Local Services

Local Low Vision Services in the NC Triangle Area

A diagnosis by your doctor of Low Vision may be distressing but the solution is readily available.  Seek counseling, rehabilitation, and training.

Select a Low Vision medical center, such as the Duke Eye Center or UNC Eye Center, with professionals qualified to help. Begin a reeducation process with the OLLI course and with a rehabilitative counselor. Then choose which AT is best for your eye condition. Finally get thorough training on the AT devices.

There are many services to help available locally or online.

UNC Eye Center
UNC Department of Ophthalmology
Communications Center
2nd Floor ACC Bldg CB 7720
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
919-966-5509
http://www.med.unc.edu/ophth/living-with-low-vision

Duke Eye Center
Low Vision Unit
2351 Irwin Rd
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-3090

(919) 681-3937

http://www.dukeeye.org/specialties/amd/patientcare/lowvision.html
email: Gerald.Mansell@Duke.edu

Low Vision AT Support Group
Contacts: Herb Halbrecht 919-969-1573
John Logan 919-957-4247
Lauren Tappan 919-929-5256

Low Vision AT Course “New Glasses for Old Eyes” teaches about AT devices and services.

Given in the Fall term each year

OLLI at Duke University

919-681-3476

www.learnmore.duke.edu/olli

NC Division of Services for the Blind
Source for extended training in assistive technology.
Located at The Governor Morehead School for the Blind
309 Ashe Ave
Raleigh, NC
919-733-9822
(919) 715-1154
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dsb/index.htm

NC Rehab Center for the Blind
Located at The Governor Morehead School for the Blind. They can provide training classes for Low Vision AT.
Pattie Barker
305 Ashe Ave
Raleigh, NC, 27606
Phone: (919) 733-5897
http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/dsb/guide.htm

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program – NCATP can demonstrate AT devices and provide training classes.
1110 Navaho Dr.
Suite 101,
Raleigh, NC 27609
Lynn Deese
919-850-2787
http://www.ncatp.org/

NCATP is the largest source in NC for AT demos & trial loans.
They also do training in the use of assistive technology.
NCATP is both free & fee based. NC Services for the Blind is free.

Partnerships in Assistive Technology sponsors an annual AT Expo. Exchange center for assistive devices, when available.
1110 Navaho Dr.
Suite 100,
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-872-2298
http://www.pat.org/

NC Library for the Blind provides audio books and periodicals.
1811 Capital Blvd.,
Raleigh, NC 27635
(919) 733-4376
http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/lbph/lbph.htm
http://www.loc.gov/NLS/

Magazine for NLS subscribers
http://www.choicemagazinelistening.org/

Foundation for Fighting Blindness
Eastern Region Office, FFB
4600 Marriott Drive, Suite 340
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 781-8014
http://www.blindness.org/
Raleigh Durham Chapter, FFB
Jane Gardner, Chapter President
5435 N. Highland Drive
Durham, NC 27712-1921
919-383-7719
ncraleigh@fightblindness.org

Alliance of Disability Advocates
401 Oberlin Rd., Suite 103
Raleigh, NC 27605
919.833.1117
http://www.alliancecil.org

Arts Access, a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC, has been making the arts accessible to people with disabilities.
http://artsaccessinc.org/

RLCB, the Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind provides computer training, reading assistance,health & wellness programs, assistive technology training.
Sharon Giovinazzo
3200 Bush St.
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-256-4221
919-256-4241 Direct
919-518-5651 Cell
sgiovinazzo@rlcb.net
http://www.rlcb.net

The Triangle Radio Reading Service Programs are availabe on special radios or streamed to your computer via RealPlayer. Click on Listen Now.
http://www.trianglereadingservice.org/

The Macular Degeneration Partnership
http://www.amd.org/

Insight Radio is the equivalent to Triangle Radio in the UK. Prior broadcasts are archived on the Internet
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/index.php?

The Hadley School for the Blind provides mail-order & online training.
http://www.hadley-school.org/default.asp

Atomic Learning The Atomic Learning Assistive Technology training collection includes tutorials on hardware and software assistive devices.
http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/assistivetechnology_tutorials/en*/pc/0/0?collection=Assistive%20Technology&spec=Vision&speccategory=Auditory%20Word%20Processors&speccategory=Software%20Accessibility

One Response to Local Services

  1. The North Carolina Conference on Vision Impairment and Blindness is scheduled for March 26 and 27, 2010. The theme for this year is assistive technology. Please go to http://www.ncaer.net for more information.

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