- Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and the Visually Impaired (AER).
4600 Duke Street,
P.O. Box 22397,
Alexandria, VA 22304.
Phone: (703) 823-9690.
Includes educators, rehabilitators, administrators, parents, and houseparents of blind children; agencies, schools, and other interested in the education, guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or occupational placement of the blind and partially-sighted.
Cooperates with colleges and universities in conferences and workshops.
Presents awards, conducts certification programs, and maintains job exchange services and speakers' bureau.
- Institute for Families of Blind Children. (NOTE: No internet website is available for this resource.)
P.O. Box 54700,
Mail Stop 111,
Los Angeles, CA 90054-0700.
Phone: (213) 669-4649.
Offers support and information to families of blind children.
Provides direct counseling support to families at no cost after a diagnosis is made.
Offers a nation-wide telephone counseling service.
Publishes Retinoblastoma Support News and Parent to Parent as well as the books My Fake Eye, the Story of My Prosthesis and My New Glasses: A Book for Parents and Children.
Videos are also available.
- Lighthouse National Center for Vision and Child Development.
111 E. 59th Street,
New York, NY 10022.
Phone: (212) 821-9200.
TDD: (212) 821-9713.
Develops print and audiovisual products about vision and child development for families, professionals, and the general public.
Establishes connections between families, the vision care system, special education programs, and health and education networks.
Offers individualized training programs, internships, and student training.
Conducts applied and theoretical research.
- National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (napvi).
P.O. Box 317,
Watertown, MA 02471-0317.
Phone: (617) 972-7441.
Offers emotional support for parents of blind or visually impaired children.
Provides information, training and assistance, and help in understanding and using available resources.
Publishes Awareness, a quarterly newsletter.
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY).
P.O. Box 1492,
Washington, DC 20013-1492.
Phone: (202) 884-8200.
Serves as a national information and referral clearinghouse on special education and disability-related issues.
Provides information on local, state, or national disability groups for parents and professionals.
Emphasizes parent group information.
Offers personal responses to public inquiries.
Provides prepackaged information to frequently asked questions.
Publishes News Digest and Transition Summary, reports on current practices that assist people with disabilities.
Gives technical assistance to parent and professional groups.
- ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
1920 Association Drive,
Reston, VA 20191.
Toll-free: 1-800-328-0272 (Voice / TTY).
Provides resources to educators of children who have disabilities and/or are gifted.
Offers information from the ERIC database of educational materials, answers to general questions about disabilities and gifted education, and referrals to other organizations with information on disabilities or giftedness.
Distributes special searches available for teachers of blind and deaf-blind students.
One of 16 federally-funded clearinghouses in the ERIC system, a nationwide information network sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, National Library of Education.
- Low Vision Gateway.
Provides information and resources for people with low vision and their families.
Contains links to information on low vision specialists, low vision aids, organizations that provide support and assistance, and resources for parents and teachers.
Sponsored by The Internet Low Vision Society and the Low Vision Centers of Indiana.
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