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 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 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
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