Alaska Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
The Center offers a wealth of resources including Low Vision Clinics, Vision Rehabilitation, Employment Placement and Public Benefits Counseling, the Visually Impaired Senior Alaskans program, Rural Outreach, and programs for Independent Youth.
Alaska Commission on Aging
The mission of the Alaska Commission on Aging is to ensure the dignity and independence of all older Alaskans, and to assist them to lead useful and meaningful lives through planning, advocacy, education, and interagency cooperation.
Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation webpage offers a listing of available services from the division as well as an evaluative listing of key, online, disability resources.
Assistive Technologies of Alaska (ATLA)
Assistive Technologies of Alaska is concerned with getting technology into the hands of people with disabilities so they might live, work, and be a part of their community more independently.
Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education
The Council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education and is Alaska's planning council for purposes of federal laws relating to disabilities and special education.
Alaska Digital Library
Check out free, downloadable audiobooks and e-books to your computer or supported devices — contact the Alaska Talking Book Center for your patron ID to start borrowing books.
Special Education Services Agency
We provide assistance to Alaskan school districts and early intervention programs serving students with low incidence disabilities. SESA is an educational service agency comprised of a core low incidence disability service inclusive of a statewide lending library. Low incidence disabilities include autism, hearing impairment, vision impairment, emotional disabilities and multiple disabilities.
State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee
The board promotes employment of people with disabilities by creating statewide interest in the rehabilitation/employment of people with disabilities.
Statewide Independent Living Council
The Council develops and submits the state plan required in Section 704 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Members monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the state plan and coordinate activities with the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee and other councils that address the needs of specific disability populations.
This portal provides access to described educational television shows for students who have visual disabilities and captioned educational television shows for students who have hearing disabilities. Students with disabilities, family members, teachers, and other professionals qualify to borrow media through the mail or online through this Described and Captioned Media Program. Users must register online in order to access these materials.
Information and assistance on the Americans with Disability Act from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.
Apple products are simple, intuitive, and easy to use. And to help you do more in more ways, a variety of award-winning assistive technologies come standard. So every device not only has accessible features — but accessible principles – built right in.
Be My Eyes makes life easier for people who are blind by connecting them with sighted helpers through a smartphone app. Through a direct video call, the app gives blind people the opportunity to ask a sighted volunteer for help with tasks that require normal vision. The sighted helper is able to see and describe what the blind person is showing the sighted helper by filming with the video camera in the smartphone. Hans Jørgen Wiberg, who is visually impaired himself, came up with the idea for the application. The app launched January 15, 2015.
A fee-based service that offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations can sign up and provide access to their students or clients.
If your library is a member of Alaska Digital Library, you may be eligible for a free subscription for one year to Bookshare. This will allow you to download 20 items per month for 12 months from a catalog of over 60,000 books, magazines and newspapers. Go to the Accessible eBooks link with your public library card to sign up for service.
On FamilyConnect, you'll find videos, personal stories, events, news, and an online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired.
A fee-based, non-profit group that provides audio textbooks to students with learning disabilities and visual impairments. Check with your school to see if it has an institutional membership.
Includes: Accessibility Features in Microsoft Products; Accessibility Tutorials; Accessibility Demonstrations; Assistive Technology Products for Windows; and Accessibility Guides for Businesses, Educators, Government Organizations, and Individuals with Disabilities
Resources for the blind: services, technology news, visual aids and research information.
Founded in 1971, Trace has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability. Its mssion is: “To prevent the barriers and capitalize on the opportunities presented by current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies, in order to create a world that is as accessible and usable as possible for as many people as possible.”
Promoting policies and coordinating with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
If you have just begun to deal with vision loss, you probably have many questions, frustrations and even fears. VisionAware was created to help you answer those questions, and cope with those frustrations.
VisionConnect is a new, free, accessible app for iPhones and iPads from the American Foundation for the Blind that gives support to people losing their vision. VisionConnect provides: a directory of services searchable by service, zip code, and distance; resources and tips for living independently with a visual impairment; links to useful information on VisionAware, FamilyConnect, and CareerConnect; information on products and technology; and personal stories and employment advice. You can learn more about the app at AFB VisionConnect™ App and download it for free at afb.org/apps.
We have web accessibility in mind. Our mission is to empower organizations to make their web content accessible to people with disabilities.
Products and Services
Any mention of products and services in this list is for information only and does not imply endorsement by the Alaska State Library Talking Book Center: