Blindskills, Inc.

Our mission at Blindskills, Inc., is to build bridges of understanding by sharing information and resources with people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and their communities.

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iOS classes begin in May! If you would like to learn more about how to use your accessibility features or other hints and tricks to assist you- sign up now. 1st class will be May 11, 2-4pm at Blindskills. Call 503-581-4224 to reserve your place now. A $20 donation is requested made out to Blindskills.

A World of Ideas for Visually Impaired People of All Ages


Blindskills publishes DIALOGUE, a quarterly magazine primarily written by and for visually impaired people. DIALOGUE, published for over 50 years, is available in several accessible formats: Large print, cassette, braille, email, and new NLS-compatible digital cartridge. Every issue includes tips on adapting to life with low vision, techniques for easier daily living, career interviews, recreation and sports, technology reviews, and descriptions of new products and services designed for people with visual impairments.

From the current issue:

Blind Person on Watch: Staying at the Hospital 24/7 by Sue Tullos Duffy

You Can't Fix Stupid by Marty Klein

Vacation Suggestions: A Rich Legacy of History Worth Visiting (Part Two) by Peggy Chong

What's New and Where to Get It by Jackie Ohime


More from past issues of DIALOGUE

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Subscribe to DIALOGUE — $35 per year.

Support Groups

Blindskills offers 2 support groups a month. They are held in our office at 680 State St., Suite #110 - next door to Salem United Methodist Church, from 2:00-3:30.

New Visions is on the first Wednesday of the month. We have general discussion and often share challenges and possible solutions. This is a great group for people that are new to vision loss.

Shared Visions is held the third Wednesday of the month. This meeting will have a topic for discussion or guest speakers such as someone from the State Library to talk about Talking Books.

Call the office for more details. 503-581-4224

A video featuring our support group was produced by Wendy Brokaw at Salem's own CCTV Non-Profit Center.

Aha! Moments

B.T. Kimbrough Carol McCarl

B. T. Kimbrough and Carol McCarl were both part of Mutual of Omaha's "Aha Moments" campaign, in which community leaders nationwide describe defining flashes of clarity and wisdom that changed their lives. In these clips, BT and Carol both talk about their own personal "aha moments."

Free Publications

An audio handbook for people who are newly blind
with PROMISES TO KEEP (in print, for friends and family)

Experiencing significant vision loss--or know someone who is? On this free audio cassette and with its accompanying print booklet, readers will find words of encouragement and resources to help cope with diminishing sight. Others have experienced similar feelings and share how they coped when they first got the news. You will hear people who went through this life-altering event and have gone on to lead full, productive lives. Call or email to request your free copy today. WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? will soon be available in audio CD format, thanks to the generous asssistance of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

Tips for Hospital Staff Members and Caregivers

When I Meet a Person Who is Blind, I Will ...

Other Resources and Links

Other Publications


Support by Phone

In a typical year, Blindskills assists over 2000 individuals who contact us via our toll-free number from all over the United States and Canada and ask us for all kinds of information about blindness--rehabilitation and other services in their local areas, technology, and everyday tips for easier living. Call Toll-Free 800-860-4224

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Founded in 1983, Blindskills, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)corporation funded by donations from readers, friends and benefactors.
Federal ID Number: 93-0829936.

Blindskills, Inc., P.O. Box 5181, Salem, OR 97304-0181
Phone: toll-free 800-860-4224 or 503-581-4224
Fax: 503-581-0178  |  Email:

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