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.
to find the local contact person.
EYE CARE AMERICA'S SENIORS EYECARE PROGRAM
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
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.
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
NEW EYES FOR THE NEEDY
549 Millburn Avenue PO Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078-0332
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
Prescription eyeglasses are provided for eligible low-income clients
who lack eyeglass insurance coverage. Must have HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C.
243 North Lingbergh Blvd. (no longer requires one member of household to be working)
St. Louis, MO 63141
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.
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
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
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
Detroit, MI 48228
Covenant Community Care
559 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48216
Detroit, MI 48209
American Foundation for the Blind
AFB Senior Site
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
Michigan Commission for the Blind
3038 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 4-450
Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired
16625 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48227
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
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Will pay for eye exams with agency referrals.
Kiwanis Club of Woodhaven
Woodhaven, MI 48183-5227
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
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
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
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
The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired
11330 Quail Run
Dallas, TX 75238
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
Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund
c/o United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
4970 Northwind Drive Suite 102
East Lansing, MI 48823
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
10500 Lincoln Lake Road Northeast
Greenville, MI 48838
Located 7 miles west of Greenville MI.
A camp for blind and low-vision children.
14151 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: 734-427-8552 ext. 301
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
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
Detroit Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
3666 Grand River
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
The Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
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!
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
To download books, you will need:
A BARD password / A computer and high-speed internet connection / A USB flash drive
For questions call 800-992-9012
Jewish Braille Institute
110 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Offers reading materials primarily for the Jewish community.
The Bartimaeus Library for the Blind
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.
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
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.
220 Bagley Suite 600
Detroit, MI 48226
Deaf & Hearing and Impaired Services
25882 Orchard Lake Road Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
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)
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
Non-profit that provides life-enhancing programs for the deaf and hard-in-hearing.
Houses St. John's Audiology Department. Services include speech therapy.
Holley Farm Village
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
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
Communication Access Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1631 Miller Road
Flint MI 48503
Phone: 810-239-3112 V/TTY
Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
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
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.
Starkey Hearing Foundation
6700 Washington Ave. S. Recycles Hearing Aids!
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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
Offers technical products and rehabilitative equipment, also hearing aids.
Twilight Wish Foundation
PO Box 1042
Doylestown, PA 18901
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
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
Better Hearing Institute
Have information on groups offering financial assistance for hearing aids.
Helps people with hearing problems and runs a hearing aid recycling program through its 500 clubs.
E-Michigan Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing People
Detroit Day School for the Deaf
4555 John C. Lodge Hwy.
Detroit, MI 48201
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.
Hearing Loss Association of Michigan
P.O. Box 4808
Troy, MI 48099
All volunteer, non-profit organization providing information, advocacy and support for people
who do not hear well.
Downriver Hearing Loss Association
National Black Deaf Advocates
P.O. Box 32
Frankfort, KY 40602
Offers a wide variety of programs.
Detroit Association of the Deaf in Michigan
28945 Joy Road
Westland, MI 48185
Emotional Disorders: Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing
National Association of the Deaf