If you’re a blind or visually impaired individual, you are not alone. We are here to help you and your loved one find answers, resources and hope.
As advocates for the blind and visually impaired, we lead the Vision Resources Coalition, a collaborative effort between more than 25 agencies and organizations that all serve the blind and visually impaired population in eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. The agencies listed here are members of the coalition.
Assistive Technology Partnership
Administers the National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution program for low-income individuals who are deaf.
Provides assistive technology solutions for children and adults with disabilities gain unrestricted access to educational, vocational, recreational, home, and community activities.
Boys Town National Research Hospital
BTNRH’s Vision Program supports children with visual impairments by offering programs and events including: Camp Abilities Nebraska and the Beeping Easter Egg Hunt.
Building Healthy Futures: Child Vision Collaborative
Works to create a coordinated system for vision care that includes education, screening, diagnosing, and treatment for underserved children in our city’s most impoverished communities.
Bus Across Nebraska – Ski for Light
Provides transportation and other support for visually impaired and volunteers for attendance at the Black Hills Ski for Light in Deadwood, SD.
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Eye Clinic
Dedicated to providing superior and comprehensive pediatric eye care – from routine eye exams and fittings for glasses to complex surgical procedures.
Christian Record – Services for the Blind
Provide quarterly magazine bibles, in braille, audio lending library, a speakers bureau and adult and youth camps for the blind around the country
Council Bluffs Visually Impaired Support Group
Provides hope for blind and visually impaired individuals through monthly guest speakers that talk about being or living with a visual impairment. After the presentation the group discusses any concerns, challenges and shared experiences. Everyone with visual impairment is welcome. Second Wednesday of the month at the Council Bluffs Public Library.
Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA)
Offers intermittent support to older Nebraskans so they may continue to live independently, live with dignity, and remain for as long as possible in their own homes.
Heartland Eye Consultants
Low vision rehabilitation, prescribing of glasses, and devices including magnifiers, telescopes and electronic aids.
Iowa Council of the United Blind (ICUB) Across Iowa Chapter
An at large group which meets the first Thursday of each month via phone at Conference call #: 712-432-5610; Access code: 782. This is an affiliation of the ACB. Any person who cannot physically attend an ACB chapter is welcome to attend conference calls. National ACB and local ICUB topics are discussed. After business then it is time for persons to share personal experiences relating to blindness.
J Ross Tech
Jonathan Ross is an independent technology consultant, providing adaptive technology support, customization and training to individuals, businesses and schools, to meet the personal employment or educational goals of individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Providing services mainly to the blind, visually impaired and hearing impaired.
Lions Clubs of Iowa
Supports the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, Iowa KidSight program (screenings) and the Iowa Department for the Blind with programming support. Part of the largest service organization in the world to help people with vision and hearing loss.
Public transit service for those who are visually impaired or physically disabled in the Omaha metro area.
NanoPac, Inc. serves 8 States including Nebraska, and has been helping the blind and visually impaired since 1987 representing the majority of manufacturers. They provide magnification solutions which help persons with low vision read and remain independent. NanoPac has new and used units for sale, and every product comes with life-time support. They will take older units in on trade if you like, and they come to your home or office to help you.
National Federation of the Blind Omaha Chapter
Empowers blind individual through monthly meetings held on the third Saturday of each month, at 9:15a.m., Swanson Branch Library at 90th and Dodge. Call Bridgit Kuenning-Pollpeter, Chapter President, to reserve a spot.
Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired
A program that offers the expertise and specialized skills of the center’s staff to blind, visually impaired, and multi-handicapped students in residential, day, and outreach settings.
Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
A state vocational rehabilitation agency for the blind, working to help blind and visually impaired Nebraskans achieve full and rewarding lives through independent living skills and assisting with finding employment in Nebraska and across the country.
Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children
Provides children with resources and tools otherwise not available to them. Believes childhood and teen experiences of the blind and visually impaired are essential to their success as adults.
Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service
Part of a nationwide network of cooperating libraries headed by the National Library Service (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress. Provides free audiobooks, audio magazines and braille through the mail and through digital download to individuals with a visual or physical condition, or a reading disability which limits use of regular print.
Nebraska Lions Eye Bank, Inc
Recovers, evaluates, processes and distributes human donor eye tissue for corneal transplantation.
Nebraska Low Vision
Nebraska Low Vision was founded by Patrick J. Fischer who has been helping the blind and visually impaired since 1990. Patrick is an entrepreneur that loves technology and helping people blind and visually impaired find solutions that allow them to remain independent. Nebraska Low Vision sells new and pre-owned magnification equipment which comes with life-time support. They have the largest in-state inventory of new and used magnification equipment for sale.
Nebraska Medical Association
An advocacy organization comprised of 3,000 physicians (MDs and DOs), residents and medical students from across all areas of Nebraska.
Nebraska Optometric Association
Representing the interests of Nebraska optometrists.
Omaha Association of the Blind
Embraces a mission to promote the social, intellectual, and economic welfare of the blind in Omaha, to work toward their interests and needs, and to foster an environment for communication & networking among the legally blind. Provides transportation to and from OAB Meetings.
Omaha Council of the Blind
A nonprofit organization of and for the blind and visually impaired adults of Omaha which provides opportunities for information and socialization for its members.
An Omaha-based nonprofit dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of the blind and visually impaired through employment, adaptive technology training, recreation and cultural experiences, and educational opportunities.
Radio Talking Book Service
Nebraska’s Audio Companion to the blind, or visually impaired. Seeks to eliminate the inability to read print as a disabling condition.
Share A Fare, Inc.
Provides transportation for the blind and visually impaired citizens in the Greater Omaha area by promoting a cab subsidy program to enhance independent travel and effective participation in society.
Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation
The latest advances in technology are used to determine the tools and training activities that are needed to assist individuals with low vision in maximizing the use of their remaining vision.
Provides participatory and specially designed arts workshops to the visually impaired, hearing impaired, and individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.