Consumer Groups

National & State Organizations


National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification (Homemods.org)

Address:
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0191
Phone:
(213) 740-1364
(213) 740-7069 (TTY)
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Homemods.org is provided to you as a service of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, funded by the Archstone Foundation. Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. The addition of supportive features can help reduce accidents such as falls.

American Council of the Blind

Address:
1155 15th Street NW # 1004
Washington, DC  20005-2706
Phone:
(202) 467-5081
(800) 424-8666 (Toll Free)
(202) 467-5085 (Fax)
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The American Council of the Blind is the nation's leading membership organization established to promote the independence, dignity, and well-being of blind and visually impaired people. The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people. ACB publishes the monthly Braille Forum, awards annual scholarships to blind post-secondary students, and provides information and referral.

Blinded Veterans Association

Address:
477 H Street NW
Washington, DC  20001-2612
Phone:
(800) 669-7079 (Toll Free)
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The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we hope to make life better for blinded veterans. We also hope to be there with encouragement and support. We publish a bimonthly newsletter called the BVA Bulletin. We also provide continuing education scholarships for the spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans. There are three Groups within Washington State: Washington Regional Group, Oregon-Columbia (Oregon and a portion of Washington) Regional Group, and Spokane Inland Empire (eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana) Regional Group.)

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International

Address:
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC  20005-2706
Phone:
(714) 630-8098
(800) 733-2258 (Toll Free)
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CCLVI provides information and referral via an 800 line, awards scholarships to students with low vision, edits a quarterly magazine, sponsors an annual convention and workshops, and assists in forming state chapters and support groups.

The Seniors Coalition

Address:
1250 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC  20036
Phone:
(202) 261-3594
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The Seniors Coalition is the nation’s leading free-market senior education and advocacy organization with a membership of more than 4 million seniors. The mission of The Seniors Coalition (TSC) is to protect the quality of life and economic well-being that older Americans have earned while supporting common sense solutions to the challenges of the future.

National Federation of the Blind

Address:
200 E. Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD  21230
Phone:
(410) 659-9314
(410) 685-5653 (TTY)
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With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.  In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

National Association for Parents of the Visually Impaired (NAPVI)

Address:
PO Box 317
Watertown, MA  00000
Phone:
(617) 972-7441
(800) 562-6265 (Toll Free)
(617) 972-7444 (Fax)
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Provides support and information for parents with visually impaired children. National and regional conferences, publications, and newsletters can be provided.

Alliance for Generational Equity, Inc (AGE)

Address:
8831 West Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, NV  89117
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AGE is an advocacy group made up of people of each generation who are committed to raise their voices so that Congress will hear the concerns of real Americans. AGE is committed to break the culture in the Congress and our State Legislatures where lobbyists for special interest groups have a greater say in public policy than the people those elected officials are supposed to represent.

American Foundation for the Blind

Address:
11 Penn Plaza #300
New York, NY  10001-2018
Phone:
(212) 502-7600
(800) 232-5463 (Toll Free)
(212) 502-7777 (Fax)
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A national clearinghouse for information concerning non-medical aspects of blindness and visual impairment. Provides information and referral about programs, products, technology, and support groups. AFB Press publishes a variety of books, as well as the professional publication Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

Helen Keller National Center

Address:
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY  11050
Phone:
(516) 944-8900
(516) 944-8637 (TTY)
(516) 944-7302 (Fax)
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The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is a national rehabilitation program serving youth and adults who are deaf-blind.

Lighthouse International

Address:
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY  10022-1202
Phone:
(800) 928-0500 (Toll Free)
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Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is the leading non-profit organization worldwide dedicated to preserving vision and to helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss.

Helen Keller National Center, Northwest Region

Address:
1620 18th Ave., Suite 201
Seattle, WA  98122
Phone:
(206) 324-9120
(206) 324-1133 (TTY)
(206) 324-9159 (Fax)
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The Regional Representatives of HKNC are located in ten offices across the country. They are responsible for assessing the needs of individuals, communities and states within their regions; developing strategies of collaboration, coordination and cooperation to help meet those needs; advocating for those who are deaf-blind in local, state, national and international forums. Northwestern Region: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

National Federation of the Blind, NFB of Washington

Address:
PO Box 2516
Seattle, WA  98111
Phone:
(425) 823-6380
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The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. The National Federation of the Blind of Washington is the NFB affiliate in Washington State. With Chapters throughout the state of Washington, the NFB of Washington is the leading force in the blindness field today.

Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind

Address:
2501 S Plum Street
Seattle, WA  98114-4711
Phone:
(206) 322-4200
(800) 914-7307 (Toll Free)
(206) 324-1388 (TTY)
(206) 329-3397 (Fax)
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The Seattle Lighthouse creates and enhances opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency of people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities. Blind and visually impaired individuals work in capacities ranging from manufacturing, to customer service, computer instructors, and support staff. The philosophy maintains that employees be provided with whatever supports are necessary for success in the workplace. Supports include an in-house sign language interpreting department to insure effective communication for Deaf-Blind employees. Training programs at the Seattle Lighthouse follow a number of tracks. For instance, they provide a comprehensive, nine-month computer and customer service training course for blind members of the community.

Washington Council of the Blind

Address:
PO Box 30009
Seattle, WA  98113-0009
Phone:
(800) 255-1147 (Toll Free)
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The Washington Council of the Blind is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting opportunity, equality and independence in the blind community through education, public awareness and advocacy. WCB is a diverse state-wide consortium of local chapters, committed to fostering lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence and dignity. Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), WCB is the largest organization of blind consumers in the state of Washington. With no paid staff, the work of WCB is done by its membership through volunteering.

Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens

Address:
PO Box 2322
Seattle, WA  98111-2322
Phone:
(206) 524-1654
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Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens, was first established in 1980 to organize community activities and to begin the process of self-advocacy on a group, rather than an individual basis. Together, we are stronger. We offer recreational and social opportunities for deaf and visually impaired persons, and lobby statewide for your rights and needs.

American Foundation for the Blind Senior Site

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Are you an older person experiencing visual impairment? This site was designed with you in mind. It contains helpful solutions and resources that can help you and your family members cope with vision problems.

AARP

Address:
601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC  20049
Phone:
(888) 687-2277 (Toll Free)
(877) 434-7598 (TTY)
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