If you type “blind charity” into Google, you’ll find several organizations who have made helping the visually impaired their mission. It’s an ongoing need in today’s society as we tackle the many challenges that come along with losing such an imperative human sense.
However, there are some charities for the blind that have become cornerstones of this effort. While our team at Dreamscape Foundation doesn’t believe that any charitable mission is of any less value than another, we can’t help but admit the significant impact of certain organizations.
5 Charities for the Blind Everyone Should Know About
Below we cover just a handful of charities we think everyone should know about. Read on to learn why they are making ripples in the lives of the disabled here in America and—in some cases—across the world.
American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind provides a rich amount of resources and programs designed to help individuals with little to no vision thrive.
Living with vision loss is challenging enough. Those who develop these disabilities later in life often have difficulty adjusting. This organization is the perfect go-to source to help find information and programs that will assist in regaining some independence.
This includes guidance in living alone or finding and applying for jobs that are mindful of your condition while utilizing your skills.
On their website, you can even access a directory of listings by state in order to find relevant services in your area.
Society for the Blind
Similar to the American Foundation for the Blind, the Society for the Blind is all about empowering individuals with vision-related disabilities. However, one of the great aspects of this charity is its community-based eye clinic located in Sacramento.
This nonprofit clinic provides necessary healthcare and device training for patients across 27 counties and has been since 1975. Their doctors work closely with patients’ primary Optometrist or Ophthalmologist in order to provide care for individuals whose vision can’t be restored through regular means, such as glasses, contacts, surgery, or other medical treatment.
Helen Keller International
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is one of the largest charities for the blind you’ll find today. Their mission is a joint objective of trying to cure and prevent blindness as well as malnutrition.
Their programs span all across the world, including the United States as well as 20 other countries scattered across Africa and Asia. One of their unique offerings is ChildSight. This program provides vision screenings and prescription glasses for free to impoverished children in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
Guide dogs are phenomenal working companions who work hard to help low vision or blind individuals rediscover independence. However, these working canines aren’t cheap. Many who struggle with these disabilities don’t have high enough incomes to afford them.
Enter the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Founded in 1946, this organization is dedicated to training and providing guide dogs to the visually impaired at zero cost. They go to great lengths to pair the right dog with each student in order to create the perfect bond.
These dogs help their owners navigate by directing them around obstacles he or she may not see. Through this service, they make navigating to and through various places possible.
Here at Dreamscape Foundation, we count our mission among the essential. Our dedication is to accessibility. More specifically, making today’s world more accessible through technology.
So much of today’s world is connected through digital devices. However, with this great advancement comes new and unique challenges to those who are blind or have low vision. We help individuals and communities become aware of and embrace accessibility technology. Through this, we can bridge the accessibility gap in today’s society.
Will You Make an Act of “Blind Charity”?
We look at the term “blind charity” as an uninhibited act of giving. Whether that gift is your time, a monetary donation, the giving of a service or product, or something else, we believe that the best kinds are given wholly with one’s heart.
If you would like to play an active part within Dreamscape Foundation’s mission, hop on over to our “Get Involved” page. It lists several different avenues of volunteering or donation that you can participate in.
Or, if you have a unique way you would like to contribute, contact us directly. We are always open to working with individuals, companies, or other organizations. Together, we can better the lives of those struggling with low vision or blindness.« PreviousNext »