Blind and Visually Impaired Services (BVIS)
This list of mail order catalogs was compiled by Katrina Anderson, MA, CVRT, and was last updated on June 20, 2005. It is highly recommended you contact each company and request the catalog in your preferred format (large print, tape, disk, Braille, or E-mail). A few companies provide their catalog in alternative formats for free, while others charge a small fee. Unfortunately, there are some companies that do not provide any alternative format. It is wise to have several catalogs from which to choose from, as prices, selection, and quality can vary.
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
1839 Frankfort Ave.
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
This catalog offers a variety of products including 4-track tape recorders, talking color identifier, Braille equipment and books, handwriting supplies, and cassette mailers.
1415 57th Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34207 USA
Sells products that can enhance the lives of people who are visually impaired.
P.O. Box 261639
San Diego, CA 92196-1639
Has a variety of items suitable for the visually impaired.
604 W. Hulett
Edgerton, KS 66021
Numerous catalogs are recorded on 4-track audiocassettes. Readers describe critical details like patterns, styles and colors which catalog writers typically expect pictures to convey. Categories covered by the various catalogs include clothing, animal supplies, health products, gifts, food, collectibles, and cosmetics. Although a small fee is charged for some of these recorded catalogs, many are free. Catalogs recorded by Home Readers include Tupperware, The Pampered Chef, Avon, Lands' End, Figis, Sugar Free Market Place, Domestications, Collectors' Choice, Sharper Image, Radio Shack, Walter Drake, Foster and Smith, Puritan's Pride, etc. In addition to the catalogs, other recorded publications are available for purchase (e.g. cookbooks, magazines, daily devotionals, etc.) Contact Home Readers for a free, recorded list of available publications.
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon St.
Watertown, MA 02472
An excellent source for obtaining Braille equipment and supplies.
Independent Living Aids, Inc. (ILA)
200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
Toll-Free Sales: (800) 537-2118
Technical Support: (516) 937-1848
Sells a wide variety of products that enhance the lives of individuals who are visually impaired. Items include recreation and leisure, communication tools, cooking aids, mobility aids, home and personal management equipment, etc. Products designed to meet the needs of those with physical impairments (other than vision loss) are also sold. ILA now owns the Ann Morris catalog. Catalogs for ILA & Ann Morris can be acquired via the above contact information.
Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc. (IRTI)
13465 Colfax Highway
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Offers custom computers and software, reading machines, 4 track cassette players and recorders, talking calculators, notetakers, bathroom scales, clocks, watches (talking and Braille), etc.
Lighthouse Professional Products Catalog
111 East 59th St.
New York, NY 10022-1202
Offers state-of-the-art products including mirrors, magnifiers, lamps, organizer wallets, Braille speaker telephones, talking calculators, writing guides, talking pagers, clocks, luggage locators, cards, games, toys, talking scales, medical aids, etc.
PO Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
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.
Mary Kay Books in Braille for $5.00 or on tape for $2.00
Alice Crespo (prefers tape letters)
28-53 45th St.
Estoria, NY 11103
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore, MD 21230-4998
(410) 659-9314 Ext. 216
A source of Aids and Appliances including Braille writing supplies, canes, games/playing cards, house wares, low vision/print writing aids, magnifiers, medical devices, recording/playback devices, timekeeping, etc. Various publications films/videos, and catalogs are also available. Visit the above Website to access the NFB online store.
42 Executive Blvd.
PO Box 3209
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Offers a wide variety of items that are of interest to individuals who are visually impaired. A MUST HAVE!!
Science Products for the Blind
Southeastern, PA 19399
Available items include talking vendor equipment, custom electronics, low vision aids, recreational items, calculators, computers, recorders, large print and tactile books, medical aids, etc.
Speak To Me
330 SW 43rd St., Suite #154
Renton, WA 98055
Sells unique items that talk and/or are audible. Products will enhance the lives of those dealing with vision loss. They also make excellent gift ideas for all ages.