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Where to go for help.

Wake County.

Raleigh Parks and Recreation, visually impaired program.

919-996-2147, vipstaff@raleighnc.gov.

Programs include beep ball, darts, sporting events, trips and more.

Raleigh Outlaws, blind bowling league.

James Benton, 919-755-0700, silverbenton@bellsouth.net.

Ginger Rush, 919-789-9946, outlawtaxi@earthlink.net.

Durham County.

Durham Parks and Recreation, Vision Impaired Services.

W.D. Hill Recreation Center.

919-560-4292, ext. 27309. Kristen.Randall@durhamnc.gov.

Beep ball, goal ball.

919-560-4288 Meghan.Mclaurin@durhamnc.gov.

Orange County.

Department of Social Services.

113 Mayo St., Hillsborough.

919-245-2800.

2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

919-968-2000.

www.co.orange.nc.us/socsvcs.

Trianglewide.

Arts Access.

401 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

919-833-9919, www.artsaccessinc.org.

Offers audio description of movies, plays and public art.

Triangle Radio Reading Service.

211 E. Six Forks Road, Suite 103, Raleigh. 919-832-5138.

www.trianglereadingservice.org.

Listen online, on a special receiver, community access TV in Raleigh, Garner, Apex, Cary and Hillsborough, or via the TuneIn (iPhone and Android) and ooTunes (iPhone only) apps.

N.C. Division of Services for the Blind.

Helps people with job training and placement, independent living, technology and library services.

309 Ashe Ave., Fisher Building, Raleigh.

919-733-9822, www.ncdhhs.gov/dsb.

Raleigh District Office.

Serves Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person, Vance, Warren and Wake counties.

919-733-4234.

Includes mobility and orientation specialists who help the blind learn to navigate their homes and communities.

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

1841 Capital Blvd. Raleigh.

919-733-4376.

http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph

nclbph@ncdcr.gov.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program.

District Office: 4900 Waters Edge Drive, Raleigh.

919-859-8360, www.ncatp.org.

Loans, demonstrates and provides technical assistance about technology for the blind.

North Carolina Central University.

Visual Impairment Training Program

School of Education.

1801 Fayetteville St. Durham.

Dr. Beth Harris, Coordinator of Vision Impariment Training Program.

919-530-5346.

Transportation—Regional.

T-Linx, Triangle Transit's regional bus service.

919-485-7468, www.triangletransit.org/ t-linx-services-paratransit.

Raleigh.

Accessible Raleigh Transportation (ART).

919-996-3459.

www.raleighnc.gov/services/content/PWksTransit/Articles/AccessibleRaleighTransportation.

Cary.

C-Tran.

919-481-2020, Ext. 3. ana.tenorio@townofcary.org.

Durham.

ACCESS.

919-560-1555.

www.gotriangle.org/transit/access.

Chapel Hill.

EZ Rider Program.

919-968-2755.

www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/transit/ez-rider

Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

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