Resources for Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Guide Dog Support
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center* (Open 24-hours)
Address: 3484 Shelby Ray Court, Charleston, SC 29414
Cutler Animal Hospital*, Dr. Richard Cutler
Address: 12 Farmfield Avenue, Suite B, Charleston, SC 29407
*Partners of the ABVI Guide Dog Scholarship program.
AccessAbility provides support for individuals with a disability, including those who are blind or visually impaired.
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.
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.
Address: 1145 Six Mile Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
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.
Phone Number: 1.800.890.1180
Shifa Clinics provides free medical clinics, dental clinics, vision clinics, prescription assistance, food pantry and clothing support.
Address: 1092 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 108, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Welvista provides prescription assistance for uninsured South Carolina residents.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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
Address: 9565 Highway 78, Building 900, Ladson, SC 29456
James F. Hill, OD, MUSC Storm Eye Institute
Address: 167 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC, 29425 and 1600 Midtown Avenue, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Michael Zolmon, OD, Infinity Eye Care & Low Vision Rehabilitation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headquarters Address: 1430 Confederate Avenue, Columbia, SC 29201
Charleston Office Address: 1064 Gardner Road, Suite 109, Charleston, SC 29407
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.
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.
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: *This service is currently unavailable due to COVID-19*
Address: 259 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
South Carolina State Library – Talking Books
Phone: 800.922.7818 (Talking Books direct line)
Address: 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Information on Navigating College with a Visual Impairment