Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Adults in the Tri-County

Guide Dog Support 

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center* (Open 24-hours)

Website: https://www.charlestonvrc.com/

Phone: 843.614.8387

Address: 3484 Shelby Ray Court, Charleston, SC 29414

 

Cutler Animal Hospital*, Dr. Richard Cutler

Website: http://www.cutleranimalhospital.com/

Phone: 843.637.3767

Address: 12 Farmfield Avenue, Suite B, Charleston, SC 29407

 

*Partners of the ABVI Guide Dog Scholarship program.

 

Healthcare

AccessAbility

AccessAbility provides support for individuals with a disability, including those who are blind or visually impaired.

Website: https://www.abilitysc.org/

Phone: 843.225.5080

Address: 7944 Dorchester Road, #5, North Charleston, SC 29418

 

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center offers a wide variety of mental health treatment services for adults, adolescents, children and families.

Website: https://www.charlestondorchestermhc.org/

Phone: 843.414.2350 (Charleston) and 843.876.5063 (Dorchester)

Address:  2100 Charlie Hall Blvd., Charleston, SC and 106 Springview Lane, Summerville, SC 29485

 

East Cooper Community Outreach

East Cooper Community Outreach provides medical clinics, dental clinics, prescription assistance, food pantry and clothing support.

Website: https://eccocharleston.org/

Phone: 843.416.7115

Address: 1145 Six Mile Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

 

ScripTalk 

ScripTalk is a device that reads aloud prescription info to the user. Contact your local pharmacy or En-Vision America to learn how to get one for free.

Website: www.envisionamerica.com

Phone Number: 1.800.890.1180

 

Shifa Clinics 

Shifa Clinics provides free medical clinics, dental clinics, vision clinics, prescription assistance, food pantry and clothing support.

Website: https://shifaclinics.com/ 

Phone: 843.352.4580

Address: 1092 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 108, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

 

Welvista 

Welvista provides prescription assistance for uninsured South Carolina residents.

Application: https://www.welvista.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-Application-Packet-English.pdf

Website: https://www.welvista.org/

Phone: 1.800.983.9184

Low Vision Aids

Low vision aids include a variety of devices that can increase magnification for everyday tasks. We have a selection of low vision aids, such as magnifiers, for sale in our office. Clients can sit down with one of our staff members to try out different options to ensure they pick the device most suitable to their needs. For a full list of items, please contact Ruthie Harman at 843.410.1058 or rharman@abvisc.org.

Examples of items for sale: 

  • 20/20 Pen (a bold writing pen that makes it easier to see the print)
  • Braille Pill Organizer
  • Bump Dots (Bump Dots are raised dots with an adhesive backing that make it easier for someone to quickly identify an item by touch. They are often used to mark appliances, keyboards, remotes, telephones and more.)
  • Kitchen Safety Items (knife protector, oven mitts, etc.)
  • Large Print Address Book
  • Signature Guide
  • Talking Alarm Clark or Watch
  • White Cane

Below are several websites where you can view some of these items:

https://www.independentliving.com/

https://www.maxiaids.com/

https://www.amazon.com/

OrCam 

ABVI is an official retailer for OrCam. OrCam creates wearable technology devices for the blind and visually impaired that reads text, recognizes faces, identifies products and much more. ABVI staff can help a blind or visually impaired individual identify if this technology is a fit for them. To learn more visit, https://www.orcam.com/en/. 

Low Vision Doctors

David W. Bang, OD

Website: http://www.drdavidwbang.com/

Phone: 843.764.3030

Address: 9565 Highway 78, Building 900, Ladson, SC 29456

 

James F. Hill, OD, MUSC Storm Eye Institute

Website: https://muschealth.org/

Phone: 843.792.2020

Address: 167 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC, 29425 and 1600 Midtown Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

 

Michael Zolmon, OD, Infinity Eye Care & Low Vision Rehabilitation

Website: http://www.myinfinityeyecare.com/

Phone: 843.795.6464

Address: 325 Folly Road, Suite 109, Charleston, SC 29412

 

South Carolina Commission for the Blind

The South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB) helps blind and visually impaired residents in our state gain independence and take advantage of opportunities for financial advancement. SCCB provides the following programs: Vocational Rehabilitation*, Children Services and Older Blind.

SCCB also coordinates monthly low vision clinics in Charleston. For information on these clinics, contact Jenny Bond at 803.898.8829 or jenny.bond@sccb.sc.gov. 

Website: http://www.sccb.state.sc.us/

Phone: 888.335.5951

Headquarters Address: 1430 Confederate Avenue, Columbia, SC 29201

Charleston Office Address: 1064 Gardner Road, Suite 109, Charleston, SC 29407

 

Transportation

CARTA Tel-A-Ride (Charleston County)

Tel-A-Ride, a public transportation option, is for Charleston County residents who cannot travel without assistance or have mobility challenges that prevent them from getting to and from bus stops. Tel-A-Ride serves all of the Charleston peninsula as well as portions of James Island, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and North Charleston. You must complete an application to be considered for Tel-A-Ride.

Application: https://www.ridecarta.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/tel-a-ride-application.pdf

Website: https://www.ridecarta.com/

Phone: 843.747.0007

Address: 3664 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405

 

TriCounty Link (Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties)

TriCounty Link is a public transportation option that serves Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. If an individual has a disability or condition that prevents them from using the TriCounty Link flag-stop bus system, they can apply to be considered for ADA Deviated Link Service.

Application: http://ridetricountylink.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/TCLADADeviatedRouteApplication.pdf

Website: https://ridetricountylink.com/

Phone: 843.899.4096

Address: 305 Heatley Street, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

 

Senior Companion Program

A Senior Companion can provide companionship, friendly visiting, monitoring, assistance with light housework and respite care for the main caregiver.

Website: https://charlestonareaseniors.org/senior-companion-programs/

Phone: 843.722.4127

Address: 259 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

 

Miscellaneous Resources 

South Carolina State Library – Talking Books

Website: http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/

Phone: 800.922.7818 (Talking Books direct line)

Address: 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201