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Voice of the Blue Ridge

3435 Melrose Avenue

Roanoke, Virginia 24017     


540-985-8992 (fax)

Enriching the lives of those with vision impairments

 Resources for the blind and low vision


American Foundation for the Blind
Dedicated to addressing the critical issues of literacy, independent living, employment, and access through technology for the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.

American Printing House for the Blind
Manufactures Braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic publications, as well as a wide assortment of educational and daily living products.

Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Provides rehabilitation services for Virginians who are blind or visually impaired.

A college guide for students with disabilites
Makes available to subscribers scanned and braille copies of books.

Enabling Technologies
Manufactures and sells Braille embossers, including the popular Juliet embosser.

Freedom Scientific
Vendor for a variety of special software and appliances including Jaws for Windows screen reader, Open Book scanning software, Magic screen-magnification software, note takers, Braille displays, and Braille embossers.

GW Micro
Developer and vendor for Window Eyes Screen Reader.

Lighthouse International
Strives to overcome vision impairment for people of all ages through worldwide leadership in rehabilitation services, education, research, prevention and advocacy.
Products for Independent Living. For blind, low vision, deaf, disabled, handicapped

National Braille Press
Transcribes books into Braille and sells them at the retail price of the original print edition, including children's books with interleaf Braille pages that enable parents who are blind to read to their children.


The Roanoke Alliance for the Visually Enabled (R.A.V.E.) is a support group for blind and visually impaired men and women in the Roanoke Valley.

Roanoke Blind Bowling League

Contact Opal Ferris for more information.

Blinded Veterans Association Chapter

Open to any veteran with an honorable discharge. Contact Mike Doyle at 540-982-2463 ext. 1758 for more information


Senior, Virginia's Number One Resource for Seniors and Those Who Care for Them.

WVTF Public Radio, Roanoke, Virginia
Host station for the Virginia Tech Radio Reading Service, partly funded by Voice of the Blue Ridge