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Eye Health Organizations Database

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American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
8630 Fenton St., Suite 121
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803
(301) 495-4403
(301) 495-4402--TTY
• Encourages independent living for individuals who are deaf-blind. Provides technical assistance to persons who are deaf-blind, families, educators, and service providers.

American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
(202) 467-5081
• Serves as a national clearinghouse on blindness issues for individuals, organizations, and institutions. Provides an information and referral service on blindness services, Federal legislation, administrative action, and rulemaking on national and state levels. Educates the public about blindness and the abilities of visually impaired people. Publishes the Braille Forum, a free monthly national magazine.

American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
(212) 502-7600
• Serves as a one-stop information and referral resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the people who work with them, and the general public. Conducts a wide variety of programs to support independent living, literacy, employment, and access to technology. Publishes professional materials for blindness and low vision. Offers consultation services to eye care, rehabilitation, and education professionals. Provides referrals to low vision centers. Advocates for legislative change.

American Optometric Association
243 N. Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141
• Represents optometrists in the United States. Optometrists are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the eye or vision. Provides brochures on eye problems for the lay public and professional materials on eye care delivery. Offers a Find a Doctor service on their website to help people locate optometrists. Coordinates InfantSEE, a public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies 6 months to 1 year. Member optometrists provide a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year. A service of the AOA in partnership with The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Locate a AOA participant on the InfantSEE website or by phone at (888) 396-3937.

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
• Promotes the independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. Products include Braille and large-print textbooks, Braille teaching tools, and talking books. Provides free subscriptions to Reader's Digest and Newsweek on disposable audiocassettes. Provides Reader's Digest in Braille.

Associated Services for the Blind
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600
• Offers personal adjustment to blindness training and orientation and mobility training. Provides materials in Braille. Offers computer training using adaptive devices.

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
1703 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 440
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 671-4500
• Includes educators, rehabilitators, administrators, orientation and mobility specialists, low vision therapists, parents, and houseparents of blind children; agencies, schools, and others interested in the education, guidance, vocational rehabilitation, or occupational placement of the blind and partially-sighted. Cooperates with colleges and universities in conferences and workshops. Presents awards, conducts certification programs, and maintains job exchange services. Works with state, provencial, and national governments on legislation affecting services to blind and visually impaired individuals.

Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases (ROPARD)
P.O. Box 250425
Franklin, MI 48025
• Dedicated to eliminating the problems of low vision and blindness in children caused by premature birth and retinal disease, by funding clinical research to understand, treat, and prevent retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and related retinal diseases. Funds innovative work on the development of new low vision devices, teaching techniques and services for children who are visually impaired and their families.

Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2694
(202) 371-8880
• Links veterans with services, rehabilitation training and other benefits, and helps them find jobs. Offers spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans a chance to continue their education through the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program.

Braille Circulating Library, Inc.
2700 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 359-3743
• Loans Braille materials, talking books, audiocassettes, and large print Christian materials.

BrightFocus Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
• BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. BrightFocus provides free educational materials to people affected by or interested in these diseases, empowering them to take action for themselves and others. Through a toll-free phone number, 1-800-437-2423, people can speak directly with a member of the information services staff, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm Eastern time, for answers to questions, support, and referrals.

Choice Magazine Listening
85 Channel Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516) 883-8280
• A free audio magazine anthology that offers the best of contemporary and unabridged magazine articles, stories, poems and interviews chosen by experienced editors and read by professional voices. Available to eligible persons in 4-track cassette and digital cartridge versions for play on the Library of Congress Talking Book Machines or as a DAISY digital download from

Christian Record Services for the Blind
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
(402) 488-0981
• Provides a lending library of books in Braille, large print materials, and cassette tapes. Provides referrals to local low vision specialists and support groups.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 1103
Washington, DC 20006
• Is dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss.

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International
2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
• Serves as an advocacy group for the visually impaired. Provides information on low vision technology. Offers scholarship. Publishes the CCLV News.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, CA 94915-1200
• Provides Guide Dogs and training in their use to visually impaired people throughout the United States and Canada. Services are free.

