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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The 7th annual Eyebowl will be Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at Town and Country Lanes in Keizer, Oregon. Lane times will be 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Call Blindskills at 503-581-4224 to schedule your team of four. All proceeds will benefit Blindskills as well as all the people we help.

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--Email only $20 per year.

Support Groups

Blindskills has a NEW free support group for people who are grappling with the early stages of visual impairment. New Visions will meet on the first Wednesday of each month in our office at 680 State Street, Suite 110, in downtown Salem.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 2 PM

Blindskills sponsors our regular free monthly support group, Shared Visions. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month in our office at 680 State Street, Suite 110, in downtown Salem.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at 2 PM

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

JOB HUNTING RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WITH VISION IMPAIRMENTS in large print, cassette and diskette formats, now $7


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.

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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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