Guide Dog Resources

This list not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.

Guide Dog Schools
Guide Dog Organizations
Mail Order Sources for Dog Supplies

Guide Dog Schools (link is external)

Guide Dog Organizations
Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI)
50 Barker Street
Apt. #230
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Toll-Free: 866-799-8436 (link is external)
GDUI is a peer support network and membership organization which promotes acceptance of blind people and their guide dogs, works for enforcement, expansion and standardization of laws admitting guide dogs into public places, advocates for quality training and follow-up services, publishes an audio magazine, “Pawtracks”. GDUI’s free product catalog, which lists items available for sale, is available in braille, large print, cassette and IBM disk. Making Impressions: A Handbook for the Prospective Guide Dog Handler is available in alternative formats and is available free of charge in GDUI’s 2003 catalog. Be sure to access their website or call the toll-free number to order books and for more information.

GDUI Listservs (link is external)

Mail Order Sources for Dog Supplies
If it is more convenient for you to purchase supplies by mail, here are some of the companies which offer a wide variety of supplies. Again, this is not necessarily a complete listing, nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
503 7th St. N. #001
Fargo, ND 58102-4403
Toll-free: 1-800-720-8247
To send e-mail, go to (link is external)
Web site: (link is external)

Carries a wide variety of dog-related supplies, such as collars, ID tags, leashes, beds, crates and gates, bowls and accessories, training supplies, safety products, treats, supplements, chews, and gift items for dog lovers.

Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
2253 Air Park Rd.
P.O. Box 100
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Toll Free: 800-381-7179
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external) (link is external)

Supplies for Dogs
Store Locator: (link is external)
Toll Free: 888-839-9638 (link is external)

Ruff Wear
Box 1363
Bend, OR 97709
Toll Free: 888-783-3932
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external) (link is external)
Ruffwear is a source of supplies for dogs and its logo is Gear for Dogs on the Go.

Sports, Recreational and Leisure Resources

These organizations and companies provide products or services useful for blind and visually impaired persons seeking recreational opportunities. This list not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
Bicycling–see also under Sports Associations
Skiing, Snow–also under Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation–General
Sports and Recreational Associations and Publications
Water Sports
Sporting Equipment, Recreational Items and Games
Bicycling–see also under Sports Associations
International Bicycle Tours
Box 754
Essex, CT 06426
Fax 860-767-3090 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Has tandem and mixed tours in U.S. and Europe and custom tours.

Skiing, Snow–also under Outdoor Recreation
Adaptive Sports Association
125 E. 32nd Street
Durango, CO 81302
Winter program office
1 Skier Place
970-385-2193 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Facilitates outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, snowboarding and kayaking for people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

The American Blind Skiing Foundation
1831 Mission Hills Rd., Unit 203
Northbrook, IL 60062-5745
312-409-1605 (leave a message) (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
ABSF is committed to serving visually impaired children & adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences that build confidence & independence that can last a lifetime. Has alpine skiing, day and weekend trips.

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing)
8 Sundance Lane
Newry, Maine 04261
Toll Free: 800-639-7770
Fax: 207-824-0453 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Under our new name, we are proud to continue offering year-round adaptive recreational programs that teach adaptive sports activities to people with physical disabilities, ages four and up. We believe that having access to and participating in recreational sports is integral to a well-rounded life for every person. MHS is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with physical disabilities. Over 400 volunteers assist our athletes in appreciating the joys and challenges of sports participation.

National Sports Center for the Disabled
1801 Mile High Stadium Circle, #1500
Denver, CO 80204
Winter Park Resort
33 Parsenn Road
P.O. Box 1290
Winter Park, Colorado 80482
303-316-1518 or 970-726-1518 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Summer activities: rafting/kayaking, sailing, cycling, camping, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, soccer, lacrosse. Winter activities: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing; ski biking; snowboarding; race teams; winter trips/camps, rock climbing, indoor kayaking, soccer, lacrosse.

Ski for Light
1455 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-827-3232 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Cross-country skiing for blind, visually-impaired, and mobility-impaired individuals and their guides.

Outdoor Recreation–General
The American Camp Association
5000 State Road 67 N.
Martinsville, IN 46151
Toll Free: 800-428-2267
765-342-8456 (link is external)
ACA publishes Camping Magazine. Their camp database can also be searched online.

Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD)
P.O. Box M
Aspen, CO 81612 (link sends e-mail) or send an e-mail at (link is external) (link is external)
Has skiing, snow mobiling, ice skating, and other outdoor activities, also many summer activities such as hiking, and rock climbing.

Bradford Woods Outdoor Center
5040 State Rd. 67 North
Martinsville, IN 46151
Fax: 765-349-1086 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Has summer camps for ages 8-18, outdoor challenge education, environmental education and arranges custom events.

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Box 697
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Toll-free: 800-383-2632
Fax 970-453-4676 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Offers skiing, year-round camping, snowshoeing, wilderness programs, climbing wall, ropes course, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, group leadership development and team-building programs and customized programs.

Colorado Mountain School
Box 2062
Estes Park, CO 80517
Toll Free: 800-836-4008
Fax: 303-447-8356
Estes Park Lodge: 970-586-4677 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Does rock climbing instruction and trips.

National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC)
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
Fax (402) 488-7582 (link sends e-mail)

Christian Record Services, Canada
National Camps for the Blind
1300 King St East, Box 31119
Oshawa, ON L1H 8N9
Fax: 905-436-7102 (link sends e-mail) (link is external) (Canada) (link is external) (United States)
NCBC is a part of Christian Record Services and has summer camps across the U.S. and Canada. Call or write for more information. (In regard to other camping opportunities, see American Camping Association listing above and/or see our camps resource list).

