Associations Assisting the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • American Council of the Blind  This service provides general information about the Council, including recent issues of its monthly publication, The Braille Forum.
  • Association of Blind Citizens  ABC advances relevant causes, increase opportunities in education, employment, cultural, recreational and other life activities, as well as enhance the social, political, and economic well-being for all persons who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired  AER is the only international membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to the professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults.
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind  Dedicated to eliminating barriers and creating opportunities for people with visual and other disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in their communities.
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind  The mission of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind is to work in partnership with legally blind individuals to reach their goals of independence and participation in their communities.
  • National Federation of the Blind – Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation’s largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons.
  • National Federation of the Blind – of Massachusetts  State affiliate of the NFB.

Information on Eye Care

Local Services

Literacy / Radio Reading

  • National Braille Press  National Braille Press promotes literacy as a bookseller and printer of fine braille products.
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped  NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail
  • Talking Information Center  The Talking Information Center broadcasts the reading of printed material over an extensive network of commercial and noncommercial radio and cable TV outlets. Twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week, we help keep the visually-impaired and print-handicapped population of Massachusetts better informed.
  • Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials Library  The Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials Library (AIM Library) acquires, maintains and distributes specialized instructional materials, as well as coordinates textbooks in Braille and Large Print, to assist school districts and educators to provide blind and visually impaired students with an appropriate education and equal access to the general curriculum.