Paratransit Access Line  (PAL)

A program of the NFTA to provide curb-to-curb service for individuals with disabilities who cannot access/use standard public transportation services.  NOT available in all areas. Application with certification required.

716-855-7268      www.nfta.com


Most major banks can order large print checks.  Some banks have Automatic Teller Machines with Braille markings.  Contact your bank for more information.

Large Print Check Registers and Check Writing Guides are available for purchase at Olmsted Center for Sight.

Grocery Delivery

Super Saver Grocery Delivery Service.    Cost of groceries plus 15% for delivery.


Wegmans, Amazon, Target and Walgreens are a few of several online stores that offer free or minimal delivery charges.  Internet access required.

Large Print and Braille Menus

Some chain restaurants offer large print and/or Braille menus upon request. Some Examples include:  Perkins, TGI Fridays, Bob Evans, and McDonalds.

Catholic Guild for the Blind

The Catholic Guild offers several social and religious events per year for its clients.  716-218-1400

Internal Revenue Services

You may be eligible for an additional deduction on your Federal Income taxes if you have been declared legally blind.

Documentation is required.   Speak with your tax preparer. 716-961-5100     www.irs.gov.


The worldwide emergency service that speeds treatment and saves lives.

1-800-432-5378    www.medicalalert.com



Senior Companion Program – Erie County

Senior Companion Program assists seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks so that they can retain their dignity and independence. Among other activities, the Senior Companion volunteer may assist with tasks such as grocery shopping and errands; providing friendship and companionship; alerting doctors and family members to potential problems and providing respite for caregivers.

People Inc., 2635 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216     716-768-2381


Senior Companion Program – Niagara County

The Senior Companion Program matches individuals age 55 or older with seniors in need of support services or companionship throughout Niagara County.  See description above for details.   Health Association of Niagara County (HANCI), 1302 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301    716- 285-8224 ext. 217    http://www.hanci.com/services_senior_companion_program.html


Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) Cares

When a traveler with a disability or medical condition calls TSA Cares, a specially trained representative provides information about screening that is relevant to the travelers’ specific disability or medical condition. Information is also provided in writing by email, on request of the caller. Passenger Support Specialists:  By contacting TSA Cares, travelers may also request the assistance of a Passenger Support Specialist (PSS) for security screening. The Passenger Support Specialists assist travelers, address traveler-related screening concerns and provide in-person on the spot assistance to travelers requesting assistance in order to enhance the traveler experience, and maintain efficiency in carrying out TSA’s mission.

TSA Process

Website:  www.tsa.gov

TSA recommends that passengers call no less than 72 hours ahead of travel so that TSA Cares has the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint support with TSA personnel located at the airport when necessary. Each airport has different resources; therefore, the level of assistance received at the checkpoint can vary.  Some airports have an individual who will call the traveler to gather additional information and arrange a meeting time and place.  Other locations notify the checkpoint manager of the traveler’s itinerary, but no pre-contact is made.  Travelers also may ask for the assistance of a Supervisory TSA Officer or PSS while at the checkpoint, and without contacting TSA Cares in advance.



TSA Cares is a helpline for travelers with disabilities or medical conditions who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.

Travelers or their companions may call TSA Cares

Toll free:  1-855-787-2227




Visit our web site at www.tsa.gov<http://www.tsa.gov> with general inquiries and questions.

For information about what to expect as a traveler with a disability or medical condition, visitwww.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures<http://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures>.