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Organizations in the USA

  • Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
    Established in 1858, AIDB operates four accredited instructional programs and an award winning manufacturing complex in Talladega, Alabama and a statewide network of regional centers.
  • American Council of the Blind general information including recent issues of The Braille Forum (Washington, DC). Go here for a list of ACB Affiliated Organizations - ACB Radio 
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), a U.S. nonprofit organization enabling blind or visually impaired people to achieve equality and access. Provides information and referrals about living with visual impairment. Helen Keller devoted over 40 years of her life to AFB.
  • American Printing House For The Blind, Inc. APH promotes the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing special media, tools, and materials needed for education and life.
  • Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Tucson are a state public corporation providing a variety of programs and services to serve and support educational opportunities for sensory impaired children in Arizona.
  • Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired is located in historic Center City, Philadelphia. Our many divisions serve the local Philadelphia and Delaware Valley areas and beyond.
  • Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)–
    Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc.
    ABVI–Goodwill provides the most diverse and comprehensive range of programs and services for people who are blind and visually impaired between Buffalo and New York City.
  • The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is the only international membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to the professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults.  Our membership is comprised of more than 4,200 professionals who provide services to people with visual impairments. 
  • Baruch College - Computer Center for Visually Impaired People
    The mission of the CCVIP is to increase the freedom, independence, and productivity of people who are blind or visually impaired through the power of digital technology. We accomplish this through training, applied research, product testing and development, and community awareness initiatives.
    Computer Center for Visually Impaired People
    Baruch College, CUNY
    151 East 25th Street, room 648
    NY, N.Y. 10010
    Phone: (646) 312-1420 Fax: (646) 312-1421
    Email: Karen Gourgey, Ed.D, Director
    Karen.Gourgey@baruch.cuny.edu
  • The Blind Center of Nevada offers programs and activities, both on and off-site, that encourage independence and improve the quality of life for individuals with visual limitations.
  • Blind Childrens Center: is a non-profit organization available to blind and partially sighted children regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, or ability to pay. Founded in 1938, the Center is a project of the Southern California Delta Gammas. The Blind Childrens Center operates without state or federal assistance.
  • Blind Industries and Services of Maryland is leading the way to greater opportunity for Maryland citizens who are blind or visually impaired. Through the diverse skills and dedication of our exceptional team, our nationally recognized resource center serves over 2000 individuals each year with innovative rehabilitation and training programs that put people on the road to independence.
  • Blinded Veterans Association: To promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.
  • Boston Foundation For Sight: Their mission is to advance the development of sight-restoring contact lens devices for people visually disabled by corneal diseases and to make them available to all who can benefit from their use regardless of their ability to pay or where they live.
    The Boston Foundation For Sight
    464  Hillside Ave., Suite 205
    Needham, MA  02494
    Tel: Main: (781)-726-7337 Appt: (781)-726-7333 Fax: 781-726-7310
    Email: info@bostonsight.org
  • The Carroll Center for the Blind: The Carroll Center for the Blind, located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a private, non–profit agency which serves persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. Throughout its 68–year history, the Center has pioneered innovative methods for blind persons to gain independence in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places.
    The Carroll Center for the Blind
    770 Centre Street
    Newton, MA 02458
    Telephone: (617) 969-6200 (800) 852-3131
    Fax: (617) 969-6204
  • The Chicago Lighthouse: Founded in 1906, The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service agencies.  Housed under its roof are the nation’s oldest low vision clinic; one of the few remaining clock manufacturing facilities in the U.S.; a nationally acclaimed school for children who are blind with multi-disabilities; a VA program serving veterans in all 50 states; and a radio station.  The agency provided education, referral and direct services to more than 70,000 people in fiscal year 2007. 
    The Chicago Lighthouse
    1850 West Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608-1298
    Tel: (312) 666-1331 * Fax: (312) 243-8539 * TDD: (312) 666-8874
  • Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) is a multi-faceted private agency founded in 1906 providing educational, rehabilitative, preventative and support services for 10,000 people in the greater Cleveland area who are blind or visually impaired. We offer specific programs and services, as well as an infinite number of resources, social clubs, recreational activities, and more. These programs are available to residents in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, and to part of Medina County.
  • The Clovernook Center, Cincinnati Ohio Mission: Provide individualized training and opportunities for people who are visually impaired, particularly those with additional disabilities, to enable the attainment of an optimal quality of life.
    Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Cincinnati
    7000 Hamilton Avenue
    Cincinnati , Ohio 45231
    513-522-3860
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Since 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss.
  • Connecticut Council of the Blind (CCB) is a representative organization composed primarily of legally blind individuals. It is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.
  • Council of Citizens with Low Vision: An Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind
  • The Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB) is a consortium of specialized schools in Canada and the United States whose major goal is improving the quality of services to children who are blind and visually impaired.
  • Equal Access to Software & info.: E A S I Provider of Online Training on Accessible Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities reaching more than 4,000 people in over 3 dozen countries since 1993
  • Envision is a private, not-for-profit agency uniquely combining employment opportunities with rehabilitation services. Anyone who is legally to totally blind is eligible
  • Florida Division of Blind Services - If you need assistance now and live in Florida, call 1-800-342-1828 for immediate help.
  • The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind,
    207 N. San Marco Avenue St. Augustine, FL 32084 | P (904) 827-2200 | F (904) 827-2222
  • Foresight Ski Guides Your guide to adventurous outdoor experiences for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness a world renowned national eye research organization that funds retinal degenerative disease research at over 50 prominent institutions in the United States and foreign countries.
  • The Governor Morehead School: The innovativeness of the Governor Morehead School extends back to its roots.  When the school was established in 1845, it was the eighth school for the blind in the United States.  Equally impressive is that North Carolina was the first state to serve the African-American blind and deaf population, beginning just four years after the Civil War.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., provides skilled dogs and training in their use free of charge. California and Oregon campuses.
  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind one of the foremost guide dog training schools in the country (Yorktown Heights, NY)
  • Hadley School for the Blind - tuition-free distance education
    The Hadley School offers a broad variety of tuition-free distance education courses to blind and visually impaired individuals 14+ years of age, parents of blind children, family members of blind adults, and professionals working in blindness. Courses are available in braille, large print, audiocassette, and online.
  • Helen Keller Services for the Blind For over 123 years, Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) has been a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation. One of the oldest, continuously operated not-for-profit rehabilitation agencies in the United States, HKSB provides unparalleled resources for blind, visually impaired and developmentally disabled people, giving them the tools to achieve their goals during every phase of their lives.
  • Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology,
  • Illinois School for the Visually Impaired ISVI in Jacksonville is a residential school for children ages 5-21 who are blind or partially sighted. Its K-12 curriculum emphasizes independence and vocational skills.
  • The Indiana School for the Blind Established in 1847, the School offers pre-school through high school programs, free of charge on a residential or day school basis, to the young people of Indiana who are blind and visually impaired.
  • International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment:(ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and icevi logoorganizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential. This website includes information that is relevant not only to ICEVI in general, but, most importantly, to the activities that take place in the seven regions of ICEVI.
  • Iowa Educational Services for the Blind & Visually Impairedprovides direct educational services to children and youth with visual impairments in the state of Iowa
  • Kentucky Office for the Blind: The mission of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities.
  • Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB is a part of the Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Special Instructional Services) is located at:
    1867 Frankfort Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40206
    Phone number: 502-897-1583
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind Founded by three Detroit-area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight.
  • Learning Allyformerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability.Learning Ally  20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, (800) 221-4792
  • The Lighthouse Guild Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision + healthcare organization, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.
  • LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired-San Francisco Founded in 1902, San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision.
  • Lions Clubs
    - Serving the blind and visually impaired to learn independent living skills or job training skills that considered their individual visual impairments.
  • Macular Degeneration Foundation is dedicated to educating people about macular degeneration: the various forms of the disease; the status of research into genetic and other causes; new developments in treatment and adaptive technology; and advice on how to cope with reduced or lost central vision. The Foundation's newsletter, The Magnifier, is printed with extra large type and is free.
  • The Maryland School for the Blind is a private, nonprofit school serving children from infancy to age 21 who are blind, visually impaired, and multiplydisabled. MSB serves students in every county of Maryland. Our site offers information about individualized programs and specialized services including Braille instruction, orientation and mobility (travel skills) training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, music, recreation, assistive technology, job training and much more.
  • The Massachusetts Association for the Blind is based in Brookline, MA. They are a non-profit agency serving children and adults with visual and other disabilities.
