Blind and Visually Impaired Services and Organizations
Virginia Department of Blind and Vision Impaired (VDBVI) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that is dedicated to its mission of providing services and resources which empower Virginians who are blind, vision impaired or deaf blind to achieve their desired levels of employment, education, and personal independence.
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.
Foundation Fighting Blindness - The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), Macular Degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of Retinal Degenerative diseases.
Local chapters available depending on what state you live in.
The National Eye Institute (NEI) is a part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) is dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss.
DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. We are students, young adults, teachers, community organizations, government representatives, employers, parents, and more. We first came together for Moving Forward Together: Transition Stakeholder Forum in June 2009. We are committed to meeting on a regular basis to share information, build partnerships, and advocate for improvements. Everyone is welcome to join us.
The DC Center for Independent Living, Inc. (DCCIL) is a nonprofit, community based, cross disability organization serving all citizens with disabilities of the District of Columbia. Serving the District of Columbia since 1981, DCCIL was established through Congressional Legislation and is one of 400 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) nationwide assisting people with significant disabilities to live independently in their homes and their communities.
The Low Vision Center (LVC) is a nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, we offer information services as well as a demonstration area full of a variety of low vision aids and ideas.
The Low Vision Center offers its resources without charge, relying entirely upon personal contributions to fund its varied services.
The Low Vision Specialists of Maryland (MD) and Virginia (VA) bring new hope to those suffering with low vision even if they feel all hope is lost. Our mission is to treat individuals with significant eye diseases including Macular Degeneration (wet and dry), Stargardt’s Disease, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Retinitis Pigmentosa. We are members of The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) and are driven to improve your remaining vision with innovative medical devices, customized optical devices, and even home visits.
The John Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease. It is the largest research and clinical ophthalmic enterprise in the United States. Our institute is the preeminent provider of routine eye care and refractive, optical, cosmetic, and eye trauma services for the Mid-Atlantic region, and is the only designated eye trauma center in Maryland.
The goal of the Services for People with Blindness and Visual Impairments (DSB) is to maximize employment opportunities and independence for persons with visual disabilities. DSB offers Visual Impairment - Vocational Rehabilitation Unit, Assistive Technology Services, and Independent Living Older Blind Program.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has been a leader in expanding possibilities for the nearly 25 million Americans living with vision loss. A national nonprofit with offices in five U.S. cities, we champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies and evidence-based advocacy. We address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families, breaking down societal barriers and promoting broad systemic change.
Check out AFB’s family websites - VisionAware, FamilyConnect, CareerConnect, Braille Bug and Directory Center.