Published: Dec. 13, 2007
Updated: Oct. 5, 2011
1929 Bayview Avenue
The AMD Alliance International is a nonprofit coalition of the world's leading vision and senior's organizations working to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and an understanding of available options for prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and support services.
PO Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
AAO is an association of doctors specializing in eye diseases. The Academy's Eye Care America help line provides information and publications and connects eligible older people with ophthalmologists who provide free eye care at age 65 if the patients have no health insurance and has not seen an eye doctor for at least three years.
5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
ACA offers information to older people on adult psychological development and aging. A catalog of publications and videos is available.
4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
AOTA offers information on the role of occupational therapy in promoting functional independence, preventing disability, and maintaining health. Contact AOTA for referrals to local practitioners and therapy programs.
1400 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
APA is an association of psychiatrists, physicians specializing in diagnosing and treating people with mental and emotional disorders. Its Council on Aging establishes standards for psychiatric care to older people. Contact APA for referrals to local psychiatrists.
1655 North Fort Myer Driver
Arlington, VA 22209
BVI provides news and information on vision health and care. Contact the Institute for facts on the detection, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases.
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022-1202
Offers hope when vision fails.
PO Box 531313
Henderson, NV 89053
Dedicated to serving the interests of those affected by macular degeneration and related low vision conditions.
The nonprofit center operates full time with paid professional staff to serve persons and families with both juvenile and age-related forms of macular degeneration. MDI offers information and support as its primary goal, which is done through personal contact, telephone, correspondence, Internet, and a variety of seminars and national conferences.
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4241
NASW is a membership organization promoting, advocating, developing, and protecting social workers and the practice of social work. Contact NASW for referrals to counseling resources and specialists, information about social work, and information on aging issues and health care.
31 Center Drive MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the federal government's National Institute of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI support research has advanced our knowledge of how the visual system functions in health and disease.
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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 50 states plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. As a consumer and advocacy organization, the NFB is considered the leading force in the blindness field today.
2351 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
The center provides medical care, education, information, research and resources for patients and their families who are grappling with age-related macular degeneration.
11435 Cronhill Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117-2220
The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness is to find the causes, treatments, preventions, and cures for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
8833 Perimeter Park Blvd, Suite 301
Jacksonville, FL 32219
The Vitreous Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing blindness.
374 Congress Street, Suite 301
Boston, MA 02210
Adaptive Environments is a 25-year-old educational nonprofit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Adaptive Environments' work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of the best practices in human-centered or universal design. Projects vary from local to international. All are characterized by collaboration and user participation.
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
Since 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind -- to which Helen Keller devoted her life -- has been eliminating barriers that prevent the 10 million Americans who are blind or visually impaired from reaching their potential. AFB is dedicated to addressing the most critical issues facing this growing population: independent living, literacy, employment, and technology.
1758 Brackett St
La Verne, CA 91750
American Thermoform Corporation provides supplies and equipment for use by and for the blind.
3615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Generations Online is a nonprofit Web site offering resources for older people unfamiliar with computers or the Internet.
27 East Mall
Plainview, NY 11803
Independent Living Aids provides products that allow people with various types of disabilities to gain independence over their everyday life. These specially designed products help to decrease the limitations and makes it easier to function in your home environment.
1291 Taylor Street NW
Washington, DC 20542
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers the free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment.
5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312
Tulsa, OK 74145-9082
The Narrative Television network makes movies and television programs.
22 West 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10010
Working with millions of people worldwide coping with the difficulties of vision impairment.
1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27609
The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) is a state and federally funded program that provides statewide assistive technology services to people of all ages and abilities.
2601 Mail Service Center
309 Ashe Ave, Fisher Bldg
Raleigh, NC 27699-2601
Since 1935, the mission of the North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind has been to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their maximum potential through services provided by competent and caring professionals.
175 Mason Circle
Concord, CA 94520
Pulse Data Humanware offers the Keynote, a laptop computer with speech designed specifically for those who can no longer read due to low vision or are blind.
20 Roszel Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540
Recordings for the Blind is a national nonprofit organization that serves people who cannot read standard print because of visual, perceptual or other physical disability. It provides academic and professional textbooks from elementary through post-graduate and professional levels on audio tape. They also have dictionaries, reference materials, and professional books on CDs for sale.
520 Almanor Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
For three decades, Telesensory has been helping visually impaired and blind people achieve greater independence through innovative, technology-based products.
700 Elm St
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Hadley School for the Blind offers more than 90 distance courses to eligible students completely free of charge. From "Braille Reading for Family Members" to "Birdsong Tutor," you can select from a wide variety of Hadley courses. You can study in the comfort of your own home at a time convenient for you. Course materials arrive in the mail (a few are downloadable), and for students in the U.S. and Canada, instructors are just a toll-free call away.
42 West 38th Street, 48th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Achilles is a worldwide organization that encourages people with all kinds of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics, to promote personal achievement, enhanced self-esteem, and the lowering of barriers between people.
416 East Thornhill Lane
Palatine, IL 60074
Telephone number unavailable
ABSF was founded in 1971 and is a nonprofit tax exempt (501-C3) national organization chartered in the State of Illinois. The purpose of ABSF is to provide an educational skiing program that is open to any blind or visually impaired person in the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person.
