Web Resources for the Visually Impaired


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American Association for the Deaf-Blind
a national consumer advocacy organization for people who have combined hearing and vision impairments. 1-800-735-2258.

American Foundation for the Blind
a non-profit organization functioning as a resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the public. Their mission is to help the blind and visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunities through information, identification of relevant issues, education, and audio materials.

Lighthouse International
a non-profit organization, based in New York, functioning as a leading resource worldwide on vision impairment and vision rehabilitation. The organization provides assistance for individuals with vision impairment, training for professionals who serve them, adaptive tools, and advocacy and information services.

Low Vision Information Center
a nonprofit organization providing information and referral related to eye diseases and programs about low vision, hands-on demonstrations of adaptive products, and outreach and education. Some low vision aids are available for purchase.

National Association for the Visually Handicapped
a non-profit, relying on contributions and membership dues, that offers the visually impaired the chance to continue to live as productively as possible. Their focus in on those who are not blind. They have a large print library offering over 7000 titles. The books are sent to anyone in the United States free of charge.

National Eye Institute
one of the National Institutes of Health. This Institute supports more than 80% of the vision research conducted in the US The NEI’s mission is to attempt to discover safe and effective methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and disorders of the visual system.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
a part of the library of Congress, this service administers a free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment.

NC Division of Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired NC
provides treatment, rehabilitation, education and independent living alternatives for the blind and visually impaired.

NC State Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped NC
a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state.

Partnership in Assistive Technology NC
a private nonprofit organization whose mission is "to increase knowledge about and access to Assistive Technology for North Carolinians with disabilities."

Prevent Blindness America
provides public and professional education, certified vision screening training, community and patient service programs and research. They also offer a toll-free information hotline (1-800-331-2020), online eye tests, a newsletter, and information about vision.


Note: These are just a few of the many sites available related to blindness and visual impairment. Use your search engine of choice to access other sites, both non-profit and for-profit.



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