While we do a lot at ABLE, we don’t do everything! To better help blind and visually impaired individuals access the services they need, we’ve compiled this list of organizations which provide related services. Please note that these organizations are listed as a courtesy and are not affiliated with ABLE.

  • Reading Resources for People with Print Disabilities
    • Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library

      The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, part of the Talking Book Program of the Library of Congress, provides braille and recorded books and playback equipment for those Wisconsin residents who for any physical reason cannot read normal print. All books, equipment and services, including the mailing of materials, are free to the print-handicapped.

      Call: 414-286-3045 or 800-242-8822
    • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

      Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

      Call: 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) to connect to a library near you.
    • American Printing House for the Blind

      The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) manufactures books and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. This fully-accessible web site features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics.

      Call: 800-223-1839
    • American Printing House for the Blind — Louis Database

      One popular feature of the American Printing House site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S., including braille and audio books from ABLE.

      Call: 800-223-1839
    • Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc.

      Based in Madison, Wisconsin, the Braille Library & Transcribing Services is a non-profit dedicated to providing print materials in braille or on audio cassette. Their philosophy is that everyone should have the opportunity to read.

      Call: 608-233-0222
    • Directions for Me

      A service of Horizons for the Blind, this website provides complete product packaging information for everything from preparation or cooking instructions to ingredient lists to Nutrition and Drug Facts labels for many common grocery, health and beauty and general merchandise products. In addition, the website also provides potentially life-saving, allergy and drug interaction warnings.

      Call: (800) 318-2000
    • Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

      MISSION: To promote the dignity and empowerment of the people of Wisconsin who live with vision loss through advocacy, education, and vision services.

      The Council is committed to empowering and assisting the growing number of people who must make lifestyle changes and adjustments due to vision impairment.

      Call: Toll Free: 800-783-5213, or 608-255-1166
  • Other resources for people coping with vision loss
    • Vision Forward Association

      Vision Forward provides a continuum of services, from birth through adulthood, to people with visual impairments, helping them achieve important developmental milestones as well as educational, personal and professional goals. All our programs and services are provided regardless of a person’s or family’s ability to pay.

      The Vision Forward Store features adaptive vision products.

      Call: 414-615-0100