Assistance

Activity Classes

The Philomatheon Society offers an activity group to all visually impaired persons, family & friends. Activities is a group of people sharing friendships, stories and time spent together. The Activity group meets on  Thursday’s, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. (During winter months they usually meet every other week.  Please contact the office for dates)

The group offers fellowship, games such as bingo and left-right-center, and crafting with Angela. For more information, call the society office @ (330) 453-9157.

Braille Classes: The Philomatheon Society offers Braille classes, free for members and a minimal charge for non members.  These are set up individually for each client.  For more information, call the Society office @ (330) 453-9157.

braille books stacked on top of one another

Scholarships

Application for Scholarship:

Since 1978, The Philomatheon Society of the Blind has made a scholarship grant available each year for a qualified visually impaired Stark County high school senior or qualified former student.

The grant is for one thousand two-hundred and fifty dollars ($1,250.00) for each of two years of college or advance training. Any visually impaired high school senior or former student who qualifies for such a grant, may apply to The Philomatheon Society of the Blind @ 2701 W. Tuscarawas St., Canton, Ohio 44708.  Applications may be obtained by calling The Philomatheon Society of the Blind office at (330) 453-9157.

We would appreciate it if the school principal or counselor could assist the student in completing and returning the application.

If you are interested in more information regarding the Ann Black Scholarship, please contact our office (330) 453-9157 for information or an application.

**VISUALLY IMPAIRED/LEGALLY BLIND: The term “Blind Individual” means an individual whose central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye, with correcting lenses, or whose visual acuity is greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision, such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees. (Section 23 (y) of the Revenue Act of 1944).

Talking Book Program

READING IS FOR EVERYONE

The Philomatheon Society of the Blind is the sub-lending agency for the Talking Book Program which serves five counties and over 1,500 patrons.

The Talking Book Program is a government program that is ran by The National Library Service (NLS), part of the Library of Congress (LOC), which produces recorded books and magazines, braille books, and all the equipment needed for listening.

People with visual or physical handicaps can still enjoy reading through The Talking Book Program.  Talking books are available on loan to eligible readers across the country. The Philomatheon Society serves the counties of *Stark, Tuscarawas,* Harrison, Holmes and Carroll counties.

*The Stark County Library and Tuscarawas County Library are now the sub-lending agencies for the program in their counties, BUT, The Philomatheon Society is still available to serve ALL with their talking book needs, no matter where you are from*.

Talking Books and magazines are narrated by professionals and produced on digital cartridges.  Our society loans the digital  player to the eligible patron and the books come from The Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled(OLBPD) at The Cleveland Public Library.

Talking book program resources

The talking-book program serves readers of all ages. Older adults are a big part of that group. Of the 30 million Americans over sixty-five, many are temporarily or permanently unable to read standard print due to visual loss.

What kinds of books can I get?
More than 67,000 biographies, bestsellers classics , mysteries, romances , westerns, poetry books, histories, children’s and how-to books are available. Music materials, bibliographies, catalogs, and some foreign-language titles are also circulated to eligible readers. Titles on health and fitness for seniors as well as books on retirement activities and the rights of older adults may also be borrowed.  You are also eligible to loan Described Movies from OLBPD. (Described movies have a narrator who will describe the scenes to you. Many newer movies have this feature available, check your language settings on your DVD player to see if the movie has the “Described Video” selection.)

How do I get them?
Your books will come directly from The Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at the Cleveland Public Library on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You can participate directly from your home by postage-free mail. Books and equipment are all loaned free. You can choose your own books or let the library pick for you.
How do I apply?
Call our office at (330)-453-9157 for more information or an application

State Library of Ohio (Columbus) 614-644-6895 or 800-686-1531

Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled (Cleveland) 216-623-2911 or 800-362-1261

BARD – BRAILLE AND AUDIO READING DOWNLOAD
BARD is a free service, once a patron, you can sign up for BARD and download your own books and/or magazines on a digital cartridge for flash drive to use in your book player.  Contact the OLBPD to sign up for a BARD Account.

The Society or OLBPD can assist you in downloading books.  The Philomatheon Society has blank cartridges and mailers for $15.00, they are  4GB and can hold many books.

You can also get BARD MOBILE on your Apple or Android device.  This makes taking your book on the go, very easy and accessible. 

Visual Aids

We have a small show case of items for the Blind and Visually Impaired

It includes, but not limited to:

  • Talking Watches
  • Talking Clocks
  • Braille Paper, Slate & Stylus
  • Raised line paper
  • 20/20 pens (felt markers)
  • Check guides and signature guides
  • Large Print Calendars

Can’t find what you need?

We have a couple catalogs that you can order from.

Now accepting PayPal.

AND, through the generosity of others, we also have available a free loan program of CCTV’s (closed circuit televisions)  A CCTV is a magnification system, a self contained unit which allows the user to magnify the item they are wishing to read onto a television or monitor to the size they need to be able to read it comfortably.  The CCTV’s we have available, have been donated to the Philomatheon Society and we loan them out to individuals in need.  This is first come, first serve basis.

Visual Aids for the blind and visually impaired

Helpful Links

This page will be used to give you links to additional web sites, that will help you along the path to find the information you may be seeking.

If a link does not work, please search the web for information you are looking for, or contact our Office 330-453-9157, we may have other information or could assist in a search.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

National Federation of the Blind – nfb.org   

American Council of the Blind – acb.org  

American Foundation for the Blind – afb.org 

READING MATERIAL – BOOKS

Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled/Cleveland Public Library – https://cpl.org/ 

American Printing House for the Blind – aph.org  

National Braille Press – nbp.org  

NFB News Line – nfbnewsline.org  

 American Action Fund – actionfund.org  

Seedlings Braille Books for Children – seedlings.org  

Braille Institute of America – brailleinstitute.org 

Xavier Society for the Blind – xaviersocietyfortheblind.org 

Luthern Braille Workers, Inc. – lbwinc.org  

Braille Book Store – braillebookstore.org  

Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International – biblesfortheblind.org  

Choice Magazine Listening – choicemagazinelistening.org  

WEYE Seeing Eye Radio/Radio Reading Service – goodwillakron.org  

Christian Record Services – christianrecord.org  

MISCELLANEOUS

American Optometic Assoc – low income – free eye exam – aoa.org 

Akron Blind Center – akronblindcenter.com 

E.A.R.S. for Eyes  – free cassette tapes regarding Independent Living – earsforeyes.org

SCHOOL – EDUCATION

 Ohio State School for the Blind – ossb.oh.gov  

Hadley School for the Blind – hadley.edu  

Perkins School for the Blind – perkins.org  

Cleveland Sight Center – clevelandsightcenter.org  

VENDORS – CATALOGS – EQUIPMENT

Independent Living Aids – independentliving.com 

Maxi Aids – maxiaids.com  

L S & S Products – lssproducts.com 

Freedom Scientific – freedomscientific.com  

Pulse Data – Human Ware – humanware.com  

Enhanced Vision – cctv’s – enhancedvision.com 

STARK COUNTY – GOV’T AGENCIES

Easter Seals Northeast Ohio – Senior Friends – easterseals.org  

Community Services of Stark County – commquest.org 

Habitat for Humanity – habitatstark.org  

Hammer and Nails – hammerandnails.org

J.R. Coleman Community Renovation Corp. – dnb.com 

United Way of Greater Stark Co Info & Referral Service – uwstark.org 

Catholic Charties of Stark County Emergency Assistance – ccdoy.org 

Foltz Community Center of East Canton – foltzcetner.com  

Dept of Veterans Affairs – Blind Rehabilitation Services – va.gov/blind rehab