Sight / Vision Loss Resources

Last updated: February 22, 2018

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  • About Glaucoma from the Bright Focus Foundation (AHAF). Learn about some of the promising areas of glaucoma research that we are currently funding. BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. We are working to save mind and sight.
  • ADA Guide for Places of Lodging: Serving Guests Who Are Blind Or Who Have Low Vision
  • All About Vision provides patient information about vision
  • American Council of the Blind The American Council of the Blind (ACB) was founded in 1961 but many of its state affiliates and local chapters have a history that can be traced back to the 1880s. Since its inception, ACB and its affiliates have been at the forefront of the creation of policies that have shaped the opportunities that are now available to people with disabilities in our country. ACB has also effectively collaborated with Vision Rehabilitation Service providers to develop the principles and values that should be at the heart of providing adjustment and placement services to people who are blind.
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) As a national nonprofit with offices in five U.S. cities, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a leader in expanding possibilities for the more than 20 million Americans living with vision loss. We champion access and equality, and stand at the forefront of new technologies. Our award-winning programs directly address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss and their families. Like Helen Keller, AFB's most famous ambassador, we are committed to creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities. From infancy to education, career, and retirement, AFB is there to help at every stage of life.
  • American Printing House for the Blind The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.
  • Armor-Tile provides detectable warning and wayfinding solutions for the visually impaired.
  • "Bibliography for Performance Systems Technology (PST) and Computer-based Instruction (CBI)" published in the ACM SIGDOC Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) [The JCD is no longer being produced. ACM SIGDOC members are able to get copies of archived journals.]
  • Blindness and Low Vision Fact Sheet by the National Federation of the Blind.
  • Blindness and Visual Impairment Resources Lensshopper.com is an independent information website about contact lenses, not affiliated with any retailer or distributor.
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Charles Bonnet Syndrome Foundation for phantom vision
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (Washington, DC). Since 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss. Our work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active and productive in society. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s (CLB) programs and services include training and consultation in assistive technology, employment marketing skills training, career placement services, comprehensive low vision care, and a wide range of counseling and rehabilitation services.
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis, Type I; LCA1 (congenital retinal blindness) from the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database, Johns Hopkins University. Leber congenital amaurosis comprises a group of early-onset childhood retinal dystrophies characterized by vision loss, nystagmus, and severe retinal dysfunction. Patients usually present at birth with profound vision loss and pendular nystagmus. Electroretinogram (ERG) responses are usually nonrecordable. Other clinical findings may include high hypermetropia, photodysphoria, oculodigital sign, keratoconus, cataracts, and a variable appearance to the fundus (summary by Chung and Traboulsi, 2009).
  • Lighthouse International Lighthouse International "is a leading non-profit organization that helps people of all ages who are at risk for, or are experiencing, vision loss."
  • Media Access Group at WGBH develops and distributes captioning, video description, and MoPix means of access to movies and television for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • National Captioning Institute provides services to deaf, hard of hearing and other people who, for whatever reason, wherever situated and irrespective of their economic conditions, are limited in their ability to participate fully in the world of communications, heard, seen or written.
  • National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) of CPB/WGBH is a research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
  • National Federation of the Blind
  • June 11, 2004, Ray Charles: Trailblazing Artist—and Advocate (1930-2004) tribute from the American Foundation for the Blind that describes how Ray Charles was an example of how blindness need not prevent one from leading a full, productive life.
  • VisionAware – Resources for Independent Living with Vision Loss
  • Vision Australia – blindness and low vision services in Australia. A comprehensive site with many useful resources.
  • Visual Disabilities from WebAIM describes the types of vision disabilities: blindness, color-blindness, and low vision.

College Scholarships for Blind Students

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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Each year, the National Federation of the Blind grants thirty scholarships to legally blind persons in higher education from college freshmen to doctoral candidates for academic excellence, community service, and financial need. The scholarships range in value from $3000 to $12,000.

  • Title: Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship
    One scholarship of $12,000 supports a blind scholar pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study.
  • Title: Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship
    One scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to a blind student in any field of study, as long as the award helps the student to attain financial independence. The scholarship excludes religion and those seeking only further general or cultural education. Eligible applicants must be legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study.
  • Title: National Federation of the Blind Scholarships
    Two scholarship of $7,000 are awarded with no additional restrictions.
  • Title: Hank LeBonne Scholarship
    One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded. Hank LeBonne was a man who loved life and loved the National Federation of the Blind. His last wish was that his remaining assets be used to help young blind men and women have the same opportunities in life he enjoyed. No additional restrictions.
  • Title: Jennica Ferguson Memorial Scholarship
    One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded. Given to keep alive the memory of a young woman who dealt with her blindness and terminal illness with a grace and strength she frequently assured others she drew from the Federation and from her faith in God. No additional restrictions.
  • Title: Michael and Marie Marucci Scholarship
    One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to a legally blind student who is studying a foreign language or comparative literature; pursuing a degree in history, geography, or political science with a concentration in international studies; or majoring in any other discipline that involves study abroad. The winner’s file must also show evidence of competence in a foreign language.
  • Title: Sally S. Jacobsen Scholarship
    One scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to commemorate Sally’s indomitable spirit; education (education of disabled youth preferred); no additional restrictions.
  • Title: Hermione Grant Calhoun Scholarship
    One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to a female blind student. Eligible applicants must be legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study.
  • Title: Kuchler-Killian Memorial Scholarship
    One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to a legally blind student who is pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study.
  • Title: E. U. Parker Scholarship
    One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to honor a long-time leader of the National Federation of the Blind whose participation stood for strong principles and strong support of the Federation’s work. No additional restrictions.
  • Title: Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship
    One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to a blind scholar studying or planning to study in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or the natural sciences. Eligible applicants must be legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post- secondary course of study.
  • Title: Charles and Melva T. Owen Memorial Scholarship
    One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to a blind student in any field of study, as long as the award helps the student to attain financial independence. The scholarship excludes religion and those seeking only further general or cultural education. Eligible applicants must be legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, post-secondary course of study.
  • National Federation of the Blind Computer Science Scholarship
    One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to a student who must be studying in the computer science field.
  • Title: National Federation of the Blind Educator of Tomorrow Award
    One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to a student who must be planning a career in elementary, secondary, or postsecondary teaching.
  • Title: Fifteen National Federation of the Blind Scholarships
    of $3,000. No additional restrictions.