BLIND, Incorporated is an adjustment to blindness training center that offers training for adults, children, teenagers, and seniors. We teach the skills that blind people need to become independent and employable such as braille, home management, the use of the white cane, and computers with screen reading software, etc. But just as importantly, we instill in our students the confidence to put these skills into practice. We utilize the positive view of blindness of the National Federation of the Blind. We work from the premise that blindness doesn’t have to be a tragedy. We know that, if given training and opportunity, blind people can live full and productive lives.
The Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss is a local, independent 501c3 nonprofit that has been serving the Northland for nearly 100 years. Today we provide training and other services to 1,500 individuals with vision loss each year. We serve youth, working-age adults and seniors through services provided here at our center, in the home or at the workplace. We offer training in daily living skills, orientation and mobility, technology, braille and adaptive leisure. Other services include our support groups, the Twin Ports Low Vision Store and the Twin Ports News of the Air radio station.
JCAHPO enhances the quality and availability of ophthalmic patient care by promoting the value of qualified allied health personnel and providing certification and education. Certifications include the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA®), Certified Ophthalmic Technicians (COT®), Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologists (COMT®), Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant (OSA®), Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrists (ROUB®), Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographers (CDOS®), Corporate Certified Ophthalmic Assistants (CCOA®) and the Ophthalmic Scribe (OSC®).
The Lutheran Braille Evangelism Association (LBEA) is a non-profit ministry, founded in 1952 by the blind Lutheran pastor John Gustav Erickson. Its mission is to provide Scripture and other Christian materials to blind and sight impaired persons all over the world. The ministry is evangelical in its thrust and was begun and continues to be centered around its motto of “Helping the Sightless See the Savior.” Today, under the leadership of the Pilots, LBEA searches for every way it can to fulfill its mission to communicate the message of Christ inbraille, large print, audio CD, and also in digital format through the popular hand-held talking BibleCourier, which now comes with rechargeable batteries, a builtin speaker and a powerful Word Search Function. Your BibleCourier will contain one complete Bible and a whole Bible commentary and Bible dictionary or two different complete Bible versions in one BibleCourier unit along with a KJV concordance, a Glossary of terms and other study aids, all at an affordable subsidized cost.
The goal of the Mayo Clinic low vision specialty group is to help you make the most of the vision you have. Low vision means having impaired vision that cannot be corrected by glasses, surgery or medication. The most common cause of low vision is macular degeneration, an age-related disease that affects the central portion of your visual field. Other common causes include glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes.