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Private/Government Organizations:

NAPVI (National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments)

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments.

 

CEC (Council for Exceptional Children)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

 

NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

 

Family Connect

Family Connect is an online, multimedia community for parents and guardians of children with visual impairments.

 

Wonder Baby

WonderBaby.org, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with vision impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by other parents, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.

 

ACB (American Council of the Blind)

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

 

NFB (National Federation of the Blind)

The National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

 

AFB (American Foundation for the Blind)

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S.

 

APH (American Printing House for the Blind)

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.

 

Hilton/Perkins Foundation

The Hilton/Perkins initiative expanded educational programs to children who are deafblind or blind with additional impairments in underserved communities worldwide.

 

The Carroll Center for the Blind

The Carroll Center serves the needs of blind and visually-impaired persons by providing rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually-impaired.

 

Vision Aware

VisionAWARE, a program of AWARE, is a self-help resource center with a wealth of information to promote independence and enhance quality of life for people who are blind or have low vision.

 

 

Schools for the Blind:

Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities.

 

Overbrook School for the Blind

The mission of Overbrook School for the Blind is to develop and deliver education that enhances the options available for persons with visual impairment and other challenges so that they have the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives.

 

Maryland School for the Blind

The Maryland School for the Blind, through its on-campus and outreach services, ensures that students reach their fullest potential by preparing them with the abilities to be successful, independent and well-rounded contributing members of their communities.

 

USDB (Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind)

USDB works to provide high-quality direct and indirect services to sensory-impaired children from birth through age 21 throughout the state of Utah.

 

 

International Organizations:

AERBVI (Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired)

AERBVI is an international professional association for people assisting in the education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired.

 

ICEVI (International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment)

The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organisations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all visually impaired children and youth so that they may achieve their full potential.

 

Deaf Blind International

Founded over 30 years ago, Deafblind International (DbI) is the world association promoting services for deafblind people.

 

CNIB (The Canadian National Institute for the Blind)

A voluntary, non profit rehabilitation agency that provides services for people who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind.

 

Lions Club International

Lions Club International empowers volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

 

Royal National Institute for the Blind

RNIB offers support and advice to blind and partially sighted people in the UK, helping people who have lost their sight to find their lives again.

 

 

Vendors:

Chadwick Optical

Chadwick Optical, Inc creates a wide array of custom ophthalmic lens designs for the visually impaired that are moderately priced and cosmetically appropriate.

 

DVI (Designs for Vision)

Quality Magnification, Precision Coated Optics and Exclusive Ergonomics since 1961

 

Eschenbach Optik

Distributor of vision aids including magnifiers, telescopes, sun filters, binoculars, and electronic reading devices.

 

Enhanced Vision

Distributor of vision aids including magnifiers, telescopes, sun filters, binoculars, and electronic reading devices.

 

Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is the largest worldwide manufacturer of assistive technology products for those who are blind or have low vision.

 

Optelec

Improving the quality of life of visually impaired and dyslexic people - reaching out with simple and effective solutions

 

Ocutech

Ocutech, Inc., founded in 1984, has become a worldwide-leader in developing innovative hi-quality bioptic telescopes for the visually impaired.

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