U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Vision Impairment

DB-LINK/National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), NCDB is home to DB-LINK, the largest collection of information related to deaf-blindness worldwide. A team of information specialists makes this extensive resource available in response to direct requests, via the NCDB web site, through conferences and a variety of electronic medium. NCDB brings together the resources of The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University, the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC), and the Hilton/Perkins Program at Perkins School for the Blind, and works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

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National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - NLS
Library of Congress

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible residents in the United States and American citizens living abroad who cannot read standard print because of a temporary or permanent visual disability, or a physical disability that prevents holding the printed page. Material is sent by postage-free mail.

Review Date: September 15, 2011

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NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

The National Eye Institute (NEI), established in 1968, has primary responsibility within the National Institutes of Health for supporting and conducting research aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye diseases. In addition, the NEI encourages the application of research findings to clinical practice, heightens public awareness of eye and vision problems, and cooperates with voluntary organizations that engage in related activities. The NEI coordinates the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), a Federal effort to prevent vision loss by encouraging early diagnosis and timely treatment of eye diseases.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The Institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields, as well as many basic science disciplines. The Institute's Division of Intramural Research encompasses the broad spectrum of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, inborn errors of metabolism, endocrine disorders, mineral metabolism, digestive and liver diseases, nutrition, urology and renal disease, and hematology. Basic research studies include biochemistry, biophysics, nutrition, pathology, histochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical and molecular biology, and pharmacology. NIDDK extramural research is organized into 4 divisions: Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases; Digestive Diseases and Nutrition; Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases; and Extramural Activities.

Review Date: July 21, 2011

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American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic doctors who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye M.D.s are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members. The Academy provides a wide variety of programs, products and services to Eye M.D.s and the patients.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) provides support and resources for Pediatric Ophthalmologists, Strabismologists, related personnel and their patients by way of its Internet Web site. Although AAPOS is a membership organization, 90% of its online resources are available to the general public.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Behcet's Disease Association

The American Behcet's Disease Association, formerly the American Behcet's Association, Inc., was established in 1978 to find a cure for Behcet's disease and to gather and disseminate information about the disease to the public and health professionals. Behcet's disease is an inflammatory and ulcerative condition with periodic attacks that can have serious complications, such as loss of vision.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is composed primarily of blind persons involved in 50 active State and 20 professional and special-interest organizations. ACB strives to strengthen vocational and rehabilitation programs for the blind, and to ensure that blind people are treated favorably by federal programs, such as the Supplemental Security Income program. ACB provides information and consultation on legal problems, education and training of blind and visually impaired individuals, and public education about blindness. ACB also awards scholarships to blind college students and holds an annual national conference.

Review Date: January 16, 2009

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American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), formed in 1940, was created to fight diabetes through education and research. Local chapters and affiliates use volunteers to organize educational and screening programs and to conduct fundraising activities to support research aimed at care, control, and cure of diabetes. The Association supports research into the nature and cause of diabetes, more effective means of treatment, factors leading to complications, and prevention and cure of diabetes. Salary support is provided to promising young researchers, and research grants provide scientists with equipment, supplies, and technical assistance for the study of diabetes. Research symposia and scientific sessions are conducted annually. Five professional journals keep the medical and scientific communities up to date in their respective fields. Patient educational programs are conducted by the State and metropolitan affiliates. The ADA also cooperates with governmental organizations at all levels and encourages governmental legislation and programs directed at people with diabetes. There are 40 affiliate organizations and over 800 local chapters.

Review Date: July 14, 2009

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American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB's work in these areas is supported by its strong presence in Washington, DC, ensuring the rights and interests of Americans with vision loss are represented in our nation's public policies. AFB is based in New York, and maintains the Public Policy Center in Washington, DC; the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas, TX; AFB TECH in Huntington, WV; and offices in Atlanta and San Francisco. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller dedicated to working with AFB.

