Organizations for the Blind or Limited or Low Vision
American Foundation for the Blind Our Mission: The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. Our Vision: AFB envisions a world where people with vision loss have equal access and opportunities.
Braille Institute The Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. They offer a variety of Free Programs, Classes and Services at five Centers and 220 Community Outreach locations throughout Southern California. Each year the Braille Institute serves more than 75,000 people. They provide an environment of hope and encouragement through integrated educational, social, and recreational programs and through thier services, classes, and seminars.
Their rich History dates back nearly a century. They are funded almost entirely through private, individual and foundation sources. Generous Donors and dedicated efforts by more than 4,000 Volunteers enable staff to provide training, programs and services without charge. Their award-winning Library features more than one million volumes in audio, large-print and braille formats. For those whose vision has diminished to the point where reading print is difficult, audio books are the perfect solution.
"... My husband became a patron of Braille Institute's library services and enjoyed their talking books immensely. The books gave him great pleasure and allowed him to continue to feel connected to literature." — Marjorie Roberts, Donor.
For more information call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PST).
California Council of the Blind Since 1934, the mission of the California Council of the Blind (CCB) is to gain full independence and equality of opportunity for all blind and visually impaired Californians. CCB is a non-profit tax-exempt organization composed primarily of Californians who are blind or have low vision. They reflect the diversity of California.
National Federation for the Blind The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day they raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
National Institute for the Blind Mission: For more than 75 years, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has focused on enhancing the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its network of 94 associated nonprofit agencies nationwide serve as the largest employer of people who are blind through the sale of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services provided by the AbilityOne® Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act.
Despite continued gains in employment, people who are blind remain one of the nation's greatest untapped labor resources. In fact, 70 percent of working-age Americans who are blind are not employed. This statistic fuels NIB's mission to create, sustain and improve employment opportunities for people who are blind.
Today, NIB is not only focused on creating jobs - but on developing careers through challenging, knowledge-based positions in high-energy, quality work environments. NIB works with 94 associated nonprofit agencies based in 37 states at more than 250 locations across the United States and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, offering a wide range of career opportunities with no boundaries. NIB mentors and supports its agencies through business development, program management, and marketing and sales.
Project STARFISH Project Starfish creates employable blind people. 80% of blind/visually impaired people are unemployed. We are trying to include them with mainstream businesses to experience real work and become employable. But we do much, much more than that.
San Diego Center for the Blind The mission of the San Diego Center for the Blind (SDCB) is to help any adult with blindness or vision impairment to reach their highest level of independence. This is achieved by offering psychological counseling, training and rehabilitation, and community education and outreach programs. SDCB's commitment to ensuring the emotional well-being of the visually impaired has become a nationwide model for service delivery, as well as becoming an international model for designing an accessible facility.