Helpful Organizations in NH and Beyond
There exists a strong network of NH organizations that provide valuable services and resources for people who are blind or visually impaired of all ages. These organizations all work in close partnership and have many years.
Unlike in other parts of the country there is virtually no duplication of services in NH. These organizations include NH State agencies funded through State and Federal grants and third-party payers such as Medicare, organizations that combine Public and Private funding, and 501(c)-3 non-for-profit charitable organizations like Future In Sight.
State Coordinating Council for Community Transportation
New Hampshire is divided into 9 community transportation regions (See map provided in link.) Each region has an associated Regional Coordinating Council (RCC,) which is comprised of local transportation providers, human service agencies, funding agencies, and organizations, consumers, and regional planning commission staff.
A great resource for those with limited access to transportation.
NH Transportation Management Center
The Transportation Management Center’s mission is to detect, verify, and respond to incidents that affect the state transportation network. It serves to improve traffic operations, provide the public with current, accurate and useful travel and commuter information that promotes safe and efficient travel, as well as facilitates the maintenance of New Hampshire’s transportation system.
This link is a great resource listing of local bus and rail transportation options.
In order to increase the preparedness of individuals and households in the State of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management created the ReadyNH campaign.
Learn what to do before, during and after a disaster!
2-1-1 New Hampshire
Caller 2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers, at no cost, to information about critical health and human services available in their community
2-1-1 NH is an initiative led by Granite United Way (UWNH), an organization that represents the 7 United Ways across the state, in partnership with Eversouce, and the State of New Hampshire. Residents in New Hampshire can contact 2-1-1 NH toll-free by dialing 2-1-1 in state or 1-866-444-4211 from out of state. 2-1-1 NH is dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of New Hampshire citizens every year and to serving as a lifeline to many in their hour of greatest need.
Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
New Hampshire’s State Capital Chamber of Commerce (over 900 members strong) welcomes you to one of New England’s best loved communities.
Concord’s vibrant downtown, healthy business community and wealth of cultural offerings make Concord the perfect place to raise a family, grow a business or explore New England’s rich history, culture and natural areas. We hope you enjoy all that our community has to offer and, perhaps, choose to make Concord your home.
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI)
SBVI is a statewide program that offers comprehensive services to enable blind and visually impaired individuals to secure employment and personal independence. Services include vocational rehabilitation counseling, assessment, skills training, technology and rehabilitative engineering and job placement.
Sight Services for Independent Living (SSIL)
SSIL provides individual services and peer support groups for residents over age 55
ServiceLink is a statewide network of community-based sites and satellite offices providing connections to resources for seniors, adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers. A good one-stop place to get information regarding transportation, housing, prescription drugs, Medicaid and Medicare, and home care options.
The Talking Book Program
Digital audio books and the machines to play them on are available free of charge to people with disabilities that makes reading difficult.
Story Preservation Initiative
Preserving the stories of our lives by capturing the voices, words, and meanderings of artists, scientists, writers, poets, musicians, and eyewitnesses to history. Listen, learn, and be amazed.
Braille Book Library
In an effort to enhance literary education the Association has established a lending library of Braille books. To borrow a copy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 224-4039, x2401.
Dog Guide Users of NH
The Dog Guide Users of NH is a support group that aims to promote the use of service dogs for the disabled through peer support, advocacy, education and public awareness and for all individuals interested in the care, handling and/or raising of guide or service dogs for independent living.
iCan Connect Program
The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program is designed to help those with significant combined hearing and vision loss who meet the income requirements (2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines) to connect with their family, friends, and community through distance communication technology. Along with free communication equipment and software, iCanConnect representative will provide training in your home, allowing you to take full advantage of the powerful features and functionality that today’s communication technologies provide.
For information on available services and eligibility requirements please call 1-800-464-3075, x2402 or Email email@example.com.
National Federation of the Blind of NH
The NFB of NH works tirelessly to educate the public that individuals who are blind are normal people who can compete on all levels as long as the playing fields are equal.
Addiction can be a harrowing experience for anyone. For those with a sensory disability, such as a deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired individual, this experience can be even more daunting, as they’re faced with not only overcoming an addiction, but attempting to find a treatment program that recognizes, respects, and caters to their unique needs and challenges, in a world that largely revolves around the experiences and perception of sound and sight.
National Eye Institute
As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”
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