Support and Services

I have listed the organisations from which I have personally had help. Many of these organisations will point you in the right direction for support in your region. This is by no means a complete list, only my favourites.

Helen Keller Society

Part of this mission is, ”to apply our extensive experience in serving the blind and visually impaired gained over half a century in providing information, advice, assistance and assistive aids and devices to the visually impaired living in the community with a view to enabling them to cope better with their disability and to live life to the full.”

www.helenkeller.org.za

I have found the monthly support group meetings so encouraging and helpful.

Cape Town Society for the Blind

“Our mission is to develop the abilities and skills of Blind and VIP’s(visually impaired persons), irrespective of age, colour or creed, through innovative training, job development and job placement programs that facilitate the creation of self confidence as well as economic independence.”

www.ctsb.org.zactsb

I personally enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life. The tutors helped me to learn the skills to use this computer.

South African National Council for the Blind

The South African National Council for the Blind, through a network of over 100 member organisations, serves, supports and facilitates the prevention of blindness, rehabilitation, community development, training and education of South Africans with visual impairments.

www.sancb.org.za

Retina South Africa

Retina South Africa is a patient driven action group that has branches in all the major centres in South Africa.  Our major focus is:

  • Support of the Retinal Degeneration Research project at the University of Cape Town to find the genetic mutations in South African families
  • Facilitation of genetic testing to identify those patients who will benefit from clinical trials
  • Public Awareness of retinal degeneration
  • Patient support including education, referral and intervention
  • Collaboration with local and international agencies and researchers

www.retinasa.org.za   /   National call share: 0860 59 59 59

South African Library for the Blind

The South African Library for the Blind (SALB) provides a national and international library and information service to the print-handicapped, free of charge as far as is reasonably possible, by producing reading material in alternative formats.

www.salb.org.za

League of Friends of the Blind

LOFOB is an NGO based in Grassy Park, Cape Town, South Africa providing a wide range of independence development services to partially sighted and blind people. Our early childhood development centre is the only one of its kind in the Western Cape and is managed by Occupational Therapists. The adult independence service is a synergistic programme making use of the expertise of a social worker, occupational therapists and mobility training instructors. The sport and recreation programme is managed by a biokineticist (sport scientist) working in conjunction with both the ECD and adult independence services.

www.lofob.org.za

Institute for the Blind

www.blind-institute.org.za
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