Disability-Related Resources & Collections

Description: Libraries and other facilities that offer a range of special collections which provide access to a broad spectrum of general and specialized book and nonbook material as well as reading material in alternative formats. (Adapted from AIRS TJ-4500)

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Address: 300 Willard Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-233-5833
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: The goals of the NFB are to ensure opportunity, security and equality for all blind citizens. The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold-to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind.

Members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality with our sighted peers. The NFB has created a wide array of services to blind and visually impaired persons of all ages. We provide public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind. In addition, we also assist with advocacy services and protection of civil rights, have created Job Opportunities for the Blind and Newsline for the Blind (newspaper by telephone), and we are actively developing and evaluating technology, and support for blind persons and their families.

The NFB of Idaho awards scholarships each year, during the NFB of Idaho State Convention held in early spring, to blind students enrolling in college.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 3/15/2019

Boise, ID

Organization Name: Libraries, State of Idaho
Address: 325 W State St
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-334-2150
Fax: 208-334-4016
Eligibility: Eligibility requirements at: http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/eligibility-applications
Services Provided: Library for the Print Impaired or Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
Organization Name: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 341 W Washington
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: 208-334-3220
Fax: 208-334-2963
Eligibility: Legal and functional blindness or losing vision.
Services Provided: Rehabilitation Services include:
- medical assistance as deemed appropriate
- independent living services
- vocational guidance and counseling
- vocational and academic training, including books, tuition, equipment, and supplies
- home instruction in alternative techniques of blindness
- assistance in setting up a small business
- job placement and follow-up to assure success

**ATC-Center: provides intensive instruction in alternative techniques skills. The Center's goal is to provide training which will allow the individual to perform any task, on the job or at home, as well as his/ her sighted peers. Whenever possible, the client is encouraged to participate in training at the center; however, when that is not possible, the client may learn these skills at home through the assistance of a home instructor. Instruction is available in the following areas:
- adjustment to blindness
- instruction in travel (getting to where you want to go)
- braille, typing, and computer
- techniques of daily living and homemaking
- industrial arts, including wood shop

**Sight Restoration: The best way to rehabilitate a blind person is to restore vision. When sight can be restored, ICBVI, civic organizations, and other state agencies often can provide financial assistance to qualified individuals.

**Business Enterprise Programs: Many blind individuals manage and operate vending stands located in public buildings throughout Idaho. Interested individuals may receive training in accounting and management procedures, initial ordering and maintenance of equipment, stock, and supplies. This program makes it possible for some blind individuals to earn a living and pay taxes.

**Services for Seniors: The Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides specially designed services for seniors who are experiencing vision loss. These services may include home counseling, instruction in alternative techniques, peer support groups, low vision services, and making communities and resources more accessible for the senior blind or visually impaired person.

**Newsline for the Blind Reading Services: ICBVI has made available to the blind of Idaho a national newspaper service via the telephone. Additionally, volunteers broadcast the reading of the Idaho Statesman and other current materials on radio (this radio service is limited to a one-hundred mile radius of Boise).

**Taping Services: The Commission along with volunteers, produce reading materials on tape for blind college students and others having special reading needs. The Idaho State Library's "Talking Book Program" provides, on loan, record players or tape players for blind persons to use to listen to books, magazines, and other recorded material. Call 334-2117 for more information.

**Employment: The ICBVI provides training and works with employers to provide opportunities. They provide employers with individual and group training on blindness and "What Blind People Can Do".

**Summer Programs for Youth: In order to help blind and visually impaired young people become self-sufficient adults, ICBVI offers the Summer Youth Program, Summer Work Experience Program, and College Days.

**Low Vision Clinic and Store: ICBVI contracts with local optometrist to perform the Low Vision Clinic one or two days each week. The ICBVI Low Vision Store offers a variety of low vision devices and products for visually impaired individuals.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
322 E. Front St. #440
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-364-4078
Organization Name: University of Idaho
Address: 322 E. Front St. #440
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-364-4078
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: The Idaho Project for Children and Youth with Deaf-Blindness provides statewide technical assistance to support parents, teachers, service providers and other agency personnel who serve children and youth, birth through 21 years of age, with combined vision and hearing impairments.
Project services include:
**assistance with identification
**on-site consultation and training
**annual summer workshop
**lending library of books, videos
**webpage and an annual webinar training series
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 4/26/2019

