New Hampshire Resources
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.
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
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.
National Federation of the Blind of NH
The NFB of NH offers 2 scholarships each year in memory of former members who generously gave money to further the education of blind and visually impaired students of New Hampshire. Floyd Callward was a member of the NH Affiliate in the late 1950's and early 1960's. He wanted to help blind students continue their education beyond high school. Theresa C. Herron was a former student of Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. She was dedicated to helping others who were legally blind, especially young persons. She assisted them towards higher education so they might become self-supporting and independent. Ms. Herron was a member of the Governor's Commission on Disability, volunteered much of her time to the NH Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and she served as President of the NH Affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind from 1982 to 1988.
The $1,000 Floyd M. Callward Memorial Scholarship is open to any legally blind resident of NH or a legally blind non-resident who is currently or who will be studying in NH at the post-secondary level next fall. No restrictions apply as to field of study.
The $500 Theresa C. Herron Memorial Scholarship is open to legally blind NH school students to pay for extra services or devices for successful study and achievement. Preference is given to students in grades K-12 as per Ms. Herron's wishes, but post-secondary students may also apply.
Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than January 31, 2017.
Required supporting documentation:
1. A brief essay telling us about yourself; activities, interests, hobbies, personal goals, what your have done to deal with situations involving your blindness, how the scholarship will help (you may mention specific services or equipment if you wish.)
2. Two (2) letters of recommendation and a letter from your TVI.
3. Provide proof of legal blindness (i.e. letter from your primary care or eye doctor, or state agency stating that applicant is legally blind. Medical details not needed.)
4. Mail official transcripts (or report cards) for last two (2) years and all post-secondary schools attended, if any, to coodinator address below. Transcripts may not be e-mailed.