Join the NFB of Montana Email Discussion List

The purpose of the NFB of Montana email discussion List is to provide blind Montanans and our families with a forum for discussion of blindness-related issues, including, but not limited to, legislation, how-to questions, discussions on rehabilitation services, education, employment, and independent living. Everyone is welcome, including blind Montanans of all ages, parents and family members of blind children, service providers, and anyone who shares an interest in topics relevant to blind Montanans. Discussions must be civil and respectful at all times.

This list is moderated by SheilaLeigland. You can reach her at
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Join the NFB of Montana Parents Email Discussion List

The mailing list is a discussion list intended for parents of blind children living in montana. This list is sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind, NFB, and the NFB of Montana. Posts should be of either general interest to parents of blind children and/or those specific to Montana.

This list is moderated by Robert Jaquiss. You can reach him at

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Join the NFB Blindkid Email List

The purpose of this list is twofold. First, The BLIND KID e-mail list is for sharing information among people interested in the welfare and development of blind children. secondly, it is a means of communication between the members and supporters of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, to promote and discuss the activities of the Division, such as the Braille Readers are Leaders contest, Future Reflections, and the like. There will also be occasional posts concerning issues of major importance to the blind, as well as announcements concerning activities of the national Organization of Parents of Blind Children and The National Federation of the Blind.

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Join The NFB Blind parent email list

The purpose of this list is to create a forum for blind parents to share their experiences. Topics may include but are not limited to solving logistical problems, (such as how to manage a couple of wiggly toddlers at a shopping mall when you need one hand for your cane an the other to carry packages), emotional issues such as dealing with the public, handling a child's embarrassment about blindness, etc. Parents are also encouraged to share resources, such as arranging the exchange of print/Braille books. There will also be occasional posts concerning topics of interest to blind persons and/or members of the National Federation of the Blind.

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To access a brochure concerning parenting without sight, please go to: Parenting Without Sight

For information on the rights of parents with disabilities, please go to:

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children Web Site:

Blind Parents Connection Podcast
The Blind Parents Connection Podcast is a Blind Parent Education Initiative supported by the Gibney Family Foundation and brought to you by the National Federation of the Blind. Subscribe and listen by searching for "Nation's Blind Podcast" in your favorite podcast client.

For Blind Students

We are planning to start a students division of the National federation of the Blind of Montana. If you are interested in participating in our Students division, please contact: Email:

For more information, please contact these web sites:

For Blind Seniors

We are planning to start a Seniors division of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana. If you are interested in participating in our Seniors Division, please contact:
You may also contact the National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division at

Join the NFB Blind-Seniors List

The purpose of this list is to ask questions, share answers and provide encouragement to the fastest growing segment of the blind population. The idea for this list came out of the seminar held during our trip to Washington and in conversations with our members. Let's show all the computer wizzards that we seniors are alive and well in the 21st century.

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Join the NFb Blind Veterans List

The purpose of this list is to serve as a forum for blind veterans to communicate with one another and discuss important issues, new adaptive equipment issued by the VA, etc.

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Library Services for Montana

Montana Talking Book Library

The Montana Talking Book Library (MTBL) is a regional library of the National Library Service (NLS) for the blind and physically handicapped. This service is for eligible Montana residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print materials due to visual, physical and/or reading disabilities.

For more information or to apply for services, please contact:
The Montana Talking Book Library
Address: 1515 East 6th Ave.
PO BOX 201800
HELENA MT 59620-1800
Phone:: (406) 444-2064
Toll Free: (800) 332-3400
TTY/TTD: (406) 444-4799
Fax: (406) 444-0266
Web site:

Ibill Currency Reader

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) Currency Reader project is open to all U.S. citizens and legal residents who are unable to read regular print as a result of a visual impairment. If you qualify, you may apply for a free currency reader at

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

BARD is an online service operated by the National Library Service, in partnership with the Montana Talking Book Library, to give patrons faster access to digital talking books. NLS maintains the website and uploads titles. MTBL approves applications, provides technical support, and responds to reader inquiries. BARD offers more than twenty thousand downloadable books and eighteen hundred downloadable issues of magazines in both digital and Braille formats, and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It is also available on IPhone or other mobile devices. For more information about BARD, please contact:
The Montana Talking Book Library
Phone: (406) 444-2064
Toll-free: (800) 332-3400
Fax: (406) 444-0266
Web site:

You can apply for access to BARD either through the Montana Talking Book Library, or go to: BARD Application Instructions
To register your device with BARD or to log in after your application has been approved, please go to


NFB-Newsline is a free electronic newspaper service for those who cannot read regular newsprint. It also provides access to emergency weather alerts and seven-day forecasts, personalized TV listings, and online retail ads. Currently, there are six Montana newspapers available on NFB-Newsline: The Billings Gazette, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, The Great Falls Tribune, The Missoulian, The Helena Independent Record, and the Montana Standard. In addition, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal are also available on NFB-Newsline, along with well over four hundred other newspapers and magazines nationwide.

