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Consumer Organizations

  • The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) exists to increase awareness of rights and responsibilities, so blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted individuals can have equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society.
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

  • For over 30 years, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Their mission is to raise awareness around issues that affect the lives of people who live with a disability. They also work to secure the necessary income supports for people with disabilities to live with dignity, and increase their ability to participate and contribute in their communities.

  • The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is a national self-help consumer organization of persons who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired.

  • With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

  • Guide Dog Users of Canada (GDUC) helps guide dog users maximize the benefits of mobility with a guide dog so that they may participate more fully in Canadian society. Open to guide dog users and all those interested in furthering their cause, GDUC is becoming a voice for Canadian guide dog users and a centre of excellence on the activities, needs and accomplishments of persons who are blind or deaf-blind, and assisted by guide dogs.

  • MD Support offers free information and personal assistance for people dealing with macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases.

  • Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee is a voluntary coalition of individuals and community organizations in Ontario working for a barrier-free society for persons with disabilities.

  • Based in Winnipeg manitoba, The Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc. is a non-profit organization that delivers programs and activities that focus on providing positive experiences and information to build the confidence of people who are vision impaired to lead fully inclusive and productive lives.

  • World Blind Union (WBU) is the international voice of over 50 million blind and visually impaired people.