- American Council of the Blind (ACB).
1155 15th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20005.
Phone: (202) 467-5081.
Serves as a national clearinghouse on blindness issues for individuals, organizations, and institutions.
Provides an information and referral service on Federal legislation, administrative action, and rule making on national and state levels.
Offers group insurance plans, coordinates class action litigation, and educates the public about blindness and the abilities of visually impaired people.
- American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).
11 Penn Plaza,
New York, NY 10001.
Phone: (212) 502-7600.
Phone: (312) 245-9961.
Phone: (214) 352-7222.
Phone: (404) 525-2303.
New York, NY.
Phone: (212) 502-7657.
San Francisco, CA.
Phone: (415) 392-4845.
Phone: (202) 457-1487.
Serves as a one-stop information and referral resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the people who work with them, and the general public.
Conducts a wide variety of programs to support independent living, literacy, employment, and access to technology.
Publishes professional materials for blindness and low vision and Talking Books.
Offers consultation services to eye care, rehabilitation, and education professionals.
Provides referrals to low vision centers.
Advocates for legislative change.
- Lighthouse International.
111 E. 59th Street,
New York, NY 10022.
Phone: (212) 821-9200.
TDD: (212) 821-9713.
Serves as a national clearinghouse for information on vision impairment across the life span. Services are available nationwide.
Offers a comprehensive selection of education products, large print materials, talking products, and related specialty items for people with visual impairments.
Adaptive devices are available through catalog sales.
- Lions Clubs International.
300 22nd Street,
Oak Brook, IL 60521-8842.
Phone: (630) 571-5466.
Provides financial assistance for eye care to individuals through local clubs.
Coordinates sight conservation activities.(Note: There are Lions Clubs in most localities, and services vary from club to club. Check your telephone book for the address and telephone number of your local club.)
- National Federation of the Blind (NFB).
1800 Johnson Street,
Baltimore, MD 21230.
Phone: (410) 659-9314.
Toll-free: 1-800-638-7518 - Job Opportunities.
Provides a wide variety of services to visually impaired people including job placement.
Publishes the Braille Monitor and Future Reflections.
Distributes a catalog of publications available in large print, Braille, or audiocassette, and a catalog of aids and appliances.
- Prevent Blindness America (PBA).
500 E. Remington Road,
Schaumburg, IL 60173.
Phone: (847) 843-2020.
Produces educational materials that address the special needs of senior citizens, agriculture and industrial workers, school teachers and children, nurses, and doctors.
Offers guidance regarding current available treatments, eye care facilities and programs, and current eye research findings through the National Center for Sight.
Administers a research program to provide small start- up grants to young scientists.
- Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. (RPB).
645 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY 10022-1010.
Phone: (212) 752-4333.
Provides research grants to scientists interested in eye disease and vision disorders.
Conducts seminars to encourage communication among scientists, practicing ophthalmologists, and the public.
- Resources for Rehabilitation.
33 Bedford Street,
Lexington, MA 02420.
Phone: (781) 862-6455.
Provides training and information to professionals who serve individuals with vision loss and other disabilities.
Publishes a variety of resource guides on coping with visual impairment.
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