Phone: 888-882-1629
Also available on IPhone or other mobile devices.

For more information about NFB-Newsline, please contact: NFB Audio Newspaper Service

To apply, please contact the Montana Talking book Library web site:

NFB Presidential Releases

Listen to monthly reports, straight from NFb National President Mark Riccobono, about our current work to ensure blind people live the lives they want. Archives also include presidential reports from our Immediate Past President, Marc Maurer.

Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) provides comprehensive educational opportunities for Montana's students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind, giving them their best chance for independence and success.

Children and youth from preschool through high school can attend MSDB as residential or day students on the Great Falls campus, where specialized instruction is combined with opportunities to attend classes in the public schools.

MSDB also serves as a statewide resource center for families, school districts, and professionals serving students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. Our team of Outreach Consultants serves hundreds of students and families in communities across Montana, and MSDB offers additional outreach programs on campus.

For additional information, please contact
The Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Address: 3911 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59405
Phone: (406) 771-6000
Toll-free: (800) 882-6732
Fax: (406) 771-6164
TDD: (406) 771-6063/6122
Web Site:

***The following resources are listed here for your convenience. Listing them does not imply endorsement by or affiliation with the NFB or the NFB of Montana, unless otherwise specified.***

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Nonprofit international distance education school. Ninety tuition-free courses for blind children 14 years and up, as well as blind adults and family members of blind children and adults. Educating -- for life. Promoting independent living through lifelong learning.
Address: 700 Elm Street
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Phone: 847-446-8111
Toll Free: 800-323-4238
Fax: 847-446-9820
TTY: 847-441-8111
Web site:

Products for the Blind

Free white cane

Please visit

NFB Independence Market ...Your source for NFB literature and blindness products.

The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market offers blindness-related literature, resources, and products as a service to individuals who are blind or experiencing vision loss, to their friends and families, and to the general public. We believe that our resources will assist blind individuals to live the lives they want.

The blindness-related products that we carry (such as canes, talking watches and clocks, print and Braille writing aids, magnifiers, and medical devices) enable the user to perform everyday tasks more independently. Greater independence empowers blind people to live more productive and fulfilling lives.

Our extensive free literature collection includes how-to materials, inspirational and thoughtful speeches and articles, and stories on all aspects of blindness--all from the perspective of the blind person. Parents of blind children, blind students, blind job seekers, blind parents, and seniors new to severe vision loss will find materials which address their specific needs. Taken separately, each piece of literature or story may reveal one person's experience or thoughts as a blind person. Collectively our literature tells the story of blind people working together, with love, hope, and determination, to promote equality and to transform our dreams into reality. Our materials are available in alternative formats including Braille, print, audio, and electronically through our web site.

Address: 200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314, extension 2216
Fax: (410) 685-2340
Web Site:

Maxi Aids Products for Independent Living, Blind, Low Vision, Deaf, and Physically Challenged.

Welcome to MaxiAids, your one source for products to support your healthy, active and independent lifestyle. Our goal is to bring you the best products available, including the latest innovations to help you live every day to the fullest! From handheld, stand and electronic magnifiers for those with low vision to talking watches for the blind from amplified telephones for the hard of hearing to vibrating alarms for the deaf from blood glucose monitors for diabetics to wheelchairs and walkers for those with mobility challenges whatever you need, MaxiAids has you covered.

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
Address: 42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Domestic Sales: 800- 522-6294
TTY 631-752-0738
Customer Service: 631-752-0521
Fax 631-752-0689
Web site:

LS&S Products for the visually impaired and hard of hearing

Address: 145 River Rock Drive
Buffalo, NY 14207
Phone: 716-348-3500
Fax: 716-873-3848
Toll Free 800-468-4789
Toll Free Fax: 877-498-1482
web site:

Independent Living Aids: products for the blind and visually impaired.

Address: 137 Rano Rd
Buffalo, NY 14207
Toll-Free Sales: (800) 537-2118 or 855.SHOPILA(855-746-7452)
Fax: (516) 937-3906 Web site:

Speak To Me Catalog of talking products ... Give the gift that says something.

