Living with Vision Loss

BELOW IS A LIST OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OREGONIANS WHO ARE VISUALLY IMPAIRED OR BLIND. FOR MORE IN DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS, PLEASE READ OUR COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE GUIDE.
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American Council of the Blind of Oregon
Phone: 541-404-8214
www.acboforegon.org
   
American Foundation for the Blind
Phone: 212-502-7600
www.afb.org

Disability Rights Oregon
Phone: 503-243-2081
Toll-free: 800-452-1694
http://www.disabilityrightsoregon.org/

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Toll-free: 800-323-4238
www.hadley.edu

Incight
Phone : 971-244-0305
incight.org/

Independent Living Resources (ILR)
Phone: 503-232-7411
www.ilr.org

Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA)
phone/fax: 541-607-7020
www.lilaoregon.org

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Oregon
541-653-9153.
http://nfb-oregon.org/
Correspondence Education

www.nfbnewsline.org


Spokes, Unlimited  (Klamath Falls)   
Phone and TTY: 541-883-7547
   
Umpqua Valley disAbilities Network
Phone: 541-672-6336
TTY: 541-440-2882
www.uvdn.org

Oregon Talking Book Library
Phone: 503-378-5389
Toll-free: 800-452-0292
www.ortalkingbooks.org

Oregon Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP)
Phone: 503-373-7171
TTY:  800-648-3458
www.rspf.org

EYE CARE PROVIDERS

Casey Eye Institute
Phone: 503-494-3000
Toll-free: 888-222-6478
http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/casey-eye/index.cfm

Devers Eye Institute (Legacy Low Vision Clinic)
503-413-8202
http://www.legacyhealth.org/health-services-and-information/health-services/for-adults-a-z/eye-care.aspx

Eye Care America
Phone: 877-887-6327
www.eyecareamerica.org

Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
503-222-3937  
www.oregoneyephysicians.org
    
Oregon Optometric Physician Association
Phone: 503-654-5036
Toll-free: 800-922-2045
www.oregonoptometry.org

GUIDE DOGS

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. National Office (San Rafael, CA)
Toll-free: 800-295-4050
www.guidedogs.com
Oregon Campus (Boring)
Phone: 503-668-2100

Guide Dog Foundation (Smithtown, NY)
Toll-free: 800-548-4337
www.guidedog.org

Guiding Eyes for the Blind (Yorktown Heights, NY)
Toll-free: 800-942-0149
www.guidingeyes.org

Leader Dogs for the Blind (Rochester, MI)
Toll-free: 888-777-5332
TTY: 248-651-3713     
www.leaderdog.org

Pilot Dogs, Inc. (Columbus, OH)
Phone: 614-221-6367  
www.pilotdogs.org

HOUSING SERVICES

Oregon Housing & Community Services
Phone: 503-986-2000
TTY: 503-986-2100
www.ohcs.oregon.gov

Access (Medford area)
Phone: (541) 779-6691
www.accesshelps.org

Community Action (Washington County)
Phone:  503-648-6646
www.caowash.org

Klamath & Lake Community Action Services
Phone:  541-882-3500
Toll Free:  866-665-6438
www.klcas.org

Home Forward (Portland area)
Phone:  503-802-8300
www.homeforward.org

Housing Works  (Central Oregon)
Phone:  541-923-1018
http://www.housing-works.org/

For Rental Assistance Needs:
Visit http://www.211info.org for information concerning rental assistance or Dial 2-1-1 for additional resources and information.

RECREATION

Golden Access Passport
Available to U. S. citizens or permanent residents who have a permanent disability. The pass is free and is good for life. It provides free entrance to most federal recreation areas and provides a 50% discount on use fees, such as camping fees.
Phone: 503-986-0707
Toll-free: 888-Go Parks (888-467-2757) https://oregonstateparks.org/

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Offers a permanent disabilities permit that enables anglers to fish from an anchored craft and will allow access to fishing sites reserved for persons with disabilities. You must also purchase licenses and tags. The permanent angling license has been eliminated.
Main Phone (503) 947-6000
https://www.dfw.state.or.us/

Oral Hull Park
Park run by volunteers who form the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind. The park is for both persons who are blind, people with sight and their friends and family. It provides overnight accommodations with kitchen facilities and/or prepared meals, fishing, a fragrance garden, swimming pool, hot tub, and recreation room. There are special events such as summer camp and fund raising events. Call Oral Hull for daily or weekend rates.
Phone: 503-668-6195
www.oralhull.org

Northwest Association of Blind Athletes (NWABA)
NWABA provides experiences in sports, such as tandem biking, kayaking, and skiing, to individuals of all ages and abilities with visual impairments who have never before been able to experience them.
Local: (360) 448-7254
Toll Free: (800) 880-9837
 
REFERRAL SERVICES

2-1-1
An easy-to-remember telephone number that helps connect people in need with the community resources available to help meet those needs.