Review Date: March 24, 2011

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American Optometric Association

Founded in 1898, the AOA is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Together, the AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care. The AOA sets professional standards, helping its members conduct patient care efficiently and effectively; lobbies government and other organizations on behalf of the optometric profession; provides research and education leadership.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

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Association for Macular Diseases

The Association for Macular Diseases was formed by patients in 1977 to promote education on and research into macular diseases and to provide support for afflicted persons and their families. It also disseminates information on resources and encourages the post-mortem donation of eyes with macular disease for research purposes. We respond to Spanish inquiries by mail only.

Review Date: January 09, 2009

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Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation

The Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation was established in 1981 to promote awareness of and research on the condition and to give support to those afflicted with it. It provides information on treatments and on current research and helps to organize local support groups. The Foundation is funded through private donations.

Review Date: October 14, 2011

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Blind Childrens Center

The Blind Childrens Center is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1938. The Center provides diversified services to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted children, ages birth through five, their parents, and siblings. Services include infant stimulation programs, preschool programs, psychological support services, multi-handicapped programs, and an information and referral service, which includes a toll-free number.

Review Date: January 08, 2009

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Blinded Veterans Association

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), founded in 1945, promotes the welfare of blind and visually impaired veterans. BVA helps veterans become oriented and readjusted to blindness and obtain vocational training, informs them of benefits and of the latest technical aids and developments in the field, and represents them at the national level. A field service program provides counseling to blinded and visually impaired veterans regarding their rights; explains benefits available from Federal, State, and local agencies; and provides assistance in obtaining benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). BVA's hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and voice mail is available 24 hours.There are 53 regional groups.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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Braille Institute

The Braille Institute was founded in 1919 as the Universal Braille Press to provide services to the blind, which now includes production of more than 5 million Braille pages yearly, preschool services, supplemental academic programs for children, summer camps for children, a youth recreational center, low-priced consumer goods and visual aids, counseling, a career learning center, job placement, social activities, and instruction in basic living skills. Individualized programs developed for newly blind persons include training in orientation and mobility, Braille reading and writing, techniques of daily living, home management, and typing. The Institute's 1-800-BRAILLE line refers callers nationwide to organizations serving the blind in their areas as well as providing information on its services. Services are also provided for persons with low vision. The Institute's library circulates over 800,000 books (50,000 titles) in Braille as well as records and tapes. BIA has four satellite and 50 community centers in addition to its main facility. The Institute also conducts public information activities to increase public awareness of blindness and of the capabilities of blind persons. Direct services offered only in Southern California. No charge for services.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds research into cures for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.

Review Date: March 14, 2013

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Choice Magazine Listening

Choice Magazine Listening (CML) provides bimonthly audio tapes of current magazine articles from over 100 magazines free of charge to the blind, visually impaired, dyslexic, or physically handicapped. Eight hours of articles, fiction, and poetry is recorded on special speed 4-track cassette format, playable on free Library of Congress playback equipment. CML is also available on the new digital Talking Book cartridges, playable on the free digital player from the Library of Congress.

Review Date: October 26, 2011

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Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision (CCLV) is an advocacy membership organization for partially sighted people. It aims to establish their right to make full use of their vision through the necessary aids, services, and technology; to educate the public and professionals about the needs and abilities of the partially sighted; to promote research and professional training; and to establish outreach programs to ensure that all partially sighted persons get the services they need. The Council is involved in obtaining Federal money for the purchase of vision aids and eliminating architectural barriers for the partially sighted. Membership is open to all persons with low vision and to their families.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

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Described and Captioned Media Program

The mission of the DCMP is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media. The ultimate goal of the DCMP is for accessible media to be an integral tool in the teaching and learning process for all stakeholders in the educational community, including students, educators and other school personnel, parents, service providers, businesses, and agencies. The DCMP supports the U.S. Department of Education Strategic Plan by committing to the following goals: 1) Ensuring that all students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind have the opportunity to achieve the standards of academic excellence. 2) Advocating for equal access to educational media as well as the establishment and maintenance of quality standards for captioning and description by service providers. 3) Providing a collection of free-loan described and captioned educational media. 4) Furnishing a clearinghouse of information and research about accessible media. 5) Acting as a gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility. 6) Exploring and adapting new media and technologies that assist students in obtaining and using available information. The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by the National Association of the Deaf.