Address: PMB 154
330 SW 43rd St. Suite K
Renton WA 98057
Phone: 800-248:9965
Web site:


Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, these are some of the most popular developers of assistive technology for the blind.

Vispero -- Empowering Indepehndence

Vispero is the world�s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. ... At Vispero, we inspire hope, determination, and independence through our family of brands: Freedom Scientific, Enhanced Vision, Optelec, and The Paciello Group.
Address: 17757 US Highway 19 N, Suite 560
Clearwater, FL 33764
Phone: 1-800-444-4443


Phone: 1 800 722-3393
Web site: www.humanware.comHims-Inc.: Solutions for low vision, blindness and deaf blind communication. Address: 4616 W Howard Ln, Ste 960
Austin, TX 78728
Sales and Customer Service: 888-520-4467
Technical Support: 512-837-2000
Fax (All Departments): 512-837-2011
Email Sales:
Email Support:
Web site:

Envision-America: Assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired community

I.D. Mate: a portable talking bar code scanner.
ScripAbility: A free accessible prescription label program. Available through Walmarts and Sam's Clubs nationwide.
ScripTalk: talking prescription labels.
ScripView Large print prescription labels. Also available in Braille.
Address: 825 4th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
Toll Free: 800-890-1180
Phone: 309-452-3088
Fax: 309-452-3643
Web site:

NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access)

NVDA is a free, open source screen reading software which reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice, or converts it to braille, thereby enabling blind and vision impaired people to use computers.
Web site:


Serotek was founded in 2001 by a blind entrepreneur who wanted to create products that were powerful, intuitive, affordable, and extremely easy to use for the beginner computer user who is blind or visually impaired. While Serotek's products have evolved over the years to meet the demands of professionals in a growing list of industries, the company remains true to its mission of building tools inspired by the community it serves. Serotek is committed to accessibility anywhere for blind and visually impaired people around the globe.
Address: 43 Main Street SE
Suite 508
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Email: Info at serotek dot com
Web site:

AIRA is on a mission to provide instant access to visual information to anyone, any time, anywhere Web site:

Cyber Timez, Makers of Cyber Eyez Bring life into focus with Cyber Eyez

Address: 2231 Crystal Drive
Suite 1000
Crystal City, VA 22202
Phone: (202) 827-6883


OrCam is all about using technology to help empower blind and partially sighted people live their lives with a high degree of independence. OrCam devices such as OrCam MyEye are portable, artificial vision devices that allow visually impaired people to understand text and identify objects through audio feedback, describing what they are unable to see. OrCam Technologies Ltd. Corporate Offices. Kiryat HaMada 3 Jerusalem, Israel Corporate HQ +972-2-591-7800 *2466 for Sales & Support OrCam Inc. North America Address: 1115 Broadway, 11th floor New York, NY 10010 Toll Free - 1-800-713-3741 Web site:

Other Technology And Training Providers and Dealers

The Montana Business Enterprise Program

Contact the CEO of MBEI, Ted Robbins
Phone: (406) 453-6678

OverHere Consulting -- "Bringing Technology into Sight"

OverHere Consulting is the only assistive technology training company in the entire state of Montana that works in partnership with Blind and Low Vision Services, V.A. Health Care Systems (Fort Harrison, Mt), MonTech, and the Montana Association for the Blind, through Tele-Training and training on site. OverHere Consulting is an Authorized dealer for Ai Squared, Humanware, Eone Time-Pieces, Odin Mobile, and En-Vision America.
Address: 525 Central Avenue, Suite 3L
Great Falls, MT 59401-3271
Phone: 406-992-0028
Web site:

MonTECH: Montana's Statewide Assistive Technology Program

Providing Access to Assistive Technology Tools, Resources and Supports for Montanans
Equipment loan and exchange programs
University of Montana's Rural Institute
Address: 700 S.W. Higgins Ave., Suite 250
Missoula, MT 59803
Phone: (406)243-5751
Toll-free: (877)243-5511
TTY: (406)243-4200
FAX: (406)243-4730
Web site:

MonTECH, Second Location: The Montana Center for Inclusive Education at Montana State University, Billings

Address: MSU Billings
1500 University Drive
Billings, MT 59101
Voice/TTY: (406) 657-2312
Toll Free: 888-866-3822
Fax: (406)657-2313
Web site:

Marlena Lanini, a Billings occupational therapist and MonTECH's eastern clinic coordinator, will help residents in Billings and eastern Montana use Assistive Technology for living, learning, work and play. The outreach center will include hearing, vision, daily living, communication and ergonomic equipment, as well as computer access.

