Websites that some of our members have found helpful:


AccessWorld: Monthly newsletter from the AFB; technology news for the blind and visually impaired.

AFB Direct Connect:  The American Foundation for the Blind's public policy information and action network. Keeps one abreast of developments in the legislative, regulatory and policy formation arenas affecting the blindness field.

AFB Research Navigator: A new quarterly series of the AFB Public Policy Center and DirectConnect newsletter. The purpose of this series is to keep you informed of user-friendly facts and figures and the latest research pertaining to people with vision loss.

BestColleges: A great resource for any college student, BestColleges has an excellent clear, comprehensive overview for college students with disabilities.

Benetech: A different kind of tech company (non-profit!) that develops technology for social good. An early developer of reading software and hardware for the blind.

VisionAware: Resources for Independent Living for Vision Loss. A relatively recent merger between the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Reader's Digest Partners for Sight. A member wrote, "Great info - sign up for their VisionAware Alerts that arrive weekly."


Pennsylvania Organizations

Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS): A state agency within the Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the BBVS serves the VIP (Visually Impaired People) population state-wide through regional offices. The office serving our region is located in Altoona.

National Federation of the Blind of PA: "Changing what it means to be blind in Pennsylvania". Our local chapter in State College is the NFB Happy Valley Chapter; a member wrote, "tends to pull in the younger blind population that are tech-savvy and career bound."

North Central Sight Services (NCSS): Located in Williamsport, PA, NCSS is one of 26 regional PAB organizations and serves Centre County and 5 other counties. They provide blindness prevention education, vision screenings, services and employment to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. 

PA Association for the Blind (PAB): Founded in 1910, the nation's only statewide, private, non-profit organization providing services for the blind. 

PA Council of the Blind: Located in Harrisburg, the PCB is a leading advocacy organization for people with vision loss throughout Pennsylvania.


National Organizations

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

American Foundation for the Blind (ADB):

The Hadley School for the Blind:

Helen Keller International:

Helen Keller National Center

Lighthouse International:

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

National Library Service for the Blind and Physicallly Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS):