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Blind and Vision Impairment Resources

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Updated January 20, 2013

The following blind and vision impairment resources can help individuals and caregivers find information, education programs, research opportunities, as well as training and job opportunities in the field of ophthalmology.

American Foundation of the Blind

"Founded in 1921, the American Foundation for Blind has spent nearly a century ensuring that individuals who are blind or visually impaired have access to the information, technology, education, and legal resources they need to live independent and productive lives." Helen Keller helped to spread the word about this organization, and lead the effort to establish a standardized English Braille code.

  • American Foundation of the Blind
  • 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
  • New York, NY 10121
  • Tel: (212) 502-7600
  • Fax: (888) 545-8331
  • E-mail: afbinfo@afb.net

Blindskills Inc.

"Blindskills publishes DIALOGUE, a quarterly magazine primarily written by and for visually impaired people. DIALOGUE, entering its 50th year of publication, is available in several accessible formats: Large print, cassette, braille, e-mail, and new NLS-compatible digital cartridge." Blindskills, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)corporation funded by donations from readers, friends and benefactors. Their Federal ID Number is 93-0829936.

Blindskills offers a monthly local support group, Shared Visions, to the blind and visually impaired in Salem, Oregon. The group usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month in our office at 680 State Street, Suite 110, in downtown Salem.

  • Blindskills, Inc.
  • P.O. Box 5181
  • Salem, OR 97304-0181
  • Phone: toll-free 800-860-4224 or 503-581-4224
  • Fax: 503-581-0178
  • Email: info@blindskills.com

Computer Center for Visually Impaired People - Baruch College

"The Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) has been in the business of Assistive Technology training, research and service since 1978. Whether your visual impairment is recent or long-standing, at the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, we'll help you access your computer, so that you can access the world."

  • 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: judith_gerber@baruch.cuny.edu

Guide Dog Users Inc.

Guide Dog Users Inc. (GDUI), an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, is the largest guide dog consumer-driven organization in the world. GDUI members shape the initiatives that most profoundly affect guide dog users. GDUI has 15 affiliate organizations throughout the US, where members work together on local and global issues."

  • GDUI
  • Office Manager: Paula Barton
  • 4851 N. Cedar Ave.
  • Apt 119
  • Fresno, CA 93726
  • Toll-Free in USA: 1-866-799-8436

Lighthouse International

"Founded in 1905, the Lighthouse became a pioneer in the field of Vision Rehabilitation, and is today a leading resource in helping people overcome the challenges of vision loss."

  • Lighthouse International
  • 111 East 59th Street
  • The Sol and Lillian Goldman Building
  • New York, NY 10022-1202
  • Tel: (212) 821-9200 / (800) 829-0500
  • Fax: (212) 821-9707
  • TTY: (212) 821-9713

National Eye Institute

The National Eye Institute provides educational programs and health information, supports research, such as eyeGENE, and offers training, jobs and scholarships for individuals interested in the field of ophthalmology.

  • National Eye Institute
  • 31 Center Drive MSC 2510
  • Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
  • Tel:(301) 496-5248
  • Website:www.nei.nih.gov

National Federation of the Blind - Jernigan Institute

"The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute leads the quest to understand the real problems of blindness and to develop innovative education, technologies, products, and services that help the world's blind to achieve independence." The NFB provides numerous programs for adults and children, ranging from "Braille is Beautiful" to the "Possibilities Fair for Seniors".

  • National Federation of the Blind
  • 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
  • Baltimore, MD 21230
  • Phone: 410-659-9314
  • Fax: 410-685-5653

New York Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

The mission of the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped is to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind."

  • NY Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
  • 52 Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, New York 12144-2796
  • Phone: 1-866-871-3000
  • TDD1-866-871-6000

Prevent Blindness America

"Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year."

  • Prevent Blindness America
  • 211 West Wacker Drive
  • Suite 1700
  • Chicago, Illinois 60606
  • Tel: 1-800-331-2020

The New York Institute for Special Education - Blindness Resource Center

"NYISE 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."

  • The New York Institute for Special Education - Blindness Resource Center
  • 999 Pelham Parkway
  • Bronx, New York 10469
  • Phone: (718) 519-7000 Ext. 315
  • Fax: (718) 231-9314

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