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Action for Blind People - Action for Blind People is an expert UK national organization, ensuring blind and partially sighted people receive practical support in all aspects of their lives

American Council of the Blind
- America's leading membership organization of blind and partially sighted people.  This website provides links to all major visually impaired associations, organizations and schools in US.

American Foundation for the Blind
- Information on blindness, low vision and related issues

Action on Disability and Development
– Works with disabled people for positive change

Asian-Pacific Development Center on Disability
- Promote the empowerment of people with disabilities and a barrier-free society in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific Region

A-Z to Deafblindness
– A-Z information on deafblindness.

Assistive Technology
– Directory on assistive technology and devices.

British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB)
- BCAB is an organization of visually impaired people who use Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

CBM International
- CBM acts upon the needs and rights of people with disabilities

Dancing Dots – Dancing Dots serves blind musicians and their educators through technology and training.

Dark and Light Foundation - Dark and Light Blind Care is a Christian foundation for helping visually impaired people in Africa and Asia, especially children, through projects for prevention, treatment, education and vocational training.

Deafblind International
- Deafblind International (DbI) is the world association promoting services for deafblind people.

Disability Access Charter
– helping to raise standards in Access for everyone

Disability Alliance
- UK registered charity with the principal aim of relieving the poverty and improving the living standards of disabled people. Our eventual aim is to break the link between poverty and disability.

Disability Alliance of Voluntary Organisations (DAVO)
- is an information sharing platform of voluntary organizations involved in providing services to persons with disabilities.

Disability World
- is a unique international online magazine (e-zine), dedicated to advancing and exchange of information and expertise about the international independent living movement of people with disabilities.

Disability World Directory
- was established in 1999 to find relevant information and a comprehensive directory of information and websites for the disabled both within the UK and International.

Guide Dogs
- Our mission is to provide guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially-sighted people.

Helenkeller International
- Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international non-profit organizations devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition.

– International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential.

International Agency for Prevention of Blindness
- IAPB was established as a coordinating, umbrella organization to lead an international effort in mobilizing resources for blindness prevention activities.

International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
– IBSA’s goal is the full integration of the blind and visually impaired through sport at all levels.

International Disability and Development Consortium
- IDDC is a self-managing group currently consisting of 16 international non-government organizations supporting disability and development work in over 100 countries globally.

– International Society for Low-vision Research and Rehabilitation consists of people from a variety of disciplines who work in the field of research and development for rehabilitation of people with vision impairment.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- It aims to provide the latest news on issues affecting persons with disabilities in Japan and overseas, details of the training courses, and other information.

Lions Club International
- Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 202 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.

Lighthouse International
- enabling people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent and productive lives

Lowvision Online
- Low Vision Online is designed for people who know or work with someone with low vision and aims to give an understanding of low vision.

National Federation of the Blind
- is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States and improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

NGO Committee on Unicef
- The NGO Committee on UNICEF is a worldwide network of 125 international NGOs working on behalf of children in over 110 countries and is currently based in New York and Geneva .

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- The OECD was established in 1961 and brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world.

Organizations for Visually Impaired – Agencies, centres, organizations and societies for the visually impaired.         

ORBIS International
- ORBIS is a non-profit organization fighting blindness in developing countries, where 90 percent of the blind reside.

Perkins School for the Blind
- is an innovative leader in serving people with visual impairments.

Royal National Institute for the Blind
- UK ’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss.

RNIB Scientific Research Unit's Website, Tiresias
, provides Guidelines on accessibility issues for all types of disabilities, for designers of information and communication technology (ICT) systems, it  also offers in-depth information on assistive devices and agencies for blind and partially sighted people, current and future research, as well as information about tactile reading. 

Sight Savers International
- works to combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care, it also supports people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counseling and training, and its main focus is those living in poverty in some of the world's poorest countries.

Soundscapes from the Voice
- seeing with your ears - designed as a step towards a vision substitution device for the blind through the real-time conversion of arbitrary images into soundscapes.

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

- UNESCO deploys its action in the fields of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information, these are the means to a far more ambitious goal : to build peace in the minds of men.

– For every child - health, education, equality, protection and advance humanity.

United Nations Convention documents on Persons with Disabilities

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

- vision information and an accessible community for people who are partially sighted or blind.

World Bank and Disability
- The World Bank finances development projects involving disability components-such as in education, health care, infrastructure, employment, de-institutionalization, children & youth, it also works in a wide variety of disability-related fields, such as data collection and statistics, research and analysis, technical assistance and knowledge sharing.

World Blind Union
- A non-political, non-religious, non-governmental and non-profit-making organization which has consultative status within the UN Agencies and ECOSOC. It is the only organization entitled to speak on behalf of blind and partially sighted persons of the world, representing 162 million blind and visually impaired persons from about 600 different organizations in 158 countries. 

World Health Organisation
- WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system that is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

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