Each of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia has an agency to help its blind and visually limited residents obtain the skills and tools needed to find and maintain jobs. They provide job placement assistance, orientation and mobility training, support for courses leading to potential employment, magnification and screen reading software and training, other aids to assist with basic life activities, and general information to aid in seeking and holding jobs.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the District of Columbia’s Department on Disability Services provides job counseling, development, placement and retention services. Information can be found by calling (202) 730-1700 or by visiting RSA’s web site at:

Aira, the assistive technology service, has offered its blind and low-vision subscribers, who are job seekers, a free service to assist with employment searches through the Aira Employment Program. For more information, visit the web site:

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) is a private nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive, integrated range of services including low vision care and rehabilitation, job development training, and employment for people of all ages who are visually impaired or blind. Information can be found by calling (202) 454-6400 or by visiting CLB’s web site at:


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Provides information on newborn hearing screening.
Address: 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
E-mail: actioncenter@asha.org
(800) 638-8255 — (Voice, TTY)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); NCBDDD; Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program (EHDI)
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/index.html (Federal Website)
Provides information about children and hearing loss and answers some commonly asked questions. Information about state EHDI programs is also available.
Address: MS E-88, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333
E-mail: ehdi@cdc.gov
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

Special Population Students DCPS Find resources and information for local education agency (LEA) staff, educators, and community organizations who serve students from special populations in the District of Columbia though the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Content includes guidance documents, policies, archived training materials, instructional resources, and stakeholder engagement opportunities. https://osse.dc.gov/page/special-populations

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