U.S. Blind Horseshoe Pitchers Association
395 Baytree Dr.
Melbourne, FL 32940
321-757-6824 (link sends e-mail)
The U.S. Blind Horseshoe Pitchers Association provides resource material and assists blind and visually impaired individuals in finding a place to pitch horse shoes in their area.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Box 139
Killington, VT 05751
Mobile: 802.353.8129
Fax 802-786-4986 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Programs include but are not limited to: Alpine Skiing; Sailing; Goalball; Cross Country Skiing; Canoeing and Kayaking; Adventure Weekends; Snowboarding; Cycling; Specialty Events; Snowshoeing; Guided Burlington Bike Path Trips; Indoor Rock Climbing; Hiking; Camping; Beeper Baseball; Tennis

Wilderness Inquiry
808 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Toll Free: 800-728-0719
Fax: 612-676-9401 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Offers wide variety of wilderness trips for persons of all abilities and ages. Schedule is available.

Sports and Recreational Associations and Publications

American Blind Bowling Association
Fred Nickl
111 South Dwyer
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-253-3104 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Membership group of blind bowlers, over 2,000 in the U.S. and Canada. They also sell bowling rails, 12 foot length available plus 3 foot extensions available.

ACB Radio Amateurs
Steve Dresser, President
167 Green Street
Reading, MA 01867
Cell: 781-254-9829 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
ACBRA is an organization of blind and sighted licensed radio amateurs who work together to make the hobby more accessible to people who are blind.

Blind Judo Foundation
Promoting the sport of Judo to the blind and visually impaired community.
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external) (link is external)
Promotes the sport of Judo to the blind and visually impaired community by identifying Head Instructors and their Dojos interested in working with the blind & visually impaired.

Boy Scouts of America
National Council
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external) (link is external)

Courage Center
3915 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55422
Toll Free: 888-846-8253
Fax 763-520-0577 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Has many sports and recreational programs for people with disabilities.

Courage HANDI-HAM System
3915 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Toll Free: 866-426-3442)
763-520-0512 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
An organization for visually impaired and/or physically disabled ham radio buffs. They provide study material on tape and adaptive ham radio technology for sale and loan to program participants. Has camps in California and in Minnesota annually.

Girl Scouts of the USA
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10018-2798
Toll Free: 800-478-7248
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external)
To locate your nearest group go to (link is external) (link is external)

International Blind Chess Association
Stephen Hilton, General Secretary
Phone/Fax: 0049 5681 1341 (link sends e-mail) or (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
IBCA websites in some countries include: England; Ireland; Austria (German language); Italy (Italian language) FIDE (Federation Internationale Des Echecs) is the apex body for chess amongst the sighted. Similarly the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) is the apex body of chess for the blind and is in turn affiliated to FIDE. The main purpose of IBCA is to promote chess for the visually challenged across the globe. Now, it has grown to such an extent that it has over 71 member countries from all continents, starting from Europe to more recent South Africa, Latin America and Asia.

National Beep Baseball Association
4020 Baffin Lane, NE
Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: (866) 400-4551 (Option 2) (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
The NBBA is a representative national organization which assists, promotes, encourages and develops amateur beep baseball programs throughout the United States of America and internationally.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1291 Taylor St. NW
Washington, DC 20542
Toll Free: 800-424-8567
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Outdoor Life magazines are available through NLS. They also produce “Sports Schedules” – braille schedules of the major baseball, basketball, football and hockey leagues. Contact your regional library for more information.

United States Association for Blind Athletes
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Fax: 719-866-3400 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
USABA is a Colorado-based 501(c) (3) organization that provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with a visual impairment. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA provides athletic opportunities in various sports including, but not limited to track and field, nordic and alpine skiing, biathlon, judo, wrestling, swimming, tandem cycling, powerlifting and goalball (a team sport for the blind and visually impaired).

United States Blind Golf Association
David Meador
Nashville TN
615-385-0784 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Organization of blind golfers.

United States Braille Chess Association
Secretary, Jay Leventhal
111-20 76th Rd. Apt. 5L
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 275-2209 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Groups aim is to foster and encourage over-the-board and correspondence chess among the blind. One over-the-board tournament is held per year.

Water Sports
Handicapped Scuba Association
HSA International
1104 El Prado
San Clemente, CA 92672
Fax: 949-498-6128 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
HSA Int’l. has worldwide educational programs. HSA operates as an independent diver training and certifying agency and each year plans, coordinates and conducts several dive vacations to exotic locations.

Sporting Equipment, Recreational Items and Games
Access to Recreation
8 Sandra Ct.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Toll Free: 800-634-4351 (link sends e-mail). (link is external)
Has recreational aids for persons with mobility impairments. May be useful to blind or visually impaired persons who are also mobility impaired.

Independent Living Aids
200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
Toll Free: 800-537-2118
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external) (link is external)
Has playing cards, board games, card games, sewing aids, large print crossword puzzles and other recreational items.

LS&S Group
Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
Toll Free: 800-468-4789
Toll Free Fax: 877-498-1482
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external) (link is external)
Has talking tape measure, braille and large print playing cards, board games, braille dice and more.

Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10022
212-821-9384 (Lighthouse Store) (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Carries a variety of recreational items.

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Blvd.,
Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA
800-522-6294 – (To Order)
631-752-0521 – (For Information)
Fax: 1-631-752-0689
To send an e-mail, go to (link is external) (link is external)
Has games and recreational items.

One Sportime Way
Atlanta, GA 30340
Toll Free: 800-283-5700
Toll Free Fax: 800-845-1535 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
They sell a variety of sports supplies for persons with disabilities and a teachers guide to help with inclusion.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired, Inc.
9 Nolan Ct.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone/Fax 631-724-4479 (link sends e-mail) (link is external)
Distributes Robotron’s Columbus Talking Compass