Resource Links for Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology

American Council of the Blind– a national consumer advocacy organization for individuals who are blind or visually impaired

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired– provides information on blindness and vision loss, certifies professionals in the field of blindness

American Foundation for the Blind – provides information related to vision loss, braille, employment, and publications

Braille Bug has information on braille plus games, riddles and biographies of Louis Braille and Helen Keller

Blindskills, Inc. – Resources for people with visual impairments, publishes Dialogue Magazine

Foundation Fighting Blindness (formerly the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation)

Braille Through Remote Learning – online instructional program that provides teachers, parents, social workers, and current/future braille transcribers with on-line instruction in braille and braille transcription

Blinded Veterans of America

Children’s Glaucoma Foundation

Eye Cancer Network

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) – Helping parents and advocate improve educational results for children with disabilities

Focus Families – website for families of children with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and Septo-Optic Dysplasia (also known as DeMorsier Syndrome)

Glaucoma Research Foundation

The Glaucoma Foundation

Hadley School for the Blind – provides free distance learning (home school)

Lighthouse International – provides information, advocacy and training for individuals with visual impairments

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Low Vision Gateway

Macular Degeneration International– currently undergoing routine maintenance

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) – provides support for families of children with visual impairments and links to other sites of interest to parents

National Eye Institute

National Federation of the Blind – the largest membership organization of blind people in the U.S.

Perkins School for the Blind – includes resources for parents, teachers, family members and others on issues and publications related to people who are blind, Deaf-blind and multiply impaired

Prevent Blindness America

The Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases

Research to Prevent Blindness – The leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research

Upstate Medical Center for Vision Research – to enhance the research and training efforts of the basic and clinical vision scientists in the Central New York area

Blindline™ – is a fully accessible web site created by VISIONS in collaboration with the American Foundation for the Blind to provide direct access to a New York statewide database of organizations and services for people who are blind or visually impaired, their family members, counselors, and other professionals.

iCanConnect-New York – The 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 has made it possible for people with vision or hearing loss to access a wide variety of information which has been inaccessible in the past. Not only does it require first run movies to be closed captioned and video described, it requires better accessibility to smartphones, tablets and even the internet to have built-in accessibility. An exciting part of this act is called “I Can Connect” which sets aside funds to provide access technology to low income individuals who are deaf-blind. This link takes you to the NYS partner for this program.

My Blind Spot – an article about how Quickbooks, a product of Intuit (the makers of Turbotax) have collaborated to make Quickbooks accessible for people with vision loss. This would be especially useful for people who run their own businesses and who use Quickbooks as their accounting software.