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Related Links and Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired

There are many organizations that complement PAB’s work in supporting and providing resources to those with vision impairment. We hope you’ll take a few moments to visit their websites and discover what they have to offer.

We have categorized these organizations in the following way.

Foundations & Associations for the Blind

American Council of the Blind – A national membership organization of blind people. There are state and local affiliates.

American Foundation for the Blind – provides valuable information on blindness and low vision. They also maintain a directory of services state-by-state to help you locate direct service agencies in your area.

American Macular Degeneration Foundation – provides the latest news, help and advice on how to cope with AMD.

Glaucoma Research Foundation – providing the latest information on living with glaucoma, treatment, and research.

National Eye Institute – part of the National Institutes of Health and provides the most comprehensive information available on eye diseases and current research.

The National Federation for the Blind – located in Baltimore, MD is one of the nation’s largest and most influential membership organizations of blind persons.

United States Association of Blind Athletes – The mission of the United States Association of Blind Athletes is to increase the number and quality of grassroots-through-competitive, world-class athletic opportunities for Americans who are blind or visually impaired.

Blinded Veterans Initiative -The Hadley School for the Blind is pleased to announce a new Blinded Veterans Initiative, officially unveiled on Veterans Day 2011. The goal of this new initiative is to educate and inspire blind or visually impaired veterans to pursue their personal and professional goals and help support their families. Visually impaired veterans, through Hadley’s Adult Continuing Education Program, and their family members, through the Family Education Program, can enroll in the school’s distance education courses tuition-free, thanks to the generous support of Goldman Sachs Gives.

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Preventive Resources

Pennsylvania Optometric Association is a partner with the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind. Together we work to prevent unnecessary vision loss in children and adults. This site contains a wealth of information for parents. Their VISION USA program helps people by providing basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to the many uninsured low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care. They operate InfantSEE®, a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, member optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no cost public health service.

Prevent Blindness America – a website providing information on prevention of blindness and eye safety.

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Educational Resources

Hadley School for the Blind – offering distance education courses free to eligible students. View parent/family programs and course catalogs at the site.

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

Overbrook School for the Blind, located in Philadelphia, PA – a school for blind children.

Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services – a Commonwealth agency that assists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities.

eSight Careers Network – providing practical employment tips and resources for blind individuals, including discussion groups and job postings.

VisionAWARE, a program of AWARE, is a self-help resource center with a wealth of information to promote independence and enhance quality of life for people who are blind or have low vision.

The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children – located in Pittsburgh, and is an educational facility committed to training visually impaired students with additional disabilities ages 3-21. The School also provides vital early intervention and outreach services to children and youth with visual impairment throughout Pennslyvania.

Emergency Preparedness – Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. They can pose a real challenge for the millions of Pennsylvanians who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. Planning ahead is the best way to keep you and your family safe. Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and the American Red Cross Susquehanna Valley will help you plan ahead.

Affordable Colleges Online’s “A Guide to Visual Disabilities” – Obtaining a college education is no easy task, but for students with visual disabilities, the path to completing a degree program is lined with unique challenges and barriers. The following guide explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.

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Support Resources

Association for the Education & Rehabilitation for the Blind & Visually Impaired – a membership organization representing the professionals who provide services in all phases of education and rehabilitation to the blind and visually impaired.

Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. – Provides assistance to those who face loss of sight due to the need for surgical treatment without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex or national origin provided they are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources and to provide funds for research in curing diseases of the eye.

Lighthouse International – providing up-to-date information on rehabilitation and the latest products for people who are visually impaired.

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) – website focuses on support for the parents of children who have visual impairments.

Pennsylvania Senior Centers – a resource site for Seniors, Families, and Friends for all Pennsylvania Senior Centers, Community Activities, Long Term Care and other useful links for Seniors. Search for your local Senior Center by county.

Emergency Preparedness – Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. They can pose a real challenge for the millions of Pennsylvanians who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. Planning ahead is the best way to keep you and your family safe. Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and the American Red Cross Susquehanna Valley will help you plan ahead.

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Product Resources for the Blind

AI Squared, Inc. – Manufactor of Zoom Text

American Printing House for the Blind – website is a resource for Braille and large print educational materials and products for visually impaired people.

Descriptive Video Service for Persons who are Blind – DVS® pioneered access to television for viewers who are blind or visually impaired. The service provides descriptive narration of key visual elements, which is then inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue to help low-vision viewers to better understand the story.

Financial Assistance to Purchase Adaptive Devices or Software

Freedom Scientific – maker of JAWS Software.

The Seeing Eye, Inc. is an organization in Morristown, New Jersey that provides seeing eye dogs for people with vision impairment.

UniqueSource – marketing products and services provided by persons with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

BlindRadio.com – Accessible internet radio directory.

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