State and National Agencies


Statewide Resources


National Federation of the Blind of Washington (NFBW)
Contact Information: Email: [email protected] or
Phone: (425) 823-6380
Address: PO Box 2516, Seattle, WA 98111

The National Federation of the Blind of Washington (NFBW) is the Washington affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of the blind in the United States.

Washington Council of the Blind (WCB)
Contact Information: Phone: (800) 255-1147

The Washington Council of the Blind is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting opportunity, equality and independence in the blind community through education, public awareness and advocacy. WCB is a diverse state-wide consortium of local chapters, committed to fostering lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence and dignity.

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)
Contact Information: Email: [email protected] or Phone: (800)552-7103

DSB provides job counseling and teaches adaptive skills to people who are blind or have low vision. They work with people of all ages.

Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB)
Contact Information: Phone: (360) 696-6321
Address: 2214 E. 13th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98661-4120

Serves as a statewide demonstration and recourse center and provide direct and indirect services to students both on campus and in the children's local communities. They provide specialized quality educational services to visually impaired and blind youth ages birth-21 within the state of Washington.


Western Washington Resources


Alliance of People with disAbilities
Contact Information: Email: Alliance Contact Form and [email protected] or Phone: (206) 545-7055
Address:628 North Arthur Street, Kennewick, WA 99336

The Alliance is made up of two independent living centers, located in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. They work to make our community more accessible, inclusive, and usable for everyone. Our programs are open to people with all types of disabilities. Core services include information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling and advocacy.

Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind
Contact Information: Phone: 206) 322-4200 or (800) 914-7307
Address: 2501 South Plum Street Seattle, Washington 98144-4711

The Seattle Lighthouse is a private, not-for-profit agency providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, deaf-blind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to blind people in our community since 1918.

Seattle Public Library (SPL) - Library Equal Access Program (LEAP)
Contact Information: Email: SPL Ask a Librarian Email Form
or Phone: (800)552-7103

The Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) helps make the Library a great resource for people with disabilities or special needs. The program offers special adaptive equipment at the Central Library and the Columbia Branch, items in accessible formats and Library services for people with special needs, including people who are: Blind and Low Vision and Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities (TACID)
Contact Information: Phone: (253) 565-9000
Address: 6315 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98466

TACID's direct services include on-on-one coaching & peer support, goal planning, classes, workshops and trainings as well as volunteer & internship opportunities. We encourage people with disabilities not only to use our services, but to get involved and volunteer - TACID is our community's disabilities organization, so we all own it and need to take care of it!.

University of Washington DO-IT Project
Contact Information: Email: [email protected]
or Phone: (800)552-7103
Address: University of Washington, Box 354842, Seattle, WA 98195-4842.

The international DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool.

Vision Loss Connections
Contact Information:  Phone: (206) 282-3913

Vision Loss Connections is an organization of people who are blind and low vision who live in the Puget Sound Region. We have come together to address the unmet needs of our visually impaired community by organizing groups in the areas of: Arts & Culture, Sports & Recreation, and Support & Education. We strongly encourage the involvement of family and friends in all our activities.


Eastern Washington Resources


Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Contact Information: Email: [email protected]
or Phone: (509)735-0699, (800)662-9226
Address:628 North Arthur Street, Kennewick, WA 99336

The Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Our center currently serves 6 eastern Washington counties: Benton; Franklin; Walla Walla; Columbia; Yakima and as of July 1, 2009 Klickitat counties. In 2012, our center assisted 2847 community members.

Lilac Services for the Blind
Contact Information: Email: [email protected]
or Phone: (509) 328-9116 or (800) 422-7893

The mission of Lilac Services for the Blind is to provide blind and visually-impaired people with the training and adaptive devices that will allow them to live satisfying lives by restoring, maintaining, or increasing their independence


National Agencies Serving Individuals with Disabilities

American Council of the Blind
Contact Information: Email: [email protected] 
or Phone: (202) 467-5081, (800) 424-8666

The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic, and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities; and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Contact Information: AFB Contact Form or
Phone: (212) 502-7600
Address: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102 New York, NY 10121

A non-profit organization founded in 1921 and recognized as Helen Keller's cause in the United States, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public. The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives. The AFB web site includes a wide range of information on blindness, low vision, and related issues. The site also includes photographs from the Helen Keller archives.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
Contact Information: Email: [email protected] or
Phone: (800) 223-1839
Address: 1839 Frankfort Avenue, P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085

The APH was founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1858, making it the oldest institution of its kind in the United States.  APH produces braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic publications, as well as a wide assortment of educational and daily living products. APH also offers a variety of services to assist consumers and professionals in the field of vision, such as Louis, a database listing materials available in accessible media from organizations across North America.  APH makes products that give blind students an equal opportunity in the classroom and blind adults an equal opportunity in the workplace.

Disabled People's International (DPI)
Contact Information: Email: [email protected]
or Phone: (360) 696-6321
Address: 2214 E. 13th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98661-4120

Disabled Peoples' International is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.

International Dyslexia Association
Contact Information: Email: [email protected]
Address: PO Box 27435 Seattle, WA 98165  

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501c-3 non-profit, scientific, educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia, as well as related language based learning difficulties. IDA supports efforts to provide individuals with dyslexia with appropriate instruction and to identify these individuals at an early age. The Washington State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WABIDA) serves as a resource for individuals and the groups seeking information about specific language disability and dyslexia.

National Braille Press
Contact Information: Email: [email protected]
or Phone: (360) 696-6321
Address: National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115

National Braille Press is a nonprofit braille printer and publisher offering braille books, magazines, textbooks, tests, and embossing services. The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Contact Information: NFB Contact List
or Phone: (410)659-9314

The ultimate purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is the complete integration of blind individuals into society on a basis of equality. This objective involves the removal of legal, economic, and social discriminations; the education of the public to new concepts concerning blindness; and the achievement by all blind people of the right to exercise to the fullest their individual talents and capacities. It means the right of blind people to work along with their sighted neighbors in the professions, common callings, skilled trades, and regular occupations.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Contact Information: Email: [email protected]
or Phone: (202) 707-5100

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. The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library is the network library for Washington State.


Health and Wellness Resources


Contact Information: Phone: (800)-MEDICARE - (1-800-633-4227).
Secure Sign-in Site:

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) administers Medicare, the nation's largest health insurance program, which covers 37 million Americans. Medicare provides health insurance to people age 65 and over; those who have permanent kidney failure; and certain people with disabilities.


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