Resources for Texans with Low Vision
Here at Christal Vision, our mission is to help you see clearer. But it doesn’t stop there! We know that knowledge is power and a support system is invaluable. That’s why we put together this list of resources – both local and national organizations – that can help you understand, connect, and provide the best in products and services for those with low vision.
Go ahead. Check it out!
- The American Heath Assistance Foundation – Though their focus reaches well beyond the visually impaired community, the American Health Foundation is a great resource if you are interested in learning about macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness and loss of vision for those over 50. They conduct research on macular degeneration, glaucoma, and also on Alzheimer’s disease. The site is also a great place to keep up to date on current news in the low vision community.
- The Braille Institute of America – Volunteers and private contributions have enabled the Braille Institute of America to break down boundaries standing in the way of the blind living their lives to the fullest. They offer training, classes, and other free services and activities to the blind and those suffering from severe sight loss. Though their primary location serves southern California, the Braille Institute of America’s website is a great place to start if you are looking for information about blindness and Braille.
- The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired– Commonly referred to as AER, the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired supports those who provide education and rehabilitation services to people who are visually impaired. Formed in 1984, AER has strived to create a constructive community for those who work with people suffering from low vision. They also award scholarships annually to two legally blind students who are preparing for a profession that assists others with low vision. AER is proud to represent low vision professionals on Capitol Hill as well.
- Texas Deaf Blind Association – Located in Austin, the Texas Deaf Blind Association strives to bring together Texans who suffer from deafness and blindness. They work to educate family members and friends of the deaf and blind about what it is like to live with a visual or hearing impairment and what they can do to assist their loved ones. They also bring together professionals who frequently work with the deaf and blind in hopes that they can better support those who are visually impaired.
- The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services: DBS – The Division of Blind Services (DBS) is part of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in Texas. They assist those living with low vision across the Lone Star State and their families. Their services include helping the visually impaired find employment and assisting those in the Texas’ low vision community remain independent. DBS has a number of programs for both adults and children who are blind and who have low vision. One of these programs is the Blindness Education, Screening, and Treatment Program, a preventative service aimed at helping Texas residents keep their vision healthy.