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Abledata
800-227-0216
8630 Fenton St., Suite 930
Silver Springs, MD 20910 M-F, 8:30 -5:30
Database containing information on a wide variety of assistive technology.  Can be searched by brand name, company and product type; includes product name, where you can get it and how much it costs.  Database also has a "Reading Room" which is a library of articles, books and other published resources related to specific types of assistive tech-nology.  http://www.abledata.com/

 

Anderson Park Senior Center
New Beginnings after Stroke 310-318-0650
Anderson Park
3007 Vail Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278 
Classes to stimulate motor skills as well as stroke client support groups.  Call for further information.


AT Network
800-390-2699
1029 J Street, Suite 120
Sacramento, CA 95814 M-F, 8-5
Online database of organizations and businesses that sell, service, rent, fund or otherwise provide assistive technology services.  When using this service, you enter your zip code and then specify a geographic area to help you find resources within your local area.  http://www.atnet.org/


Braille Institute
800-272-4553
323-663-1111
741 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029 M-F, 8:30-5
Information, instruction, and training for the blind and their families.  Visual aid service for visually impaired. Can purchase assisted living aids. Store hours are M-F, 9-4:30.


California Relay Service (CRS)
800-735-2922
6436 Oakdale Rd.
Riverbank, CA 95367  
Allows a deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired person, using 'Telecommunications Device for the Deaf' (TDD), to communicate with any other telephone user from TDD using Voice Carry Over (VCO), Hearing Carry Over (HCO) or Spanish to Spanish.
24 hrs. 7 days/week. Phone # (TDD) 866-735-2929.


California Telephone Access Program
Voice:  800/806-1191
TTY:  800/806-4474
.M-F, 8-6
Provide specialized telecommunication equipment and services.  Equipment at no charge for individuals certified as having functional limitations of hearing, vision, mobility, speed and/or interpretation of information.


Center for the Partially Sighted
310- 458-3501
12301 Wilshire Blvd., #600
Los Angeles, CA 90025 M-F, 8-6
A comprehensive low vision rehabilitation agency for partially sighted people.  Services include:  Low Vision Exams, training in the use of low vision aids, psychological and re-habilitation services.  Accepts Medicare and Medi-Cal.  Satellite program in the South Bay.  Sliding scale based on ability to pay.  Cannot be blind.


Del Amo Hospital
310-530-1151
23700 Camino Del Sol
Torrance, CA 90505 
Psychiatric hospital treating all ages.  Accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and private insurance.


Elder Corner
877-883-5337
A Place for Seniors on the Web: http://www.eldercorner.com/.   On-line catalog of products for services to help them have a "fun & easy lifestyle."  Products grouped in categories of bathroom aids, daily living, health care, household, kitchen & dining, leisure, personal care, travel and magnifiers.


Guide Dogs for the Blind
800-295-4050
 M-F, 8-5
A non-profit charitable organization that provides skilled guide digs and training in their use to visually impaired adults in the United States and Canada.


Hearing Aid Help Line
800-521-5247
 M-F, 8-5, EST
Hearing specialist available to answer questions about hearing aids, hearing loss and treatment.  Will refer to hearing aid specialists in caller's area.


Lighthouse
800-334-5497
111 E. 59th St.
New York, NY 10022 M-F, 9-6 EST
Works to build confidence, independence, and the opportunity for quality of life for peo-ple with impaired vision.  Provides educational and advocacy services.


Lions Clubs International
Collects and recycles used eyeglasses and reconditions and distributes used hearing aids to needy persons.  Local contact for the South Bay: Aron Fried at 310-316-4425.


Medical Baseline Program
800-649-7570
Call 800# then press 0 and
ask for Energy. M-F, 10-3
For consumers with specific medical situations who may require greater amounts of en-ergy to meet day to day needs.  Additional 'Standard Allowance' is available to those meeting health related qualifications.  Contact your gas or utility office to learn of these services.  Interpreters available for many languages.


Public Transportation
South Bay Region 
Discounts for seniors and disabled riders provided by all South Bay cities transportation departments.  Refer to Transportation section of this directory.


SBC Customer Services
800-772-3140
2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704 M-F, 8-6
Sat, 8:30-5
Eligibility:  Pacific Bell customer with a hearing impairment. Must submit certification form.  Consult your audiologist.


Sears Health & Wellness Catalog
800-326-1750
Offers variety of products for fitness & exercise, bathroom safety, foot care, bed & acces-sories, mobility, health & hygiene and sight & hearing.             http://www.searshealthandwellness.com/


Senior Eye Care Program
800-222-3937
 24 hours
Provides free eye health educational materials and access to medical eye care for persons 65 yrs and older who have not been seen by an ophthalmologist in 3 or more years, and who have no eye care insurance.


SmartHome
800-762-7846
16542 Millikan Ave.
Irvine, CA 92606 
Many products for home automation such as remote controls for lighting, sound and tem-perature.  Also has on-line Installer Referral Program to help find a local installer, if needed. http://www.smarthome.com/


St. Mary's Low Vision Center
562-491-9275
1055 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90804 By Appointment Only
Optical aids, reading devices, and training in activities of daily living.  Requires referral from an ophthalmologist or optometrist.


Torrance Main Public Library
310-618-5959
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503 
Provides materials and services for individuals with sensory and physical/mobility dis-abilities through the ASSIST program.  Many materials are also available through the li-brary's home delivery WOW (Words on Wheels) for those unable to visit the library.  The library has fully adaptive computer workstations with magnification and text to speech software, a variety of input devices and hand-held magnifiers, video print magnifiers, and mobility devices (scooter, walker).  Large print books and books on tape are also avail-able.  Internet access available 24hrs/day at http://www.torrnet.com/.


Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL)
310-390-3611
12910 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066 M-F, 9-5
Must have physical or mental disability.  Bilingual counseling, case management, infor-mation and referrals, and benefits advocacy.  Representative, David Serbin, Thursday, 9-4 at the Torrance Bartlett Senior Citizens Center by appointment, 310-320-5918.