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 the HEARING RESOURCES.
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,
National Federation of the Blind NEWSLINE
200 East Wells at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
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 telephone, 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!
American Foundation for the Blind
1401 South Clark Suite 730
Arlington, VA 22202
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 soc-
ietal barriers and promoting broad systemic change. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are commi-
tted to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities.
Michigan Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)
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. Depending 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
This program has the primary responsibility for preparing legally blind men and women for gainful, competitive employ-
ment. Program counselors work closely with each client in developing a rehabilitation 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
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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.
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,
Sight Restoration ProgramSight Restoration Program
Lions Club of Michigan Service Foundation
Lansing, MI 48911
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 N. Canton Center
Canton, MI 48187
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 treat-
ments in glaucoma, retinal disease, diabetes-related eye disease, macular degeneration, cataract, corneal disease,
trauma, and thyroid eye disease.
This program offers:
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 fin-
ancial assistance for uninsured and under-insured patients.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Westland, MI 48186
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 eyeglasses! See Kellogg Center below!
University of Michigan MI-SIGHT Program
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 Comm-
unity 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 Flint, MI site please contact our study team at 810-309-9378 or email us at
Vision To Learn
12100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1275
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Michigan Office: Tressel Flaggs, Program Manager Eastern Michigan
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 acc-
ess eye care, and easy for schools to bring Vision To Learn to campus. Typical district responsibilities include coordin-
ating 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
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
Health Emergency Lifeline Program (H.E.L.P.)
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 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: 314-983-4286 Toll Free: 888-396-EYES (3937)
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 pro-
gram, 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
San Francisco, CA 94109
P.O. Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
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 follow-up 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 prog-
ram 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
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
REGIONAL VSP VISION CARE OFFICES
VSP has offices in the following cities:
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 student's school nurse!
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
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, dent-
ures, hearing aids, and much more! Friends of Man helps people of all ages with a large variety of needs, including:
- Mobility Equipment (Wheelchairs, Prostheses, Auto/Van Modifications, etc.)
Department of Pediatrics – School Based and Community Health Program
HFHS Ruth Ellis Health & Wellness Center
Highland Park, MI 48203
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)
Pontiac, MI 48342
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 physicians
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 underserved are addressed.
Ophthalmology program with eyeglass program.
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.
Robert R. Frank Student-Run FREE Clinic
Detroit, MI 48226
This clinic provides high-quality, non-emergent, free primary care including:
Kiwanis Club of Woodhaven
Woodhaven, MI 48183-5227
Provides eyeglasses to needy Woodhaven-Brownstown children.
Our Children's Fund
c/o WBSD Special Services
West Bloomfield, MI 48324
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
Saline Social Services
1259 Industrial Drive
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
The Detroit Radio Information Service (DRIS) is S.E. MI's Radio Reading/Audio Information Service for people with disa-
bilities. 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 com-
munity's most under-served population groups by providing equal access to information. Since 1978, it has filled an infor-
mation 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 periodicals.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
Phone: 734-427-8552 800-777-8552
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!
iCanConnect - National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)
5830 North High
Worthington, OH 43085
Sending an email or chatting on the phone can be challenging for people with both significant vision and hearing loss. iCanConnect provides free equipment and training for people with both significant hearing and vision loss who meet
the program’s disability and income eligibility guidelines. iCanConnect is a national program with local contacts that
helps people stay connected to friends, family and the world.
Michigan Loan Funds
c/o United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan
1325 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
Phone: 517-203-1200 800-828-2714
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 U.S Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration.
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 Technology 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
343 S. Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The National Library Service maintains a collection of over 32,000 large-print & braille music scores, texts, & 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 every week.
To download books, you will need:
A BARD password / A computer and high-speed internet connection / A USB flash drive
Braille and Talking Book Library
We provide library service for individuals unable to use standard print materials.
- BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)
- Michigan's Locally Recorded Digital Talking Books
- MDOC Inmate Talking Book Service
- Digital Machines and Equipment
- Described Video Collection
- Magazine Collection DOC icon
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)
3666 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208
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 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.
Our collection includes many genres in the following formats:
- Spanish language audio books
- Reference sources on the American Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Large print and braille sheet music (through the National Library Service)
- Recorded music instruction (through the National Library Service)
Clinton-Macomb Public Library Library for the Blind
40900 Romeo Plank
Clinton Twp., MI 48038
Phone: 586-286-1580 Toll free: 855-203-5274
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 services are free. Materials are mailed postage free to and from the reader.
Services We Offer:
- Assistive technology demonstrations
- Reference and informational services
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 materials. Anyone in the world with a qualifying print disability may join Bookshare.
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.
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
110 E. 30th
New York, NY 10016
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.