Coeur D Alene, ID

Organization Name: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 229 E Locust Ave
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
Phone: 208-769-7077
Eligibility: Presence of visual disability that is an impediment to daily functioning.
Services Provided: Rehabilitation Services:
* Medical assistance when appropriate
* Vocational guidance and counseling
* Vocational and academic training, including books, tuition, equipment, and supplies
* Home instruction in alternate techniques
* Assistance in setting up a small business
* Job placement and follow-up to assure productive employment
* Independent living services.
Orientation and adjustment services:
* Adjustment to blindness
* Travel instruction
* Braille and keyboard
* Techniques of daily living
* Homemaking skills
* Industrial arts, including wood shop
Additional Services:
* Employment Services
* Sight restoration
* Business enterprise program
* Services for seniors
* Radio reading services
* Taping services
* Talking book program
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Gooding, ID

Address: 1450 Main St.
Gooding, ID 83330
Phone: 208-934-4457
Fax: 208-934-8352
Eligibility: Vision 20/70 or worse, permanent hearing loss
Services Provided: The IESDB provides a continuum of educational services for children ages 0-26 in the State of Idaho who have significant hearing or vision loss. The IESDB operates a preK-12th grade school, with an available residential component, named the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind (ISDB). The IESDB further offers the expertise of Certified Specialized Teachers through the Outreach Program. The Outreach program serves infants and their families with an in-home program and helps school age students, schools and other agencies statewide to help students gain independence through education and accommodation depending on their need.

Vision/Hearing Referrals:
Provide vision and hearing consultations and referrals for children 0-21.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 3/15/2019
Organization Name: Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind - ISDB Reg 2
Address: 1450 Main St
Gooding, ID 83330
Phone: 208-934-4457
Fax: 208-934-8352
Eligibility: Visually impaired/ Hearing impaired
Services Provided: Provides a variety of resources and services to visually impaired/ blind or deaf/ hard of hearing individuals. Services offered to families and professionals serving them on a local and statewide level. As a part of the state library system, resources are extended to all Idaho residents as part of the state library system.

Specialized Resources:
- Large print books
- Braille/ Twin vision books
- Books on audio tape
- Recordings for the Blind
- Descriptive videos for the Blind

Services:
- Inter-library loans
- On-line searching
- Story time/ Library skills
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Idaho Falls, ID

Organization Name: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 1920 E 17th St
Suite 115
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone: 208-525-7028
Fax: 208-525-7012
Eligibility: Presence of visual disability that is an impediment to daily functioning.
Services Provided: Has three rehabilitation programs: Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living and Sight Restoration. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides training necessary to obtain a job or to retain a current job. Independent Living serves those who have no vocation objective, but who have experienced an impediment to their independence in their home, family, or community. Rehabilitation teachers instruct the person on independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, self-care and communications. The Sight Restoration Program meets a variety of medical needs, especially that of prevention of blindness and sight restoration. It serves those individuals who cannot afford medical care in order to prevent blindness. Other assistance is provided with adaptive technology, low vision aids and appliances. If a person has Medicaid or Medicare, that is used to pay for any surgery needed, or if they can afford some of the cost, a cost sharing plan is worked out.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
2296 N Yellowstone Hwy
Rm 313
Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Phone: 208-934-4457
Address: 2296 N Yellowstone Hwy
Rm 313
Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Phone: 208-934-4457
Eligibility: Vision 20/70 or worse, corrected vision, permanent hearing loss
Services Provided: A regional outreach program serving students with vision and/or hearing loss, birth through high school. Consultative & direct services for families and school district personnel. Residential classes are offered in Gooding for students K-12.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 3/15/2019

Lewiston, ID

Organization Name: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 1118 'F' St
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 208-799-5009
Fax: 208-799-5125
Eligibility: Presence of visual disability that is an impediment to daily functioning.
Services Provided: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Lewiston provides
vocational skills and training so clients may return to work in a vocation that would best fit them. Also, restoration services to prevent blindness, such as eye surgery, removal of cataracts and slowing the progression of diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases. They provide rehabilitation for clients to improve independent living skills and to remain independent in their own home. They assist people signing up for talking books at the state library, do low vision evaluations and provide help in selecting and purchasing magnifiers and low vision equipment. They assist persons with diabetes financially who need specialized equipment or by helping locate equipment such as talking calculators and long oven mits. They can teach them cane travel and Braille. Provides low vision evaluations, and magnifiers. Home modification Operate ICBVI store where clients and public can purchase adaptive aids such as talking clocks, games, wrist watches, contrast sheets, large print timers, oven mitts, cards, or will search out products an individual is looking for, etc.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
1118 F St
Suite 305
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 208-661-9893
Address: 1118 F St
Suite 305
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 208-661-9893
Eligibility: Vision 20/70 or worse, permanent hearing loss
Services Provided: A regional outreach program serving students with vision and/or hearing loss, birth through 26 years of age. Consultative & direct services for families and school district personnel. Residential classes are offered in Gooding for students K-12.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Meridian, ID

Address: 3071 E Franklin Rd
Suite 212
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: 208-473-4143
Fax: 208-855-0145
Eligibility: Vision 20/70 or worse, permanent hearing loss
Services Provided: A regional outreach program serving students with vision and/or hearing loss, birth through high school. Consultative & direct services for families and school district personnel. Residential classes are offered in Gooding for students K-12.

