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.
Hearing screenings are offered to children ages 3-18 years. Screenings are offered in schools, preschools, nurseries, day care centers and Head Start facilities. Early identification of hearing problems helps limit the negative impact on a child's education.
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.
AARP members can save on hearing aids and comprehensive hearing care from a network of providers
with the AARP Hearing Care Program provided by HearUSA. The program's benefits include an extended warranty, battery supplies, education on using hearing aids effectively, and follow-up care.
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
Hard-of-hearing people regularly feel isolated from community and family life. Hearing aids help,
but they are often more trouble than they are worth--especially at public events where background
noise can be overwhelming and amplifiers may trigger excruciating feedback. Now, through, the
Hearing Loss Association of Ann Arbor is implementing a simple, inexpensive fix called "looping". Volunteers run a wire around a room, perhaps in a dropped ceiling or under a carpet, and attach
the two ends to an amplifier. Thereafter, whenever the PA system is used, people with hearing aids
or cochlear implants can switch to "I-coil mode" and tune in to what amounts to a private broadcast.
In a looped room, they may even be able to follow the proceedings better than those with normal hearing.
In Europe, airports, banks, and even cathedrals are all looped. Though looping costs just $300 to $400,
even many hard-of-hearing people don't know about it. To date, the HLA of Ann Arbor has wired just four sites, including conference rooms at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and the Turner Senior Resource Center and the sanctuary of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Chelsea....the church already is attracting worshippers from as far away as Detroit.
Southpoint Community Christian Church
5699 Fort Street, Trenton MI 48183 (across from Southshore Hospital)
provides looping AND an interpreter at the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Services.
Master's Hands Deaf Church
6273 Miller Road
Swartz Creek MI 48473
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
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.LionsClubs.org to find
the local contact person.
In 1988, the Lions Clubs International and LensCrafters Foundation teamed up to collect used eyeglasses and since then, Give the Gift of Sight has expanded into a family of vision programs that provides free eye care and glasses to those in need in our communities across the United States and Canada. Gift of Sight programs include eyeglass collection and recycling, Hometown Day, Sight Night, international missions
to developing countries, Vision Vans and special price vouchers.
EYE CARE AMERICA'S SENIORS EYECARE PROGRAM
Phone: 800-222-EYES (3937)
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.
Cadillac Place in the New Center Area
3044 W. Grand Blvd. Suite 1-253
Detroit MI 48202
A non-profit United Way for Southeastern Michigan agency. Sliding scale available for vision services. BETTER LIVING EYE CARE PROGRAM Programs for Children: Special program (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County Health Departments) for children who have failed their vision screening at a 50% fee reduction. NO CHARGE (for exam and glasses) IF FUNDING IS AVAILABLE! Also, eye coordination problems for children (crossed eyes or an eye that turns out) using office/home therapy. Amblyopia
(lazy eye) therapy for children.
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 can lead to vision loss.
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.
WAYNE COUNTY HEALTH DEPT.
Vision testing for ages 3-18 years.
Health Emergency Lifeline Program (H.E.L.P.)
1726 Howard Street
Detroit MI 48216
Phone: 313-832-3300 OR 888-435-5655
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.
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.
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.
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
Michigan Commission for the Blind
Phone: 800-292-4200 OR 888-864-1212 TTY
See below for more info on this agency!
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR EYE FOUNDATION
1000 East State Parkway Suite 1
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-490-3838 OR 800-222-EYES
Provides financial support for eye surgery for people who are unable to pay or receive adequate
assistance from current government agencies or similar sources. Phone for EMERGENCY services
only. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
This organization has a new program for Seniors age 65 and older who have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years may be eligible for a referral to a volunteer doctor by calling the help line at 800-
222-EYES. The year-round program matches callers with a doctor in their area that will provide a comprehensive medical eye examination and up to one year of care for any disease diagnosed during
the initial visit. Participating doctors have agreed to accept Medicare or other insurance as payment in full. Seniors without insurance can receive care at no cost.
