Organizations For Low Vision

There are a number of organizations, both nationally and locally, for people with low vision. They can provide you with information and support in your area.  We have organized them into the following locations:

 

National (United States)

East Coast (United States)

  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • SUNY State College of Optometry (New York)
  • The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (A.V.R.E.) - Assists people who have a vision disability enhance life quality through attaining or maintaining personal and economic independence, and to help remove obstacles imposed by vision disabilities.  A.V.R.E. works with individuals who live in the New York counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins, as well as the Pennsylvania counties of Bradford, Susquehanna, and Tioga.
  • Bascom-Palmer (University of Miami) - The Low Vision Clinic provides specialized services designed to improve the visual function of patients whose sight has been impaired because of a vision disorder. Training is provided in the use of optical, electronic and non-optical low vision aids to improve patients’ utilization of their existing vision. The Low Vision clinic also offers referrals to counseling and rehabilitation services.
  • Johns Hopkins Low Vision Service - A multidisciplinary team of doctors, social workers, and rehabilitation specialists works closely with the patient, family, the referring doctor and services in the patient’s community to provide low vision evaluation, technology and care.
  • Jewish Guild for the Blind - Assists visually impaired, blind and multidisabled people of all ages through a wide range of programs designed to support and enhance physical, emotional and intellectual functioning. Non-sectarian.
  • Prevention of Blindness Society (Washington D.C.) - Operates the Macular Degeneration Network–an organization of persons who have macular degeneration and need help in reaching community resources so they may live as independently as possible. Offers monthly lectures, share groups, and a free newsletter.
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (Washington D.C. & Riverdale, MD) - Low vision rehabilitation services, training, resources, store.
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind - This statewide organization provides a wide variety of services for the visually impaired, including support groups, training, inhouse services and referrals to other resources.
  • Somerset County Blind Center (Pennsylvania) - Provides a variety of services to blind and visually impaired clients throughout Somerset County. The reading service, the Central PA Radio Reader reaches a potential audience of over 20,000 blind persons spread throughout an 18-county region. Preschool and adult vision screenings and other prevention of blindness activities.
  • Lighthouse International (New York) - Low vision rehabilitation, training, resources, store.
  • Westchester Low Vision (New York)
  • Pittsburgh Vision Services (Pennsylvania) - A wide range of services, including low vision rehabilitation, are provided at two locations.
  • Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Low Vision Service of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Office for the Blind
  • Southern College of Optometry (Tennessee)
  • Carroll Center for the Blind (Massachusetts) - The Senior Center offers low vision evaluation and training.

Southern (United States)

Midwest (United States)

West Coast (United States)

  • Low Vision Council (Fullerton, CA) - provides financial support for low vision exams and devices.
  • Southern California College of Optometry(Fullerton, CA & Los Angeles, CA) - provides low vision devices and training.
  • Braille Institute (Southern CA) - A leader in services to blind and visually impaired for more than 80 years.
  • Center for the Partially Sighted (Los Angeles, CA)- Helps visually impaired people of all ages enhance remaining sight in order to function independently.
  • Western University College of Optometry (Pomona, CA) – Comprehensive optometric eye care and low vision rehabilitation.
  • Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Palo Alto, CA) - Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the primary resource in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties for those with severe loss of vision. PCBVI enables clients to achieve their highest potential through programs that promote independence and improve quality of life.
  • Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco, CA) - The mission of the LightHouse is to promote the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind/visually impaired through rehabilitation training and relevant services, such as access to employment, education, government, information, recreation, transportation, and the environment.
  • University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted (Seattle, WA) - Works with individuals, families, and the community to restore, maintain and enhance the independence and well-being of people with impaired vision.
  • Casey Eye Institute (Portland, OR) - Our goal is to help each person remain independent as well as to provide ongoing support. We do this by recommending and dispensing visual aids, referring to community resources, and providing support services to the patient and family members.
  • Las Vegas Low Vision Services - We train patients in the use of tools and techniques, as well as provide resources that help compensate for vision loss.