VISION & HEARING RESOURCES
                   (FREE and Low-Cost)


















  




















The Lions Club helps the community by paying for eye exams, buying eyeglasses and hearing aids, cataract services & surgery, etc.  The Dept. of Otolaryngology at the Wayne State University School 
of Medicine works with the Lions Hearing Center of S.E. Michigan to help defray the costs of hearing 
aids.  For info, call the hearing center at 313-745-4664 or go to www.lhcmi.org.

For information on the Lions Club in YOUR town, visit their website at www.MetroDetroitLions.org 
to find the local contact person. 



EYE CARE AMERICA'S  SENIORS EYECARE PROGRAM
Phone: 800-887-6327
Website:  www.allaboutvision.com  
This program is designed for those who:
1.  are 65 and older, and are US citizens or legal residents
2.  have not seen an ophthalmologist in 3+ years
3.  do not belong to an HMO or the VA    
Services Offered:                    
A public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AA0).  Provides 
comprehensive eye exams and care for up to one year, often at no out-of-pocket expense 
to eligible callers through its Seniors and Diabetes EyeCare Programs.  It's Glaucoma EyeCare 
Program provides a glaucoma eye exam. Open to Seniors 65 and older, U.S. Citizens, and must 
have not had an ophthalmologic (NOT optometrist) exam in the past 3 years and must have no 
HMO or Veterans Assistance.  



NOTE:  MEDICAID WILL NOW PAY FOR EYE EXAMS & GLASSES 

Just notified that beginning October 1st, 2012, Medicaid will begin paying for one eye exam and 
one pair of glasses (if needed) every 2 years.  You MAY have a co-pay of 2.00.  For information 
if you are on full Medicaid, call 800-642-3195.  If you are on one of the Health plans, call their 
Member Services number. 


If you have diabetes, MEDICARE will help pay for eye exams!  Diabetic eye disease can affect 
anyone with diabetes, it often has no symptoms or pain and if undetected, can cause severe 
vision loss or blindness.  
Visit www.medicare.gov OR 1-800-MEDICARE.
AND
If you are a person with diabetes, who has a family history of glaucoma, an African-American 
age 50 or older or a Hispanic age 65 or older.......Medicare will cover an eye exam to detect 
glaucoma once every 12 months.  Patients must pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount 
after the yearly Part B deductible. Glaucoma often has no warning signs and if untreated, it 
can lead to vision loss.  Call 1-800-MEDICARE OR visit www.medicare.gov


NEW EYES FOR THE NEEDY
549 Millburn Avenue  PO Box 332                                        
Short Hills, NJ  07078-0332
Phone: 973-376-4903
Email:  neweyesfortheneedy@verizon.net
Website:  www.neweyesfortheneedy.org
If your family is below federal poverty guidelines (about $1,612 a month for a family of four), you may
be eligible to receive a voucher from this organization for a free pair of basic eyeglasses or bifocals. 
You must have a prescription for glasses to participate as it does not cover eye exams.  Must submit 
an application form downloaded from website.  One of the many providers for this program is Walmart.  


Health Emergency Lifeline Program (H.E.L.P.)        
1726 Howard Street
Detroit, MI  48216
OR
Phone313-832-3300 
Email:  help@helpoffice.org
Website:  www.helpoffice.org
Prescription eyeglasses are provided for eligible low-income clients 
who lack eyeglass insurance coverage.  Must have HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C. 


VISION USA 
243 North Lingbergh Blvd.        (no longer requires one member of household to be working)
St. Louis, MO  63141
Phone:  800-766-4466
Website:  www.aoa.org/visionusa
Coordinated by the American Optometric Association (AOA), provides free eye care to uninsured, 
low-income workers and their families.  There must be no insurance and no eye exam for the past 
2 years. Also provides the INFANT SEE Program which gives a free eye exam for babies under 1 year.
AND
INFANT SEE 
Phone:  888-396-3937
Website:  www.infantsee.org
A public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies.  Member 
optometrists provide a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year.


