Anyone living with blindness or visual impairments knows that a little help can go a long way.
Whether this means finding information on specific services, exploring accessibility regulations, getting advice on discrimination or anything else, being able to turn to experts can make life a little less challenging.
Below is a list of organizations committed to aid people affected by visual impairments and blindness.
Organization in the USA:
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
This is one of the oldest organizations in place to help people with blindness or vision impairments. Having been founded in 1921, the AFB is dedicated to helping create a more accessible world, with greater equality and understanding. Their priorities include education, employment, and services for older people.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Foundation Fighting Blindness was launched in 1971 and is known for undertaking research into treating diseases causing retinal degeneration (such as macular degeneration and Usher syndrome).
The non-profit group has made a lot of progress since it was founded and has raised hundreds of millions of dollars during that time.
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
This is one of the most well-known vision loss groups in the United States. Since it was established in 1961, the ACB has grown into a vast operation consisting of around 70 state chapters.
The ACB works to improve accessibility, ensure technology is usable by those with sight loss, help educators accommodate the needs of children and more.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
With its headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, the National Federation of the Blind is the United States’ biggest organization – led by those affected by blindness or visual impairments – with around 50,000 current members involved.
The National Federation of the Blind “knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future”. That’s an inspiring message that demonstrates the group’s commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone living with sight loss.
Lighthouse International has a long, rich history. Having been founded in 1905 by Winifred and Edith Holt, who helped to create new opportunities for those living with blindness or impaired vision. Today, the organization is leading the fight against vision loss through prevention, treatment, and empowerment.
Paving the Way for Better Accessibility
If you or a loved one are affected by vision impairments or blindness, the organizations and associations explored above can be a big help in improving different areas of life. Their ongoing work is helping to drive improvements, including drawing attention to accessibility.
At RightHear, we’re committed to making life easier for people through our indoor orientation solution. This smartphone app works in conjunction with sensors installed in structures of all types and sizes. You’ll receive audio information and directions to make finding your way simpler, all through your phone.
Businesses and organizations have a responsibility to ensure that their properties are welcoming to people regardless of disabilities. Leveraging cutting-edge technology is vital to help build a more understanding, accessible world, and we’re proud to be involved with this powerful mission.