VISION & HEARING RESOURCES
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NATIONAL & STATE RESOURCES: 

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers many valuable programs 
AND 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 
https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/free-white-cane-program
&
National Federation of the Blind NEWSLINE 
200 East Wells at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD  21230
Phone: 866-504-7300
Website: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline
A FREE electronic service that gives any blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled person access 
to newspapers, magazines, and TV listings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using a touch-tone tele-
phone, on the Web or by download to a digital talking-book player or MP3-playing device. You can 
listen to TODAY's newspaper over the telephone and gives access to up to 2 weeks of TV listings 
in advance. You can choose the topic and articles of greatest interest to you, at the time and place 
of your choosing There are over 300 newspapers and magazines to choose from!

CHOICE MAGAZINE LISTENING 
Phone: 888-724-6423
Website:  www.choicemagazinelistening.org 
Any adult who has difficulty reading or even holding a magazine is eligible!  Four times a year, 
listeners receive 12 hours of great magazine writing. A talking book player is also provided free 
of charge. Recipients enjoy the issue for several weeks, then return it in the postage-free mailer 
it arrived in. It's as easy as that! (CML is also available as a download). This service is free of 
charge to all listeners.  CML's editors select articles, stories and poems from more than 100 pub-
lications. 

American Foundation for the Blind
1401 South Clark  Suite 730
Arlington, VA  22202
Phone: 212-502-7600
Website: https://www.afb.org/about-afb/leadership-and-staff
Since 1921, AFB has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 5 million Americans 
living with vision loss. A national nonprofit, we champion access and equality, and stand at the 
forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs 
of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating 
a more equitable world for people with disabilities.

Michigan Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_28313---,00.html
The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) believes in the capacity of people who 
are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment and independence. BSBP provides training 
and other services that empower people to achieve their individual goals. If you live in Michigan 
and you're blind or visually impaired, the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons will work with you 
to define your goals and identify appropriate training and other services. Funded by federal and 
state taxes, BSBP provides counseling and training in skills for daily living without vision. Depen-
ding upon your needs and eligibility for specific services, BSBP may also provide some types of 
adaptive equipment, computer software, and post- secondary education.

Michigan Commission for the Blind
3038 W Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI  48202 
Phone: 313-456-1646 
Website: https://search.michigan.gov/AppBuilder/searchctx=SOM&q=Michigan%20commission%
20for%20the%20blind
This program has the primary responsibility for preparing legally blind men and women for gainful, 
competitive employment. Program counselors work closely with each client in developing a rehab-
ilitation program that is suited to the client's interests, aptitudes and potential skills.

Blind and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont  Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329
2215 Fuller 
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Website: https://www.va.gov/health-care/about-va-health-benefits/vision-care/blind-low-vision-
rehab-services
The VA provides Blind and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services to Veterans or active-duty service 
members to help them live a more independent life.
We offer blind and low vision rehabilitation services such as:
1.  Vision-enhancing devices and technologies (like electronic reading machines and electronic 
      mobility devices)—and training in how to use them
2.  Training in new visual skills to help with everyday tasks (like reading, writing, cooking, managing 
      your medicines, and locating and reading signs)
3.  Sensory training (training that helps you better use your other senses—like hearing or touch)
4.   Mobility and orientation training (training that helps you create mental maps that make you feel 
      more confident as you move through the world)
5.   Strategies for restoring your ability to communicate through writing or using the computer
6.   Counseling and group therapy to help you adjust to blindness
7.   Family-centered care that helps your family learn how to support you as you adjust to blindness

NOTE:  MEDICAID WILL NOW PAY FOR EYE EXAMS & GLASSES 
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. 
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If you have diabetes, MEDICARE will help pay for eye exams! Diabetic eye disease can affect any-
one with diabetes, it often has no symptoms or pain and if undetected, can cause severe vision loss 
or blindness. Visit  www. medicare.gov  1-800-MEDICARE.
&
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

Sight Restoration ProgramSight Restoration Program
Lions Club of Michigan Service Foundation 
5730 Executive 
Lansing, MI  48911
Phone:  517-887-6640 
Email: info@lmsf.net 
Website: http://lmsf.net
The Lions of Michigan Foundation provides financial assistance and services to help uninsured 
and financially struggling Michigan residents with the treatment of vision problems, eye conditions 
and eye diseases.

