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Services & Accessibility Laws

  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    From answers to common questions to official legal documents, has everything you need to understand your rights and responsibilities under the ADA.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act 

  • Housing Accessibility laws

    Find information on key laws and resources for Texans with disabilities looking for accessible housing. This page provides information on both resources and contacts that can help when looking for accessible housing in the state. Additionally, this page includes a summary of laws by topic that may impact the availability of accessible housing.

    Housing | Office of the Texas Governor 

  • Texas Health and Human Services:

    In Texas, Form 6499 is used to provide information needed to determine an applicant’s eligibility for Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment (BEST) services.  Click here to download the application. 

    Learn More 

  • Social Security Disability Resource Center:

    Applying for social security benefits 

  • Texas Workforce Commission

    Vocational Rehabilitation Services supports people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, maintain and advance in meaningful employment by providing a range of services based on an individual’s employment goals. Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors work closely with job seekers to determine an employment goal, and then identify and arrange for the high-quality services that lead to successful employment.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Services 

  • Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS)

    The Department of Veterans Affairs provides Blind and Visual Impairment Rehabilitation Services to eligible Veterans and active duty Service members. VA is the first and only national healthcare system to completely and seamlessly integrate rehabilitation services for patients with vision loss into its health benefits. This ensures that patients receive the finest medical and rehabilitative care, as well as cutting-edge assistive technology.


  • Vibrant Works

    Founded in New York City in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed vision and rehabilitation services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. Through clinical services, education, research, and advocacy, the Lighthouse enables people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent and productive lives.

    Rehabilitation Services 

  • National Federation for the Blind

    The National Federation of the Blind’s extensive legal program has helped advance disability rights case law under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, creating more equitable workplaces, classrooms, and communities for blind Americans.

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  • American Council for the Blind

    The American Council of the Blind (ACB) was founded in 1961 but many of its state affiliates and local chapters have a history that can be traced back to the 1880s.Our Mission is: To increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

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  • Braille Institute

    At Braille Institute, we have always provided 100% FREE services for people of all ages who are experiencing vision loss. Through our individual and small groups programs, students and patrons learn new ways to do the things they love.

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  • National Braille Press

    National Braille Press empowers the blind and visually impaired with programs, materials, and technology supporting braille literacy and learning through touch.

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  • Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center

    The Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center is an innovative, residential vocational rehabilitation training facility that serves adults who are legally blind by training them in skills to prepare for, find or retain employment.

    Program Overview 

Assistive Technology

  • Christal Vision

    Christal Vision is dedicated to improving the lives of blind and individuals with low vision through assistive technology. Here at Christal Vision, we strive to meet an individual’s needs with the most up-to-date technology on the market.

    Christal Vision Inc. 

  • Audible Beacon

    Designed with the entire blind community in mind, the Audible Beacon inspires confidence by helping people be seen. This safety light uses audible signals to indicate on/off, low battery, charging, and charge complete. The Audible Beacon is waterproof and rechargeable, using bright LED lights to boost visibility in all directions. A silicone mount attaches easily and securely to guide dog harnesses and canes, and the Quick Clip™ can clip to backpacks, coats, or other gear. With up to 12 hours of run-time, the Audible Beacon is a dependable added layer of safety for both dog and handler.

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Useful Websites and Applications

  • Be My Eyes

    Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.

    View App 

  • Hadley

    Hadley creates personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive – at home, at work, and in their communities.

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  • VisionAware

    VisionAware is a free, easy-to-use informational service for adults who are blind or have low vision, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals. Visitors will find tips and resources on living with blindness or low vision; information on eye diseases and disorders; and a searchable, free Directory of Services.

    Directory of Services 

  • Way Around

    Through the use of the Way Around app and purchasing smart WayTags, people who experience low vision can tag items and create descriptions for those items.  The application can then read the tag and provide the full description for that item.  This is helpful with kitchen and household items, clothing, and medication.

    View App 

Recreation & Enjoyment

  • Texas Talking Book Library

    The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities.

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  • National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Library of Congress

    The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free national library program that provides braille and recorded materials to people who cannot see regular print or handle print materials.

    Learn More 

  • Traveling with a Guide Dog

    For those who need to travel with a guide dog, getting through the airport and boarding a plane can seem a daunting task. However, there are animal airport disability assistance services available that can help you through the experience, as well as personnel at the airport who are trained to support those with a guide dog. 

    Learn More 

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Guidance on Hotels and Lodging:

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires places of public accommodation, including hotels, motels, and other places of transient lodging, to ensure that everyone, regardless of disability, has an equal opportunity to enjoy their services and facilities.

    Lodging Guide 

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