(The) Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-8111
• Promotes independence in blind and visually impaired people through distance education. Serves students in all 50 states and 100 countries. Program areas include Adult Continuing Education (ACE), High School (HS), Family Education (FE), and Professional Education. Course materials are delivered in Braille, large-print, audio, and online formats. Courses are free of charge in the ACE, HS, and FE program areas. A modest tuition is charged in the Hadley School for Professional Studies.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC)
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
(516) 944-8900
• Offers intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation training to individuals who are deaf-blind. Provides evaluation and training in communication skills, adaptive technology, orientation and mobility, independent living, work experience, and other support services.

Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind
U.S. Department of Education, OSERS
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-2800
1-800-437-0833 (TTY)
• Provides training in skills of routine daily living, travel, communication, provision of adaptive devices, low vision services, family and peer counseling, and community integration such as outreach and information and referral. Funded through Title VII, Chapter 2 of the Rehabilitation Act. Programs are available in every state and accessible through each state agency for the blind.

JBI International (est. as The Jewish Braille Institute)
110 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525
• Provides a circulating library of Talking Books, Braille and Large Print and a public education program. Offers some counseling and referrals to low vision care in the U.S.

(The) Jewish Guild Healthcare
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-6200
• Provides free audio library services to individuals with visual impairments by mail (1600 titles, primarily best sellers) and a national radio reading service broadcasting 7 days, 24 hours.

Learning Ally
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
• Provides free cassette tapes, textbooks for students, and materials needed for occupational pursuits.

Lighthouse International
111 E. 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 821-9200
• Lighthouse International is dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. Founded in 1905, and located in New York City, the Lighthouse furthers this mission through its synergy of services, research, education and advocacy. Direct services include: Low Vision Center, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, Child Development Center, Music School, Career and Academic Services, Assistive Technology Center and The Lighthouse Store.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471
(617) 972-7441
• Offers emotional support for parents of blind or visually impaired children. Provides information, training and assistance, and help in understanding and using available resources. Publishes Awareness, a quarterly newsletter.

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
345 N. Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361
• The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training in the area of deaf-blindness. NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness to identify the needs of children, their families and their education teams, to support, through information and technical assistance, the capacity of state and local agencies to meet those needs.

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
• Serves as the largest national network of families focusing on issues surrounding deaf blindness.

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
• With more than 50,000 members, 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 program encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind. The NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0744 (TDD)
• Provides free library service to individuals with visual impairments. Offers Braille and large print materials and recorded books and periodicals.

Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB)
1775 Church Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 234-1010
• Dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. Screens children for vision loss and strabismus and adults for glaucoma. Provides thousands of low-income and homeless persons with eyeglasses. Sponsors the Aging Eye Network, the Macular Degeneration Network and Stargardt's Network that provide public programs and support groups, and offers the Low Vision Learning Center for low vision rehabilitation.

Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation
44 South Broadway - 17th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
• Partners for Sight is dedicated to increasing the self-reliance and dignity of blind and visually impaired persons. Through our grant program, large print publishing business and the web-based low vision service, we are providing the tools and resources necessary for them to lead independent, productive lives. provides extensive self-help information on adapting everyday activities and locating helpful services and independent living resources -- for individuals with vision loss, their family members, and those who work with them. Offers a vast collection of free self-help information and materials to increase personal independence, options, and opportunities for those who are blind or have low vision.

Resources for Rehabilitation
22 Bonad Road
Winchester, MA 01890
• Offers training programs for public and professionals on coping with low vision. Publishes books and materials related to low vision including Living with Low Vision: A Resource Guide for People with Sight Loss.

P.O.Box 96
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547
(914) 528-5120
• Provides extensive self-help information on adapting everyday activities and locating helpful services and independent living resources -- for individuals with vision loss, their family members, and those who work with them. Offers a vast collection of free self-help information and materials to increase personal independence, options, and opportunities for those who are blind or have low vision.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
500 Greenwich Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013-1354
(212) 625-1616
• Offers free services to adults over age 55 and teens with severe vision problems. Services include self-help study kits, counseling, vision rehabilitations training, consumer workshops, and an information center. Provides volunteer and overnight camp services for blind and visually impaired adults and elders and parents of blind children.

Xavier Society for the Blind
154 E. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-4595
(212) 473-7800
• Serves as the National Catholic Press and Lending Library for the visually impaired. Provides materials in Braille, large print, audio CD and audio downloadable.

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