This list is not intended as a complete listing of these resources, nor as an endorsement of any product or organization. See our other resource lists which sell a wide variety of items such as games, books, watches, clocks, and other useful items which also make nice gifts.
Braille or Braille-and-Print Cards
Books & Magazines
Personalized Braille cards and Braille gifts for the blind and partially sighted. Your own personal message is embossed in Braille onto the greeting card of your choice and mailed to that special person in time for that special day. We have cards for all occasions, and if you can't find exactly what you are looking for then drop us a line - we will always do our best to find it for you. Choose from our special selection of high quality fine art and hand crafted cards."
Shadows in the Dark
Has a wide variety of cards, from anniversary, birthday, new baby, graduation and wedding to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day. You can have your own personalized message put in the cards, too! Also offers braille invitations, announcements, business cards and playing cards, as well as a wide variety of gift items, from candles and bath sets to inspirational items.
Owner Haley Dare hand-makes the cards with print and braille, using layers of patterned and textured papers, decorative buttons, ribbons, rhinestones and other items so that they may be enjoyed by blind and sighted folks alike. Cards are available as single cards, or in sets. Card types include thank you, thinking of you, happy birthday, feel better soon, Christmas, dream big, cell phone fun, baby, and many more.
32 Vinton Road
Rochester, NY 14622
Sells braille chocolate bars with a choice of various sayings, including Happy Birthday, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Love You, Have A Nice Day, and Thank You. That is all done by hand. I also make guide dogs, which can have the dogs' name and harness added or just the words "Best Friend." I make a lab, and a shepherd. I can also add braille to many different molds that I have. The bars can be made in milk, dark or white chocolate. Additional choices are plain or with nuts, rice crisps or peppermint. They are bagged in cellophane and tied with ribbons. All orders are made fresh for each customer. Shipping is extra based on each order. Price list available. Bars cannot be sent during the summer months.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
PO Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
(734) 427-8552 (voice or fax)
To send an e-mail, go to www.seedlings.org/contact.php
From contemporary literature to well-loved classics, Seedlings offers over 300 low-cost braille books for children ages 1 to 14.
National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(888) 965-8965 or (617) 266-6160
fax (617) 437-0456
Bookstore: (800) 548-7323
Browse Our Bookstore at www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/index.html
Publishers of books on computer use and access self-help and lifelong learning as well as children's braille literacy including print/braille books. Besides many interesting books, they publish Our Special Magazine. 6 issues per year for $15, written and edited for blind women, it covers careers, fashion, parenting, cooking, handicrafts, travel, maternity, dating, health, and more.
Newsreel is a monthly audio magazine, available on cassette tape or as a MP3 download, produced by and for people who are blind, that contains news, information and entertainment articles. Other articles may be poetry, sports stories, recipes, discussions on adaptive technology, and much more. Subscriptions cost $30 for read-and-return cassette tape, $25 for MP3 download; $50 to read-and-keep the issues you'd like.
Website for a list of described videos available from Amazon.com:
Described movies are also available on loan from more than 1,200 public libraries.
Offers custom embroidered gifts, as well as games and other products. Many of these items were originally made for sighted individuals, but we have found them to be successful for blind users, too, some with minor modifications or more detailed instructions. The company welcomes any suggestions from our customers regarding games or products that have been user-friendly to the blind.
Captek, Inc. (formerly Science Products for the Blind)
Carries talking vendor equipment, custom electronics, low vision aids, recreational items, calculators, computers, recorders, large print and tactile books, medical aids, etc.
Carolyn's Low Vision Products
Products range from CCTVs, to blood glucose meters, to talking thermometers and scientific calculators.
Offers knitting books, crochet books, and recipe books in braille. Recipe books are also available in large print and on computer disk.
Future Aids: The Braille Superstore
(A Division of MarvelSoft Enterprises, Inc.)
33222 Lynn Ave.
Abbotsford, BC V2S 1C9
Fax: (800-985-1231 or (250) 483-1590
To send an e-mail, go to www.braillebookstore.com/view.php?C=Contact+Us
Are you looking for games? The Toys and Games department has shelf after shelf dedicated to playing cards and accessories, toys, dominoes, board games, brain teasers and sporting goods of all kinds.
Independent Living Aids, Inc.
Has watches, clocks, canes, kitchen items, slates and styluses, household, personal and recreation items, voice-activated TV remote, large button cordless phone, talking pagers, sewing aids, tools, medical devices including diabetic aids, and much more.
Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)
Has custom computers and software, reading machines, 4-track cassette players and recorders, talking calculators, notetakers, bathroom scales, clocks, watches (talking and braille) and more.
Items include talking watches, scales, clocks, calculators, large digit alarm clocks, computer and TV screen enlargers, TV radios, 4-track cassette players, voice-activated telephones, medical devices including diabetic aids, etc.
Sells a wide variety of items, from large print easy-to-read bingo cards to games, puzzles, craft kits, adapted sports equipment, therapeutic items, daily living aids, easels, magnifying lights, exercise bands, weights, mats, and machines, and a variety of furniture items (portable and stand-alone).
Speak To Me Catalog
330 SW 43rd St., Suite K
Renton, WA 98057
(800) 248-9965 option 2 for orders; option 4 for customer service
To send an e-mail, go to www.speaktomecatalog.com/contacts.html
Carries a variety of talking products, from clocks to cookie jars, stuffed toys to electronics, and plenty of gift items.
Stephens Development Company
6303 Thorndon Circle
University Park, FL 34201
Fax: (941) 358-8567
To send an e-mail, go to http://stephensmusicpub.com/index.php?main_page=contact_us&zenid=ide4oee2eeg0itfhi35fmkvd47
Publishes large print music (2.5 times the size of regular music), a series
of classical, popular, religious and traditional music printed especially for
those with visual impairment
7665 Redwood Blvd., Suite 100
Novato, CA 95405
Fax: (415) 878-2989
Sterling Adaptives is a systems integrator and supplier of technology for people with visual impairments.
Products include computer systems, screen magnifiers, screen readers, notetakers, scanning solutions, braille displays, CCTVs, and accessible mobile technology. The company can provide technical expertise for all computer-based software and hardware issues. Sterling is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge; primarily serves California.
National Lekotek Center
Lekotek uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life. The company makes the world of play accessible to children with all types of disabilities through special play and learning centers where they can have fun with traditional toys, adapted toys, books and computers. And while they are playing, Lekotek kids are learning new skills that build the base for literacy, mathematical reasoning and computer use. Offers information on toy ratings on its web site, as well as an "ask the expert" link. Also works with Toys "R" Us on its toy guide.
Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Children
published by Toys "R" Us, available in your local store, or visit