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Organizations and support

There are countless resources of information and services for the blindness community. These websites can link you to further advocacy and support organizations.

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

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.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

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.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

The BVA promotes the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.

International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS)

The International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) encourages and supports the establishment and maintenance of audio information services that provide access to printed information for individuals who cannot read conventional print because of blindness or any other visual, physical or learning disability.

National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB)

The mission of the NCSAB is to promote through advocacy, coordination, and education the delivery of specialized services that enable individuals who are blind and visually impaired to achieve personal and vocational independence.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

The purpose of the NFB is the complete integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. This involves the removal of legal, economic, and social discriminations; the education of the public to new concepts concerning blindness; and the achievement by all blind people of the right to exercise their individual talents and capacities.

National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

It is the mission of the National Industries for the Blind to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment.

National Library Services (NLS)

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, National Library Services administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)

The USABA enhances the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the organization provides athletic opportunities in various sports including, but not limited to track and field, nordic and alpine skiing, biathlon, judo, wrestling, swimming, tandem cycling, powerlifting and goalball.

VisionServe Alliance

The VisionServe Alliance engages leaders in building a better world through services to people with vision loss and acts as a unified resource in the field of services to people with blindness or visual impairment for advocacy, education, ethical management, professional growth and enhanced services.