For additional information go to website.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 4/26/2019

Pocatello, ID

Organization Name: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 427 N Main St
Suite K
Pocatello, ID 83204
Phone: 208-236-6392
Eligibility: Presence of visual disability that is an impediment to employment and or daily functioning.
Services Provided: Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Pocatello has three rehabilitation programs: Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living, and State Only. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides training necessary to obtain a job or maintain a current job. Financial assistance and counseling is provided. Independent Living serves those who have no vocational objective, but who have experienced an impediment to their independence in their home, family, or community. Finally, the State Only program provides financial assistance for prevention of blindness and sight restoration.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018
300 Willard Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-233-5833
Address: 300 Willard Ave
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-233-5833
Eligibility: Anyone can contact this organization with questions.
Services Provided: NFBI is an organization of parents of blind or visually-impaired children. They serve as a resource for helping blind children and their families. The organization's goal is to promote greater independence and self-esteem, and to encourage the building of friendships between these families and their children leading to continued work with Idaho State Board of Education to improve education programs through legislative action.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 3/15/2019
427 N. Main
Suite J
Pocatello, ID 83204
Phone: 208-236-6057
Address: 427 N. Main
Suite J
Pocatello, ID 83204
Phone: 208-236-6057
TDD: 208-236-6057
Eligibility: Vision 20/70 or worse, permanent hearing loss
Services Provided: A regional outreach program serving students with vision and/or hearing loss, birth through high school. Consultative & direct services for families and school district personnel. Residential classes are offered in Gooding for students K-12.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 3/15/2019

Post Falls, ID

Organization Name: Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind
Address: 1810 East Schneidmiller Ave, Suite 110
Post Falls, ID 83854
Phone: 208-661-9122
Eligibility: Vision 20/70 or worse, permanent hearing loss
Services Provided: A regional outreach program serving students with vision and/or hearing loss, birth through high school. Consultative & direct services for families and school district personnel. Residential classes are offered in Gooding for students K-12.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 4/26/2019

Twin Falls, ID

650 Addison Ave W
Suite 101
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: 208-736-2140
Organization Name: Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Address: 650 Addison Ave W
Suite 101
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: 208-736-2140
Fax: 208-736-2142
Eligibility: Presence of visual disability that is an impediment to daily functioning.
Services Provided: Idaho Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired -- Twin Falls Office -- provides three programs: Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Independent Living Services, and Sight Restoration Services.
**Vocational Rehabilitation services consist of those services required by visually impaired or blind individuals to return to the work force.
**Independent Living services concerns those services that assist visually impaired or blind people to be as independent as possible in their living environment.
**Sight Restoration services consist principally of financial assistance for eligible persons to remove or reduce the threat of blindness.

**Training in various blindness alternative techniques including Braille, long white cane usage, home economics, communications, etc. are also available. A residential training program is available in the Boise office. Additionally, low vision services in the form of adaptive equipment, magnifiers, and voice output equipment is available.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 10/30/2018

Nationwide

1447 E Main St
Spartanburg, SC 29307
Phone: 800-237-6213
Address: 1447 E Main St
Spartanburg, SC 29307
Phone: 800-237-6213
TDD: 800-237-6819
Fax: 800-538-5636
Eligibility: Eligibility varies by level of membership. See the Described and Captioned Media Program Web site for details.
Services Provided: The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. These services include (1) a library of free-loan described and captioned educational media; (2) a clearinghouse of information related to educational media access, including a gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility; and (3) a center for training and evaluation of any service provider desiring to appear on the DCMPs approved lists of description and captioning service providers. There are no user registration or service fees. The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf.
Original Source: Idaho Careline 211
Last Updated: 3/15/2019
Organization Name: Library of Congress
Address: Washington, DC 20542
Phone: 202-707-5100
TDD: 202-707-0744
Fax: 202-707-0712
Eligibility: Physically or visually impaired US residents
Services Provided: This service is free and loans Braille books and magazines, recorded books and magazines, music in large print and Braille, and playback equipment designed for the visually impaired. Available to US residents with physical or visual impairment.
Provider Profiles: Administered nationally through cooperating regional and local libraries.
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 5/30/2018