Michigan Medicine / Kellogg Eye Center in Canton
1051 North Canton Center Road
Canton, MI 48187
Phone: 734-844-5400
Website: https://www.umkelloggeye.org/our-locations/chc-eye
The Kellogg Eye Center offers patients the most advanced and comprehensive treatments for all 
eye conditions and diseases. The center's comprehensive eye care and specialty services attract 
patients seeking the most effective treatments in glaucoma, retinal disease, diabetes-related eye 
disease, macular degeneration, cataract, corneal disease, trauma, and thyroid eye disease.
This program offers:
- Routine eye exams
- General eye care
- Speciality care
For appointments, please contact us. A Call Center representative will assist you in determining 
a location and provider based on your insurance type and travel convenience. Michigan Medicine 
accepts Medicare and Medicaid and offers financial assistance for uninsured and under-
insured patients.

HOPE Clinic
Ypsilanti Clinic:
518 Harriet
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
Phone: 734-436-1186
&
Wayne Clinic:
33608 Palmer 
Westland, MI  48186
Phone: 734-710-6688
Email:  communitysightprogram@gmail.com
Website: https://thehopeclinic.org/sight-clinic
Through our ongoing partnership with the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center SIGHT program, 
Hope Clinic provides Clients with free vision exams, free glaucoma screening & free or low-cost eye-
glasses! See Kellogg Center below!

University of Michigan MI-SIGHT Program
Website: https://sightstudies.org/about/university-of-michigan
The University of Michigan MI-SIGHT program helps people with limited access to eye care 
receive eye disease screening and free or low-cost glasses. We are partnering with the Hope 
Clinic, a free clinic in Ypsilanti, MI, and the Hamilton Community Health Network, a Federally 
Qualified Health Center in Flint, MI to carry out this program.
If you are age 18 or older (AND)
If you would like to participate at the Ypsilanti, MI site please contact our study team at 734-
436-1186 or email us at communitysightprogram@gmail.com 
&
If you would like to participate at the Flint, MI site please contact our study team at 810-309-
9378 or email us at hamiltoncommunitysightprogram@gmail.com.

Vision To Learn
Administrative Office: 
12100 Wilshire Blvd.  Suite 1275
Los Angeles, CA  90025
Phone: 800-485-9196
Email: mail@visiontolearn.org
&
Michigan Office:   Tressel Flaggs, Program Manager Eastern Michigan
Phone: 313-585-8362
Email: easternmichigan@visiontolearn.org
Website: https://visiontolearn.org
Vision To Learn (VTL) partners with school districts through a Memorandum of Understanding 
(MOU) that outlines the responsibilities of Vision To Learn and the district. Vision To Learn’s 
program model makes it easy for students to access eye care, and easy for schools to bring 
Vision To Learn to campus. Typical district responsibilities include coordinating consent forms 
for exams and escorting kids from the classroom to the mobile clinic.The program begins with 
vision screenings for all students, utilizing medically appropriate tools. 

NEW EYES FOR THE NEEDY
549 Millburn Ave.                                    
Short Hills, NJ  07078
Phone: 973-376-4903
Email: info@new-eyes.org
Website: https://new-eyes.org
New Eyes For The Needy purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program 
for children & adults in the U.S. who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts,
recycles and distributes donated glasses for poor people overseas. 

Health Emergency Lifeline Program (H.E.L.P.)        
1726 Howard 
Detroit, MI  48216
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. 

INFANT SEE 
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO  63141
Phone: 314-983-4286    Toll Free: 888-396-EYES (3937)
Email: infantsee@aoa.org
Website: https://infantsee.org
InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® -The AOA Foundation, 
is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness 
care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, participating doctors of optometry 
provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age free of charge 
regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage. 

