This page is a guide to many of the local Arizona resources available to people with visual impairment and blindness. We work directly with many of these resources to ensure that patients at ViewFinder can receive all the help and support they may need.
Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been empowering people with vision loss since 1947. Our highly skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team of professionals offers individualized training utilizing state of the art technologies and proven rehabilitation practices.
FBC was founded in 1952 by a group of parents who wanted to create Blind and Visually Impaired Resources and Services for not only their children, but the broader community. From those initial four families, FBC has grown to now serve over 2,000 blind, visually impaired, and multiple-disabled clients of all ages, from birth to over 100 years old.
Created in 1994, AzTAP is Arizona’s Assistive Technology Act Program. AzTAP is committed to improving the availability of assistive technology to individuals with disabilities and their families. To that end, we offer a wide variety of comprehensive, statewide activities that make assistive technology devices and services more available and accessible to anyone who may need them in our state.
Since 1992, we’ve provided essential door-through-door transportation and non-medical support services
for adults in the Quad Cities who are unable to drive due to age, vision issues, or disabilities.
SAAVI Services for the Blind specializes in non-visual training for Adults, young adults, teens and children across Arizona who are blind or have low vision. It is our motto and belief to expect more of our students. High expectations mean high achievements for program participants. We expect more of our students, and in turn they set high expectations for themselves.
Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to print information to people who cannot read or hold print material due to a disability. Sun Sounds broadcasts the reading of over 200 local and national publications 24/7 from our studios in Tempe, Flagstaff, and Tucson.
Ability360 continues a 40-year tradition of offering and promoting programs to empower people with all disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.
The Arizona Council of the Blind is a community of the blind, visually impaired, our allies, and our partners, which stretches beyond the borders of The Grand Canyon State. We are an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind and have three local chapters: Central (Phoenix area), Southern (Tucson area), and Verde Valley.
Our primary goal is to restore vision and/or hearing to improve the quality-of-life and productivity of those with no other resources. The Arizona Lions Vision & Hearing Foundation is raising funds as well as awareness of the needs of both hearing loss and eye disease.
About Care delivers caring and compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the homebound elderly and persons with disabilities of the East Valley, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and San Tan Valley. We encourage and enable independent living by assisting our neighbors to continue living in their homes with dignity and self-respect.
Benevilla was created as a not-for-profit organization in 1981 by citizens of the Sun Cities area out of concern that local services were not readily available to the community’s residents. We recognize that caring for the needs of older adults reaches beyond the individual to the entire family. Not only do our well-established services offer assistance to older adult clients, but many programs address the ongoing needs of caregivers and families.
Founded in 1980 as the first of its kind in Arizona, Direct is one of five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Arizona that advocates disability rights and justice, supports individuals in achieving their self-identified independent living goals, and promotes the Independent Living philosophy and principles of consumer control, informed choice, community integration, and dignity of risk
The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is a not for profit public interest law firm, dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals with physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory and cognitive disabilities.
Imagine a community where every person ages with compassion, dignity, and hope. Duet: Partners In Health & Aging is turning this vision into reality through its vitally needed free-of-charge services to homebound adults, family caregivers, and grandparents raising grandchildren.
Foothills Caring Corps is dedicated to promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for older adults and persons with disabling conditions residing throughout the Foothills community.
Friends In Deed is a non-profit organization that has provided free community services to the Green Valley area for more than 50 years. Services include loans of durable medical equipment, transportation, Friday social events, blood pressure clinics, and more.
At Neighbors Who Care, we strive to improve seniors' lives by promoting independence, dignity, and community. Our committed volunteers enable seniors to live fulfilling lives in their homes for as long as possible, ensuring that they remain active and independent members of the community. Our efforts have resulted in a significant increase in seniors' ability to stay at home, with an average of five times longer than before.
Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment (SMILE) is a Center for Independent Living, a.k.a consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services
Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition commits to supporting and encouraging older adults in their quest to age in place in their community of choice by enhancing their independence, promoting higher quality of life, and reducing barriers to happiness, making the Verde Valley an attractive and sustainable retirement destination.
We Serve Arizona residents who are unable to read standard print due to blindness or low vision, those who find it hard to hold or handle a print book and individuals who have a perceptual or reading disability through the following:
The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) was founded in 1912 – the year of Arizona’s statehood. ASDB serves over 2,000 children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind from birth to grade 12.
ASDB operates two schools for the deaf, one school for the blind, our statewide Early Learning Program which includes birth to three and preschool programs, and Itinerant Services for students attending a school with one of our district partners. ASDB is dedicated to empowering diverse, young children and students with the educational opportunities necessary to succeed in college, career and life.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides Blind and Visual Impairment Rehabilitation Services to eligible Veterans and active duty Service members.
The mission of Blind Rehabilitation Service (BRS) is to assist eligible Veterans and active duty Service members with a visual impairment in developing the skills needed for personal independence and successful reintegration into the community and family environment.
Services available in Arizona include the Advanced Low Vision Clinic in Phoenix and the Blind Rehabilitation Center in Tucson.
The purpose of the Council is to provide a mechanism to ensure that the specialized needs of blind and visually impaired Arizonans are addressed effectively; encourage broad participation by other organizations and individuals interested in blind and visually impaired Arizonans; and to develop, periodically review, and recommend goals and objectives to meet the needs of blind and visually impaired Arizonans, based upon identified needs and gaps in existing services.
Mountain Line is the transit agency in northern Arizona operating fixed route bus service on nine routes, paratransit service, vanpool, and seasonal Mountain Express service to Arizona Snowbowl.
Established in 2001, Mountain Line has grown into a system that employs more than 100 people and transports more than 2 million riders a year.
The Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) program helps persons who are blind or visually impaired achieve their goals for independent living. OIB services may include Rehabilitation Teaching, Orientation & Mobility, and Orientation & Adjustment to Blindness.
You may be eligible for OIB services if you meet all of the following requirements:
The Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues (MCDI) addresses issues affecting people with disabilities in the city of Phoenix. The commission provides input on accessibility to city facilities and properties, and public transportation needs for people with disabilities.
Sun Tran is the regional public transportation agency providing transit services to the residents of the great Tucson area. These services include:
Valley Metro is the regional public transportation agency providing coordinated transit services to residents of metro Phoenix. From regional bus, streetcar, light rail and paratransit service to alternative commuter solutions, Valley Metro’s core mission is to develop and operate a network of transit services.
Dial-a-Ride services are operated throughout the region and offer either curb-to-curb or door-to-door shared-ride public transportation service to three distinct groups of customers:
The Vocational Rehabilitation program provides a variety of services to persons with disabilities, with the ultimate goal to prepare for, enter into, or retain employment.
You may be eligible for VR services if you meet all of the following requirements:
The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) is proud to provide Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) fixed route, vanpool, and YCAT OnCall demand responsive bus service in Yuma County including the cities of Yuma, San Luis, Somerton, Wellton, Cocopah Indian Reservation, Gadsden, Fortuna Foothills, Ligurta, Winterhaven and El Centro, CA, and on the Quechan/Fort Yuma Indian Reservation.