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Judith A. Read Low Vision Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Judith A. Read Low Vision Services
701 South Main St.
Akron, OH 44311-1064
(330) 762-9755 (Local)
(330) 996-4181 (Fax)

Brief Description

Judith A. Read Low Vision Services is a program of United Disability Services which provides employment, respite, transportation, sports and recreation, and education services for individuals with disabilities.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 400
Number of staff: 4
Staff description: Doctor of Optometry, Office Manager, O&M Specialist, Teacher of the Visually Impaired.
Geographic area served: Northeastern Ohio.
Publications: Parent organization, United Disability Services, publishes Kaleidoscope Magazine; which explores the experience of disability through literature and fine arts.


Cheryl Reed, Clinical Director
Gary Knuth, Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides low vision and functional vision assessment for children and adults.Bioptic driving assessment and training is available. Trial use of low vision aids is a component of the assessment.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Assessment of and training with CCTVs, magnification software and speech output software for children and adults.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in use of low vision devices and offers Northern Ohio bioptic driving program.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Has a device loaner program.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • O&M assessment and training provided in home, schoool or work settings. Training in use of bioptic telescopes for driving is also available.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers instruction in braille.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Assessment of and training in adaptive technology including CCTVs, magnification software, and speech output software.
    • Offers instruction in the use of aids or adaptive technology.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides parents, teachers and therapists with practical information about a child’s visual abilities, recommendations for low vision aids and suggestions for classroom modifications including the enlargement of materials, instruction in the use of aids, braille or adaptive technology, and education of teachers and other staff members.
  • Recreation Services
    • Maintains a toy lending library that loans developmental toys and resource materials to anyone working with a child from birth to six years of age, whether he or she has special needs or is typically developing.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation and mobility assessment and training provided in home, school, and outdoor environments.
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