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Here are some locations where you can learn more about
blindness and visual impairment. These links are provided for reference only and the appearance on this page does not constitute any endorsement by Educational Vision Services or the New York City Department of Education. If you have any sites to recommend for this page, please email the information to EVS at
Infant and Preschool
Elementary through High School
Low Vision


Low Vision Service State University of New York College of Optometry (SUNY) - Offers complete evaluations and special testing including VEP's, ERG's, ultra sound and color vision analysis. Low vision aids are provided on loan for trial; on-site training provided.

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library - Branch of the New York Public Library, located at 40 West 20th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NYSCBVH) - Administers services to legally blind residents of New York State for the purpose of ameliorating the disability imposed by visual impairments and to enhance individual employability. Also offers vocational rehabilitation services and other services such as independent living skills and mobility training.
New York State Resource Center for Visually Impaired - The mission of the New York State Resource Center for Visually Impaired is to provide assistance to support students who are blind and visually impaired in achieving high standards of learning and independence. Includes Links to Other Useful Sites Relating to Visual Impairments.
photo of two girls reading braille, circa 1940
Two girls reading braille, circa 1940
The Jewish Guild for the Blind - Serves visually impaired/blind persons from infancy through extreme old age. The Guild School accepts students who are deaf-blind, emotionally disturbed or learning disabled. Provides programs for adult continuing education and vocational development.
Lighthouse International - An organization whose mission is to overcome vision impairment for people of all ages through worldwide leadership in rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy.
Helen Keller Services for the Blind - Provides services that enable persons of all ages who are visually impaired, blind or deaf-blind to lead as independent a life as possible.

VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired - A nonprofit agency that promotes the independence of people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People - Offers a range of challenging non-credit computer classes in a college environment for beginners and experienced users.
VICUG NYC - The Visually Impaired Computer Users' Group of New York City.

AER Online - Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) - Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) - A national nonprofit organization that provides textbooks and novels in a digital audio format to individuals that cannot access print in the standard way.

Learning Through Listening - Teach listening with a variety of downloadable lesson plans, strategies and activities and case stories. Teaching tools include lesson plans using poetry, music and stories and interactive activities. Brought to you by RFB&D and CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology).

The Royal National Institute for the Blind


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Infant and Preschool
Lighthouse International Child Development Center -Offers a center-based program with services that include parent-infant training, early intervention, preschool, a school-age program, and an integrated classroom. Age Requirements: 0-6 years.
Helen Keller Services for the Blind - Provides instruction in all developmental areas with home- and center-based services for infants who are visually and multiply impaired. Age Requirements: 0-5 years.
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Elementary through High School
The New York Institute for Special Education - An Educational Agency Established in 1831 serving students who are legally blind, emotionally disturbed, learning disabled and developmentally delayed preschoolers. Age Requirements: 5-18 years.

The Hadley School for the Blind - Promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for blind people and their families.

Perkins School for the Blind - Opened in 1832 as the first school for the blind in the United States. Committed to helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, or with multiple disabilities reach their greatest possible independence.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired - A Center for Educational Services for All Blind and Visually Impaired Students in Texas.

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American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) - Works to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives through specialized programs, advocacy, public education, research and information dissemination.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness - Works to find treatments and cures for blinding retinal degenerative diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and Usher syndrome.
The Glaucoma Foundation - Promotes and funds research into the causes of glaucoma and potential cures for the disease. Provides free literature and referrals to the public.
The National Eye Institute - A Governmental agency that provides information about vision research, funding information, grants and contracts.
National Eye Research Foundation (Optometry) - Promotes educational and informational services for doctors and the public.
photo of students listening to a book recorded on an LP, circa 1960s
Prevent Blindness America - Conducts a program of public and professional education, research and industrial and community services to prevent blindness.

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision - An agency working to prevent or alleviate the vocational, economic, and personal effects of blindness and severe visual impairment.

Students listening to a book
recorded on an LP, circa 1960s

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute Rehabilitation Engineering Center - Conducts rehabilitation engineering research and development of aids for orientation & mobility, low vision, vocational education, recreation and persons who are deaf-blind. Can provide expert consultation on specialized JobNet adaptations.

Trace Research & Development Center - Focuses on making off the shelf technologies and systems like computers, the Internet, and information kiosks more accessible for everyone through the process known as universal, or accessible design.

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American Council of the Blind (ACB) - Acts as a national information clearinghouse. Provides information and referral; legal assistance and representation, scholarships, leadership and legislative training.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) - Works to improve social and economic conditions of blind persons. Provides evaluations of present programs and assistance in establishing new ones. Grants scholarships to blind persons. 
National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) - Provides information on albinism and hypopigmentation. Also provides peer support and sponsors conferences on the subject  
National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH) - Works with millions of people worldwide dealing with difficulties of vision impairment.
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Included in this category are organizations and companies that carry a wide variety of products, including independent living, health care, recreational products, low vision devices and communication aids. Companies and links listed are not part of the New York City Department of Education, Educational Vision Services, and their listing does not imply endorsement and are for reference only.

American Printing House for The Blind (APH)
LS&S Group, Inc.
Maddak, Inc.
Independent Living Aids
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Low Vision
Examples of low vision products include high powered magnifiers, loupes, and lamps.
Dazor Manufacturing Corporation
Electronic Visual Aid Specialists
Eschenbach Optik of America
Innoventions, Inc.

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Examples of specialized hardware include video magnification systems, desktop and laptop computers, Braille displays, large print keycaps, Braille embossers and optical character recognition systems.

photo of vision specialist using state of the art computer equipment

Vision specialist using state
of the art computer equipment


Kurzweil Educational Systems
Freedom Scientific
Pulse Data HumanWare
ALVA Access Group
Sighted Electronics
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Specialized software products include large print and synthetic speech programs, Braille translation software, educational software and computer tutorial programs.
Ai Squared
ALVA Access Group
Don Johnston
Freedom Scientific
GW Micro
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ABLEDATA - A federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States

BLIST - The Comprehensive Index of Blindness-Related Emailing Lists

Blind Related Links - A collection of informative web sites
Blindness-Related Resources on the Web - A collection of sites for people with visually impairments
Empowerment Zone - Offers information, ideas and software related to the theme of empowerment -- helping individuals and communities achieve self actualization and full citizenship
FamilyConnect - For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
In the Blink of an Eye - A site dedicated to those with a visual disability
WonderBaby - Resources for Parents of Blind & Disabled Babies & Children
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