To set up an appointment, email Marlena Lanini at

For questions about MonTECH's new office and collaboration, call Anna-Margaret Goldman at 406-243-5769 or email:
For more information about the Montana Center for Inclusive Education, call director Marsha Sampson at 406-657-2085 or email:

Low Vision Montana

Low Vision Montana, in partnership with the Montana Lions Clubs, is primarily a referral service, connecting people who have low vision or blindness, and their families, with potential resources and options that can benefit them. Low Vision Montana can assist in accessing organizations, agencies and community resources that can help low vision or blind individuals live more independently in their communities.

Phone: 800-601-5004
Web site:

Leading Edge Vision

Leading Edge Vision is a dealer for Optelec, Humanware and AI Squared products, proudly serving Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

Toll-free: 877-551:6658
Web site:

Vision Matters

Vision Matters is a manufacturer of low vision products, low vision aids, and macular degeneration aids, and is a complete low vision resource for Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

Address: 13510 NE 188th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Toll-free: 888-281-1492
Web site:

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK)

PLUK is a network of 50,000 families of children with disabilities and special health care needs in Montana. PLUK is a component of the Part C/Early Intervention resource and referral system. PLUK serves as Montana's Parent Training and Information Center, the Family to Family Health Information and Education Center, and the Family Voices state affiliate.

PLUK is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for support, information, and referral, including early intervention (information, screening evaluation, assessment), school, and all systems that serve children and families with special needs. PLUK will help you to:

  • Know your rights
  • Advocate for children
  • Secure appropriate services
  • Keep children in school
  • Navigate education, health, and mental health systems
  • Prepare for life after high school
  • Connect with other parents who understand
  • Start a parent group
  • Be a catalyst to improve services for children and families
  • Access resources and information
Address: 516 North 32nd Street
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 255-0540
Toll-free: (800) 222-7585
Web site:

Montana Centers for Independent Living (MCIL)

Montana Independent Living Project, Inc. (MILP)

MILP is a not-for-profit agency that provides services that promote independence for people with disabilities.

MILP is governed by a consumer-controlled Board of Directors whose lives have been personally impacted by a disability.� It is funded in part by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1992 (Title VII- Independent Living Services), and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (Disability Services Division).

Helena Office:

Address: 825 Great Northern Blvd, Suite 105
Helena, MT 59601
Voice/TTY: 406-442-5755
Fax: 406-442-1612
Toll-free outside the Helena area: 800-735-6457

Butte Office Address: 3475 Monroe, Suite 100
Butte, MT 59701
Voice: 406-782-4834
Fax: 406-782-4835

Bozeman Office

Address: 3825 Valley Commons Drive,�Suite 2
Bozeman, MT 59718
Voice: 406-522-7300
Fax: 406-522-7302

Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT)

Address: 1201 Grand Ave #1
Billings, MT 59102
Phone: (406) 259-5181
TTY: (406) 245-1225
Fax: (406) 259-5259
Toll-free: (800) 669-6319
Web site:

North-Central Independent Living Services, Inc. (NCILS)

Address: 1120 25th Ave NE
Black Eagle, Montana 59414
Voice-TTY: (406) 452-9834 Fax: (406) 453-3940 toll free consumer line: (800) 823-6245

Summit Independent Living Center (Summit)

Address: 700 SW Higgins, Ste 101
Missoula, Montana 59803
Voice-TTY: (406) 728-1630
Fax: (406) 829-3309
Toll-free consumer line: (800) 398-9002
Email: mmayer@summitilc.orgbr> Web site:


Disability Rights Montana

Disability Rights Montana is the State of Montana's designated CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP) and designated PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY (PA) SYSTEM for People with Disabilities.

DISABILITY RIGHTS MONTANA PROTECTS AND ADVOCATES FOR THE HUMAN, LEGAL, AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF MONTANANS WITH DISABILITIES WHILE ADVANCING DIGNITY, EQUALITY, AND SELF DETERMINATION. Disability Rights Montana is the federally-mandated civil rights protection and advocacy system for Montana. We have the legal authority to represent almost any person with a disability.


