Helpful Resources for Blindness & Low Vision

The VisualTech Connection resources

I’ve made a list of all of my favorite low vision resources so you can learn right along with us. While some of these resources have a more local focus, others strive to assist the visually impaired across the United States.

No matter what their focus is though, all of these sites provide great information about the causes of low vision, how you can learn more, and where to find the best in products and services.

National Resources

  • National Federation for the Blind – With offices in all 50 states, including Puerto Rico, the National Federation for the Blind is the country’s largest organization for the blind. Since 2004 they have been helping the blind get ready for a variety of careers and conducting research at the Jernigan Institute. The Jernigan Institute is located in Baltimore and is operated by the blind as well. Visit this site to learn more about blindness or visit the National Federation for the Blind’s New York office in New York City.
  • The United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs – Whether you are a veteran or not, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides great information about low vision and blindness. They maintain a list of eye care providers that serve veterans for little or no charge, and also provide veterans with an informational page about the different kinds of low vision equipment that is available to them.
  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness – If you are looking to keep up to date about recent research and news relating to blindness, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is a great resource. Primarily a research organization, the foundation is headquartered in Maryland, but has regional offices in Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem. They can refer you to a local optometrist and you can connect with others suffering from low vision across the country on their message boards.

 

Ohio Resources

  • American Macular Degeneration Foundation – Visit the American Macular Degeneration Foundation for a complete list of doctors and agencies.
  • Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – The mission is to empower people of Greater Cincinnati who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence. We do this by surrounding our clients with the most caring people and helpful services to build a plan based on their needs.
  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities – The Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) provides individuals, with low vision and blindness, services and supports necessary to help them attain and maintain employment.  Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are customized for each individual through assessments and one-on-one meetings with professional VR counselors.
  • The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio – The Sight Center offers a unique blend of programs and services that can help people of all ages work, learn, play, and live independently with permanent vision loss.
  • United Disability Low Vision Services – While people with disabilities have more choices than ever before, United Disability Services wants to be your first choice and partner in providing the support individuals need to live life to the fullest. UDS successfully serves individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities – from the mildest to the most severe.