousands of apps for iOS and the Mac.
A website created by a community of blind and disabled users of the Google Android range of cell phones and tablets. Contains how-to guides, podcasts, links and other resources to help you get the most out of your Android device.