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There are numerous products, both high- and low-tech, which have been created to enable blind and visually impaired people to do many things independently. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement of these products or services by the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia.

Learning about technology for the blind can be a daunting challenge. For general information about assistive technology for blind people, visit the NFB's International Braille and Technology Center. For a comprehensive list of assistive technology products and services, click here. You may also wish to visit the websites of manufacturers such as HumanWare, Freedom Scientific, and Optolec, to understand what each vendor actually sells.

NFB Independence Market

200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
Fax: (410) 685-2340

Your source for NFB literature and blindness products

The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market offers blindness-related literature, resources, and products as a service to individuals who are blind or experiencing vision loss, to their friends and families, and to the general public.

The blindness-related products carried by the Independence Market (such as canes, talking watches and clocks, print and Braille writing aids, magnifiers, and medical devices) enable the user to perform everyday tasks more independently. Greater independence empowers blind people to live the lives they want.

An extensive free literature collection includes how-to materials, inspirational and thoughtful speeches and articles, and stories on all aspects of blindness - all from the perspective of the blind person. Parents of blind children, blind students, blind job seekers, blind parents, and seniors new to severe vision loss will find materials which address their specific needs. Taken separately, each piece of literature or story may reveal one person's experience or thoughts as a blind person. Collectively this literature tells the story of blind people working together, with love, hope, and determination, to promote equality and to transform our dreams into reality.

To browse the entire list of products and literature, go to the NFB online store.

ITG (Integration Technologies Group)

2745 Hartland Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: 703-698-8282

ITG provides consulting services, equipment sales, training and repair for a variety of Adaptive Technologies. Hardware Accessibility Products include Humanware Products, Braille Display Systems, Braille embossers, and a CCTV/CCD System. Software Accessibility Products include Dragon, ZoomText, MAGic, Kurzweil, JAWS, Duxbury and WYNN.

TCS Associates

7361 Calhoun Place, Suite 340
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone: Toll-Free Voice: 855-862-4586 or (240) 428-1820