SIGHT FOR STUDENTS
PO Box 997105
Sacramento,  CA  
Phone: 800-877-7195
Email:  webmaster@vsp.com                    Also check with your student's school nurse!
Website:  www.sightforstudents.org
Offers gift certificates for children 18 years and younger who have not graduated from H.S./have 
not used the program in the past 12 months/a legal immigrant or U.S. Citizen, must have Social 
Security number/and family income no more than 200% of federal poverty level (generally this 
applies to students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program) & not enrolled in Medicaid 
and does not currently have vision insurance.


MERCY PLACE Free Clinic
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland             Staff is bi-lingual (Spanish)
55 Clinton Street
Pontiac, MI  48342
Phone: 248-333-0840
Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only
Provides an eyeglass program at low or no-cost to those who are Oakland County 
residents and are uninsured, qualified individuals with reportable income.  


Joy-Southfield Health & Education Center
18917 Joy 
Detroit, MI  48228
Phone:  313-581-7773
Website:  www.joysouthfield.org 
Eye exams


Covenant Community Care       
559 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48216
Phone:  313-554-4095
AND
1700 Waterman
Detroit, MI  48209
Phone: 313-841-1699
Website:  www.covenantcommunitycare.


American Foundation for the Blind
Website:  http://www.afb.org
&
AFB Senior Site
Website:  http://www.visionaware.org/info/for-seniors/1


The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) will provide a free white cane to anyone who uses 
or desires to use a long, white cane to help them navigate their environment with confidence 
and safety.  For full details, visit www.nfb.org.


Michigan Commission for the Blind  
3038 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 4-450
Detroit, MI                                       
Phone:  313-456-1646
Website:  www.michigan.gov/mcb 


Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
16625 Grand River Ave. 

Detroit, MI  48227
Phone:  313-272-3900
Website:  http://www.gdabvi.org
Provision of specialized, in-home vision services at no-cost for visually 
impaired persons including help in learning to function independently.   
Formerly  Upshaw Institute for the Blind


Thrift Shop Association of Ann Arbor 
3530 Washtenaw  
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Phone: 734-662-6771
Will pay for eye exams with agency referrals. 


Kiwanis Club of Woodhaven
22019 Crestwood
Woodhaven, MI  48183-5227         
Phone:  734-771-0552
Email:  Info@woodhavenkiwanis.net 
Website:  www.woodhavenkiwanis.net
Provides eyeglasses to needy Brownstown, Gibraltar and Woodhaven children.



​​Our Children's Fund       
C/O West Bloomfield School District
5810 Commerce Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48324
Website: http://www.westbloomfield.k12.mi.us/wbsd/
Funding requests have included necessities such as medical & dental expenses, eyeglasses, 
school supplies & clothing, summer school classes & academic enrichment, gas, food, utility 
bills as well as assistance at the holidays in December. For over a decade, OCF has been 
a safety net for our children putting hope back into their lives as well as that of their families. 
Only for the school children of this district!! 


The Salvation Army of Monroe County 
Phone:  734-241-0440
Provides up to $100 assistance a year for qualifying individuals for eye exams, glasses, prescriptions
and medical exams.  Open to Monroe County only.  




VARIOUS TYPES OF HELP FOR THOSE WITH LOW VISION


Detroit Radio Information Service   (WDET-FM)
WDET 101.9 FM
4600 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone: 313-577-4207
Email: dris@wayne.edu
Website: www.dris.org
Uses 150 volunteer readers to offer verbatim reading of 100 newspapers and magazines a week, 
plus shopping and resource guides for blind and reading-disabled residents (this also includes 
those unable to hold printed material).  Radio receivers are loaned free of charge to qualified 
applicants.


The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired 
11330 Quail Run
Dallas, TX  75238
Phone:  214-340-6328
Email:  Boblang@airmail.net
Website:  www.handicapability.org 
Offers FREE computers to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  The only charge is 
$100 to cover packing, shipping, and replacement parts. The package includes a monitor, keyboard, 
CD-ROM, modem and speakers.  Also included are a word processing program, an email program 
and demo versions of two Adaptive Technology programs, Window-Eyes and Zoomtex. The applicant 
must be willing to listen to several audio-cassettes that teach basic computer use.     


