The National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is a program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to distribute a wide array of assistive technology to people who are deaf-blind and require special equipment to make a phone call, send an email or access the Internet. Read more.
This page contains several links that are related to blindness and visual impairment. This is not an exclusive list, nor does the Division endorse these businesses and organizations.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURORS AND RESOURCES:
- Al Squared
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Dolphin Computer Access Link LLC
- Dragon Systems
- Duxbury Systems Inc.
- En-Vision America
- Enhanced Vision
- Freedom Scientific Blind and Low Vision Group
- G.W. Micro Inc.
- Independent Living Aids
- Kurzweil Educational Systems
- Systems of Sight
EYE HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS:
- National Eye Institute
- Prevent Blindness America
- Northern Plains Eye Foundation
- American Optometric Association
- Vision Aware
GOVERNMENT ENTITIES RELATED TO BLINDNESS:
- SD Braille and Talking Book Program
- SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Mississippi State Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
OTHER NON-PROFIT AGENCIES RELATED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED:
- ADA Home Page
- ADA Document Portal
- Assistive Technology Industry Association
- Accessible Information Technology
- Closing the Gap
- CSUN Conference on Assistive Technology
- DakotaLink, SD Technology Act Project
- Descriptive Video Service
- Ticket to Work Project
- Job Accomodation Network
- Microsoft Accessibility Home
- National Organization on Disability
- Rocky Mountain ADA & IT Center
- SD Accessible Parking Information
- SD ADA Resource Directory
- RehabACTion, SD Chapter
- Advocacy Services, South Dakota
- Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
- Accessibility Info, U.S. Access Board
- USD Resource Guide for People with Disabilities
The SBVI Vocational Rehabilitation Program partners with the Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) to create job opportunities and other activities designed to assist youth with disabilities to move from high school into the world of work or post secondary school. The Youth Leadership Forum has proven to be a unique career and leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors.
Below is a links to the TSLP website. Please feel free to contact your vocational rehabilitation counselor for more information.
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is the centerpiece of new legislation signed by into law on December 17, 1999 under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. The Ticket to Work program was amended effective July 21, 2008. It is a nationwide initiative designed to bring major positive change to the lives of individuals with disabilities. Learn more.