In this post I want to bring attention to some foundations and organizations that support the blind and low vision community.
Foundation Fighting Blindness
The FFB has been doing research for 50 years and has worked to identify Gene’s that lead to retinal diseases. They also help fund various research projects and clinical trials for potential cures to these diseases.
Two Vlind Brothers
Brothers Bradford and Bryan started a clothing line to bring awareness to the fight against blindness. 100% of the profits go towards research and to foundations such as the Foundation Fighting Blindness. You can learn more about them and visit the shop here.
American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind has been around for more than 100 years. The foundation helps fund initiatives to help those in the blind and low vision community have access to education, employment and full inclusion in their communities. You can learn more about them here.
The National Federation of the Blind
The NFB was founded in 1940. This organization is comprised of people who are blind or have low vision from all walks of life. They have chapters in all 50 states in the U.S. plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. They hold an annual national convention that brings those in the blind and low vision community and their supporters together from all over the world.
This organization often advocates for the rights of blind people and has supported many legal cases on this issue. They also run several training centers to help those in the blind and low vision community learn the skills needed to lead an independent life. They have more resources for children all the way to seniors. Learn more about the NFB here.
The American Council of the Blind
The ACB is also an organization comprised of those in the blind and visually impaired community. They hold an annual convention and they offer many resources and programs to support those in the blind and visually community and their families. You can learn more about them here.
These are only a few of the organizations that support the blind and low vision community. My theme for the 2021 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is to give an overview of what it is like to be visually impaired and to educate others on topics related to the community. In the next post I will discuss guide dogs.