EyeCare America - The Seniors Program
American Academy of Ophthalmology
655 Beach 
San Francisco, CA  94109
&
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA  94120-7424
Phone: 877-887-6327
Website: https://secure.aao.org/Forms/ECAReferral
EyeCare America, one of the country’s leading public service programs provides eye care through 
a pool of more than 5,500 volunteer ophthalmologists. Since 1985, EyeCare America has helped 
more than 2 million people. Ninety percent of the care provided is at no out-of-pocket cost to the 
patient.
We offer two programs:
The Seniors Program connects eligible seniors 65 and older with local volunteer ophthalmologists 
who provide a medical eye exam often at no out-of-pocket cost, and up to one year of followup care 
for any condition diagnosed during the initial exam, for the physician services.
The Glaucoma Program provides a glaucoma eye exam at no cost to those who are eligible and 
uninsured. Those who are eligible and insured are billed normal office procedure, and responsible 
for any co-payments. (This is an awareness program to provide a baseline glaucoma eye exam to 
those who may not be aware they are at increased risk). 

Mission Cataract USA 
1233 E. Brandywine
Fresno, CA  93720
Phone: 559-797-1629
Website: http://www.missioncataractUSA.org
Who is eligible for Mission Cataract USA?
The goal of Mission Cataract USA is to eradicate blindness due to cataracts in our country and 
bring as many people as possible from blindness to useful productive lives. We hope to have 
Mission Cataract surgeons in all 50 states so that no one in the United States will go without 
needed cataract surgery due to finances We want to make sure every vision impaired person 
in America without insurance or financial resources learns about this remarkable program.

VSP Eyes of Hope  (formerly SIGHT FOR STUDENTS)
VSP GLOBAL CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
3333 Quality Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670
Phone: 800-852-7600
&
REGIONAL VSP VISION CARE OFFICES
VSP has offices in the following cities:
Southfield, MI                                     
Website: https://vspglobal.com/cms/vspglobal-outreach/gift-certificates.html 
VSP Eyes of Hope gift certificate programs ensure that adults and children in need, including 
those affected by disaster, have access to quality eye care and new glasses at no cost through 
a local VSP network doctor. We work closely with our national network of community partners 
to help identify and distribute gift certificates to those most in need. Also check with your stu-
dent's school nurse!

ReSpectacle
Email: help@respectacle.org
Website: http://respectacle.org
ReSpectacle is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that uses the power of the internet to facilitate 
redistribution of high-quality, donated eyeglasses to under-served individuals & communities 
worldwide. Donated glasses are cleaned, categorized, and loaded into our online database based 
on their prescription. ReSpectacle limits orders to 3 pairs of glasses per individual, per calendar 
year. We require a small processing fee of $5.00 to help cover the operational costs of managing 
and shipping free spectacles to recipients all over the world.

Friends of Man
P.O. Box 937
Littleton, CO  80160-0937
Phone: 303-798-2342
Website: https://www.friendsofman.org
At Friends of Man we are a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt charity using 100% of donations for 
charitable assistance. We work through Referring Professionals (caseworkers, case managers, 
health care workers, social workers, counselors, teachers, clergy) who apply on behalf of their 
patients and clients needing mobility equipment, prosthetics, glasses, dentures, hearing aids, 
and much more!
Friends of Man helps people of all ages with a large variety of needs, including:

Department of Pediatrics – School Based and Community Health Program
HFHS Ruth Ellis Health & Wellness Center 
77 Victor
Highland Park, MI  48203
Phone: 313-365-3338
Email: jmille10@hfhs.org
Website:  www.hfhs.org
Serves clients 10-21 years old. If this person comes to the health center for a checkup/well exam, 
we can give them a voucher for free exam and free pair of eye glasses at Henry Ford Optimeyes.

