National (USA) Associations
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Condensered.gif (846 bytes)American Council of the Blind - It was founded in 1961 and incorporated in the District of Columbia. The Council's membership numbers in the tens of thousands. The majority of its members belong to one or more of its 71 affiliated organizations. The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)National Federation of the Blind - Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation's largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. With fifty thousand members, the NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered the leading force in the blindness field today.

Low Vision Council   The Low Vision Council (LVC) is an international group of manufacturers, practitioners, educators, agencies and associations working together to raise awareness of low vision rehabilitation among eye care providers, as well as visually impaired consumers and their caregivers.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)American Foundation for the Blind - A non-profit organization founded in 1921 and recognized as Helen Keller's cause in the United States, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public. The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)The Blinded Veterans Association - BVA is an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded veterans. Through our service programs, groups and benefits we hope to make life easier for blinded veterans and help by being there with encouragement and support.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)National Organization of Albinism and Hypopigmentation NOAH  NOAH is a U.S. based nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that offers information and support to people with albinism, their families and the professionals who work with them. NOAH is operated by its members on a volunteer basis and is funded primarily by dues and contributions of its members. NOAH has also received grants from foundations and organizations for specific projects. It has an excellent web site for information on a variety of subjects.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)National Association for Visually Handicapped - National Association for Visually Handicapped works with millions of people worldwide dealing with difficulties of vision impairment. This site is not just for the "HARD OF SEEINGŪ" but for those with family and friends that need everything from large print books to the latest on their particular condition. Health Care Professionals are welcome here as well.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)The Foundation Fighting Blindness, - In 1971, The Foundation Fighting Blindness was founded as the National Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, Inc., and our mission was to encourage research on RP, a little-known disease at that time. What our founders didn’t know was that the complexity of genetic causes would lead to the study of a wider range of blinding diseases with common causes — diseases such as macular degeneration and Usher's Syndrome. In 1994, our mission formally expanded, and our name changed to The Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Macular Degeneration Foundation Eyesight  - The Macular Degeneration Fondation arose out of the need of its founder, Ed Aleksandrovich, to learn as much as he could about macular degeneration after he was diagnosed with it. Initially, he set up the Macular Degeneration Foundation to make it easier for others to find such information. More recently, he developed the Retinal Ribbon in Visual Purple as a symbol of the unmet needs of people afflicted with macular degeneration and other retinal diseases which impair vision.


Condensered.gif (846 bytes)National Association for Parents of  the Visually Impaired (NAPVI) is a non-profit organization of, by and for parents committed to providing support to the parents of children who have visual impairments.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)National Industries for the Blind - National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is a private, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to create job opportunities for people who are blind. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, NIB accomplishes its mission by developing business opportunities in the federal, state, and commercial marketplaces for its 120 associated industries in 38 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)International Blind Sports Federation - The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) was founded in Paris in 1981. IBSA is one of the International Federations for the Disabled founders of de I.C.C (the International Coordinating Committee of the World Sports Organizations for Disabled Persons), substituted currently by the International Paralympic Committee (I.P.C.), maximum governing body at world level, of which it is a fully-fledged member. It is recognized both by the I.O.C. (International Olympic Committee), and by the World Blind Union.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)The Associated Blind - New York - The Associated Blind, Inc. is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian direct provider of human services for the blind, founded in 1938 by a group of blind men and women seeking to form an organization that would embody the hopes, interests and aspirations of the blind directly - an organization that would allow for self-respect and self-determination. 

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Community Services - Blind and Visually Impaired Seattle, WA  Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted is a private not-for-profit organization committed to helping visually impaired persons remain independent by providing programs, services, and information that make the world more accessible.

National Organization on General Disabilities

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)American Association of People with Disabilities - AAPD provides its members with a newsletter to keep them abreast of current news of interest to the disability community. That way you can stay on top of things as they happen. AAPD also offers a directory of assistive technology products and services, provided by Assistive Technology News, Arlington, Virginia.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)BLIND RELATED LINKS  Blind Links: Ron Marriages Excellent Listing of Blindness Related Links   


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