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At first it can feel like you aren't sure which organizations are authentic. You may not even feel comfortable reaching out to them once you've done your research. I can be hard to weed through the clutter and distinguish the applicable from the irrelevant. 

Here, I've done that groundwork for you. Each professional group listed below is guaranteed to empower your vision loss journey. I've worked with each of them, and trust their reliability.

So, the question is: how are you looking to bolster your knowledge? 

I enjoy Media-Based Information (podcasts, radio, video, e-books).

ACB - American Council of the Blind: visually-impaired governed & led organization - ACB daily radio & podcasts, manuals & guides, national conventions

AFB - American Foundation for the Blind: excellent starting point for learning about eye conditions - AFB bookstore, VRT blogs, VisionAware personal stories, message boards

I'm looking for Condition-Specific Information.

AMDF - American Macular Degeneration Foundation: AMD-specific research - eating tips, supplement recommendations, video library

FFB - Foundation Fighting Blindness: Retinal disease-specific research - regional and local event listings, fundraisers, video and audio recordings of conferences 

GRF - Glaucoma Research Foundation: Glaucoma-specific research and information - podcasts, webinars, blog and newsletter

I'm interested in Recreation and Leisure Information. 

NLS - National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: Library of Congress program - Free library services for talking books, BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) registration, US Currency Reader Program

USABA - United States Association of Blind Athletes: all-things paraolympics related - national calendar for low vision sport camps and workshops, connections to blind skiing, blind golfing and blind bowling organizations

Where can I find Academically-Focused Information? 

AAO - American Academy of Ophthalmology: eye health information - low vision aids, FAQ with ophthalmologist answered questions, newsletter

ACVREP - Academy for the Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals: national certifying body for vision professionals, verify the qualifications of vision rehabilitation professionals 

NEI - National Eye Institute: informational database run by the National Institute of Health - research pertaining to a diverse array of vision conditions, newsletter

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