Review Date: December 09, 2009

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Eye Bank Association of America, Inc.

The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), established in 1961, is the oldest transplant association in the nation. The EBAA champions the restoration of sight through core services to its members which advance donation, transplantation and research in their communities and throughout the world. It has led the transplantation field with the establishment of medical standards for the distribution of eyes and comprehensive training and certification programs for eye banking personnel. These standards have been used as models for other transplantation organizations. Member eye banks operate in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. These eye banks make possible approximately 50,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants annually.

Review Date: December 30, 2011

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Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc.

The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments, and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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Glaucoma Foundation

The mission of the Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is to fund groundbreaking research and to educate the public about the disease and the importance of early detection to prevent blindness. The Foundation works to encourage and support basic and applied research in glaucoma, to gain and disseminate new information about the causes and treatment of glaucoma, and to further efforts to identify and develop novel approaches to preserve visual function and reverse blindness caused by glaucoma.

Review Date: August 31, 2011

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Glaucoma Research Foundation

The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the sight of people who have glaucoma through research and education. GRF was established in 1978 to support medical research into the causes and treatments of glaucoma. The organization also coordinates the Glaucoma Support Network, a national, telephone-based peer support network for glaucoma patients and their families (8:30 am - 5:00 pm, PST, Monday-Friday). GRF welcomes inquiries and encourages public and professional education.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind provides trained dogs for qualified blind persons. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the Membership Corporation Laws of New York. It is supported entirely by voluntary contributions. There is no charge for its service, which includes a guide dog, four weeks of training in the dog's use and care, board and lodging while the student is in residence at the Foundation's training center, transportation costs within the continental U.S., and a follow up program. The Foundation aims to give blind persons better mobility, and to contribute to the rehabilitation progress of able citizens so that they can gain social integration and increased job opportunity for self-sufficiency.

Review Date: August 26, 2008

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Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff. Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind is dedicated to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.

Review Date: August 26, 2011

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes is an internationally accredited, nonprofit guide dog school with a 50-plus year legacy of providing the blind and visually impaired with superior Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.

Review Date: January 13, 2012

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HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center

The HEATH Resource Center at The National Youth Transitions Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Managed by the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The HEATH Resource Center serves as the official resource website of the HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Center, and gathers, develops and disseminates information in the form of resource papers, fact sheets, website directories, newsletters, and resource materials.

Review Date: May 24, 2011

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Leader Dogs for the Blind

Leader Dogs for the Blind is one of the largest guide dog organizations in the world. Established in 1939, the organization is recognized for its fine training of dogs, stellar education of its clients and its ability to work with clients who are legally blind and some who have additional physical limitations. Clients receive the services free of charge and are provided room and board during their 26-day stay on the Leader Dog campus. Leader Dog is one of only two organizations in the world with a specially designed course to train people who are both Deaf and blind to work with a Leader Dog. Additionally, Leader Dog offers an accelerated orientation and mobility program to train people on how to use a white cane and to prepare them to train with a Leader Dog if they choose. Leader Dogs for the Blind also runs a Summer Experience Program for kids 16 and 17 years old.

Review Date: October 06, 2010

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Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International is a non-profit organization, based in New York City, dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. The organization provides direct services and information to help people who are blind (or with low vision) lead independent lives. Lighthouse also conducts professional and continuing-education courses for low vision practitioners and professionals in related fields; provides national and international contact information for local support groups, low vision services, rehabilitation agencies, state agencies and advocacy groups; and operates a retail and mail order store with low vision products.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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Low Vision Center

The Low Vision Center (LVC), is a nonprofit organization that provides up-to-date information about eye diseases; programs about low vision for interested groups; referrals to other agencies in related fields; and support and information to families, friends, and the general public. LVC has a hands-on display of visual aids that includes magnifiers, closed circuit TV's, writing materials, reading aids, sunglasses, lighting, kitchen aids, and household aids; advises clients on how to select the aids and where to purchase them. LVC also sells a select group of low vision aids. Appointment required. There is no fee.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

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Macular Degeneration Foundation

Macular Degeneration Foundation Inc. was established as a tax exempt not for-profit organization. Macular Degeneration patients can call toll-free for phone support and counseling. Information packets are sent, free of charge by request. Their web page provides detailed and specific information at a glance. Contributions designated for research are used 100% to fund research grants to restore vision.

