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The Internet is filled with useful information for (and by) people who are blind or partially sighted. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we’ve listed a few of the best meta sites (indexes) to online resources about blindness and visual impairments, followed by a quick list of major national and international organizations. Be sure to see the related sites for more indepth information about particular issues and disorders.


Meta Sites (indexes)


Blindness Resource Center
This extensive meta site describes online resources relating to blindness and visual impairments. Categories include access to the Internet, braille, deaf-blindness, eye diseases, low vision resources, on-line information, organizations, research, university programs, vendors, and web home pages of the blind community. An excellent guide, despite a strong commercial influence.

BLIST: The Comprehensive Index of Blindness-Related Emailing Lists
Information about more than a hundred blindness-related emailing lists and newsgroups, as well as an extensive listing of more general accessibility disability lists. Also available in plain ASCII, zipped and email versions.

V.I. Guide; A Guide to Internet Resources About Visual Impairments for Parents and Teachers
An extensive and well-organized guide to on- (and some off-) line resources by the parent of a child with a visual impairment.

Vision Problems in the U.S.
A report on the prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye diseases in America, jointly sponsored by the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America.

Also listed under Statistics.

Major U.S. Organizations


American Council of the Blind (ACB)

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) [radio reading services] [added 9/20/01]

National Association for the Visually Handicapped (NAVH)

National Eye Institute

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Prevent Blindness America

Recording For The Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)


Major Foreign Organizations


Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Royal Blind Society of New South Wales

Royal National College for the Blind (UK)

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) (UK)

Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped




Related Subjects

Alternative Formats

Assistive Technology – Blind and Visually Impaired




Glaucoma [added 4/24/01]

Macular Degeneration

Media (for information about TV programs and movies with descriptive narration)

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinopathy of Prematurity

Septo-Optic Dysplasia

Service Dogs

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