  • Information and referral: We provide information regarding the rights of people with disabilities and provide suggestions on how to handle their situation. We offer referrals to other organizations or programs when we are not able to resolve their concerns.
  • Individual advocacy: We can negotiate on an individual s behalf to resolve problems such as denial of services, discrimination, abuse and neglect, or support their own self-advocacy efforts.
  • Legal representation: We provide legal representation to people and groups who are eligible for our services if their issues fall within our program area priorities. Our legal staff may also give technical assistance to private attorneys working on disability issues.
  • Outreach and training: We educate others across the state about the legal rights of people with disabilities through presentations to groups and organizations, participation on committees and task forces, technical assistance and educational booklets. Our staff is experienced in many disability-related areas ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Montanan Human Rights Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Olmstead Decision, to self-advocacy training and disability awareness and etiquette.
  • Systems advocacy: In collaboration with others, we work for systemic changes that affect people with disabilities, in order to improve their quality of life.

What We Do Not Do:

Disability Rights Montana does not provide assistance in such matters as personal injury, divorce, child custody, will drafting, estate planning or criminal representation.
Address: 1022 Chestnut Street
Helena, MT 59601-0820
Voice/TDD: 406-449-2344
Toll Free: 800-245-4743
Fax: 406-449-2418
Web site:


Ski For Light and Trek For Light Montana

Ski for Light Montana was started in 1980 in the image of the volunteer organization Ski For Light, Inc. The mission of the organization is to teach and help visually impaired adults cross country ski. The program is run in an atmosphere that encourages participants to realize that the only limitation they face is in the disability that they place in themselves. There also is an event in the summer called Trekk For Light Montana, where participants go hiking or backpacking.

President, Ed Durbin
Phone: 406-535-2491
Cell: 406-366-0491
Web site:


Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Vanda is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapies to address high unmet medical needs and improve the lives of patients.

Some blind individuals may have Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder. Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder is a chronic circadian rhythm sleep disorder that occurs when individuals are unable to synchronize their internal clock to the 24-hour light-dark cycle. As a result, the sleep-wake cycle of these individuals moves gradually later and later each day if their circadian period is more than 24 hours or earlier and earlier if it is less than 24 hours. This condition occurs almost entirely in subjects who are totally blind and lack the light sensitivity necessary to reset the circadian clock.

Web site:

About non-24 sleep-wake disorder:

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS)

A division of Disability Employment and Transition (DEP)
A division of the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS)

Helena, Main Office

Address: 111 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 4C
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604-4210
Voice/TTY: (406) 444-2590
Toll-free Consumer Line: (877) 296-1197
Fax: (406) 444-3632
Web Site:

For more information about VRBS or for assistance, please contact the office nearest you.

Billings Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services

Address: 2121 Rosebud Drive, Suite C-1
Billings, MT 59102
Voice: (406) 248-4801
TTY: (406) 652-6046
Toll-free consumer line: (888) 279-7532
Fax: (406) 652-1781

Butte Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services

Address: 700 Casey Street, Suite B
Butte, MT 59701
Voice/TTY: (406) 496-4925
Toll-free Consumer Line: (888) 279-7531
Fax: (406) 782-8728

Great Falls Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services

Address: 201 1st Street South, Suite 2
Great Falls, MT 59405
Voice: (406) 454-6060
TTY: (406) 454-6080
Toll-free Consumer Line: (888) 279-7527
Fax: (406) 454-6084

Missoula Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services

Address: 2675 Palmer, Suite A
Missoula, MT 59801
Voice/TTY: (406) 329-5400
Toll-free Consumer Line: (888) 279-7528
Fax: (406) 329-5420

Kalispell Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services

Address: 124 Financial Drive, Suite B
Kalispell MT 59901-1616
Voice/TTY: (406) 751-5940
Toll-free: 877-296-1760
Fax: (406) 751-5944

Online Public Comment form for Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services

Disability Employment & Transition, which includes Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services, has an online comment form. Anyone can make comments that the department will then consider in its planning and administration of services.
To access the form, please visit: Public Comment Form

National Federation of the Blind Training Centers

Would you like to experience the miracle of what an NFB training center--staffed by dedicated NFB members and predicated on the philosophy of the Federation--offers its students? You can! Consider any one of our three model training centers.

Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions, Incorporated (BLIND, INC.)

Dan Wenzsel, Director
Address: 100 East 22nd Street South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: (612) 872-0100
Toll Free: (800) 597-9558
Fax: (612) 872-9358
Web site:

Colorado Center for the Blind

Julie Deden, Director
Address: 2233 West Shepperd Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80120
Phone: (303) 778-1130
Toll Free: (800) 401-4632
Fax: (303) 778-1598
Web site:

Louisiana Center for the Blind

Pam Allen, Director
Address: 101 South Trenton Street
Ruston, Louisiana 71270
Phone: (318) 251-2891
Toll Free: (800) 234-4166
Web site:

For more information about blindness, please contact:
The Jacobus tenBroek Library of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Phone: (410) 659-9314

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