The American Foundation for the Blind—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens.
The American Foundation for the Blind promotes wide- ranging, systemic change by addressing the most critical issues facing the growing blind and visually impaired population—employment, independent living, literacy, and technology. In addition to its New York City headquarters, the American Foundation for the Blind maintains four National Centers in cities across the United States, and a Governmental Relations office in Washington, DC.
The American Council of the Blind strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.
The 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.
Over 9 million Americans of every age and race suffer vision loss from these blinding diseases. The Foundation has funded thousands of research studies in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, artificial retinal implants, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies.
Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation’s largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. With fifty thousand members, the NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered the leading force in the blindness field today.
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight is dedicated to fostering the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired. Through their program of carefully directed charitable grants to qualifying organizations, Partners for Sight helps to enrich the lives of thousands of visually impaired individuals, and assists them with their goal to become integrated, productive, fully accepted and participating members of society.
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight
116 North Bedford Road, Suite 100
Mount Kisco, New York 10549
Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI) does not train or place guide dogs, but acts as an independent resource network, providing information, support and advice concerning guide dogs, guide dog training and access laws to its members, the media and the public at large. GDUI is a special interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. With more than 1,000 members in ten countries, GDUI is the largest and fastest-growing organization of its kind in the world.
The National Association of Guide Dog Users is a special interest affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. It is a forum for guide dog users, and those considering getting a guide dog, to learn more about the use of guide dogs and the guide dog movement in general. Members discuss common issues and work together to promote sound practices in the training and use of guide dogs. The Association also promotes various guide dog training programs and works to enlighten the general public, guide dog users, and the blind in general to the special access legislation allowing a blind person to enter public places accompanied by their guide dogs.