Online Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Where should I Go First?

 Whether you are newly diagnosed or have "been around the block," this is where you will find the information and links to vital information, state government agencies, national agencies, and more.

  • Newly Diagnosed?  Go here for where to find general information and first steps.
  1. Information on eye diseases
  2. Foundation Fighting Blindness
  3. World Health Organization
  1. American Council for the Blind
  2. American Foundation for the Blind
  3. Guide Dogs for the Blind
  4. Hadley
  5. Hellen Keller International
  6. National Federation for the Blind
  7. The Library of Congress


Newly Diagnosed?   Information on Eye Diseases


According to the World Health Organization:

  • The leading causes of vision impairment and blindness are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts.
  • The majority of people with vision impairment and blindness are over the age of 50 years; however, vision loss can affect people of all ages.
  • Vision impairment poses an enormous global financial burden with the annual global costs of productivity losses associated with vision impairment from uncorrected myopia and presbyopia alone estimated to be US $ 244 billion and US $ 25.4 billion. (www.who..int)


The Foundation Fighting Blindness

A great starting point. The Foundation covers a large amount of information, including stories and resources, retinal education, genetic testing, research, local chapters, fundraising for research, and more. They are "the world's leading private source for inherited retinal disease research funding." They have a video series on eye diseases, and have information on genetic testing , clinical trials , research , resources, and more.

The diseases they cover are:

Achromatopsia , Bardet-Biedl Syndrome , Best Disease , Choroideremia , Leber Congenital Amaurosis , macular degeneration , retinitis pigmentosa , Refsum disease , Stargardt disease , Usher syndrome , X-Linked retinoschisis (XLRS) , and a few more rare conditions .

https://www.fightingblindness.org/


Other National Organizations


American Council for the Blind

The mission of the American Council for the Blind is "To increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. They have a large collection of resources and information covering advocacy and governmental affairs, music , outdoor and other activities, scholarships , news, community events , publications and much more.

https://www.acb.org/


American Foundation for the Blind

How AFB Changes Lives (from their website 


https://www.afb.org/

Guide Dogs for the Blind

P.O. Box 151200 San Rafael, CA 94915-1200
1-800-295-4050
www.guidedogs.com

Hadley

Hadley's mission is "to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive - at home, at work, and in their communities." They have many free workshops, podcasts, and information to make your low vision life better. Everything from daily living , to technology , working , Braille , and recreation .  

https://hadley.edu/


Hellen Keller Institute

Their vision is  "A world where no one is deprived of the opportunity to live a healthy life – and reach their true potential."  They provide knowledgeable articles on a variety of subjects; nutrition, international resources, and prevention of blindness.

https://hki.com/home

National Federation of the Blind


The NFB provides a variety of programs and resources including training and education, advocacy and outreach, technology and products.  legal programs, scholarships, braille certification, safety and support, employment and career mentoring, and so much more.  They have affiliate chapters in every state so they offer very specialized services.

https://nfb.org

National Headquarters:

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Phone (410) 659-9314          

Email nfb@nfb.org

See below  to find your state's affiliate.

The Library of Congress' National Library Services for the Blind

The Library of Congress' National Library Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired  and your local libraries are great resources for accessing printed media.  NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical or perceptual disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Click here for more information and how to apply. Explore your local library's website to find out what free services are available. Most of the time, all you need is your library card sign up for services.

Mailing Address:
The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542-4962

Street Address:
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542

Phone:  (202)707-5100              Toll-free: (800)424-8567


For more national resources, click here to go to the national page.


Resources by State


There are many agencies and organizations that are specific to your state that provide individualized services. Click on your state to find the resources close to you.      


Alabama

 Arizona 

Alaska 

   Arkansas  

 California 

 Connecticut

 Georgia

Hawaii 

Illinois 

Colorado

Delaware

 Florida

Idaho  

Indiana

 Iowa  

 Kentucky 

Kansas

Louisiana 

Massachusetts

Maryland

 Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

New Jersey  

New Mexico 

Maine 

Michigan 

Mississippi 

Montana

Nevada

 New Hampshire

 New York 

North Carolina

 Ohio  

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Oregon 

Rhode Island  

South Dakota

Tennessee

Vermont

 Washington 

 Wisconsin 

Pennsylvania 

South Carolina

 Texas 

Utah  

Virginia   

 West Virginia

 Wyoming   



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