This list is not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers, or distributors, nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology distributes information about eye diseases and treatments, eye health news, and tips for good eye health.
American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals and publishes a magazine, “The ACB Braille Forum,” every other month, which is available in braille, large print, digital cartridge, podcast, and e-mail, and online.
American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) publishes “Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness,” a peer-reviewed journal that includes information and original research, and publishes “AccessWorld®” magazine monthly, which contains a wide variety of information, including commentary, news blasts, product reviews, and trends in information technology and visual impairment.
American Optometric Association
1505 Prince St., Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314-2874
Phone: (703) 739-9200
Fax: (703) 739-9497
To send an email, visit https://www.aoa.org/about-the-aoa/contact?sso=y
The American Optometric Association (AOA) publishes “Week in Focus,” a weekly newsletter detailing professional and organizational news about eye health.
The BrightFocus Foundation funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The BrightFocus Foundation also provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative actions, available treatments, and coping strategies.
Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)
CCLVI is an international advocacy organization that works to establish the rights of persons with low vision, educates the general public about visual impairments and blindness, and promotes research on blindness prevention and sight utilization. CCLVI publishes Vision Access, a newsletter, bimonthly. CCLVI offers three scholarships annually through its Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program to students with low vision.
Eye Bank Association of America
The Eye Bank Association of American (EBAA) obtains, medically evaluates, and distributes ocular tissue for transplant, research, and education. To locate an eye bank, visit https://restoresight.org/find-an-eye-bank/.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Foundation Fighting Blindness offers many low vision resources, including links to assistive technology products, financial assistance for both students and non-students, suppliers of accessible reading materials, and suppliers of low vision devices. For those with inherited retinal disease, Foundation Fighting Blindness offers a list of doctors who specialize in this area.
Glaucoma Research Foundation
The Glaucoma Research Foundation offers a free 40-page booklet about glaucoma. The organization also publishes a blog and a free newsletter containing information about care, treatment, and research findings.
The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The Hadley Institute provides practical help, connection, and support free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, their families, and the professionals supporting them. Hadley offers workshops (quick, practical advice from experts), audio podcasts, and discussion groups. Visitors to the Hadley website can learn about daily living with vision loss, adjusting to vision loss, recreating with vision loss, technology use with vision loss, and working with vision loss. Additionally, Hadley offers Braille lessons either online or via mail.
IFB Solutions Community Low Vision Centers
Little Rock, AR Facility:
6818 Murray St.
Little Rock, AR 72209
Phone: (501) 562-2222
Fax: (501) 568-5275
Asheville, NC Facility:
240 Sardis Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 667-9778
Fax: (828) 667-9771
Winston-Salem, NC Facility:
7730 North Point Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 759-0551 or (800) 242-7726
Fax: (336) 759-0990
Contact: Ksenia Richards
IFB Solutions provides opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired in need of training, employment, and services. In addition to the products that IFB Solutions manufactures and sells, IFB Solutions also provides community programming, including summer camps.
The Lighthouse Guild offers healthcare services to meet healthcare needs, support services to share the skills necessary to live an independent life, and training services that include educational resources and assistive technology training for blind or low vision individuals. The Lighthouse Guild sends a monthly newsletter via email containing the latest updates in vision and health, and produces a podcast with similar information.
MD Support offers free information and personal assistance for people dealing with macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases. MD Support has a search engine to identify a support group in your area and also offers TeleSupport for those who cannot access live support groups or the Internet.
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) increases awareness of myasthenia gravis, supports those living with myasthenia gravis, and creates connections within the myasthenia gravis community. On the MGFA website, one can identify local support groups and doctors and read about the latest clinical research and discoveries. Information about treatments and related disorders is also available.
National Eye Institute
The National Eye Institute is a division of the National Institutes of Health. It collects and distributes information on prevention, detection, and treatment of eye disorders. Outreach materials about eye health are available. Information regarding vision research and clinical trials and how to enroll is also available on the National Eye Institute website.
National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
The National Library Service (NLS) circulates books and magazines in Braille or audio formats that are either instantly downloadable to a personal device or delivered by mail. Both of these services are free of charge. NLS also provides the iBill Currency Reader free of charge to those who are blind or visually impaired.
National Organization for Rare Disorders
1900 Crown Colony Dr., Suite 310
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 1-800-999-6673 or 1-844-259-7178 for Spanish
Fax: (617) 249-7301
To send email, visit https://rarediseases.org/contact-us/.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a patient advocacy organization that is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services. NORD offers information about rare disorders, the clinical trials and research studies investigating treatments for these disorders, and financial assistance programs for aid in obtaining treatment.