The "Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind" is free to anyone who is legally blind.  It is available 
on cassette, in Braille, online or via e-mail.  It reprints a wide range of articles from newspapers 
and magazines.  Call 212-242-0263  OR  go to www.matildaziegler.org. 



TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund
c/o United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
4970 Northwind Drive  Suite 102
East Lansing, MI  48823
Phone:  800-828-2714 
Email:  info@michiganloanfunds.org
Website:  www.michiganloanfunds.org
Assists with loans for assistive tools such as hearing aids, braille equipment, voice stimulation 
system, telecommunications equipment, augmentative communications and computers. 



RESOURCES FOR BLIND CHILDREN

Camp Tuhsmeheta                                                                                                                       
10500 Lincoln Lake Road Northeast                                     
Greenville, MI  48838
Located 7 miles west of Greenville MI.
Website:  www.camptuhsmeheta.org                        
A camp for blind and low-vision children. 


Seedlings
14151 Farmington Road               
Livonia, MI  48154
Phone:  734-427-8552  ext. 301 
Email: Seedlink7@ameritech.net
Website:  www.seedlings.org
A wonderful resource for blind children including summer reading programs and holiday gifts.  
Dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high-quality, low-cost children's 
literature in braille.  Serves the U.S., Canada, and over 75 countries around the world and ages 
infants to teens. Many added resources listed also!         



LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
30555 Michigan Avenue
Westland, MI  48186-5310
Phone:  734-727-7300  OR   888-968-2737     Fax:  734-727-7333
Email:  wcrlbph@wayneregional.lib.mi.us
Website: www.wayneregionallib.mmi.us
This library serves about 4,000 registered patrons and is one of the original 14 regional libraries 
created by the Library of Congress in 1931 to serve people with visual and other physical disabilities.  
Free use of specialized library services to Wayne County residents who are unable to read conventional printed material because of physical limitation.  Partial list of services include Talking Books, large print books, music, and descriptive videos.  Materials are mailed at no charge.  It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  Also has Reader's Digest and Newsweek available on audio cassette for library patrons as well as computer training for the disabled.  Also a large variety for children!  


Macomb Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped           
40900 Romeo Plank Road 
Clinton Twp., MI  48038
Phone:  586-286-1580
Website: http://www.macombcountymi.gov


Detroit Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
3666 Grand River
Detroit, MI  
Phone:  313-833-5494  


National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
The Library of Congress
Washington, DC  20542
Phone:  800-424-8567
Website:  www.loc.gov/nls/catalog
The National Library Service maintains a collection of over 32,000 large-print and braille music scores,
texts, and instructional recordings on cassette about music and musicians.  Large print music has a minimum of 14-point type and a one inch staff size.  Musical scores, librettos, biographies of popular 
and classical musicians and some reference works are included in the collection.  Braille music transcriptions of classical and popular music are available as well as librettos and instructional method books.  Web-braille makes many items available to braille readers.  A complete list of Music Selection materials is available by visiting the web address above.  Special equipment needed is loaned free too!
AND
BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)  is another way to get books from the Braille and Talking Book Library.  With BARD you can download talking books on demand and play them on your NLS 
Digital Talking Book Player.  Your BARD password will be sent to the email address you provide.  You 
will then have access to download over 32,000 Talking Books and magazines with new titles added 
every week. 
To download books, you will need: 
A BARD password / A computer and high-speed internet connection / A USB flash drive 
Sign up for BARD at https://nlsbard.loc.gov.  
For questions call 800-992-9012


Jewish Braille Institute
110 E. 30th Street
New York, NY  10016
Phone:  212-859-2525
Website:  www.jbilibrary.org
Offers reading materials primarily for the Jewish community.


The Bartimaeus Library for the Blind
Phone:  763-561-6955
Email:  bartlibraryfortheblind@juno.com
Offers free library service available to people who cannot read standard print books.  Catalogs
are available in large print or on cassette.  The books are recorded on standard two track cassettes.  
Return postage is pre-paid.   