11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111-1746
Elderhostel is a nonprofit organization providing educational travel programs to people over age 55. Their catalog, published 10 times a year, lists thousands of national and international programs.
P.O. Box 175
Hayward, WI 54843
Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc. (FHNB) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to open up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing.
9623 Spencer Highway
LaPorte, TX 77571
No phone number available
The NBBA web site is the adaptive version of America's favorite pastime for the blind and visually impaired.
1455 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Ski for Light, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1975 to promote the physical fitness of visually and mobility impaired adults, in an environment where "we can't" is replaced with "we can." Disabled and able-bodied people join together in a one-on-one partnership to learn from each other through physically demanding activities.
P.O. Box 167
Oxford, OH 45056
The Campanian Society, Inc. specializes in travel programs for the blind and visually impaired. Our travel programs are designed to meet the special needs of our travelers and to provide a rich educational experience unavailable on regularly scheduled sighted trips. Each travel program offers unique opportunities for tactile experiences and hands-on encounters. On site lectures, readings and audio-description combined with music enlarge the total sensory and intellectual enjoyment of our programs. Furthermore, our programs offer unique opportunities for relaxation and socialization with others who share your passion for travel and adventure.
33 N. Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The mission of the United States Association of Blind Athletes is to increase the number and quality of grassroots-through-competitive, world-class athletic opportunities for Americans who are blind or visually impaired. We do this by providing athlete and coach identification and support, program and event management, and national and international representation. We value the life-enhancing aspects of sports and the opportunity to demonstrate the abilities of people who are blind and visually impaired.
No address available
US Blind Golf Association Web site
In 2002 the United States Blind Golf Association partnered with Lions Clubs International Foundation. Today there are several sanctioned regional blind golf tournaments. They are in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.
Washington, DC 20201
Administration on Aging (AoA) is the Federal focal point and advocated agency for older persons and their concerns. In this role, AoA works to heighten awareness among other Federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the nation and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable older people. Through information and referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.
2021 K Street, NW, Suite 305
Washington, DC 20006
The Alliance is a national citizen advocacy organization offering free publications. The Alliance supports the health and independence of older people through public and private funding of medical research and geriatric education.
2519 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC 20008-1520
AAHSA is a national, nonprofit organization providing older people with services and information on housing, health care, and community involvement. Visit the AAHSA Web site information for seniors and caregivers.
601 E. Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20049
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over, dedicated to enhancing their quality of life. AARP also provides a wide range of services, benefits, products, as well as information and advocacy.
11200 Waples Mill Road, Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22030
ALFA represents for-profit and nonprofit providers of assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, independent living, and other forms of housing and services. The Federation works to advance the assisted living industry and enhance the quality of life for consumers.
1609 Woodbourne Road, Suite 302A
Levittown, PA 19057
CAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides support services to caregivers of older people. It serves as a clearinghouse for information on elder care resources and issues, including Instant Aging workshops to help communities understand the needs of older people.
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
The VA, part of the Federal Government, provides benefits for eligible benefits for eligible veterans and their families in outpatient clinics, medical centers, and nursing homes across the U.S.
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide, directory assistance service helping older people and their caregivers locate local support and resources for older Americans. It is funded by the Administration on Aging.
1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20005-1503
GSA is a professional organization providing information, advocacy, and support for research into the study of aging. GSA distributes publications on a variety of aging-related topics.
1414 Prince Street, Suite 302
Alexandria, VA 22314
MOWAA is a national nonprofit organization providing training and grants to programs that provide food to older people, and those who are frail, disabled, at-risk, or homebound.
2323 Colorado Avenue
Turlock, CA 95382
MedicAlert is a nonprofit, membership organization providing identification and medical information in emergencies. Contact MedicAlert for information about its membership services and costs.
1460 Broadway, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036
MRC is a national nonprofit service helping older adults, and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.
927 15th Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
N4A is the umbrella organization for the Area Agencies on Aging.
1604 N. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716-3102
Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) is a nonprofit, professional organization of practitioners whose goal is the advancement of dignified care for the elderly and their families. With more than 1,500 members, GCM is committed to maximizing the independence and autonomy of elders while striving to ensure that the highest quality and most cost-effective health and human services are used when and where appropriate.
10400 Connecticut Avenue, #500
Kensington, MD 20895-3944
NFCA is a grassroots organization providing advocacy, support, and information for family members who care for chronically ill, older, or disabled relatives. There is no charge for family members to be on the mailing list and to receive the newsletter, Take Care!
Bethesda, MD 20892-2292
NIA, part of NIH, conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research on aging processes, diseases, and the special problems and needs of older people.
The Web site's senior-friendly features include large print, short, easy-to-read segments of information and simple navigation. A "talking" function reads the text aloud and special buttons to enlarge the text or turn on high contrast make text more readable. NIH Senior Health makes every effort to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which aims to make federal electronic technology accessible for persons with disabilities.
Produced in cooperation with the American Association of Retired Persons. A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is an electronic device designed to let you summon help in an emergency. If you are disabled or an older person living alone, you may be thinking about buying a PERS (also called a Medical Emergency Response System).
121 Second Street, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
SeniorNet is a nonprofit, educational organization that provides information and services to help older people become computer literate.
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
Provides information on social security eligibility and benefits. Contact SSA for information and assistance with Social Security benefits as well as eligibility and disability issues.
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually-based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual involvement.
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