Regional Organizations Outside the United States

The links in this section are for websites of organizations and educational institutions that serve specific nations or regions of the world. They are often the agencies most familiar with the needs and conditions of a local area, as well as the resources available to individuals, families, organizers, and educators working with people who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind. The lists are as comprehensive as we can make them. Please let us know if we have missed an organization that serves people with blindness, visual impairments, or multiple disabilities: scout@perkins.org
 
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Regional Organizations: Africa 

A non-governmental umbrella organization of agencies and associations that serve people in Africa who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Facilitates the sharing of information about community-based services for persons with disabilities and their families in African countries.
 
Aims to foster self-confidence of individuals who are blind, and improve the quality of services in agencies that work with people who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Provides a wide range of services to individuals with blindness and visual impairment in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Strives to meet the needs of all blind and partially sighted people in South Africa.
 

Regional Organizations: Asia and the Pacific 

Blind and Low Vision Education Network of New Zealand is known by its shorter name BLENNZ.  They are a national network of educational services for children and young people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision in New Zealand.
 
Empowers people with disabilities in Bangladesh through income generation, leadership development, education, training and treatment facilities.
 
Promotes comprehensive rehabilitation of persons with all categories of disabilities through education, training, employment.  Includes links to numerous online publications.
 
Sense International (India) helps local organizations develop sustainable services for people with deafblindness. This site offers an online resource library with practical information.
 
The institution website lists a range of student and family resources, including issues of the school's student newspaper, plus information about the school's programs and mission.
 
SNH provides education, training, and employment for blind, deafblind,and visually impaired individuals, including those with additional disabilities.  Many resources for disabled adults can be found here.
 
Vision Australia was born from a partnership of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation and the National Information Library Services. Vision Australia is now the leading provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia.
 
Conducts training programs, develops and disseminates information and materials on the education of children who have visual impairment with additional disabilities, including deafblindness.
 

Regional Organizations: Europe and Eurasia

A consumer group by and for people with visual impairments, dedicated to full inclusion and human rights.
 
With 45 member countries, EBU is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that protects and promotes the interests of blind and partially-sighted people in Europe.
 
MAJAK is a residential community for deaf-blind adults.  View residents art projects, watch videos, and download materials.  Educators may gain some fresh project ideas here as well.
 
The Day Care Center for Rehabilitation of Children and Young Adults provides services to children and youth who have visual impairments and additional disabilities.
 
ONCE focuses on the improvement of the quality of life of people with blindness or severe visual impairment in Spain, and works closely with Latin American associations on training and employment issues; in Spanish, English, French.
 
Polish speakers will find audio information on this site, such as health information, news, and lectures.  Check back frequently for print resources available for purchase.
 
Information, support and advice to people with blindness and visual impairment, their families, and teachers; including many imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.
 
This elementary education program in Bulgaria prepares children for inclusive education in the upper grades. Also of interest on the school's website is information about "Special Friends," a Comenius Project which advocates inclusion of children with disabilities.
 

Regional Organizations: Latin America and the Caribbean 

A non-profit non-governmental organization that provides access to information and culture to users in Argentina and Latin America; in Spanish.
 

Information and tools for social integration, including general information on a range of topics related to blindness; in Spanish.

Health Care Spanish
Spanish phrases for healthcare workers with a button to listen to pronunciation

Information for people in Colombia who are blind, including resources for education and rehabilitation and general information about blindness and low vision; in Spanish.
 
This organization offers educational and therupeutic services for people with deafblindness.
 
A Spanish organization that also works closely with Latin American associations for the blind on training and employment issues; in Spanish, English, French   
 
Use this site as your portal to Central and South American resources, with additional information from Mexico.
 
SOCIEVEN operates on behalf of deafblind individuals in Venezuela and collaborates with national and international allies, including Perkins School for the Blind.  Their "Dar a Conocer" section presents short Spanish-language videos explaining deafblindness.
 
This clearinghouse from Colombia distributes information for parents and educators, and provides community through online learning, job postings, personal stories, and links to other organizations throughout Latin America.
 

Regional Organizations: The Middle East and North Africa 

The Jewish Institute for the Blind serves children in Israel who are blind or visually impaired.  Their programs include health and education services, a community center, on-campus community, and Beit Ha’Talmid for students learning in general education environments.
 

Regional Organizations: North America 

A consumer group that “strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people” through organized action, improvement of education and services, and encouraging individuals to develop their abilities.
 
Information on all aspects of blindness including adjustment, teaching tips, child development, statistics, research, and more. It also includes special sections for families and older adults.
 
This site, available in English or French, offers information about eye health, living with vision loss, research, and services in Canada.
 
A consumer group that works “to improve blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence".