Resource Information
Disability Information & Referral Center (DIRC)


Apps and Devices for Independence and Safety   PDF  RTF  
Disability Related Information     PDF     RTF
Mental Health Resources     PDF     RTF
Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)  PDF  RTF
Virtual Resources  PDF  RTF
Resources for People with Vision Impairments
Telephone Resources: Services Available by Phone  PDF  RTF
Coronavirus Resources   PDF   RTF


Apps and Devices for Independence and Safety

App finder database:

American Red Cross
            COVID-19 highlight
            Focus on preparedness
            Tips and advice for emergencies
            Find local hospitals

Distance Alerts
            For iPhone 12 Pro models
            LiDAR sensor
            Part of magnifier app
            Audible, visual, and tactile feedback
            Set a distance
            So you can know how close someone is to you

Emergency Chat
            Focused on people having a sensory overload
            Splash screen explains situation
            Basic text app

            Set alerts for up to 5 places
            Preparedness tips / lists
            Set emergency meeting place
            Risk mitigation
            Disaster resources
            Find shelters

Food Delivery:
            Door Dash

ICE Medical Standard    
            health info and emergency contact on your lock screen
            option to order a physical card

Live Captions:
            Google Live Transcribe
            Ava app
            Microsoft Teams

NOVID: contact tracing for COVID-19

OCR – Optical Character Recognition:
            Seeing AI
            Tap Tap See
            KNFB Reader

            Chewy - pets
            Walmart +

Video calls:
            Google Hangouts
            Facebook Video Messenger
            Blue Jeans

Weather apps:
            Weather Underground
            Dark Sky
            Hurricane Hound
            Carrot Weather

Built in accessibility
            Screen reading software – Voice Over and Narrator 
            Display accommodations (high contrast and color filter options)
            Screen zoom (whole or partial screen magnification)
            Voice control options for many tasks

Apple Watch
                        Hand washing timer
                        Hard fall detection
                        SOS feature
                        SIRI and 911
                        Hands free usability
                        Alerts from connected devices

                        USB device
                        Loaded with emergency forms
                        Silicone band, Adjustable

Smart home solutions:
            Smart speakers – Amazon Echo, Google Nest
            Flood Sensor
            Smart lights
            One Link First Alert – smoke and carbon monoxide detector


Disability Related Information

Shopping Assistance:

Connect ATX
For assistance in the Austin area. Categories include help with food, housing, utilities, transportation, and other services

Go Puff
App for Android and iOS that delivers snacks, drinks, and some essentials. Only $1.95 for delivery. Available in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio

Transportation service that does not require a smartphone app
Once you sign up, you can have access to:
GoGoGroceries: 855-754-5328

Next Door app
For iOS and Android
Connects neighbors
People are offering to shop and run errands for vulnerable populations.
Can pay without using cash by signing up for PayPal or Venmo, or using PayPal through Facebook Messenger

Senior Access
Transportation service, lending closet, minor home repairs, and phone companionship for seniors age 60+
Serves the Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto, and East Austin areas

Financial Assistance / Free Resources:
CURE SMA COVID-19 Information Center

COVID 19 Breaking News Available for Newsline subscribers:

Laughing at the My Nightmare COVID 19 Resource Relief
$100 Visa gift cards available to anyone with a physical disability or chronic illness.

NORD COVID-19 Critical Relief Program
Two programs:
NORD COVID-19 Critical Relief Program – assistance with non-medical essential expenses
NORD COVID-19 Premium & Medical Relief Program – assistance with insurance premiums and limited medical expenses

United Spinal Association
Disability-specific COVID-19 news and information provided by a grant from the Craig H Neilsen Foundation

United Way COVID 19 Community Economic Relief Fund:
For help with rent, food, and bills
By calling this number people will be referred to list of local agencies


Alzheimer’s Association
Tips for Dementia Caregivers

American Association on Health and Disability

The ARC COVID-19 Resource List

CDC Toolkit for Individuals with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities (IDD) 
Includes sections for mitigation strategies such as social distancing, wearing masks, and hands washing; getting a COVID test; and receiving a COVID vaccine, Also includes tip sheets for caregivers and for health professionals.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Ask the Experts: COVID 19 and People with Neuromuscular Disorders

Know Your Rights Guide to Surviving COVID-19 Triage Protocols: 

National Disability COVID-19 Healthcare Support and Advocacy Hotline
Run by a group of disabled advocates, this hotline can provide COVID-related medical information, support, and advocacy for people with disabilities

NMD United COVID 19 Plan and Prep Guide
A guide for people with disabilities

COVID 19 Information by and For People with Disabilities
A guide for people with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)

Project Connect
Free, nationwide telehealth line for support, guidance, and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and support staff

Other Information:

U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students’ Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response:


Mental Health Resources

Information on Re-Entry Anxiety or Social Reintegration Anxiety:

Re-entry Anxiety is also known as “Cabin Syndrome” 

  Cabin Syndrome is a fear of leaving home and resuming normal activities in society due to a known fear such as a contagion

  Cabin Syndrome is not a psychological disorder, and it is not the same as agoraphobia or social anxiety disorder

  Cabin Syndrome has been a common experience during the COVID-19 pandemic

  Examples of Cabin Syndrome:
     Concern about interacting with people outside of your home
     Fear of returning to work
     Anxiety about using public transportation

  Cabin Syndrome can manifest in these symptoms:
     Binge eating
     Low motivation
     Difficulty with concentration
     Muscular tension
     Sleep disturbances
  Anyone can experience Cabin Syndrome, but these groups are more susceptible:
     Older people
     People with high-risk medical conditions
     People who experience depression, anxiety disorders, or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  Ways to combat Cabin Syndrome:
     Systematic desensitization
     Similar routine
     Questioning of beliefs 

     Recognize fear as a normal response
     “What resists, persists” – Don’t fight your feelings
     Give yourself time and normalize how you feel
     Do not compare yourself with others

     Expressing fear decreases the burden of emotion:
       Talk to a trusted person 
       Write / Journal
       “Escape valves” to release the pressure
          Punch a pillow
          Scream therapy
  Systematic desensitization:
     Gradual exposure to what you are afraid of
     Can also include progressive muscle relaxation
          Day #1: go for a walk around the block for 10 minutes
          Day #2: walk the dog for 20 minutes
          Day #3 walk the dog for 45 minutes
          Day #4: walk to the nearest pharmacy and purchase 2-3 items 

  Similar routine:
     Helps to alleviate the symptoms of fear during social reintegration
     Promotes a sense of security 
     Reduces stress
     Gives us a roadmap

  Questioning beliefs:
     Excessive fear can be due to irrational beliefs - questioning beliefs can provide relief
     Cognitive restructuring:
          Identify self-destructive beliefs
          Refute them
          Modify them to make them adaptive and reasonable
  Additional recommendations:
     Try not to control everything
     Give yourself time
     Reward yourself
     Establish new routines with realistic goals
     Recognize that there will always be some risk
     Identify and maintain the new habits acquired
     Don’t fear new routines

  Find ways to manage your stress:
     Interact with loved ones
     Healthy affirmations
     Good nutrition
     Restful sleep

  What is in your control:        
     Keep a routine
     Eat healthy
     Practice relaxation
     Focus on what is important 
     Wear personal protective equipment
     Identify support resources

  What is not in your control:
     Government decisions
     Business openings
     Opening of schools
     Weather conditions
     Other people’s decisions

  Seek help:
     Medical professional 
     Counselor / therapist
     Apps for anxiety / relaxation (see below)

Information from FEMA webinar on Social Reintegration, March 2022. For upcoming and archived webinars, visit:

 More about Re-entry Anxiety: 

  Signs and symptoms:
     Anxiety / fear
     Dread / nervousness / turmoil
     Anxiety / panic attacks
     Tension / angst
     Trembling / jumpy
     Chest pain
     Locked jaw
     Neck pain
     Stomach issues
     Sleep problems
     Fight, flight, or freeze
     Heart racing

  Reentry challenges:
     Child care and elder care
     Work life balance
     Hybrid work model insecurity

  Re-entry sensitivity:
     Be respectful of everyone’s feelings
     Be kind
     Be understanding and compassionate
     Put yourself in someone else’s situation
     Don’t overwhelm others with COVID info
     People have been through different situations
          Loss of security and safety
          Loss of familiarity and the known
          Loss of employment
          Deaths of family members and friends due to COVID

  Re-entry strategies:
     Start small and start soon
     Plan for changes and new routines
          Go to bed early
          Get up early
          Exercise or do meditation before work
          Get dressed and shower even if you are working from home
          Get on a good schedule
          Personal energy rituals (PER)
     Get your vehicle serviced
     Spruce up wardrobe and self
     Plan your clothes the night before work
     Get a haircut
     Focus on core values
     Communicate needs to family and work
     Deal with challenges
  Stress reducing strategies: 
     Focus on the three pillars of health
     Engage in hobbies and fun activities
     Practice relaxation techniques
     Express gratitude
     Use your support network
     Reframe your thinking – growth mindset, resiliency
     Consider therapy, medication

Source: Information from Alliance Work Partner’s webinar on Re-entry Anxiety, February 2022

Take the following steps to cope with a disaster:

  • Take care of your body– Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Learn more about wellness strategies for mental health.
  • Connect with others– Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships and build a strong support system.
  • Take breaks– Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
  • Stay informed– When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.
  • Avoid too much exposure to news– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.
  • Seek help when needed– If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

Look out for these common signs of distress:

  • Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.
  • Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Anger or short temper.
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.


Seven Ways to Cope with Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak:

          Limit news consumption
          Practice calming techniques
          Move your body
          Connect with loved ones
          Listen to music, find activities that bring joy
          Get stuff done
          Find ways to laugh


Coping with Isolation During the Coronavirus Outbreak:

          Call, e-mail, and text friends and family
          Use videoconferencing technology such as FaceTime, Skype,  and Zoom (also Duo and video chat through Facebook)
          Write letters and send cards
          Start an online or by phone book club
          Make gifts and crafts
          Share recipes, recommend favorite books, podcasts, movies, or Music
          Look into volunteer opportunities from home. Contact your local United Way or visit


To help combat insomnia / trouble sleeping:

  • Establish a routine
  • Spend time in the sunlight or use a lightbox (of 5,000 lux or higher) each day
  • Exercise early in the day
  • Reserve your bedroom for sleep
  • Spend time winding down before bedtime
  • Put clocks out of sight once you’re tucked in
  • Keep the lights dimmed – no phone or television
  • Take a warm bath before bed
  • Read a book or listen to music until you’re sleepy
  • Set aside a “worry hour” during the day
  • Practice mindfulness and/or breathing techniques


Keys to Resiliency
         Cultivate connection with others
      Kindness toward others
      Compassion toward ourselves
      Living in the present / mindfulness
      Caring for our bodies
Source: ERS “Combatting Loneliness During the Pandemic” webinar


Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Tips and Resources to Manage Anxiety During COVID-19

Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Texas Health and Human Services Mental Support Hotline
Offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor

Blue Moon Senior Counseling
Offering tele-health counseling services in many states including Texas
Covered by Medicare, some PPO’s, and private pay
No doctor order required

Mental Health TX
How to get help for you or someone else, plus information on common health disorders, resources, and wellness

Teen Line Online
Staffed by trained teens
Available 8-11 pm central time
TeenTalk app for iphone
Text TEEN to 839863

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Suicide Prevention LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Centers in Texas:

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Texas Online Programming

Meditation Videos from the University of Houston

Employees Retirement System (ERS) Wellness webinars (archives)

Coping with Loneliness: A Life Effectiveness Guide

Online, Interactive Modules:

How to LIFT Your Spirits During COVID-19 and Other Hard Times

How to MOVE Toward Emotional Wellness

Disaster Apps:

AA Meeting Guide:
Breathe 2 Relax:
Help Children Cope:
LifeArmor: (Android and iOS)
Positive Activity Jackpot:
PTSD Coach:
Tactical Breather: (Android and iOS)
T2 Mood Tracker: and iOS)
Virtual Hope Box: (Android and iOS)

Mindfulness / Meditation apps:
          10% Happier
          Insight Timer
          Smiling Mind
          Zen Garden

Note: Apps are available for i0S and Android. Some are free, some are fee-based, and some offer both free and paid memberships.

Also, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home can play guided meditations.

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Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

Alert Sentry

Great Call

Guardian Medical Monitoring

Life Alert:

Life Fone

Life Station

Medical Alert

Philips Lifeline Systems Inc:

Rescue Alert

Senior Safety Medical Alert Systems

For more information about Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS):
From the Federal Trade Commission

NOTE #1: "Keep in mind that Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies typically don’t pay for the equipment, and the few that pay require a doctor’s recommendation. Some hospitals and social service agencies may subsidize the device for low-income users. If you buy a PERS, expect to pay an installation fee and a monthly monitoring charge. Rentals are available through national manufacturers, local distributors, hospitals, and social service agencies, and fees often include the monitoring service. Read the contract carefully before you sign, and make note of extra charges, like cancellation fees.” (From the Federal Trade Commission)

NOTE #2: The information in Note #1 may have changed because of the current pandemic. Since seniors and people with disabilities are isolating at home, a personal emergency response device may be needed, at least in the short term.


Virtual Resources

NOTE: Many of the entertainment and educational links in this document may not be accessible to people with various levels of vision or hearing impairment.

Scams / Myths:

Be Careful Where You Get Your News:

From the Federal Trade Commission:
To sign up for alerts:

AARP Fraud Prevention Line: 877-908-3360


A Mighty Good Time
Listing of virtual resources for seniors and others. Includes entertainment / social, exercise / recreational, and educational resources

Activities and Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers – compiled by AGE of Central Texas:

Austin Parks & Recreation 50+ You Tube Channel for exercise / yoga:

Broadway Plays and Musicals:

Coloring books from museums:

English National Ballet
Full length ballets streaming for 48 hours

Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Tours

Harry Potter at Home Hub
Includes celebrities reading chapters from the book series
Audio book chapters also available on Spotify

Houston zoo Facebook Live stories
New one every weekday morning at 11 am

Lake Marble Falls virtual tour

LeVar Burton reads stories live on Twitter

Live Virtual Concerts:

Metropolitan Opera
Free nightly web streams

Online Hogwarts Classes

Open Culture
Free movies online

PBS Texas Parks & Wildlife YouTube channel

Science Mill, Johnson City virtual site

Shows Must Go On
Each week Andrew Lloyd Webber will release a musical for free viewing on YouTube. Each musical will be available for 48 hours.

South Padre Island virtual tour

The Unlonely Project
Stuck at Home (Together)
Opportunities for Creative Outlets


American Writer’s Museum
A virtual tour of the museum, plus story times, author interviews, and virtual exhibits

Ghibli Museum Tour (Japan)

Italian museums:


Museum of Modern Art
Free online classes:
Virtual Views: (new exhibit every Thursday)

National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg virtual tour

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Vatican Museums

Tools for Virtual Tours:

Museum tours Google Arts and Culture

Tourist Tube



Educational (Adults and Children):

American Sign Language lessons (ASL) with Dr. Red Jenn

Audible Kids
Free stories. You do not have to be registered with Audible.

Cincinnati Zoo Facebook weekly livestreams:

College Students Tutoring K-12 Kids:

Free and for a fee courses

Disney Bedtime Hotline

Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions during COVID-19 Shutdown:

Ed X
Categories for classes include computer science, language, data science, business management, humanities, and engineering

Forty-five Free Educational Websites:

The Great Courses
A wealth of courses – currently $10 per month with a quarterly commitment

Hank the Cowdog Readings

Ivy League courses:

Currently 80+ classes – access to all classes is $15 per month billed annually

Michelle Obama Story Time

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams:

NASA at Home:

One Day University
Currently $7.95 per month for access to live events and a video library

Online Literacy Resources:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes
Intended for mature students

Scholastic “Learn at Home” site:

Seventy-Five Educational Activities:
Organized by grade level

Six Hundred Free Online Courses:

online classes on business, technology, the creative arts, and more

Story Time from Space:

Sylvan Nation:

Ted Talks
More than 3400 talks on a wide variety of topics. Free

Virtual Field Trips:


Angel Eyes Fitness and Nutrition
Offers a  free online class every Saturday morning at 11 am central time.

Austin Parks & Recreation 50+ You Tube Channel for exercise / yoga: (this was moved from the Entertainment section)

Ballet Austin
Registration required.
Most classes are not free. Two classes for older adults are free.

JCC Austin Fitness
Free and paid classes

Power for Parkinson’s
Free live streaming and video classes

Other Information:

Comcast offering free Internet:

Spectrum offering free Internet to students during the COVID-19 Shutdown:

Internet Essentials Program / Comcast
This program offers broadband Internet service for $9.95 per month, free Internet training, and the opportunity to purchase a low-cost (about $150) netbook or desktop computer. Qualified applicants must live in an area where Comcast is available, and also must have at least one child enrolled in a free school lunch program. Low income seniors are also eligible. Other requirements apply. The program is currently available in 39 states, including Texas.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Digital Volunteers
Transcription Center and Wikipedian Volunteer Program

Live a Dream
Upload a short video to the site to help a senior through this time of physical isolation

Volunteer Match


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Resources for People with Vision Impairments

AFB (American Foundation for the Blind) COVID-19 Resources

APH Connect Center
American Printing House for the Blind
National Information & Referral Center for vision-impairment related resources:

            Be My Eyes:
            KNFB Reader:
            Seeing AI:

At Home with APH
American Printing House for the Blind
Listing of virtual resources for the blind / low vision community

Directions for Me
Horizons for the Blind
accessible product packaging information

Hadley Institute
Free classes, discussions, and podcasts by correspondence, online, and by phone for people who are blind or have low vision
A variety of topics, some blindness/low vision related, and some not

Mystic Access
Assistive technology and computer tutorials and training

National Braille Press
          Dinner Delivered: Accessible and Easy Ways to Receive Meals Direct to Your Door

          Getting Visual Assistance with an iPhone

          Navigating Healthcare: When All They Can See is That You Can’t

National Homework Hotline for Blind / Visually Impaired Students

COVID 19 Breaking News Available for Newsline subscribers:

You Describe
Audio Description files of some content on the Internet, including some commercials. New content will be added. Also available as an app for iPhones and iPads:

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Telephone Resources: Services Available by Phone

Please note:

  • All of these resources are available by landline or cell phone. Web addresses may be included just for added information.
  • Resources are free unless otherwise noted.
  • You may incur long distance phone charges for landlines or be charged cell phone minutes to use these services.

Support Lines:

Disaster Distress Hotline
800-985-5990 (toll free) or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Support for coping during COVID-19.

Texas Health and Human Services Mental Support Hotline
833-986-1919 (toll free)
COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans.

National Disability COVID-19 Healthcare Support and Advocacy Hotline
800-626-4959 (toll free)
Run by a group of disabled advocates; COVID-19-related medical information, support, and advocacy for people with disabilities.

AARP Community Connections Friendly Voices
Telephone support line for seniors

Eye2Eye Peer Support Helpline
Support group for persons losing their vision.
Likely will need to leave a message.

Friendship Line
800-971-0016 (toll free)
24-hour national support and suicide hotline for older adults.
This is a support line. For companionship lines, see the Senior
Companionship section of this list.

International Low Vision Support Group
888-866-6148 (toll free)
Dan Roberts
Monthly meetings

Caregiver support groups for people living with dementia
Two sessions:
Every Thursday at 6 pm
+1 904-323-3258 PIN: ‪891 668 931#
Every Tuesday at 10:30 am
‪+1 254-300-7249 PIN: ‪101 370 970#

Senior Companionship:

Big & Mini
Seniors who would like companionship are paired with young people.
Chats can take place by phone or Internet.

Gifts of Gab
Based in New York, but available nationally, Gifts of Gab connects seniors with social work students for weekly phone calls to combat social isolation.
Also offers G.A.B. Together – brings groups of seniors together through weekly Internet / phone-based discussions and interactive activities facilitated by social work students

Social Call (Covia)
Seniors who would like companionship are paired with a volunteer. Chats can take place by phone or Internet.

Seniors & Staying Connected
Heart & Soul Care
Seniors who would like companionship are paired with a volunteer. Chats can take place by phone or Internet.

Discussion Groups for Seniors:

DOROT University Without Walls
877-819-9147 (toll free)
Cost: Small fee / donation
Current topics:
                   Museum discussions
                   Music & Performing arts
                   Know your rights
                    Health / Wellness
                   Jewish interests
                   News & Current events
                   Other topics
                             Support groups:
                             Caring for a loved one with memory loss
                             Insight program for the visually impaired
                             Daily tips for vision loss
                             LGBT for seniors

Lifetime Connections Without Walls
888-500-6472 (toll free)
Cost: Free in Travis County; $10/quarter if you live outside Travis County
Current topics:
                   Fun and games
                   Travel & culture
                   Special interest
                   Arts & culture
                   Creative arts
                   Special presentations
                   Special series
                             Support groups:
                             Grief and loss
                             Vison loss

Mather Lifeways Telephone Topics
Current topics:
                   Discussion topics
                   Music reviews
                   Live performances

Senior Planet (OATS)
Phone and virtual group events:

Life-enrichment topics
Creative & Entertainment
Life-long learning
Social Clubs
Technology training

Well Connected
877-797-7299 (toll free)
          Some current topics:
                   Bible reading
                   Bird talk
                   Book club
                   Garden talk
                   Living with chronic pain
                   Living with vision loss
                   Low vision support
                   Museums at home
                   Pet tales
                   Support / discussion for the blind
                   Tech & culture
                   And many more

Discussion Groups for All Ages:

Alzheimer’s Association
Offers webinars and support groups
800-272-3900 – for information on dial-in numbers to virtual events - searchable database

Game Night
On the 29th every month, beginning at 7:30 pm Central time
425-436-6260, code 6201340#
General questions about life, with a focus on life during the pandemic

Free classes and discussions by phone, Internet, or correspondence for anyone with a vision impairment.
Some classes are vision-related, some not.
Sample topics:
          Learning Braille
          Adjusting to vision loss

For learning about Apple products.
          iBUG Buzz (Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 PM)
          iBUG Café (usually 2nd Sundays, 4:00 to 6:00 PM)
          iBUG/Apple Workshop (usually 4th Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 PM)
          Mac-N-Talk (usually 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 to 8:00 PM)
          iBUG Trekkie Talk (usually 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 8:00 to 9:30 PM)
          VILA Book Club (usually 2nd Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 PM)

Fort Worth Lighthouse for the Blind
817-529-7804 for information
For Fort Worth residents.
Twice monthly meetings by phone and Zoom.

Talk Shop
Blind chat line and podcasts

Public Library “Dial a Story” Story Times:

Tom Green County Library System (San Angelo, TX)

San Antonio Public Library
Available in English and Spanish.

Gail Borden Public Library
For stories and poems in English and Spanish

Kansas City Public Library

Washington County Public Library System

Denver Public Library

Other Story Times:

Indiana Pacers basketball players read a story
317-275-4444 or 877-275-9007
Every Monday
Stories available in English and Spanish

Radio Reading Services:

Midland Radio Reading Service
432-682-2731 – To order a radio receiver
432-617-5555 – Telephone program
Must live within a 90-mile radius of Midland to use this service.
Audio versions of newspapers, including local news from the Midland Reporter-Telegram and the Odessa American.
Five national newspapers plus Texas coverage from the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. More than 50 magazines.
Weekly grocery ads from local stores.
Weekly programs on health, aging, accessibility issues and more.

OWL Radio
Cindy Garcia: 210-287-9039
Must live within a 90-mile radius of San Antonio.

Christian Radio:

Austin Disaster Relief Network Prayer Line
For Austin residents

Christian Radio by Phone

Magazines/ Newspapers:

Contact the Talking Book Program (800-252-9605) to sign up.
Newspapers and magazines by telephone.


Coronavirus Resources

Disability Rights Texas Vaccine Hotline for People with Disabilities
will assist people with disabilities in getting a vaccine and providing information about the COVID vaccines
Hotline hours are 9 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday

National hotline
Disability Information and Access Line
can help people find vaccination sites, set up appointments, and link people with disabilities to local services such as transportation

COVID Information:
World Health Organization (WHO):

Combat COVID 
Combat COVID-19 features resources about prevention trials and treatment trials, as well as information on donating plasma if you have recovered from COVID-19

COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines
This site from the National Institutes of Health contains the most up-to-date information on what treatments are available for people who contract COVID-19.

Coronavirus in Texas
The Department of State Health Services has established this web site for Texans who need information about the virus and about vaccine distribution. You can also contact your County or City Public Health Department for more details about vaccine distribution.

Austin Public Health
Offering free in-home COVID-19 testing for people with mobility impairments or underlying health issues that do not have transportation to get testing. 

V-Safe is a smartphone app that helps you track any symptoms you may experience after taking a COVID-19 vaccine. The app will also remind you when a second dose of the vaccine is needed, if applicable.

COVID-19 Accessible Resources
The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation at Georgia Tech has set up a microsite for people with disabilities who need resources about COVID-19. Individuals can request information in alternative formats such as braille and accessible PDF’s. The site also features coronavirus-related articles, and the Center is producing a series of webinars for people with disabilities about topics related to COVID-19. Past webinars are archived on the site.


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Page last modified: May 19, 2022