Review Date: March 20, 2013

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Macular Degeneration Partnership

The Macular Degeneration Partnership is a coalition of patients and families, researchers, clinicians, industry partners and leaders in the fields of vision and aging. Its mission is to create an unprecedented collaboration among all these parties to disseminate information about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), provide support to patients and marshal resources for a cure. The Partnership maintains a Help Center on the Internet that provides up to date information on age-related macular degeneration, living with AMD, low vision rehabilitation, along with tools and other related resources. For patients and family members without access to the Internet, the Partnership also maintains a toll-free telephone line. Callers can leave their name and address to receive more detailed information and a free home test for AMD. MDP is a program of the non-profit Discovery Eye Foundation.

Review Date: March 09, 2011

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MD (Macular Degeneration) Support

Macular Degeneration Support is a worldwide nonprofit public service organization. Its mission has been to provide information and support for people who are affected by macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases. Known more simply as MD Support, it is based on the Internet and also offers a public awareness program designed to reach people who are without Internet access.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

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National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities. NAPVI created and maintains the only national toll-free phone line designed to serve families whose children are blind or visually impaired. NAPVI provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping children reach their potential. NAPVI is dedicated to giving emotional support, initiating outreach programs, networking, and advocating for the educational needs and welfare of children who are blind or visually impaired.

Review Date: March 24, 2011

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National Braille Association, Inc.

The National Braille Association (NBA) was founded in 1945 to provide continuing education to those who prepare braille, and to provide braille materials to persons who are visually impaired. The organization's programs include: a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas and suggestions for the improvement of braille production; workshops for experienced braille transcribers, tactile illustrators, production workers, and others who prepare braille materials; direct services to the blind include braille transcription of educational, vocational and recreational materials, duplication of braille materials in the Association's collection of textbooks, music, foreign language, technical tables, and items needed for independent living.

Review Date: January 16, 2009

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National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), established in 1940 as an organization of blind persons, serves as both an advocacy and a public information vehicle. NFB contacts newly blind persons to help them with adjustment problems, provides information on services available from governmental and private agencies and on applicable laws and regulations, provides scholarships, and assists blind persons who are the victims of discrimination or whose rights have been denied. NFB monitors legislation for blind persons and evaluates and promotes new technology useful to the blind. NFB prepares pamphlets and uses public appearances to educate the public to the fact that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality with others.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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National Keratoconus Foundation

The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of the Discovery Eye Foundation, a non-profit organization. The NKCF is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of keratoconus and the support of scientific research into the cause and treatment of keratoconus. The Board of Directors of the Discovery Eye Foundation founded the NKCF in 1986. The NKCF was created to: Provide support and information about keratoconus to patients, their families, and eye care professionals.Provide educational materials and support programs designed to help those with keratoconus better understand and cope with this condition. Provide support and encourage researchers to work together to discover new technology for keratoconus treatment and eventually a cure for keratoconus. .

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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New Eyes for the Needy, Inc.

New Eyes for the Needy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1932 to improve the vision of the less fortunate. New Eyes for the Needy works to empower children and adults in the United States and overseas with the improved vision they need to pursue a better quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, New Eyes purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the United States who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts, recycles and distributes donated glasses for poor people overseas.

Review Date: May 27, 2011

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Pilot Dogs, Inc.

Pilot Dogs is a nonprofit organization founded in 1950 to train guide dogs and to teach blind persons to work with them. Dogs are trained individually for 3 to 4 months, then trained for another 4 weeks to work with their masters. Pilot Dogs operates a breeding program of German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, Boxers, and Labrador Retrievers and raises them in private homes until they are ready for training. Pilot Dogs is supported entirely by charitable 501(c) 3 contributions; there is no charge for its services.

