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Braille Training Centers and Sites

Hadley School for the Blind

An International Distance Education School with several tuition free courses available.

http://www.hadley.edu/ 

The Braille Bug

Teaches sighted children about braille through fun and interactive curriculum.

http://www.braillebug.org/ 

Dotless Braille

Dedicated to presenting & learning new ideas for braille literacy and facilitating the availability of open source braille software.

http://www.dotlessbraille.org/ 

BANA Authority of North America

Assures braille literacy through standardizing braille codes and also promotes the use, teaching & production of braille.

http://www.brl.org/

Braille SC

A fun and educational site, dedicated to providing educational resources to those who are visually impaired and their friends, families or teachers.

http://www.braillesc.org/resources 

The Belle Program

A summer program that offers intensive braille instruction for children who are blind or have low vision.

http://www.nfb.org/bell-program 

National Braille Press

Promotes the braille literacy of blind children and empowers those who are blind to be active in their work, family and community.

http://www.nbp.org/

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

A specialized public school and resource center for children with visual impairments.

http://www.tsbvi.edu/ 

The Carroll Center for the Blind

Provides training and adaptive devices for those with visual impairments, to promote a fulfilling and independent lifestyle.

The Carroll Center for the Blind

CEEK Technology

Offers evaluation, training, consultation and support on products for those who are blind or have low vision.

http://www.ceektechnology.com/services.html 

High Tech Training Center Unit DeAnza

State of the art training center and support facility for those that want to acquire or improve their skills.

http://www.htctu.net/ 

Perkins School for the Blind

Provides education and services to those who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired to promote a meaningful and quality life. Also provides training and resources for professionals.

Perkins School For The Blind

World Access for the Blind

Is a Non-Profit organization that facilitates the self-directed achievements of people with all forms of blindness, and increases public awareness about the strengths and capabilities of blind people.

http://www.worldaccessfortheblind.org/ 

Organizations for the Blind or Visually Impaired

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Provides education,research, programs and technology to those with visual impairments and advocates for their rights.

https://nfb.org/ 

NFB State Affiliates

A list of all NFB chapters by State for resources at a local level.

http://www.nfb.org/state-and-local-organizations 

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

A national organization to assist those with visual impairments gain independence, by offering various services, programs and tools.

http://www.acb.org/ 

ACB State Affiliates

A list of all ACB chapters by state to receive services at a local level.

http://acb.org/node/65

American Foundation for the Blind

Promotes independence, provides information and tools and advocates for those with vision impairments.

http://www.afb.org/ 

Blind Veterans Association

Blind veterans helping blinded veterans trough support groups, programs and other resources to facilitate an independent and happy life.

Blinded Veterans Association (bva.org) 

Lighthouse International

An organization focused on fighting vision loss through awareness, prevention and treatment, and empower those with visual impairments.

http://www.lighthouse.org/ 

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Promotes the research, prevention, treatments and cure for those affected by retinal degenerative diseases.

http://www.blindness.org/ 

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

Organization of manufacturers, vendors and providers of assistive technology.

ATIA | Assistive Technology Industry Association

Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI)
AER State Chapters

A list of AERBVI state chapters that provide services at a local level.

AER Chapters – AER (aerbvi.org) 

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Provides and trains service animals for those with visual impairments. All guide dogs are provided for free.

http://www.guidedogs.com/ 

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Provides a residential guide dog training program for those with who are blind or visually impaired to increase independence and mobility with a service animal.

http://www.leaderdog.org/ 

The Seeing Eye

Promotes independence and confidence by providing service animals to those with visual impairments.

http://www.seeingeye.org/

Accredited Schools Online

Provides resources, tools and technology advancements to support students with visual impairments.

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/helping-students-with-visual-impairments/