Centers for the blind

Thanks for those of you who shared their comments with me about my latest post about the daily living skills even if they didn’t write directly here. So what types of services do those centers offer? How can a blind person join those centers? Are they paid services?
It may be a good idea if we try to list some of those centers and organizations in one place so that it becomes somehow faster to find and recognize them.

The Light House International
A leading international organization in rehabilitation and combating vision loss.
Perkins School for the Blind
A friend of mine joined their program and she found it very useful. Perkins school also is well-known for its equipments for the blind.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
A nationally famous organization for serving the blind all over the states.
Carroll Center For The Blind
The Carroll Center’s Rehabilitation Services Department provides center-based rehabilitation to blind and visually impaired clients ages 15 to 90+.
COLORADO CENTER for the BLIND
One of my friends is attending this center at the time of writing this post; he speaks a lot about the high quality of the program.
National Federation for the Blind
A very great advocate for you if you have any legal issues. They also hold conferences, siminars, and workshops tackling blindness issues.
RNIB
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the leading charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people with sight loss.
Vision Australia
The aim of Vision Australia is to empower the blind individuals in order to create a successful partnership between the blind individuals and the whole society.

It is just an introductory list for the different centers or organizations that serve blind people in the states and other countries. Please feel free to let me know if you wish to add another one here so that all of us can benefit from the services available to us.

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2 thoughts on “Centers for the blind

  1. Hi Shaimaa,

    Many thanks for sharing that information, I’d like to add The Hadley School for the Blind

    http://“www.hadley.edu

    It is a Nonprofit international distance education school. Ninety tuition-free courses for blind adults and family members of blind children and adults.

    I join some of their seminars and find them very useful.

  2. If the person is a veteran and lives in the states, he or she can go to Veterans Administration (VA) and take courses with the blind rehabilitation center. They have about 12 of them across the country and they teach people who are newly blind how to handle their average daily living skills such as doing laundry, safety in the kitchen and orientation and mobility. They not only teach this but they also equip them with things to help maintain their independence like money readers, utensils for the kitchen, color identifiers, document scanners, a Victor streamer and a GPS tracker to navigate the city-you name it! I also believe that they have a program for guide dogs if a person is interested in that too!

    If the person has significant health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. – no worries! They have a nursing staff on-site and if the person is having a hard time dealing with terrible vision or blindness, there is also a therapist on-site that they can talk to.

    I know this because my father took classes at the VA and it made a huge difference in regards to his attitude towards blindness and to help him to do more of what he used to do. As much as I tried to help him through this time, I was not enough and I can honestly say that I don’t know what we would’ve done without their help.

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