Review Date: December 16, 2008

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Prevent Blindness America

Prevent Blindness America, formerly known as the National Society to Prevent Blindness (NSPB), was founded in 1908. It promotes the prevention of blindness through a comprehensive program of community services, public and professional education, and research. Prevent Blindness attempts to translate medical and technological advances in the field of eye care into practical and obtainable services for the public. It sponsors vision screening and educational projects for the detection of vision problems in young children and adults. Speakers and educational materials are geared to such specific audiences as elementary school children, senior citizens, nurses, and agricultural workers. Information and advisory services related to current treatments and available facilities, research findings, and medical knowledge in the field of eye care and eye disease, and eye health and eye safety are available upon request by phone or letter. Prevent Blindess' program of professional education provides health professionals and health service groups with eye-care resource materials and educational programs related to services in the community. The group conducts statistical studies on the causes of blindness and funds laboratory and clinical research projects related to the prevention of blindness. There are affiliates and divisions in 23 States.

Review Date: February 04, 2011

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Research to Prevent Blindness

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is the leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision. In pursuit of this objective, RPB has committed hundreds of millions of dollars in grant support to provide scientific manpower, technological equipment and eye research laboratory facilities. As a result, RPB researchers have been associated with nearly every major breakthrough in the understanding and treatment of the loss of vision across the past 50 years. Today, RPB provides major eye research funding to more than 50 leading scientific institutions in the U.S. and supports the work of hundreds of talented vision scientists engaged in a diverse range of disease-oriented research. RPB's far-reaching activities are planned and carried out with the expert advice and guidance of a Scientific Advisory Panel composed of distinguished leaders in the field of medical science. RPB neither seeks nor accepts funds from any governmental source. It does not conduct expensive mass mailing campaigns but, rather, relies on bequests and selective appeals to interested individuals, corporations and private foundations to support its research effort. Anyone wishing information concerning current research findings related to a specific eye disease may contact RPB. To obtain a full description of RPB's programs, its audited financial statements and a listing of the volunteers who serve on its Board of Trustees and Scientific Advisory Committees, download RPB's Annual Report.

Review Date: January 13, 2011

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Schepens Eye Research Institute

This is an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School located in Boston, Massachusetts and is the largest independent eye research institute in the United States. Originally known as the Retina Foundation, the Institute has expanded its research agenda to include to virtually every part of the eye and most major eye diseases that cause blindness, and claims the following major accomplishments: has provided greater knowledge and understanding of the structure & function of the retina, vitreous, cornea, eye surface; major advances in diagnosis and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases; development of innovative diagnostic technologies such as the binocular indirect ophthalmoscope (now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution), scanning laser ophthalmoscope, ophthalmic lasers; and pioneering research into retinal transplantation. The Institute has a staff of 220 and concentrates its research program on the causes and prevention of blinding eye diseases.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

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Sight and Hearing Association

The Sight and Hearing Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling lifetime learning by identifying preventable loss of vision and hearing through the development of effective screening, education, and research programs. Projects include a mobile childhood vision and hearing screening program, which helps detect vision and hearing problems from infancy through high school. In addition, the organization participates in community and corporate health events that focus on adult vision and hearing issues.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

Southeastern Guide Dogs' mission is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life's journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Established in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs currently has more than 800 active guide dog teams across the country and continues to create more than 70 new guide dog teams annually.

Review Date: October 14, 2009

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The Seeing Eye, Inc.

The Seeing Eye was founded in 1929 with the purpose of helping blind persons achieve independence and mobility through the use of properly trained guide dogs. The Seeing Eye teaches dogs to guide blind persons, breeds and raises dogs for this purpose, teaches instructors the science and techniques of training dogs as guides, instructs blind persons in the proper use and handling of the dogs, and informs the public about the role of guide dogs and the capabilities of blind persons. The Seeing Eye maintains a training center in Morristown, New Jersey. Information on the training program and applications for dogs are available on request.

Review Date: August 21, 2008

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