The following list of resources is just a sampling of what is available.  Please share with us resources that you have also found helpful.


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Consumer Organizations of the Blind

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The national organization with which the Iowa Council of the United Blind (ICUB) is affiliated provides ACB national news, upcoming events, resources, and much more.

ACB Website

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

A national organization of the blind with which the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa (NFBI) is affiliated.

NFB Website

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

A patriotic organization of blind veterans that encourages fellowship, mutual support, and independence among its members.

BVA Website

Rehabilitation Services

Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB)

Iowa state agency that provides vocational rehabilitation, independent living, library, and other services to eligible Iowans with vision loss.

IDB Website

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Organization that provides accessibility, advocacy, educational, and other information about dealing with vision loss.

AFB Website

Hadley School for the Blind

Offers free classes and resources on a variety of topics for blind individuals.

Hadley School for the Blind Website

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

Offers resources and training for deaf-blind individuals.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults Website

Assistive Devices

Lifetech Iowa

Located in Des Moines, a source for adaptive products, like Braille supplies, tactile markers, time pieces, and magnifiers, to help persons with vision loss maintain a productive and independent life.  Call or text 515-209-2100.

Email Lifetech

Independent Living Aids

Sells daily living, mobility, and other devices that help people with vision loss live independently.

Independent Living Aids Website


Sells household products, mobility aids, medical devices, and computer equipment for people who have vision and hearing loss.

Maxiaids Website

Braille SuperStore

Sells Braille books, toys, games, kitchen aids, and talking products designed for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Braille SuperStore Website

American Printing House for the Blind

Sells educational and recreational items that promote literacy for blind people.

American Printing House for the Blind Website

National Braille Press

Sells educational and recreational items that promote literacy for blind people.

National Braille Press Website

Assistive Technology


Sells assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision, including electronic magnifiers, GPS devices, and book readers.

Humanware Website

Freedom Scientific

Sells such vision impairment products as video magnifiers, Braille displays, and computer-screen access software.

Freedom Scientific Website


Free online resource for blind users of Apple products.

Applevis Website

Information Sources in Alternative Formats

Iowa Department for the Blind Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

Provides books and other materials in alternative formats to Iowa residents who are unable to read standard print.

IDB Library Website

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress

Through national network of cooperating libraries, provides books and magazines in Braille and audio formats for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page

NLS Website

Iowa Radio Reading Information Service (IRIS)

Free radio-reading service through which volunteers read print information aloud to over 11,000 print-disabled listeners throughout Iowa.

IRIS Website


A free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, deafblind, or otherwise print-disabled that offers free access to more than 500 newspapers and magazines.

NFB Newsline Website

Audio Description

ACB Master List of Audio-Described Videos

Master list for locating audio described programming.

ACB Audio Website


Site for downloading free-of-charge audio only programming with audio description .

AudioVault Website