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For persons who are blind and visually impaired

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Advocacy/Independence Resources

Accessible San Diego
Provides accessible hotels, calendar of events, tours and transportation resources.

Audible Pedestrian Traffic Signals for the Blind
The City of San Diego is installing audible pedestrian traffic signals. Site show how to use these signals and gives safety precautions.

California Association of Orientation & Mobility Specialists

Climbing Blind Tibet Expedition 2004
Join six blind Tibetan teenagers as they attempt to climb a 23,000 peak, led by the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest.

Descriptive Theatre – La Jolla Playhouse

  • Provides audio-described Access Performances adapted for patrons with low vision.  The service includes a pre-performance lecture and a comprehensive reading of the program notes.

Call box office for more information. 
(858) 550-1010
Guide Dogs of America
Dedicated to providing guide dogs and instruction to blind and visually impaired individuals, so that they can pursue goals of increased mobility and independence.

Guide Dog Users of San Diego
Post Office Box 12472
San Diego, CA  92112

  • Local advocacy group for guide dog users.  Focuses on legislation for guide dog users as well as accessibility issues. Also offers support, information for guide dog users, particularly information on guide dog training schools. Affiliate of California Council of the Blind.  New members welcome.
    (619) 223-1259

Knights of Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.
1895 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA  92108-3683

  • Provides financial assistance to eligible lower income individuals who face loss of sight and are unable to afford surgical treatment to help restore vision. 

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
Provides disabled rider information and how to purchase a transit identification card.

Newspapers Over the Telephone
Access News San Diego

  • Provides newspaper readings over the telephone.   By using a touch-tone phone, users can select newspaper, section and article of interest.  - Newspapers offered: The San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, others.
  • All readings done by electronic synthetic speech system.
    Offered free of charge by San Diego County Library Outreach Services and the National Federation of the Blind. 
    (858) 694-2108 

Partial Vision Center
Scripps Mericos Eye Institute
9888 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 626-6571

  • Free services to help those with diminished vision lead more independent lives: vision aids and devices are demonstrated on a one-on-one basis by appointment.  Devices available include reading aids, books on tape orientation, talking devices, lighting aids, helpful household aids.
  • Free transportation provided.

Recreation Programs
Disabled Services, City of San Diego
3325 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, CA  92101

  • Recreation programs for the disabled; includes tandem bike riding for the visually impaired.
  • (619) 525-8247


Registrar of Voters
Provides physical assistance for voters with disabilities.

San Diego Gas & Electric

  • Will mark gas appliances with raised texture labels for the visually impaired (free).
  • Utility discount for lower income qualifying residents.
  • Free auto-payment service (linked to customer’s checking account).

Information Line: 1-800-411-7343

San Diego Transit System

  • Visually impaired eligible for discount transit passes.

San Diego: (619) 238-0100
North County/ Inland: (858) 743-6283
North County/ Coastal: (858) 722-6283

SBC Telephone Services for the Visually Impaired – Accessibility Resources
Pacific Bell
Services offered for the visually impaired:

  • Phone bills in large print (approx. 8”x10”).
  • Free loan of big button telephone.
  • Free use of ‘411’ Directory Assistance number and Express Call Completion (in service area); must register for this service.
  • Discount for lower income qualifying residents.
  • Free auto-payment service (linked to customer’s checking account).
    Information Line: 1-800-772-3140

Travel Access – Accessible San Diego

  • Provides access information to travelers with visual or physical disabilities.

P.O Box 124526
San Diego, CA  92112-4526
(858) 279-0704 

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