Prevent Blindness provides sight-saving programs and services nationwide. Prevent Blindness offers information regarding eye diseases and conditions, learning and educational resources about vision health, and information specific to the health of children’s vision.
Research to Prevent Blindness
Research to Prevent Blindness offers information on a number of different ocular diseases, in addition to tests to check color blindness, macular degeneration, and visual acuity.
AdaptiVision offers products that promote independence for people who have low or no vision. Products include low vision magnifiers, wearable devices, text-to-speech devices, software, and lighting products. AdaptiVision offers free shipping to any location in the United States.
15301 Springdale St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Phone: (714) 465-3400 or (888) 811-3161
Fax: (714) 465-3401
To send an email, visit https://www.enhancedvision.com/contact-us.html.
Enhanced Vision has an extensive line of low vision aids and electronic magnifiers. Call to learn which product will work best for you.
Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc.
Eschenbach is a leading manufacturer of high-quality magnification and vision-enhancing products that help those with vision loss improve their independence, safety, productivity and quality of life. Available through eye care and vision rehabilitation professionals, our extensive product line includes video magnifiers (both portable and desktop), optical magnifiers (handheld, stand & spectacle), telescopes & monoculars, contrast-enhancing eyewear and task lighting.
EZ2See Products exclusively sells a large print calendar, high-contrast sticky note pads, and bold no-bleed pens.
HumanWare sells magnifiers, Braille devices, audio assistants, orientation and mobility aids, embossers, coding, and accessories.
Independent Living Aids
Independent Living Aids sells products related to low vision and blindness, healthcare, daily living aids, mobility, durable medical equipment, assistive technology, and hearing.
LS&S specializes in products for the blind, visually impaired, deaf, and hard of hearing. LS&S sells low vision aids, hearing helpers, and daily living aids. Catalogs of all of the available products are also available upon request.
Magnifiers.com sells spectacles, magnifiers, sunglasses, telescopes and binoculars, lighting, video magnifiers, and other products. Call Magnifiers.com for a personalized product recommendation.
Magnifying Aids sells magnifiers, reading glasses, sunglasses, living aids, reading machines, video magnifiers, workstations, computer aids, software, Braille aids, hearing aids, medical aids, canes, mobility aids, and youth rehab supplies.
Magnifying American provides assistive technology for the visually impaired. Products include video magnification, portable digital magnifiers, stand and handheld magnification, binoculars, and other devices.
Mattingly Low Vision, Inc.
135 Rio West Dr., Bldg. B
El Paso, TX 79932
Toll-free: 1-888-642-0842 x 1
Phone: (915) 585-2558
Toll-free fax: 1-866-958-8777
Fax: (915) 779-9933
Email: [email protected]
Sells a variety of magnifiers, from handheld to illuminated and dome, as well as video magnifiers, monoculars, lamps and lighting, and a variety of other products from Walters Low Vision, Magna Brite, and Big Eye Lamps.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
To place an order, call 1-800-522-6294.
For information, call (631) 752-0521.
Fax: (631) 752-0689
Email: [email protected]
Maxi-Aids offers low vision products and tools for the blind, hearing products and devices for the deaf, mobility devices, home health care aids, accessible household products, computers and technology gadgets, electronic video magnifiers, canes for the blind, and watches. Maxi-Aids offers free domestic shipping on all web orders.
RehabMart is owned and operated by occupational and physical therapists. In addition to numerous other medical supplies and equipment, RehabMart sells vision-impaired tools and devices, independent living aids, and diabetic supplies.
Resources for Rehabilitation
22 Bonad Rd.
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: (781) 368-9080
Fax: (781) 368-9096
Email: [email protected]
Resources for Rehabilitation publishes a variety of guides about how to live with disabilities. Titles include “Living with Low Vision: A Resource Guide for People with Sight Loss,” “The Mental Health Resource Guide,” “Resources for People with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions,” and guides to coping with disabilities for both women and men.
Universal Vision Technology
Universal Vision Technology sells assistive technology for blind and low vision individuals, in addition to those living with other disabilities. Products include digital desktop magnifiers, portable electronic video magnifiers, handheld video magnifiers, pocket-size video magnifiers, and Braille displays.
Vision Forward sells large print calendars, electronic magnifiers, portable magnifiers, handheld magnifiers, and even a large cribbage board. Contact Vision Forward to speak with an assistive technology specialist, who will help find the right technology, training, and care solution.