If you are in an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

If 2-1-1 is not available from your location call:
503-222-5555
503-655-8861
 
SENIOR SERVICES & AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

Aging and People with Disabilities
For information regarding caregiver and adult foster homes, assisted living facilities, resource and needs assessment, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications.
 
DHS Aging and People with Disabilities  (State of Oregon)
Phone: 503-945-5811
Toll-free: 800-282-8096
TTY: 503-282-8096
www.oregon.gov/DHS/spwpd

Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) **Statewide**
A resource directory for Oregon families, caregivers and consumers seeking information about long-term supports and services.
https://adrcoforegon.org

Central Oregon Council on Aging
541-678-5483

Clackamas County Social Services
503-655-8640

Community Action Program East Central OR
Toll Free: 541-276-1926

Community Action Team  (St. Helens)
503-397-3511

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon
541-963-3186

Douglas County Senior & Disability Services
Phone: (541) 440-3677 Fax: 541-440-3658

Harney County Senior & Community Services Center
541-573-6024

Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Council
Phone: 541-883-7171

Lane Council of Governments
Ph: 541-682-4283
Fx: 541-682-4099

Malheur Council on Aging
541-889-7651

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments
541 298-4114
(800) 452-2333
TTY: (541) 298-3270
www.ADRCofOregon.org

Multnomah Co, Aging & Disability Services
503-988-3646

Northwest Senior & Disability Services  (Salem)
503-304-3400
Toll Free: 800-469-8772

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (Albany)
541-967-8630
Toll Free: 800-638-0510

Rogue Valley Council of Governments - Senior & Disabled Services
541-664-6674

South Coast Business Employment Corp. (Coos Bay)
541-269-2013 or Toll-free 800-858-5777

Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services
503-846-3060

SHOPPING SERVICES

Most supermarkets will provide shopping assistants to help you locate your selections.  Many are offering online grocery shopping with delivery.
Fred Meyers:  www.fredmeyer.com
Safeway:  www.shop.safeway.com
Schwans:  https://www.schwans.com/landing/default.aspx?id=thirty
Instacart: www.instacart.com (also available on iPhone or Android app) Groceries delivered within one hour.
   
Store to Door of Oregon
A non-profit agency that facilitates independent living for seniors and people with disabilities by providing a low-cost, personalized grocery shopping and delivery service. The area is limited to Multnomah County and parts of Washington County (Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Aloha.)
Phone (503) 200-3333
Fax (971) 239-4951
office@storetodooroforegon-4665
Phone: 503-200-3333
www.storetodooroforegon.org
 
TRANSPORTATION

Most counties in Oregon provide people with disabilities with reduced fares on local public transportation.

Amtrak
Offers discounts to passengers with disabilities. To receive the discount you must book your reservation by telephone or at a ticket counter. You must also provide written documentation of disability at the ticket counter and when boarding the train. Contact Amtrak about the kinds of acceptable forms of documentation of disability.
Toll-free: 800-872-7245
TTY: 800-523-6590
www.amtrak.com

Cherriots(Salem/Keizer)
Main Office:
Phone: 503-588-2424
Fax: 503-566-3933
www.cherriots.org

Dial-a-Ride—Central Oregon
Phone: 541-385-8680
Toll free:  866-385-8680

Klamath Basin Transit
Phone: 541-883-2877 
www.basintransit.com

Lane Transit District
541-687-5555
www.ltd.org

Rogue Valley Transportation District (serving Medford, Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, Jacksonville, White City, and Central Point.)
Phone: 541-779-2877 

Rogue Valley Lift Dial-A-Ride Service
Phone: 541-779-2877
TTY: 541-734-9292
www.rvtd.org

TriMet (Portland Metro Area)
Offers reduced fares for people with disabilities through an “Honored Citizens” program. To receive this service, contact the Commission for the Blind for an application. TriMet also offers a notebook of large numbers which allows the bus driver to see what bus you are waiting for. This notebook is in large-print with large-cell Braille numbers on each card. To obtain this notebook, call TriMet’s Honored Citizen office or visit the office in person at Pioneer Courthouse Square at Sixth Avenue and Yamhill Street in downtown Portland.
Phone: 503-962-2455
TTY: 503-962-5811
www.trimet.org

TriMet Lift Service
Provides door to door services for registered customers unable to ride fixed-route buses.
Reservations/Information: 503-962-8000
Phone: 503-962-8200
TTY: 503-962-8229
www.trimet.org

Uber
Download their app, order and pay for a car which comes directly to you. Payment is completely cashless.
www.uber.com

Lyft
Similar to Uber, the Lyft app matches you with local drivers at the tap of a button.
www.lyft.com

Greyhound
Call Greyhound’s Customers with Disabilities Travel Assistance Line to learn about their Personal Care Attendant program.
Toll-free: 800-752-4841
https://www.greyhound.com/

Portland International Airport
For air travel, individuals who are blind may request either “Meet and Assist” or “Ground Assistance” services (including wheelchair) for assistance locating gates and getting on the plane. Call the airline representative or travel agent for details.
Phone: 503-415-6000

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