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Blind

American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street
NW, Suite 1004,
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 1.202.467.5081
Toll Free: 1.800.424.8666
Fax: 1.202.467.5085
The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 1.212.)502.7600
Toll Free: 1.800.AFB-LINE or 1.800.232.5463
Fax: 1.212.502.7777
E-mail: afbinfo@afb.net
The American Foundation for the Blind is dedicated to addressing the critical issues of literacy, independent living, employment, and access through technology for the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired.

Blindness Resource Center
The New York Institute for Special Education
999 Pelham Parkway
Bronx, New York 10469 USA
Phone: 1.718.519.7000 Ext. 315
Fax: 1.718.231.9314
Email: 112213.2114@compuserve.com
Links include a wealth of vision-related organizations, as well as selected service providers experienced in dealing with general eye health problems and with particular conditions. This site is exceptionally well formatted for the low-vision user.

National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, Maryland
Phone: 1.410.659.9314
Email: nfb@nfb.org
The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, Job Opportunities for the Blind, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.

Prevent Blindness America
Toll Free: 1.800.331.2020
Email: info@preventblindness.org
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America® is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.

Cataract

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS/)
Email: ascrs@ascrs.org
American Soc. of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Soc. of Ophthalmic Administrators offer patient info on refractive eye surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

The Diabetic Retinopathy Foundation
350 North LaSalle
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60610
Our goal is to educate the public about the causes of Diabetic Retinopathy and disseminate information concerning its prevention. "The Foundation" presents the following information concerning the growing threat to diabetics. We intend to contribute to the understanding of everything from related terminology of eye structures to studies on reducing the risk of threats to diabetics' vision.

General

Helen Keller International
Helen Keller International is organized into four program groups -- nutrition, onchocerciasis control, eye health (trachoma, cataract, and primary eye care), and training and community organizations

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02471
Phone: 1.617.972.7441
Toll Free: 1.800.562.6265
Fax: 1.617.972.7444
NAPVI is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. NAPVI provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping children reach their potential.

National Association for Visually Handicapped NAVH
22 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 1.212.889.3141
Fax: 1.212.727.2931
Email: staff@navh.org
National Association for Visually Handicapped works with millions of people worldwide dealing with difficulties of vision impairment. This site is not just for the "HARD OF SEEING®" but for those with family and friends that need everything from large print books to the latest on their particular condition. Health Care Professionals are welcome here as well.

Glaucoma

The Glaucoma Foundation
The Foundation is an internationl not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting glaucoma, the world's leading preventable cause of blindness.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 9752
San Jose, CA 95157
Phone: 1.408.996.7989
Toll Free: 1.888.MDF.EYES or 1.888.633.3937
Email: ed@eyesight.org
Macular Degeneration Foundation (MDF) was founded as a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable medical research and educational foundation dedicated to: 1] Financing medical research dedicated to discovering the cause and cure for macular degeneration 2] Educating patients, professionals and the public at risk for macular degeneration about the latest and best preventative and therapeutic modalities.

Refractive Surgery

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS/)
Email: ascrs@ascrs.org
American Soc. of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Soc. of Ophthalmic Administrators offer patient info on refractive eye surgery.

International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
1180 Springs Centre South Blvd.
Suite 116
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Phone: 1.407.786.7446
Fax: 1.407.786.7447
Email: Public@ISRS.org
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