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Agencies Serving Blind & Partially Sighted People

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International Organisations


AMD Alliance International
Activities: AMD Alliance International strives to bring knowledge, help and hope to individuals and families around the world affected by AMD by generating awareness and understanding of age-related macular degeneration, promoting the importance of education, early detection, knowledge of treatment and rehabilitation options, and preserving vision and improving the quality of life of individuals affected by age-related macular degeneration.

Blind Sports Association
469 MacPherson Road, #02-03, Singapore.
Contact person: Andrew Chew
Tel: +65 6487 4552
Fax: +65 6286 4382

European Blind Union (EBU)
6 rue Gager-Gabillot, F-75015 Paris, France.
Contact person: Mokrane Boussaid, Director
Tel: +33 1 47 05 38 20
Fax: +33 1 47 05 38 21
Activities: The European Blind Union is a non-governmental, non-profit-making European organization founded in 1984. It aims to protect and promote the interests of all blind and partially-sighted people in Europe.

International Blind Sports Federation
c/o ONCE, C/ Almansa 66, 28039 Madrid, Spain.
Contact person: Mr. Mariano Ruiz
Tel: +34 91 436 53 49
Fax: +34 91 589 45 37
Activities: Full integration of the blind and visually impaired through sport at all levels. To further develop and promote sports for the blind and visually impaired. We are also committed to providing assistance to our national member organisations in all five continents, especially those organisations in developing countries which have to date been unable to spread the word about blind sports sufficiently within their countries and do not have an established school sports programme for the blind, local and national competition programmes.

International Council on English Braille (ICEB)
Activities: The purpose of the International Council on English Braille is to coordinate and improve standards for braille usage for all English-speaking users of braille.

International Glaucoma Association (IGA)
Woodcote House, 15 Highpoint Business Village, Henwood Ashford, Kent TN24 8DH, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 1233 64 81 70
Fax: +44 1233 64 81 79
Activities: Information services, public awareness raising, research grants etc.

International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF)
Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3YG, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 118 983 1990
Fax: +44 118 983 3572
Activities: IGDF was formed in 1989, following meetings over several years of Guide Dog schools around the World. The IGDF now comprises over 72 member schools around the World whose purpose is to serve the visually impaired through the breeding, training and provision of Guide Dogs.

4th Floor, Fergusson House, 124-128 City Road, London, EC1V 2NJ, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 20 7608 7260
Fax: +44 20 7253 8483
Activities: ORBIS is an international charity dedicated to eliminating avoidable blindness by training local doctors and medics in the developing world in vital sight-saving techniques. Training programmes are held on-board the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, a fully converted DC-10 jet (equipped with operating theatre and classrooms) and in local hospitals and clinics in the developing world. In addition to the Flying Eye Hospital, ORBIS runs land-based teaching programmes in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam. ORBIS relies heavily on its volunteers who are medical professionals from the United Kingdom and other nations who give up their time to train local doctors and nurses in the developing world.

(The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind)
Grosvenor Hall, Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4BX, United Kingdom.
Contact person: Christopher Friend
Tel: +44 1444 446 600
Fax: +44 1444 446 688
Activities: Works internationally to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world.. Work in over 30 countries across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Vision Aid Overseas
12 The Bell Centre, Newton Road, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9FZ, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 1293 535016
Fax: +44 1293 535026
Activities: To transform access to eyecare services for people in developing countries by establishing vision centres, training healthcare workers and utilising the expertise of volunteers to undertake outreach programmes in areas away from existing facilities.

World Blind Union (WBU)
1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E8, Canada.
Contact: Penny Hartin
Activities: The World Blind Union (WBU) is the internationally recognized organization, representing the 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries.  We are the Voice of the Blind, speaking to governments and international bodies on issues concerning blindness and visual impairments in conjunction with our members.  WBU brings together all the major national and international organizations of blind persons and those organizations providing services to the visually impaired to work on the issues affecting the quality of life for blind people.  Globally, we are divided into 6 regions, with each region having its own President and volunteer executive team to assist the needs of the local members. 

World Federation of the Deafblind
Snehvidevej 13, DK-9400 Noerresundby, Denmark.
Contact person: Lex Grandia, President
Tel: +45 98 19 20 99
Fax: +45 98 19 20 57
Activities: WFDB is a representative organisation representing persons with deafblindness at a world level. It works for human rights of persons with deafblindness worldwide.


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