Instructional Support

National Visual Impairment Websites

American Council of the Blind
Promotes effective participation of blind people in all aspects of society. Provides information and referral, legal assistance, scholarships, advocacy, consultation, and program development assistance. Affiliated groups include the Council of Families with Visual Impairments. Publishes The Braille Forum. Offers a parent support group as well as chapters throughout the country that are open to any blind or visually impaired youths, adults, and their family members.
American Foundation for the Blind
Provides services to and acts as an information clearinghouse for people who are blind or visually impaired and their families, professionals, organizations, schools, and corporations. Mounts program initiatives to improve services to visually impaired persons, including the National Initiative on Literacy; advocates for services and legislation; maintains the M.C. Migel Library and Information Center and the Helen Keller Archives; provides information and referral services; operates the National Technology Center and the Career and Technology Information Bank; produces videos; and publishes books, pamphlets, the Directory of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Persons in the United States and Canada, the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, and Access World.
The American Printing House for the Blind
Produces materials in Braille and large print and on audiocassette; manufactures computer-access equipment, software, and special education devices for persons who are visually impaired; and maintains an educational research and development program and reference-catalog service. Provides educational materials and tools for young people and adults with visual impairments.
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
The mission of AER is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.
Blind-Babies Foundation
Provides home-based services that enable families, professionals, and the broader community to meet the unique needs of infants and preschool children who are blind or visually impaired, including early intervention, functional vision and developmental assessment, information, referral, and consultation. Also provides counseling information to medical professionals and others regarding individual children, referrals, and in-service training for professionals.
Blind Childrens Center
Provides family support services, parent support groups, advocacy training, and other services. Publishes numerous publications for families and professionals.
Council for Exceptional Children
Acts as a professional organization for individuals serving children with disabilities and children who are gifted. Primary activities include advocating for appropriate government policies; setting professional standards; providing continuing professional development; and helping professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. Publishes numerous related materials, journals and newsletters.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
Hadley School for the Blind
Provides tuition-free home studies in academic subjects as well as vocational and technical areas, personal enrichment, parent-child issues, and compensatory rehabilitation education. Also offers courses for parents and family members of blind individuals.
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Provides diagnostic evaluations, comprehensive vocational and personal adjustment training, and job preparation and placement for people from every state and territory who are deaf-blind through its national center and 10 regional offices. Provides technical assistance and training to those who work with deaf-blind people. Publishes Nat-Cent News.
Institute for Families of Blind Children
Provides consultation and therapy for parents, siblings, and extended family members of children who are blind or visually impaired; refers parents and physicians to organizations specializing in meeting the needs of children with visual problems; writes and publishes journal articles, booklets, and newsletters; and produces videotapes. Publishes Parent to Parent.
Lighthouse for the Blind
Founded in New York City in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to preserving vision and to providing critically needed vision and rehabilitation services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. Through clinical services, education, research, and advocacy, the Lighthouse enables people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent and productive lives.
National Association for the Visually Handicapped
The NAVH mission is to foster self-esteem, independence and dignity by providing the hard of seeing with services, visual aids and the knowledge that their impaired vision need not prevent them from leading normal lives, and to provide them with guidance and information about available assistance that will enable them to fully participate in society.
Whether it has been setting standards for large print books, helping to provide large print options for school children and adults, educating the medical community about low vision, offering educational materials and support services to families of and individuals with low vision, or providing consultation and visual aids to the hard of seeing, NAVH has helped improve the lives of thousands of individuals throughout the country.
National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Provides support to parents and families and youths who have visual impairments. Operates a national clearinghouse for information, education, and referral. Publishes a newsletter: Awareness.
National Family Association for Deaf-Blind, c/o Helen Keller National Center
Provides a support network for families of children, youths, and adults who are deaf-blind. Encourages and supports parent leadership, interagency partnerships, training, advocacy, and representation in national and state projects serving individuals who are deaf-blind. Publishes NFADB Newsletter.
National Federation of the Blind
Strives to improve social and economic conditions of blind persons, evaluates and assists in establishing programs, and provides public education and scholarships. Affiliated groups include the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. Offers a parent support group as well chapters throughout the country that are open to any blind or visually impaired youths, adults and their family members. Publishes The Braille Monitor and Future Reflections.
National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped So that all may read, through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials. These services are circulated to blind, low vision or physically handicapped borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
The Division on Visual Impairments promotes national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, services, increase the participation of education in the area of visual impairment goals and to influence policies affecting services for persons with visual impairments.
This center provides information to the nation on: disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and
research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.
Information is provided on disabilities, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and retirement.
Current information is given on laws and federal activities impacting education.