  • National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI)
  • National Braille Press: Nonprofit braille printing and publishing house offering low-cost braille books and magazines. Free catalogues in print or braille.
    National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115
    Phone: (617) 266-6160 Toll-free: (800) 548-7323 Fax: (617) 437-0456
  • The National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP) promotes the effective use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with sensory, cognitive, physical and social/emotional disabilities.
  • National Council on Disability (NCD)
  • National Federation of the Blind: With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  (Baltimore, MD)
  • The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Website NLS administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries.
  • National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State
  • National Resource Center for Blind Musicians provides information and referral services on matters regarding Braille music, technology, and strategies that enable visually impaired people to study music in school or college settings. It can direct inquirers to someone in its network of musicians and teachers in the field and can provide consultation and training.
  • NOAH : The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation
    1530 Locust Street #29 Philadelphia, PA 19102-4415
    215-545-2322 800-473-2310
    Email: webmaster@albinism.org
  • The New York Institute for Special Education: NYISE provides quality programs for children who are blind or visually disabled, emotionally and learning disabled and pre-schoolers who are developmentally delayed. The site includes historical information about the 185 year old school and a series of link on the history of braille. The Blindness Resource Center has hundreds of links related to computer technology for persons with visual impairments.
  • The New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped The New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) provides vocational rehabilitation and other direct services to blind and visually impaired New York State residents, including children, adults, and elderly persons.
  • New York State School for the Blind The NYS School for the Blind (NYSSB) is located external link midway between Buffalo and Rochester in the city of Batavia, which lies in the heart of Genesee County, New York.
  • Oak Hill Connecticut's Largest Provider of Services for the Disabled. It provides a full range of services to people with disabilities. We help all ages, from newborns to seniors. And our experienced staff covers the needs of every intellectual, developmental and physical disability.  
  • Oklahoma School for the Blind
    Established in 1897, OSB is a fully accredited school that offers a complete educational program, tuition free, for blind and visually impaired students from pre-school through high school. Instruction is provided in traditional academic subjects, as well as orientation and mobility, Braille, independent living skills and assistive technology.
  • Orbis International - US is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to blindness prevention and treatment in developing countries.
  • Overbrook School for the Blind, Philadelphia, PA.Overbrook School for the Blind 175th Anniversay book
    Overbrook School for the Blind offers a variety of programs for children of different ages and abilities. Since 1832, their mission has been to provide all our students, according to their individual needs, with the skills that will give them the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives.
  • Prevent Blindness America: to encourage proper eye care and vision safety with fun and easy interactive features.
  • St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides the full range of vision rehabilitation and education services to children and adults.
  • St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments and Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf are two of the four Special Education Schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and School Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
  • South Dakota School for the Visually Handicapped The role and mission of the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to provide statewide services to meet the educational needs of sensory impaired children from birth through twenty-one in South Dakota by serving in a dual leadership and resource
  • Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS)
  • The Tennessee School for the Blind is a visionary resource for Tennesseans from birth through high school who are blind or visually impaired and for others who provide them with care and services. TSB offers information, education, counseling and technical assistance to families and schools in local communities as well as to the children enrolled as residential or day school students.
  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation The DARS Division for Blind Services (DBS) assists blind or visually impaired individuals and their families. Depending upon their goals and needs, DBS offers services to help regain independence or find a job.
  • Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and professionals who serve them. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services at TSBVI.
  • Trace Development and Research Center The mission of the Center is: "To advance the ability of people with disabilities to achieve their life objectives through the use of communication, computer and information technologies."
  • The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind ,
    742 Harrison Blvd
    Ogden, UT 84404-5298
    Phone: 801-629-4700
    TDD: 801-629-4701
    Fax: 801-629-4896
    In-state Toll Free: 800-990-9328
  • The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind provides comprehensive educational services to deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired children who require specialized instruction not available in local pub1ic schools
  • Visually Impaired Pittsburgh Area Computer Enthusiasts! Motivated by the need to learn and a desire to share their specialized knowledge, a small group of visually impaired computer users in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania formed VIPACE! (Visually Impaired Pittsburgh Area Computer Enthusiasts) in 1988.