Bookshare.org
Website: http://bookshare.org
Visually-impaired students with access to the Internet on a Windows PC will be able to use the free Read: 
OutLoud, Bookshare.org Edition text reader to access the more than thirty-six thousand electronic books, magazines and newspapers available in the Bookshare.org online library.  This software tool was designed to serve elementary and secondary students who receive special education services and qualify for free reading materials under the 1996 Chafee Amendment to the Copyright Law.  Membership to Bookshare.org is now free to all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities.  A Macintosh version of the text reader was also introduced in 2009.  


Tape Ministries NW 
840 S. 192nd St.
Burien, WA  98148
Phone:  206-243-7377
Website:  http://www.tmnw.org




HEARING RESOURCES 

HEARING TESTING AVAILABLE FREE ON THE PHONE
Dial-A-Hearing Screening test allows area residents to check their hearing levels from home. Those 
interested may call 800-222-EARS between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  Participants 
should call from a corded phone and from a quiet room.  Pencil and paper are needed.  Those who 
don't hear all the tones will be advised to seek additional testing.


DEAF OPTIONS 
220 Bagley   Suite 600
Detroit, MI  48226                                                        
313-961-8120 voice                                                     
313-961-8118  TTY
313-961-9168  fax
E-Mail:  deafoptions@msn.com
Interpreter services


Deaf & Hearing and Impaired Services
25882 Orchard Lake Road    Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI  48336
Voice:    248-473-1888
TTY:      248-473-1875
Website:  www.dhisonline.com
This service provides information on hearing loss, coping tips, speech reading lessons, sign language interpreting and classes for people experiencing any level of hearing loss.  Bi-monthly newsletters, 
community education, information & referral regarding assistive devices for the deaf and for the hard-
of-hearing, support groups and counseling, hearing screening, and ontological evaluations.  
Serves ages 60 and over.


Michigan Relay Center
Dial 7-1-1   OR   800-649-3777 (Voice or TTY/TDD)
Website:  www.michiganrelay.com
The Michigan Relay Center enables people who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and/or speech-impaired
to communicate with others.  A relay representative will assist callers.


Holley Ear Institute  (St. John Health)
22151 Moross Rd.  Ste. 223
Professional Building 1
Detroit, MI  48236
Phone:  313-343-3165
Website:  http://www.stjohn.org/HolleyEarInstitute/
Non-profit that provides life-enhancing programs for the deaf and hard-in-hearing.  
Houses St. John's Audiology Department.  Services include speech therapy.
AND
Holley Farm Village
Irish Hills
Brooklyn, MI 
Educational, recreational and mental health programs for deaf children and adults.  


Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
2929 Covington Court   Suite 200
Lansing, MI  48912-4939
Phone:  517-487-0202
Email:  info@madhh.org
Website:  www.madhh.org
Statewide collaborative agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons who are deaf, 
hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired through leadership in advocacy, education, and services.  
Services include an assistive equipment distribution program (TTY/TDD units and hearing aids) for 
qualifying persons and a loan program of assistive devices.  Reconditioned equipment may be available 
at a low-cost  yearly cost to qualified individuals as well as a low-cost repair service.  


Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Website:  www.rid.org


Communication Access Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1631 Miller Road
Flint MI  48503
Phone:   810-239-3112 V/TTY
                 800-466-7744 V/TTY
Website:  www.cacdhh.org


Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Phone: 800-968-7327
Website:  www.michdhh.org


Madonna University
Livonia, MI
Website:  www.madonna.edu/pages/signlanguagestudies.cfm
Madonna is the only Michigan college that offers a Bachelor's degree in sign language!


Deaf Community Advocacy Network      DEAF AIDS PROJECT
2111 Orchard Lake Rd.  Suite 101
Sylvan Lake, MI  48320
Phone:  248-332-3331    TTY: 249-332-3323
Website:  www.deafcan.org
Serves Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals with HIV/AIDS, their family members, and caregivers 
in S.E. Mi.  Provides case management, emotional and communication support, advocacy, 
Sign Language Interpreting services, information and referral, education in prevention and living 
with HIV, and HIV test counseling.