MERCY PLACE Free Clinic
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland             Staff is bi-lingual (Spanish)
55 Clinton 
Pontiac, MI  48342
Phone: 248-333-0840
Website: https://www.stjoeshealth.org/about-us/community-benefit/faith-
community-nursing/mercy-place
Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only. Mercy Place is an outpatient clinic 
affiliated with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, which provides comprehensive health care, treatment 
and prevention to uninsured people who do not qualify for other health care alternatives. It is 
located in downtown Pontiac, and although most clients come from the Pontiac area, the clinic 
serves select, northern Oakland County zip codes.The clinic is supported by volunteer physic-
ians who donate their time and generous donors who endorse the Mercy mission of caring for 
all, regardless of their ability to pay. Mercy Place exemplifies our Mercy mission and values, 
which emphasize justice by working for the common good through advancing the health status 
of the community. The mission especially takes steps to ensure that the needs of the under-
served are addressed. 

Ophthalmology program with eyeglass program.
Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
16625 Grand River Ave. 
Detroit, MI  48227
Phone:  313-272-3900
Email: information@gdabvi.org 
Website: https://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.

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

​​Our Children's Fund       
c/o WBSD Special Services
5810 Commerce 
West Bloomfield, MI  48324
Website: https://www.wbsd.org/community/our-childrens-fund
Our Children’s Fund is able to supply backpacks, school supplies and clothing as well financial 
assistance for summer school classes and academic enrichment. Through donations to the WB/
KH Blessing in a Backpack program, food is also provided. 100% of all contributions are used to 
help students and families in need. Only for the school children of this district!! 

Saline Area Social Services 
224 W. Michigan Ave.
Saline, MI  48176
Phone: 734-429-4570
Website: https://salinesocialservice.com/get-food/how-we-can-help
Our mission is to help our struggling neighbors within the Saline Area School District by 
providing them the extra aid, tools and resources to help improve their lives. Helps provide 
personal items such as eyeglasses.


VARIOUS TYPES OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THOSE WITH LOW VISION

Detroit Radio Information Service   (WDET-FM)
WDET 101.9 FM
4600 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI  48201
Phone: 313-577-4146
Email: cgarcia@wdet.org
Website: https://wdet.org/dris
The Detroit Radio Information Service (DRIS) is S.E. MI'sRadio Reading/Audio Information 
Service for people with disabilities. It is a special audience service of WDET 101.9 FM and 
Wayne State University. DRIS embraces and enhances the robust community engagement 
mission to expand knowledge, educate, inform and culturally enlighten its listeners. DRIS 
is the only service of its kind in the region providing free reading and audio information 
programming for one of the community's most under-served population groups by provid-
ing equal access to information. Since 1978, it has filled an information void in the blind &
print-impaired population by offering a simple, cost-effective method of accessing printed 
and visual news and information published in hundreds of daily, weekly and monthly perio-
dicals.

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. 

Seedlings Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924          
Livonia, MI   48151-5924
Phone: 734-427-8552    800-777-8552
Email: info@seedlings.org
Website:  www.seedlings.org
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality, 
low-cost children's books in braille. Our small staff works hard transcribing, proof-reading, printing, 
binding, and shipping over 20,000 books per year. In addition, we are always diligently working to 
obtain grants and donations which enable us to keep our prices affordable for you. Our books are 
sold for approximately half of the actual production price, and our prices have not been increased 
for over 20 years! 


TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

iCanConnect - National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)
5830 North High 
Worthington, OH 43085 
Phone: 800-825-4595
Website: http://www.icanconnect.org
Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people with both significant 
vision and hearing loss. iCanConnect provides free equipment including smartphones, tablets, 
computers, screen readers, braille displays, and more to people who meet federal disability and 
income guidelines. Each person receives an individual assessment to determine the best equip-
ment solutions. iCanConnect serves people from a wide range of backgrounds, including older 
people who have lost vision and hearing later in life, and people with Usher and CHARGE Syn-
dromes.

