About the APH Directory of Services
Helping Users Find the Services They NeedThe Directory of Services lists schools, agencies, organizations, and programs in in the governmental and private, nonprofit sectors that provide a wide variety of services, information, and other assistance to blind and visually impaired children and adults, their families, and professionals who work with them. Information is also included on producers and distributors of braille, large print, audio recording, and other alternate media; specialized computer hardware and software and other assistive technology and adapted devices; and other products designed for people who are visually impaired. Each listing in the Directory provides contact information and a detailed description of the services that the organization provides. Note that a listing in the Directory, which is based on information supplied by the organization itself, does not imply endorsement or evaluation by APH.
History of the Directory of ServicesThe Directory of Services has a long and storied history. The first print Directory was published by our partner, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), in 1926. This print directory soon became an indispensable resource used across the U.S. and Canada. AFB launched a fully accessible and searchable online version in 2001 with the same critical purpose: to provide useful, comprehensive information that assists persons who are visually impaired and their families to find the assistance they need and to help professionals deliver services effectively. AFB discontinued the print edition Directory in 2005. In 2017, AFB began discussions with APH about assuming stewardship of the Directory of Services, and in 2018, APH began operating this vital resource, as well as related websites and an 800-number hotline, carrying on the legacy of AFB’s landmark work.
The APH ConnectCenter: Information for People of All AgesThe Directory of Services is part of APH ConnectCenter, a suite of services which includes the following:
- Directory of Services
- FamilyConnect, a website for families of children with visual impairments
- APHCareerConnect, a website for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired
- VisionAware., a website for adults and seniors with visual impairments
- The APH Information & Referral Hotline, 1-800-232-5463 (M-F, 8:00AM-8:00PM Eastern) and the Information & Referral Email. firstname.lastname@example.org.