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June 2002 (links and descriptive information updated 4/2017)

The following is a sample list of web resources compiled for the AFB Solutions Forum. Some web addresses may change after publication of this tool kit.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Founded in 1921, the American Foundation for Blind has spent nearly a century ensuring that individuals who are blind or visually impaired have access to the information, technology, education, and legal resources they need to live independent and productive lives. From our earliest days, AFB amplifies the voices of people with vision loss, and have been the engine of advancement and opportunity for every person affected by blindness or vision loss.

Headquartered in New York City, AFB maintains offices in Chicago and Dallas, a National Literacy Center in Atlanta, a National Employment Center in San Francisco, a governmental relations office in Washington, DC, and a Technology and Employment Center in Huntington, WV.

AFB offers:

  • Objective, comprehensive accessibility evaluation of mainstream and specialized technological products
  • Esther's Place- A fully furnished model home filled with simple adaptations and products designed to make daily life more manageable (Dallas, TX)
  • eLearning Center covering topics like technology, education, Orientation and Mobility, aging, employment and rehabilitation
  • Professional development opportunities
  • The Public Policy Center collaborates with policy makers in Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure Americans with vision loss have equal rights and opportunities to fully participate in society (Washington D.C.)

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Provides media, tools and materials needed for education and independence for blind and visually impaired persons. Services include: Creating publications in accessible formats, the development and manufacture of educational and independent living products, product training and support, the LOUIS database, and product training seminars.

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

Promotes professional excellence through support of those who provide services to people with visual impairments. Services include: Continuing education opportunities for professionals, monthly publication of jobs, keeping membership informed about news in the field of education and rehabilitation.

Association of American Publishers (AAP)

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents nearly four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning, education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. AAP represents the publishing industry’s legislative, regulatory, and trade priorities regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include copyright and related intellectual property rights, piracy and enforcement strategies, digital growth and related business models, funding for education and libraries, fair tax and trade policies, and freedom of expression and literacy debates.

Blind Childrens Center

The goal of Blind Childrens Center is to provide a comprehensive program of specialized education and training which will optimize the blind or visually impaired child’s development and consequent opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life. The goal of the Infant Program is to maximize an infant’s potential and lay the foundation for future development. 

Braille Authority of North America (BANA)

Works to make braille simpler and more universal, promotes and facilitates the use, teaching, and production of braille, and provides information and referral to resources involving braille standards.

California Department of Education, Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Technology

Provides special media and technical assistance to educators, transcribers, and administrators who serve students with disabilities in California public schools.

Center for Applied Special Technology, Inc. (CAST)

Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

Center for Parent Information and Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB)

The Council of Schools and Services for the Blind is a consortium of specialized schools in Canada and the United States whose major goal is improving the quality of services to children who are blind and visually impaired.

DAISY Consortium

The DAISY Consortium is a global Consortium of organizations working towards equal access to information and knowledge regardless of disability.

Duxbury Systems, Inc.

Manufactures and distributes software for translating print to braille in over 30 languages.

Education Service Center (ESC), Region 20, Braille Services

Education Service Center, Region 20 assists businesses and other agencies in complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements to assist visually impaired clients. For information on services or pricing, please contact directly.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The mission of Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

Homeschooling Special Needs Children

Provides information on homeschooling special needs children.

The Internet Public Library

A public service organization providing library service to Internet users.

Instructional Resource Centers for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Instructional Resource Centers for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IRCBVI) are nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies that have a primary mission to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities in local school districts or special school settings. These Centers and their respective representatives are considered authorized entities by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) for the production and delivery of textbooks and instructional materials to students who are blind or have low vision.

The Institute for Families

The Institute for Families refers parents and physicians to organizations specializing in meeting the needs of children with specific visual problems. Their staff can help locate appropriate infant care programs, school settings, learning aids, and much more. In addition, they write and publish journal articles, booklets, and newsletters for families and health care professionals.

Junior Blind of America

Junior Blind of America offers specialized services for thousands of infants, children, teens and adults at no cost to families. Through programs that offer early intervention, education, recreation, mental health, residential treatment and rehabilitation services, our students learn essential skills to help them maximize their potential and achieve their goals.

Learning Ally

Mission: To promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions

Library of Congress 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.

The Low Vision Gateway

The Low Vision Gateway to the Internet is your starting point  to the world's resources for vision loss, vision-impairment, blindness, low vision aids and low vision rehabilitation services.

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, Inc. (NAPVI) 

Assists parents of visually impaired children through information and resources, providing support and training, networking, outreach programs and advocating for educational needs.

National Braille Association (NBA)

National Braille Association, founded in 1945, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing education to those who prepare braille, and to providing braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.

National Braille Press (NBP)

The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.

National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH

Research and development facility dedicated to achieving media access equality for people with disabilities.

National Federation of the Blind

A national organization providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, publications, adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy and support services, development and evaluation of technology, and information about employment.

New York Institute for Special Education

The New York Institute for Special Education(NYISE) is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonsectarian educational facility which provides quality programs for children who are blind or visually disabled, emotionally and learning disabled and preschoolers who are developmentally delayed.

PBS Learning Media Learning Media

PBS LearningMedia offersr high-quality, trusted digital content and solutions that inspire students and transform learning. Developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and supported by public media stations nationwide, PBS LearningMedia engages educators and learners at all levels with PBS content.

Region IV, Education Service Center (ESC)- Braille Solutions

Region 4 Braille Services is a non-profit braille production facility that provides equal access to print materials for people who read braille.

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments: Parent Resource Books

Resources for parents specific on parenting children with visual impairments as well as books about parenting children with special needs. 

TechAdapt, Inc.

Produces materials in alternate formats (Braille). Types of content: Textbooks, commercial materials, menus, etc.

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education. It is headed by the commissioner of education. The mission of TEA is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in which students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through transition from school.

WGBH Access Servicess

For more than 40 years, the Media Access Group at WGBH has been providing accessible media services to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. We invented captioning and video descriptions for television, and today we apply those services to movies, the web, museums, theme parks, and more. Our partner, the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), continues to work on new media access breakthroughs that build on WGBH’s history.