In alphabetical order, here’s a starter list of organizations providing info on visual impairments, including blindness. Explore the sites below and the wealth of material they offer to families, services providers, and educators. We also include helpful resources and accessible materials for those with visual impairments.

Organizations to Consult

American Council of the Blind 800.424.8666 | http://www.acb.org

American Foundation for the Blind Find services in your state right on the home page.800.232.5463 | http://www.afb.org

American Printing House for the Blind 800.223.1839 | http://www.aph.org/

Association for Macular Diseases http://www.macula.org/

Family Connect

Foundation Fighting Blindness Find your state chapter right on the home page. 800.683.5555
http://www.blindness.org/

Lighthouse International 800.829.0500 |

National Braille Association http://www.nationalbraille.org/

National Braille Press 888.965.8965 | http://www.nbp.org

National Federation of the Blind http://www.nfb.org/

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/nls/

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Prevent Blindness America 800.331.2020 | http://www.preventblindness.org

Accessible Materials
Bookshare | For those with print disabilities, including visual impairments or blindness. Offers free membership to qualified U.S. students and schools, and makes more than 169,000 titles available digitally. https://www.bookshare.org/

Learning Ally | For those cannot read standard print. Offers more than 75,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles for download. Formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.800.221.4792 | http://www.learningally.org/

LOUIS | Database of info on more than 386,000 titles in accessible formats, including braille, large print, sound recording, and electronic files. http://louis.aph.org

NationalCenter on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) | Excellent info for educators and families on getting AIM for students with visual impairments, blindness, or other print disabilities. http://aim.cast.org/

Other Helpful Resources

Resources for Living | Entire section of NFB’s website that includes state and local connections for areas of life such as: aids and appliances, Braille, closed circuit TVs, guide dog schools, low vision, and technology. http://www.nfb.org/living

Education for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment | Entire section of Perkins School for the Blind’s website. http://www.perkins.org/resources/scout/education/

Are You the Parent of a Blind Child? http://www.acb.org/node/392

Educator’s Guide to Getting Accessible Materials for Your Students
http://aim.cast.org/learn/aim4families/school/accessible_textbooks