  • Washington State School for the Blind Vancouver, Washington
    Washington State School for the Blind
    2214 E. 13th Street
    Vancouver, Washington
    98661-4120 
    Phone 360-696-6321
    FAX 360-737-2120
  • The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children was founded more than 100 years ago as a facility to provide the best education possible for boys and girls who were blind. The School has never wavered from this mandate. Today, in addition to blindness, the students who enroll here have other severe disabilities, and the educational program is tailored to their needs. The School for Blind Children is a private school, chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is located in the heart of Pittsburgh and serves students from the western half of Pennsylvania.
    The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children
    201 North Bellefield Avenue
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-1499
    412-621-0100 - FAX:412-681-1736

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    International

  • Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians: Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a national grassroots, peer support organization that comprises Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted and our supporters from the public at large. We work to ensure we have a voice on all matters affecting our participation in Canada’s mainstream society.
  • Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s main provider of practical and emotional support for the 11,700 Kiwis who are blind or have low vision, enabling them to face their future with confidence.
  • The British Computer Association of the Blind: The BCAB promotes the special needs and interests of the visually impaired who either work in the computing field or have an active interest in computing
  • Canadian Braille Authority: "Promoting braille as a primary medium for blind persons"
  • Canadian Council of the Blind: Based on belief in ABILITY, not disability Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is a vibrant network of active members across Canada. Each chapter is unique to its geographic area and engages in a variety of social and recreational activities based on the particular interests of their local members.
  • The Canadian National Institute for the Blind: Since our founding in 1918, CNIB has grown to become the primary resource for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, with offices in communities across the country.
  • Fighting Blindness (Ireland): We are an Irish, patient-led charity with a vision to cure blindness, support those experiencing sight loss and empower patients
  • Guide Dog Association of New South Wales(Australia) The site has information on Vision Impairments, Cane or Canine?, Teacher Resources, Services Information, and a Gift Shop
  • Helen Keller International: Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world's vulnerable by combatting the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.
  • Instituto Nacional Para Ciegos (National Institute for the Blind): Bogotá, Colombia
  • International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
  • International Glaucoma Association: The IGA is the charity for people with glaucoma. We provide information, literature, advice and fund essential research to prevent unnecessary loss of sight through early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Johannesburg Society for the Blind: Working in partnership with disabled people to promote self-help education work skills and independent living skills for Blind and Partially Sighted People
  • Kaleidoscope South Africa is the central hub for blind progression in South Africa, and soon the world. If you’re reading this with your eyes, Kaleidoscope is here to change your perceptions and show you how the blind can become leaders in this world, integrating into the workforce, society and everything in-between.
  • The Lighthouse International, a leading resource worldwide on vision impairment and vision rehabilitation.
  • MAB-Mackay: The mission of the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre is to maximize its clients’ autonomy and community participation in order to improve their quality of life.
  • National Library for the Blind UK: We are a charity and membership body of and for blind people and those with sight problems. We will be there for you, your family and all who help you when you need our support.
  • Orbis International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to blindness prevention and treatment in developing countries.
  • National Edcation Centre for Blind Children: ChildVision The only place in Ireland totally dedicated to the education and therapy needs of blind and multi-disabled children.
  • Scottish Sensory Centre: Edinburgh, Scotland - promotes and supports new developments and effective practices in the education of children and young people with sensory impairments ie visual, hearing or dual (deafblindness) sensory impairment.
  • Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind (SRMAB) is the humble creation of a group of visionaries. SRMAB was founded in 1969 with the motto “Service to Humanity is service to God" by Sri. T V Srinivasan, Late Sri. Thirumurthy and friends.
  • South African National Council for the Blind Council’s Vision is to facilitate a network of organisations who collaborate towards the prevention of blindness and securing the full participation and inclusion of blind and partially sighted people in all aspects of a diverse South African society.
  • South Australian Royal Society for the Blind (Australia)The RSB is the primary source of assistance giving people with a vision impairment the opportunity to improve the quality and independence of their lives
  • Surgical Eye Expeditions (S.E.E.) International is a non-profit, health organization founded in 1974 to recruit, coordinate and deploy volunteer ophthalmologists, nurses and technicians to perform free, sight-restoring surgery throughout the developing world.
  • UK Piano Page is sponsored by the Association of Blind Piano tuners
  • De Vereniging Bartiméus of the Netherlands an institute for visually disabled persons
  • Vision Australiaassists people who are blind and vision impaired to maximize their opportunities by providing specialist staff, information and technology resources that meet individual needs
  • Western Australia Independent Living Centers

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