Resources for Blindness & Visual Impairments

National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina
http://www.nfbsc.net/main.html

The NFB of South Carolina is a non-profit, private organization of the blind working together to improve the quality of life for all blind people in South Carolina. In order for its influence to be felt on a national level, the NFB of SC is affiliated with the National Federation of the Blind, the nation's oldest and largest organization open to all the blind.

With more than 2,000 members, the NFB of SC consists of 60 affiliated organizations, 57 of which are local chapters located throughout the state. There is also a statewide Student Division, Blind Merchants Division and a Parents of Blind Children Division. Wherever you live in South Carolina, we have a chapter near you!

The NFB of SC is an energetic organization dedicated to service and its continuing programs are always designed to improve the economic, social and spiritual lives of blind South Carolinians.

Columbia - Please contact the Federation center at (803) 254-3777 or email nfbsc@sc.rr.com for more information about this chapter.

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SC State Library - Talking Book Services
http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/eligibility-and-application/

Telephone: (Toll-free) 1-800-922-7818 (Local) 803-734-4611

The South Carolina State Library's Talking Book Services department provides informational and recreational reading materials in accessible formats. The program serves South Carolinians unable to use conventional print due to a physical disability.

What services are offered?

  • Talking book, braille and other related services are provided. All services are free to those who meet eligibility requirements.
  • Recorded books and magazines, descriptive videotapes, and large print books are available.
  • Playback equipment and specialized accessories (designed for use by blind, visually impaired, and other readers with qualifying disabilities) are loaned at no charge.
  • Materials and playback equipment are sent to borrowers, postage-free, through the U.S. Postal Service, and may be returned the same way.
  • Assistive devices for accessing technology are available to aid readers who cannot use conventional text. These devices include:
    • A closed circuit television: magnifies text up to sixty times its original size;
    • Zoomtext®: magnifies computer screen images up to sixteen times their original size;
    • JAWS® for Windows: reads aloud information on a computer screen;
    • OpenBook®: scans a printed page and reads the text aloud;
    • Adaptive devices: larger, more easily-managed mouse; keyboard guards to guide hands in typing; touch screen computer monitor; wheelchair accessible desks.

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SC Commission for the Blind - SCCB
http://www.sccb.state.sc.us/

Telephone - (888)335-5951
E-mail - publicinfo@sccb.sc.gov

The SC Commission for the Blind is a state agency created to provide rehabilitation services, adjustment to blindness training, prevention of blindness, independent living services and various other services to blind and severely visually impaired citizens of South Carolina.

SCCB Older Blind Program
Eight Older Blind Counselors serve consumers from seven SCCB district offices throughout the state. These office locations include Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Florence, Conway, Greenwood, and Aiken. Consumers receive training in their homes by OB counselors or through an eight week program at the Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center (EBMRC). A curriculum has been developed for older consumers to receive training at the center-based rehabilitation training facility at the Columbia agency headquarters. The beginning of all services starts with a determination of eligibility and an assessment of the individual’s expressed needs and desires. An initial interview is scheduled and information is obtained which includes medical, family and living situation and a comprehensive assessment of the consumer’s needs as it relates to living independently. With the information obtained, and in full partnership with the consumer, a plan of services is developed know as the Individual Plan for Independent Living.

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