Blind and Visually Impaired Resources
American Council of the Blind
National Federation of the Blind
"It's important to note the language 'of the blind' was formed on the basis that people who are blind should represent themselves and speak for themselves." The previous two organizations were formed and are lead by people who are blind.
American Foundation for the Blind
www.afb.org Probably the first comprehensive agency to try to develop educational materials to help people who are blind and the people in their lives.
Lighthouse.org Since 1905, Lighthouse International has led the charge in the fight against vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.
Aids and Appliances
Blind Mice Mega Mall
Independent Living aids
www.maxiaids.com Products for independent living, including a large selection of aids for those with low-vision and who are blind.
Bookshare is an organization that depends on volunteers to scan and upload books that through the same exception to the copyright laws that allows NLS, we can download and read either though digital speech or Braille. People can also buy print books and send them to Bookshare where volunteers will scan them. Some major publishers also send clean digital copies of their books to Bookshare. There are thousands of books not available anywhere else, because it's all based on what people choose to scan and upload.
www.learningally.org A site primarily for student textbooks, especially college students.
National Braille Press
www.nbp.org Books in either paper Braille or digital Braille files. Most books are for kids, but technology-related, cookbooks and books of poetry are available for adults.
National Library service for the Blind
www.loc.gov/nls NLS began in the 1930s with professional narrators who read books, first recorded on records, then cassettes and currently to digital downloads. The service is free and only requires verification of a print disability for a person to qualify.
Guide dog training:
Guide dogs for the Blind