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Organizations - 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.
  • CAVI is a Cisco Networking Academy based in Perth, Western Australia providing the following services, both nationally and internationally, to people who are totally or partially blind: Accredited Cisco Networking Academy courses, Various non-Cisco IT courses and short courses, Life skills short courses, Podc
  • Deafblind International

  • Deafblind International (DbI) was founded over 30 years ago and is the world association promoting services for deafblind people. DbI brings together professionals, researchers, families, deafblind people and administrators to raise awareness of deafblindness. Central to our work is to support the development of services to enable a good quality of life for deafblind children and adults of all ages.
  • 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
  • The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
  • International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
  • International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential.
  • 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
  • VisionServe Alliance: VisionServe Alliance is a consortium of Executive Directors/CEOs of 501(c)(3) nonprofits throughout the United States that provide unique and specialized services to people who are blind or with severe vision loss. We bring together the full diversity of services for one conversation with the ultimate goal of unifying the many issues and organizations operating independently of one another in the field. 
  • Western Australia Independent Living Centers
  • World Blind UnionThe World Blind Union (WBU) is the internationally recognized organization, representing the 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries. We are the voice of the blind, speaking to governments and international bodies on issues concerning blindness and visual impairments in conjunction with our members. WBU brings together all the major national and international organizations of blind persons and those organizations providing services to the visually impaired to work on the issues affecting the quality of life for blind people. 

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, a joint programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).