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UTAH RESOURCES FOR THE BLIND

UTAH RESOURCES & DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR THE BLIND

If you need help with Utah SSD benefits or other resources because you are blind, then you have found the right law firm. Cannon Disability Law is on your side. We can help you receive monthly disability payments and also win past due disability benefits. Additionally, we have Utah resources on this page to help you.

We can help you file for SSD & SSI benefits. Some people worry about filing their application. It can be hard to do so on your own. We can help you if you are filing for disability benefits in Utah. You can file an application on Social Security’s website. If you have questions about the application, then please contact us. We can help you.

SSA’s regulations for blindness are hard to understand. However, SSA states that benefits can be paid for visual conditions are problems with the eyes, the optic nerve, the optic tracts, or of the brain. These problems may cause blindness, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of the visual fields. A loss of visual acuity happens when you are not able to see detail, read, or do fine work. A loss of visual fields occurs when you are not able to use your side vision. If you cannot work due to your visual impairment, then you should be eligible for disability benefits.

If you have already been denied by the SSA, then we can also help you appeal the denial. Most people, after they apply, are surprised to receive a denial in the mail. However, almost 90% of people who apply receive a denial. You only have 60 days to file an appeal when you receive a denial. Do not miss the SSA’s 60 day time limit. If you need help, contact us.

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UTAH RESOURCES FOR THE BLIND AND THOSE WITH VISUAL LOSS

Utah resources for the blind and those with visual loss are available in a list format here. Fortunately, there are many resources available in Utah. Most of the services work to assist blind individuals to obtain a job.  Some services provide help with retraining for the job market. Likewise, some services help you get assistive devices to help you work and do daily activities.

Cannon Disability Law has tried to list as many Utah resources for our blind clients as we can find. If you know of other resources that are not on this list and should be, then please contact us. We will add them to the list.

ACCESS UTAH NETWORK

155 South 300 West, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 533-4636 1-(800) 333-8824
Fax: (801) 533-3968
E-mail: mlsmith@utah.gov
Website: http://www.accessut.state.ut.us/
Contact Name: Mark Smith
Organization Type: Assistive Technology, State and Local Agencies Disabilities Served: General / Non-disability Specific

Access Utah Network is a state wide service that provides information on issues related to people with disabilities. The website provides information, services, and products. They sponsor events, such as Bingo Nights, Canoeing Trips, Workshops, and all other types of activities.

Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities
1595 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-5238
Local Telephone: (801) 887-9380
Toll Free Telephone: (888) 866-5550
Email: cboogaar@utah.gov

Friends for Sight
6715 South 1300 East, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
Local Telephone: (801) 524-2020
Toll Free: 1-800-675-LOOK
Email at: 2020@friendsforsight.org

Friends For Sight is an organization dedicated to preserving sight through vision testing. For example, they test children for Amblyopia, which is lazy eye blindness. They also do Visual Acuity and Glaucoma testing. Free tests are available by calling 801-524-2020.

John A. Moran Eye Center
University of Utah Health Care
65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Local Telephone: (801) 581-2352

Library for the Blind and Disabled, Utah State Library Division
250 North 1950 West, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
Local Telephone: (801) 715-6721
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 662-5540
TDD/TTY Telephone: (801) 715-6721

Email: blind@utah.gov

MOUNTAIN PLAINS REGIONAL RESOURCE CENTER

1780 North Research Parkway, Suite 112
Logan, UT 84341
Phone: (435) 752-0238 (435) 753-9750 (TDD) Fax: (435) 753-9750
E-mail: John.Copenhaver@usu.edu
Contact Name: John Copenhaver
Organization Type: Assistive Technology, National Organizations and Associations Disabilities Served: General / Non-disability Specific

University of Utah: Multi-University Consortium Teacher Training Program
1705 E.Campus Center Drive Room 221
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9253
Local Telephone: (801) 585-3925
Email: Jan.Day@ed.utah.edu

Utah Assistive Technology Program
Center for Persons with Disabilities
6855 Old Main HillLogan, UT 84322-6855
Local Telephone: (435) 797-3824
TDD/TTY Telephone: (435) 797-7089

Utah Department of Health: Division of Family Services, Baby Watch Early Intervention Program
44 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4720
Local Telephone: (801) 584-8226
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 961-4226
Email: babywatch@utah.gov

Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services
120 North 200 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Local Telephone: (801) 538-3910
Fax: (801) 538-4001
Email: dirdhs@utah.gov

Utah Ophthalmological Society
540 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Local Telephone: (801) 355-7477
Email: uos@utahmed.org

Utah Optometric Association
230 West 200 South, Suite 2110
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-3409
Local Telephone: (801) 364-9103
Email: uoa@xmission.com

Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind: Utah School for the Blind
742 Harrison Boulevard
Ogden, UT 84404
Local Telephone: (801) 629-4700
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 990-9328
TDD/TTY Telephone: (801) 629-4701
Email: Communications@usdb.org

Utah State Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
250 North 1950 West , Suite B
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7902
Local Telephone: (801) 323-4343
Toll Free Telephone: (800) 284-1823
TDD/TTY Telephone: (801) 323-439
Email: bgibson@utah.gov

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

TWITTER – twitter.com/NFBUtah
(Salt Lake Chapter): twitter.com/nfbutah_slc
(Utah Valley Chapter): twitter.com/NFBUUVC
(NFBU Project STRIVE): twitter.com/Project_STRIVE

FACEBOOKfacebook.com/nationalfederationoftheblindofutah
(Salt Lake Chapter): facebook.com/saltlakechapter
(Weber Davis Chapter): facebook.com/WeberDavisChapter
(Utah Utah Valley Chapter): facebook.com/NationalFederationOfTheBlindUtahValleyChapter
(NFBU’s Project STRIVE): facebook.com/ProjectSTRIVE
(Utah Association of Blind Students): facebook.com/Utahblindstudents
(Utah Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired Children): facebook.com/groups/upbc2011

INSTAGRAMinstagram.com/nfbutah

OTHER UTAH RESOURCES FOR THE BLIND AND THOSE WITH VISUAL LOSS

The American Council for the Blind has a list of resources for those that are blind are dealing with visual loss.  For example, this list includes information such as banks that have talking ATM machines. Also, it has information on where to obtain a guide dog. Cannon Disability recommends you explore their website for more information. There is also other information at sites such as:

UTAH’S ASSISTIVE EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BLIND

Bookshare

Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

JAWS Screen Reader

Job Access With Speech (JAWS), is the world’s most popular screen reader. It was developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. You will be able to navigate the Internet, write a document, read an email and create presentations from your office, remote desktop, or from home.

Kurzweil Text Reader

Kurzweil literacy software and products give reading disabled, blind and vision impaired users access to classroom curriculum, workplace documents, emails, and personal reading, all while having the freedom to read and write without the need for a tutor or human assistant.

Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D – Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)

Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit education solutions organization that transforms the lives of early and struggling learners through proven solutions from Pre-K through high school, to help students reach their potential. They also help college students.

LiveScribe Pulse Smart Pen

LiveScribe is pens that record everything you hear, say, and write, while adding your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your smartpen or mobile device with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. It’s never been easier to take notes and stay organized.

Maxi Aids – Products for Independent Living

For more than 35 years, Maxi Aids have been a source for thousands of innovative products designed to assist blind, low vision or visually impaired, deaf, hard-of-hearing, seniors, children with special needs, veterans, and those with mobility issues live their healthiest, most active and independent lives.

Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) is part of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice at Utah State University. Our mission is to put assistive technology into the hands of people who need it. We also help people afford those devices. Our goal is to promote independence in education, employment, and the community. We serve individuals with disabilities of all ages throughout the state of Utah.

Utah Assistive Technology Foundation (UATF)

The Utah Technology Foundation (UATF) is a private, non-profit organization under UATP. UATF helps Utahns with disabilities of all ages obtain loans and grants to purchase the assistive technology that allows them to be independent, productive and successful at home, at school, at work and in the community.

Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled

The Utah State Library for the Blind is found on the Utah State Campus.

WebAnywhere

WebAnywhere are specialist providers of web-based learning platforms, bespoke content, phone apps and online resources.

Zoom Text Reader/Magnifier

Zoom Text Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low vision users.

UTAH DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR THOSE WHO ARE BLIND 

If you cannot work due to problems with your vision, you should win SSDI benefits. The SSA’s laws state that if you are partially, legally, or totally blind, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The SSA also has different rules for the blind with regard to being insured for benefits. Even if you are working part time, you may still be able to win SSDI benefits.

The Cannon Disability legal team has over 30 years of experience handling vision claims like yours. We also have experience winning vision cases in Federal Court.

If you want to learn more about the attorneys at our law firm, then read our About Us page. For instance, Andria Summers is an amazing advocate. She can help you with your Medicare plan. She has also won thousands of SSD cases. Dianna Cannon has been helping clients win benefits for thirty years. Brett Bunkall also has years of legal experience helping people obtain their SSI and SSD benefits. We are experts. You can trust us to help you win SSD benefits.

In the past 30 years, we have won over 20,000 SSDI and SSI cases for our clients. Likewise, if you need an appeal, we can help you do that too. The SSA also has many forms you will need to fill out. But, don’t worry. If you have questions about these forms, then we will answer them. You can learn more about SSA’s appeal forms here. Call us for free today.

OUR LAW FIRM IS ONE OF THE BEST RESOURCES FOR THE BLIND IN UTAH 

Remember, you do not need to try to win SSD benefits on your own. Cannon Disability Law can help file your disability application. Also, we can help you file an appeal after every SSA denial. That way, you can focus on your health and spending time with your family. Our attorneys and staff can:

If you file your application for benefits online at Social Security’s website, then you have 6 months to complete the application. Once you submit your application online, the SSA sends you an application summary in the mail. You must sign the summary and mail it back.

Winning benefits in Utah for those who are blind or have visual loss is difficult. However, at Cannon Disability, we have won over $100 million dollars for our clients. Therefore, we have the experience you need in court to win your vision case. No matter where you live, we can help you, because we have clients in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and California. We want to be your legal team. Our law firm is one of the best resources for the blind in Utah. Call us for your free consultation today.

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