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Resources

National Organizations

Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) - The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. (FFB) is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) - As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered a leading force in the blindness field today. The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) - The AFB is recognized as Helen Keller's cause in the United States and is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public. The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to expand possibilities for people with vision loss and to enable them to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives.

American Council of the Blind (ACB) - The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities, and cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services.

National Association for the Visually Handicapped (NAVH) - NAVH is the only nonprofit health organization in the world solely dedicated to providing assistance to the partially sighted. They are committed to ensuring that impaired vision does not result in impaired life. Their mission is to help the "hard of seeing" worldwide cope with the psychological effects of visual impairment and to provide low vision services and training to anyone in need of such assistance.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) – The BVA is an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. Through their service programs, groups and benefits they hope to make life easier for blinded veterans and help by being there with encouragement and support.

National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI) - NAPVI is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. NAPVI provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping children reach their potential. 

National Industries for the Blind – The mission of the National Industries for the Blind is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment.

Macular Degeneration Foundation – MD Foundation is a leading resource for information concerning Macular Degeneration to a growing population of individuals affected by the disease and related low vision conditions. They publish a monthly large print newsletter and provide reports on the latest research, requests for research participants, links, bulletin boards, and frequently asked questions.

Macula Vision Research Foundation – “The #1 source for information on Macular Degeneration.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – “A great resource for Veteran’s battling low vision or other vision related impairment.”

Prevent Blindness – “Our mission: to prevent blindness and preserve sight.”

Keeping Us Safe – “Providing practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families.”

Local Not-For-Profits

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) - The Association for the Blind provided serves the demand for services, education and training which emphasize the capabilities and contributions of people who are blind or visually impaired. ABVI has evolved into one of the most dynamic not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region with a service area that extends to nine counties, including Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Steuben, Yates, Seneca, Schulyer and Chemung. 

Association for the Visually Impaired (AVI) - The Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc., a private, non-profit, founded in 1973, serves blind and severely visually impaired residents of Rockland and Orange Counties in New York. Services are provided on a one-to-one basis in the consumers' homes and communities. 

Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment (AVRE) - AVRE is a private, non-profit organization that serves people with sustained and severe vision loss. People of all ages, from infants to seniors, can and do benefit from their services. They offer a range of learning. living, and working options for people with sustained and severe vision loss. AVRE. works with individuals who live in the New York counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins, as well as the Pennsylvania counties of Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga.

The New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) - The New York Institute for Special Education is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian educational facility which provides quality programs for children who are blind or visually disabled, emotionally and learning disabled and preschoolers who are developmentally delayed.

Southern Tier Association for the Visually Impaired (ST-AVI) - The Southern Tier Association for the Visually Impaired has been serving the local blind and visually impaired community for over 75 years. Currently, they provide support, employment and rehabilitation services to Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.

The Carroll Center for the Blind (Newton, MA) - The Carroll Center for the Blind 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 Guild for the Blind (Chicago, IL) - The Guild for the Blind serves those who are blind or visually impaired, including those with new vision loss. The Guild strives to promote positive attitudes about visual impairment and to assist its members in achieving dignity and independence at home, in the workplace and in the community. 

Cleveland Sight Center (Cleveland, OH) - Cleveland Sight Center is a multi-faceted private agency founded in 1906 providing educational, rehabilitative, preventive and support services for 10,000 people in the greater Cleveland area who are blind or visually impaired. They offer specific programs and services, as well as an infinite number of resources, social clubs, recreational activities, and more. 

Helen Keller Services for the Blind (Brooklyn, NY) - For over 110 years, Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) has been a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation. Their mission is to help individuals of all ages and degrees of blindness to live as independently as possible within their own communities. http://www.helenkeller.org/

Badger Association– Since 1919, the Badger Association has been a leading resource for people who are blind and visually impaired, helping thousands of people each year lead productive, independent lives. Our programs and services help people at all stages of visual impairment achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency. We offer vision rehabilitation, residential options, support services, and recreational opportunities. Developed according to the participants’ needs, our full spectrum of services create community, communication and independence among, Southeastern Wisconsin’s growing visually impaired population.

Internet Resources

Accredited Schools Online Helping Students with Visual Impairments - Here is a guide that was created, in part, by four experts in the fields of Education, Low Vision, Blind and Learning Disabilities. This website offers a wealth of information & resources regarding the latest assistive technology, school accommodations, finding the right college, scholarships that may be available for visually impaired students, and more. Visit the site to peruse and even take a moment to subscribe to their quarterly newsletters.  

Unite for Sight - Founded in 2000 and located in New Haven, CT this international nonprofit organization supports eye clinics worldwide by applying best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism and social entrepreneurship to achieve the goal of providing high-quality eye care for all globally. 

Upgraded Points - The Millers understand how visual impairment can affect travel, so they created a handy guide which outlines key resources for those who have a visual impairment or are traveling with someone who is visually impaired. Resources include learning about the rights as a disabled traveler, tips for traveling with a service dog, and helpful links that provide detailed information for traveling with low-vision or when visually impaired.