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General Blindness Organizations.

  • American Council of the Blind (ACB).

    1155 15th Street, NW,
    Suite 1004,
    Washington, DC 20005.
    Phone: (202) 467-5081.
    Toll-free: 1-800-424-8666.

    • 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,
    Suite 300,
    New York, NY 10001.
    Phone: (212) 502-7600.
    Toll-free: 1-800-232-5463.

    Regional Offices:

    Chicago, IL.
    Phone: (312) 245-9961.

    Dallas, TX.
    Phone: (214) 352-7222.

    Atlanta, GA.
    Phone: (404) 525-2303.

    New York, NY.
    Phone: (212) 502-7657.

    San Francisco, CA.
    Phone: (415) 392-4845.

    Washington, DC.
    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.
    Toll-free: 1-800-829-0500.
    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.
    Toll-free: 800-331-2020.

    • 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.
    Toll-free: 800-621-0026.

    • 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,
    Suite 19A,
    Lexington, MA 02420.
    Phone: (781) 862-6455.
    Toll-free: 800-621-0026.

    • 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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