Michigan Loan Funds
c/o United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
1325 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI  48910
Phone: 517-203-1200   800-828-2714
Website: https://www.ucpmichigan.org/assistivetech
The Michigan Loan Funds are programs of United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, which works in 
partnership with Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) to provide loans. It 
is funded through public and private donations, and started with grants from the United States 
Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration.
&
MICHIGAN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY LOAN FUND
Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund (MATLF) and Michigan Employment Loan Fund (MELF) 
are programs of United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, which works in partnership with Michigan State 
University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), to provide loans. They are funded through public and private donations, and started with grants from the United States Department of Education’s Re-
habilitation Services Administration.
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The mission of MATL supports the purchase of needed technology through low-interest rates 
and loan guarantees and is a service partially supported through Michigan’s Assistive Techn-
ology Program (MATP). Assistive technology is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or 
device that enables an individual with a disability to improve individual independence and 
quality of life.


LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
The Library of Congress
Washington, DC  20542
Phone:  800-424-8567
&
343 S. Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Website: https://www.loc.gov/nls/enrollment-equipment
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 in-
cluded in the collection. Braille music transcriptions of classical and popular music are avail-
able as well as librettos and instructional method books. Web-braille makes many items avail-
able 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 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

Braille and Talking Book Library
Phone: 800-992-9012
Website: https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_28313_54234---,00.html
We provide library service for individuals unable to use standard print materials. 
Other Materials:
More than 70 magazines are available for no charge on digital 
cartridge or in Braille.

The Detroit Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)
Douglass Branch 
3666 Grand River Ave. 
Detroit, MI  48208 
Phone: 313-481-1701
Email: lbph@detroitpubliclibrary.org
Website: https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/services/lbph
Located at the Douglass Branch. It offers services, materials, and events to anyone with a visual 
or physical handicap, or a reading disability. The library lends talking books and players to people 
who live in Detroit and Highland Park.Schools, nursing homes, and senior residences can also 
borrow these materials.
Programs:
Programs are for Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped customers who reside in Detroit, 
Highland Park, and Hamtramck. All programs are free of charge but you must register in advance.
The Collection:
Our collection includes many genres in the following formats:

Clinton-Macomb Public Library Library for the Blind 
40900 Romeo Plank 
Clinton Twp., MI  48038
Phone:  586-286-1580    Toll free 1-855-203-5274
Website: https://cmpl.org/mlbph
Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) serves all residents 
of Macomb County, who qualify, by providing audio books and players, large print books, 
equipment that enlarges text, equipment for printing Braille materials, and more. All ser-
vices are free. Materials are mailed postage free to and from the reader.
Services We Offer:

Bookshare.org
Website: https://www.bookshare.org
Who Can Join:
In order for you to become a Bookshare® member, an expert must confirm that you have 
a print disability that severely inhibits or prevents you from reading traditional print mat-
erials. Anyone in the world with a qualifying print disability may join Bookshare.
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Bookshare® is FREE for qualified U.S. students of any age and schools through an award 
from OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education). People 
with qualifying conditions who are not U.S. students, and organizations serving them, pay 
a low membership fee. 
Details:
1.  For students, adults, seniors, veterans & other
     individuals with print disabilities
2.  Find and read unlimited books on your own
3.  Access free reading tools

JBI INTERNATIONAL 
110 E. 30th 
New York, NY  10016
Phone: 212-889-2525
Website: https://www.jbilibrary.org
The JBI Library is an independent and free library for the visually impaired, blind, physically 
disabled and reading disabled that produces books of Jewish and general interest in Audio, 
Large Print and in Braille.The Library serves eligible individuals of all ages and backgrounds 
all over the world.









































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Youth Programs
(Including 
FREE 
& Low-Cost 
Summer Camps)


This page was last updated: July 26, 2021
Scroll down below the National & State resources for organizations 
that help with eye exams & glasses! 
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for all types of resources!


ALSO:  We had SO many resources listed we had to go to 2 pages! Click
on the link here to find HEARING RESOURCES.