Below are website links to a whole array of services, assistance, products available to the visually impaired. Check back frequently for a continually updated list.
Disabled Student Resources can help you should you need academic or physical accommodations. Each campus has an office or email them at DSRhelp@pima.edu
Ships groceries. They have almost 200,000 grocery store items and they have over 40,000 items that ship for free if you're signed up in their PRIME membership program, which is currently $79 per year and it comes with a free trial for a month. They also have Super Saver Shipping which is also free without the PRIME fee but it takes a few extra days. They do not have refrigerated or frozen items.
EMVIA is participating in the Albertsons Community Partners Program. Please make sure to get a Community Partners card and scan it every time you shop at Albertsons. If you need a key tag, please contact us.
How the program works?
Netgrocer.com is a non-local internet grocery shopping service for non-perishables. They will ship your items to you via FedEx, but be aware that their shipping charges are over 30% of your food bill. Link to the netgrocer.com faq's pages
Shopping at Safeway is done online at safeway.com; they do not take phone orders. They have a special set up for screen readers but it is helpful if you have some computer dexterity to use this format of ordering. Free delivery is given on your first order plus 60 more days FREE from Safeway. Safeway's web site is well organized, and a fast way to fill your shopping cart. Safeway home delivery is also a great way to save gas and time!
There are three ways to shop:
1) Shop by Aisle: browse our entire online store through the virtual "aisles", which are organized similar to the aisles in your store.
2) Shopping History: all the items that you have purchased using a Club Card, whether in-store or online are saved in your Shopping History. You can easily add the items there to your cart.
3) Express List: Enter names of the products that you want to buy into the express shopping list. The search feature will find the best matching products for you.
You can indicate product specifications (such as "green bananas", "firm tomatoes", "thick cut deli meat" etc) using the "Request to your Personal Shopper" feature. They can substitute items if you specify the type of replacement you prefer. Safeway may choose whether to substitute items that are the same size or the same brand. You also may opt for no substitutions. Items may be lower or higher in price than the original choice.
You get Safeway Club Card savings on all items currently on sale. They accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit and debit cards, but not government cards or vouchers such as Quest and WIC. You can return unwanted products with your driver by contacting the customer service center. Questions? Call them toll-free at 1-877-505-4040.
Tucson Delivery Areas
As of January 2011, Safeway limits their service in Tucson to these zip codes only:
85713, 85715, 85716, 85718, 85719, 85730, 85737
85741, 85745, 85747, 85748, 85749, 85750
Schwan's frozen food delivery will send a truck to just about anywhere you live. The delivery fees are built into the prices so it will seem a little bit on the expensive side but their quality is top notch. They have catalogs in print, on audio cassette tape, and in Braille! A driver will come to your door and take your order and it will be limited to what the truck is holding right then, but you can always call the driver beforehand and give them an order or partial order. They will take just about any form of payment. Call them at 1-888-724-9267, e-mail them at email@example.com, or write them at Schwan's Home Service, Inc., c/o Customer Service, 115 West College Drive, Marshall, MN 56258
Don't forget drug stores! They will mail most prescriptions for free, but narcotics that require a signature and refrigerated medicines that require a special delivery will cost extra. You can also manage your refills on line. Three in the Tucson area that mail for free are:
Walgreens, at 877-250-5823
Costco, at 800-607-6861. They have enlarged the print on their medicine bottles.
Albertsons-CVS at 888-607-4287
Fry's and Target will mail prescriptions but not for free at this time.
Their mission is to enhance the quality of life of people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired by providing a wide range of services aimed at promoting independence, educating the general publice and faciliting acceptance of individuals who are blind and visually impaired
Providing books, magazines and other library resources in alternate formats for all Arizona residents whose visual or physical disabilities prevent the use of conventional print materials.
Braille: literary, foreign language; spiral binding; computer-produced; can accept material in print or disk. Other information: commercial, fee for service, guarantee 100% accuracy.
P.O. Box 1104, Gilbert, AZ 85297
(480) 782-0223 fax (480) 782-0267
Desert Volunteer Braille Guild
Braille: literary, textbooks, math, French, Spanish; thermoforming; spiral binding; computer-produced; software (MicroBraille, Pokadot, Ed-It PC, and text conversion for MegaDots and Duxbury). Large print: general, math, music, textbooks, computer science, foreign languages; spiral binding; by digital copying and enlargingOther information: accepts no assignments outside state, sponsors transcribing classes, maintains book-master collection, offers paper and braillon exchange
1235 East Harmont Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 331-1470/(602) 678-5810/(6002) 678-5816
Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind
Recording: general, local news and recreational material; open-reel masters; 4-track cassette duplication
9447 North 99th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345
Supporting the DES mission of promoting the safety, well-being, and self sufficiency of children, adults, and families by working with individuals with disabilities to achieve increased independence and/or gainful employment
Recording: educational texts for students in kindergarten through postgraduate studies; 4-track cassette duplication.
3627 East Indian School Road, Suite 108, Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 468-9144 fax (602) 553-0226
Trinity Braille Ministry
Braille: literary, music, United Methodist literature; thermoforming; spiral binding; embossing. Sponsors transcribing classes, maintains book-master collection.
Trinity United Methodist Church
3104 West Glendale Avenue,
Phoenix, AZ 85051 (602) 973-1415
Oregon Commission for the Blind - assisting Oregonians who are blind or visually impaired
535 SE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 673-1588 or ( 888) 202-5463
Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired - the place to find vocational rehabilitation, independent living services and resources for Vermonters who are blind and visually impaired
Central Office, Weeks Building
103 South Main Street
Fred Jones, Director
- seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them.
- a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss in the U.S. Check out their newly redesigned (as of March 2012) website which boasts improved navigability, slideshows, and the ability to share content.
- to help older Americans and their family members cope with age-related eye diseases.
- the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.
- The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and the Dollywood Foundation have formed a partnership that expands Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) program to provide young blind and visually impaired children with accessible books.
Tellme, a service of Bing. Call 1-800-225-5411. It costs nothing to use and gives a lot of good information. A great resource for those who are blind or have low vision.
Disneyland - information on services for guests with visual disabilities
Label It! Braille and Audio Strategies for Identifying Items at Home and Work - a very good recording, #67704, on labeling. Also available in Braille, ASCII text, Portabook, and print formats for $10 at National Braille Press, or by calling 800-548-7323
- a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
Talking Book Library
University of Mary Washington - a list of useful links
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