Special Equipment Center
The Special Needs Center, operated by Hitec International, offers 4 models of teletypewriters (TTY's) 
to SBC customers in Michigan at cost.  Customers also may opt to have the purchase price spread 
out over 24 months and billed on their SBC telephone bill at no extra charge.
Information:  800-433-8505
Website: www.att.com


Hear Now                                     
Starkey Hearing Foundation
6700 Washington Ave. S.                      Recycles Hearing Aids!
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
Phone:  866-354-3254      
Website:  wwrgw.starkeyhearingfoundation.org
Gives hearing aids to low-income adults and children who have documented hearing loss and who meet financial criteria.  More than 78,000 hearing aids have been given out throughout the world.  Clients pay 
for evaluations and a fee of $60 per aid.  Also recycles hearing aids!  


HEARING HELP FOR MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS
TRICARE covers hearing aids and services for active-duty family members diagnosed with "profound" hearing loss.  Only active-duty family members who meet specific hearing-loss criteria are eligible for this benefit.   To view their fact sheet on the hearing aid program, visit
www.tricare.osd.mil/Factsheets/viewfactsheet.cfm?id=349


ABLE DATA
Website:  www.ABLEdata.com
Offers technical products and rehabilitative equipment, also hearing aids.


Twilight Wish Foundation
PO Box 1042
Doylestown, PA  18901
Phone: 877-893-9474
Website:  www.twilightwishfoundation.org
In cooperation with 2 locations here in S.E. Michigan of Zounds, provides hearing aids for seniors 
who are age 68 or older, U.S. citizens or a permanent resident of an elder-care facility, and with an 
income of less than around $19,000 and with assets of less than $100,000.  Recipients must also 
have a "documented history of contributing positively to the welfare of others over their lifetime".


The Lions Hearing Aid Assistance Program
Phone:  1-888-LHCMICH 
Website:  www.lionsclub.org
There is a one-page application for assistance provided by the local Lions Club in your area.  
If an individual qualifies, their hearing aids are at no charge.  There is a 3 to 6 month wait for 
the answer to your application as it is a first-come, first-served program.  


The National Institute on Deafnes        
Website: www.nidcd.nih.gov
AND
Better Hearing Institute
Phone: 800-327-9355
Website:  www.betterhearing.org
Have information on groups offering financial assistance for hearing aids.


Sertoma                        
Phone: 800-593-5646
Website:  www.sertoma.org
Helps people with hearing problems and runs a hearing aid recycling program through its 500 clubs.


E-Michigan Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing People
Phone: 800-968-7327
Email:  info@madhh.org
Website:  www.madhh.org


Detroit Day School for the Deaf
4555 John C. Lodge Hwy.
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone:  313-494-1803
Website:  www.detroitdayschoolforthedeaf



HOSPITAL SERVICES FOR THE DEAF

University of Michigan Health System
The U of M's Health system is making strides for the deaf community as one of a nearly a dozen 
hospitals nationwide--the first in Michigan-- to provide Sorenson videophones for its deaf patients 
and visitors.  The hospital's mobile videophones can be used in patient's rooms or in the emergency 
dept. The videophones consist of a remote to type in phone numbers and a Web camera-like device 
that's placed atop a television or computer.  It connects deaf patients and visitors to a nationwide 
network of American sign language interpreters who facilitate conversations for them with hearing individuals.  The videophones can also be used to call another deaf person.  


MISC. RESOURCES!

Hearing Loss Association of Michigan
P.O. Box 4808
Troy, MI  48099
Email:  info@hearingloss-mi.org
Website:  www.mi-shhh.org/
All volunteer, non-profit organization providing information, advocacy and support for people 
who do not hear well. 
AND
Downriver Hearing Loss Association   
Phone: 734-692-6975
Email:  


National Black Deaf Advocates
P.O. Box 32
Frankfort, KY  40602
Website:  http://nbda.org
Offers a wide variety of programs. 


Detroit Association of the Deaf in Michigan
28945 Joy Road
Westland, MI  48185
Website: www.detroitdeafclub.org



HELPFUL WEBSITES:

Emotional Disorders:  Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing
Phone:  800-968-7327
Website:  http://www.madhs.org

National Association of the Deaf
Website:  www.nad.org
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