Below you will find an assortment of links and points of contacts related to blindness and disability organizations and services.
These primarily consist of State and Federal programs, national disability organizations and disability related movements. This list is primarily geared towards items of interests of Kansans, but there are several national organizations and websites. Like any resource page, this will continue to grow and expand, so check back.
An objective of Blind Not Alone involves compiling resources and links related to disablement. Below are some of the other pages you might be interested in: to:
- Disability Resources and Links
- Veterans Benefits, Services, and Disability Information
- Department of Veterans Affairs Blind and Visually Impaired Veterans Services
- Service Animals and Guide Dog Resources and Information
International Classification of Diseases 10
The International Classification of Diseases 10th edition (ICD 10) provides medical providers to advocates a shorthand method to capture a condition or impairment. When you receive a diagnosis from a medical provider that you are legally blind, the individual would input H54.8 into your medical notes. This identifies your condition in your medical records, provides a rationale to bill your insurance, indicates whether you are eligible for different services to entitlements, and so much more. Below is a table identifying some of the most important ICD 10 codes for visual impairments.
|ICD 10 Code||Description|
|H54.8||Legal Blindness, relevant in US for benefits and entitlements|
|H54.0||Blindness in both eyes|
|H54.10||Blindness in one eye and low vision in the other|
|H54.2||Low vision in both eyes|
Federal and State Related Programs
also known as Talking Books
This program provides any U.S. citizen with a reading impairment related to a disabling condition, with audio and braille books, magazines, and newspapers. Upon signing up, one will receive a catalogue of materials, a digital audio book player, and access to the BARD program. For more information contact Kansas Talking Books at
- 1200 Commercial, Box 4055, Emporia, KS, 66801
- Main – (620) 341-6280
- complete the online request for information form
- or download and fill out the application here
TAP is a statewide program that provides adaptive phones, life alert resources, and other telecommunication products to disabled individuals. Most common of these are large button phones or talking caller ID’s. Funding for this program comes from state taxes on various communication services, a small price to pay for ensuring ones safety and independent living.
- 3745 SW Wanamaker Rd, Suite B, Topeka, KS, 66610
- Main – (785) 234-0200
- TTY- (785) 234-0207
- Cclick here for an application
The Audio Reader program often serves as a visually impaired or blind person’s primary method for consuming the daily newspaper or magazine. Partially funded through various grants and private donations, eligible individuals will receive a radio that receives the radio station. Alternatively, a person can call in and listen to a publication at their convenience.
- A1120 west 11th St., P.O. Box 847, Lawrence KS, 66044
- Main – (785) 864-4600
- Toll-free – (800) 772-8898
- Fax – (785) 864-5278
- Lions Club Telephone Reader free three minute demo – (785) 864-7474, enter code 5887
- click here to download an application