MICHIGAN CATARACT FOUNDATION
Offers free surgery once a year for qualified individuals....dates vary by practice so call ahead to find
the particular offices date.
Vision Institute of Michigan
44650 Deco Blvd., Sterling Heights, MI 48313 Phone: 810-254-1770
Garrett Eye Center
1301 Carpenter Ave., Iron Mountain, MI 49801 Phone: 906-774-1404
Cedar Run Eye Center
3830 West Front Street, Traverse City MI Phone: 231-929-3888
The Surgery Center
5080 North Royal Drive, Traverse City MI 49684 Phone: 213-929-2500
National Eye Care Project/ Seniors Eye Care
Seniors age 65 and over who have not seen an ophthalmologist in 3 years and do not have insurance.
Provides eye exam and treatment.
GREATER DETROIT AGENCY for the BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED
16625 Grand River
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.
VISION CARE FOR LESS!
With AARP Vision Discounts provided by EyeMed, AARP members save on eye exams, up to 30% off prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses and up to 40% off Transitions adaptive lenses. You can present your AARP membership card at any LensCrafters, at most participating Pearle Vision, Sears Optical,
Target Optical and JCPenney Optical stores and to thousands of private practioners nationwide.
Your vision discount plan also includes 5% off promotional pricing and 15% off regular pricing
Downriver Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Inc.
Meets from noon to 2 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at:
Knights of Columbus
Robert Jones Council No. 3078
25160 W. Outer Drive
Lincoln Park, MI
Phone: Mary Eileen Hogan at 313-382-7974
VARIOUS TYPES OF HELP FOR THOSE WITH LOW VISION
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) launched a new, totally accessible, multimedia website
that offers instructional videos and easy-to-implement tips to help this country's growing low-vision population maintain independence. www.afb.org/seniorsite (see above!)
Detroit Radio Information Service (WDET-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 applicants.
The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired 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 audiocassettes that
teach basic computer use. For more info call 214-340-6328.
904 W. Chicago Blvd. Suite A
Tecumseh MI 49286
A free, nonprofit service providing information for vision-impaired people seeking ways to maintain
their independence. Over 50 catalogs and 30 services.
Low Vision Loan Closet
Donated items for the visually impaired--magnifiers, ccTV, talking watches, etc.--are loaned free
of charge to those who need it.
Michigan Commission for the Blind
3038 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 4-450
Detroit MI 48202-2038
Phone: 800-292-4200 TTY: 888-864-1212
The Michigan Commission for the Blind refers to its Senior Blind Program as the Independent Living Program. The Independent Living (IL) Program is a federal-state partnership providing services to older blind individuals so they can be as independent in their daily lives as possible. Older blind individual means a person 55 years or older whose severe visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to attain but for whom goals related to more independent living are feasible.
Information and referral
Rehabilitation teaching services
Orientation and mobility
Adapted aids and appliances
Daily Living Skills
Braille and other communication methods
Peer support groups
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
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
The Motor City League of Blind Bowlers is looking for a few good men and women to bowl
on Saturdays at 1 p.m. at the Renaissance Bowling Center, 19600 Woodward in Detroit.
Call Ollie at 313-794-1040 for more information.
The Michigan Steelwork Loan Fund offers low-interest loans available to people with disabilities
who want computer equipment in order to work from home.
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
PARENTS OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN
413 W. Maple Street
Lansing MI 48906-5034
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!
Detroit Day School for the Deaf
4555 John C. Lodge Hwy.
Detroit MI 48201
IN-HOME VISION CARE
This is not a free service but should be covered by any insurance you have,
if you are disabled or not well enough to leave the home.
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
Has more than 700 Christian orientated fiction, non-fiction and other reading material on cassette.
This free service is available to the blind and disabled For a large print or cassette catalog listing
their selections, and an application to join, contact the information above.