Low Vision Support Organisations

Organisations working collaboratively with the low vision community

There are a number of government funded and not for profit organisations that offer information, advice and support for the low vision community.

National Council for the Blind of Ireland

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland offers support and services for people experiencing difficulties with eyesight. NCBI’s services includes provision of information, an employment support unit and job seeking skills programme and training in the use of assistive technology. You can find out more about their support and services on their website www.ncbi.ie   

Assist Ireland

Assist Ireland is an online directory of assistive technology available in Ireland.
The site has a practical guide to independent living and also a list of assistive technologies available for the visually impaired. The website is endorsed by Comhairle: Irelands national support agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy on social services. You can find out more about their low vision assistive technologies on their website www.assistireland.ie

Enable Ireland

Enable Ireland is a service provider for people with disabilities. They offer local services across Ireland, child and adult services and information for parents as well as a guide to assistive technology. You can find out more about Enable Irelands services on www.enableireland.ie

Royal National Institute of the Blind, United Kingdom

The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) offers advice, information and support services across the UK and Northern Ireland. The RNIB funds research projects into the prevention of low vision related diseases as well as treatment procedures. You can find out more about the work the RNIB do on www.rnib.org.uk

Lighthouse International, USA

Lighthouse International was set up in New York, U.S.A. and celebrates its one hundredth birthday this year. The organisation works with people who have uncorrectable vision loss to remain active and independent. Working with people of all ages, the organisation provides rehabilitation services, information and resource guides and a number of services for professionals such as continuing education programmes. You can find out more about the Lighthouse’s activities on www.lighthouse.org


Quit Day

Smoking affects millions, including the blind, and can also lead to visual impairment – or total vision loss. We are asking that individuals living with blindness reach out to others in their community. https://quitday.org/support/blind-community/


Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat. Download now and start helping blind people see. http://bemyeyes.org/ 


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