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Agencies Serving Blind & Partially Sighted People

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A comprehensive list of agencies, charities and organisations that support blind and partially sighted people, with contact details and information about services and activities.

Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Slovak Republic
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines

South Africa

Arthur Blaxall School
Street Address: 87 Royston Road, Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Postal Address: PO Box 8132, Cumberwood, Pietermaritzburg, 3235, South Africa.
Tel: +27 331 71400
Fax: +27 331 72211
Activities: Our school is a boarding institution which caters for blind and partially sighted pupils from pre-primary to Grade 12 (Matric).

Blind SA
Street Address: 102 Eighth Avenue, Mayfair, Johannesburg, 2092, South Africa.
Postal Address: Private Bag X9005, Crown Mines, 2025, South Africa.
Tel: +27 11 839 1793
Fax: +27 11 839 1217
Activities: The objectives of Blind SA are to promote the interests of all blind people by: Combating poverty; The empowerment of blind people by the provision of braille, the distribution of information and the provision of other developmental services; Acting as a pressure group with regard to any matter concerning blind people. Povide free braille training, orienation and mobility training, and skills of daily living training.

Cape Town Society for the Blind
Street address: 45 Sale River Road, Salt River, 7925, South Africa.
Postal address: PO Box 1018, Woodstock, 7915, South Africa
Contact Person: Hannl Cronje, Chief Executive Officer; Nomalanga Masumpa, Head of Development
Tel: +27 21 4484302
Fax: +27 21 4485206
Activites: Facilitates sustainable employment opportunities of visually impaired persons. It aims to provide blind and partially blind adults, in the Greater Cape Town and Boland areas, with opportunities to become independent and financially self-sufficient citizens. An initial assessment takes the format of career identification followed by personal career planning. Accordingly, vocational skills training i.e. switchboard and computer training, detergent manufacturing, candle making, cane weaving etc, is offered. Business training and business support services are also available. Finally, suitably trained blind / partially blind persons are, with the assistance of the Society's Employment Consultancy Officer, placed in the open labour market.

Deafblind South Africa
Suite 80, Po Box 3105, 6849 Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa.
Contact person: André van Deventer, National Director
Fax: +27 32 347 7542
Fax: +27 23 347 7581
Activities: Deafblind South Africa sees its role as a lobbying organisation to promote better services for Deafblind people and also to be the mouthpiece of Deafblind people in South Africa. Some of the services are: Correct Diagnosis - It is vitally important that a correct diagnosis be made as early as possible in order to assure the correct provision of services for deafblind children. Early Intervention - If early intervention services are not available, it may lead to the Deafblind child not developing properly. More capable Education units – Urgent attention should be given to the establishment of units for the education of Deafblind children in all the provinces of South Africa. Strategic Partnerships – Form partnerships with other organisations. Identification of Deafblind people – identifying Deafblind children and in ensuring that Deafblind children receive adequate education. Lobbying Forum for parents – Deafblind South Africa would like to provide parents with the opportunity to come together and to lobby together with adult Deafblind people for better education for their children. Role Models for children - We believe that adult Deafblind people can serve as role models for Deafblind children in order to show them what Deafblind people can achieve.

Institute for the Blind
PO Box 933, Worcester 6849, South Africa.
Tel: +27 23 34 72 745
Fax: +27 23 34 21 16 9
Activities: The Institute is an autonomous organization and works in partnership with the Church, State, corporate and public sectors to promote the level of independence and the quality of life of each visually handicapped person. This partnership, motivated by a common goal, common values and endeavour, acts as a unit to involve the community.

Johannesburg Society for the Blind
Street address: 159 North Road, Roseacre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Postal address: Private Bag 20, Linmeyer 2105, South Africa.
Contact person: Mr. Ouis Kubeka, Managing Director
Tel: +27 11 613 8241
Fax: +27 11 613 1180
Activities: To promote the independence and well being of people who are partially sighted and blind through rehabilitation education and personal support, enabling individuals to achieve the maximum level of self-integration. To promote the abilities and potential of people with visual impairments by publicizing their achievements and their special needs. To educate the community about visual impairment including its treatment and prevention. To create a climate of opportunity for all blind people in society. To facilitate self-help projects whereby blind people come to play a meaningful and valuable role in their communities once again.

KwaZulu-Natal Society for the Blind
Street address: 194 Umbilo Road, Durban 4001, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Postal address: PO Box 18702, Dalbridge 4014, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Contact person: Merle Brown, General Manager
Tel: +27 31 202 7277
Fax: +27 31 202 2830
Activities: Comprehensive range of services to visually impaired children and adults which include an early childhood development centre, a residential lifeskills program for youth, a residential facility for blind adults, social services, independence training and skills development. Low vision services and an optometric clinic. Training in computer literacy, braille, telephony, basketry and basic business skills.

League of Friends of the Blind
PO Box 31010, Grassy Park, Cape Town, 7888, South Africa.
Contact person: Mr. Philip M. Bam, Executive Director
Tel: +27 21 705 37 53
Fax: +27 21 705 21 54
Activities: LOFOB provides a wide range of independence development services to partially sighted and blind people. Part of this service encompasses an infant stimulation and development service including Pre-school Centre, where the main objective is to prepare partially sighted and blind children for school; i.e. either main stream or special schools.

Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind
Plot 3, Cedara Road, Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal, 3245, South Africa.
P.O. Box 4444, Willowton, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, 3200, South Africa.
Contact Person: Hassan Murchie, Principal
Tel: +27 33 343 3301
Fax: +27 33 343 3302
Activities: A non-profit organisation catering for the Islamic education of the visually impaired.

Retina South Africa
PO Box 40432, Cleveland 2022, South Africa. Postnet Suite 75, Private Bag X10020, Edenvale 1610
Contact person: Mr. Ebrahim Patel Mrs Claudette Medefindt
Tel: +27 11 622 4904 +27 11 450 1181
Fax: +27 11 622 6277 0866536392
Activities: Retina South Africa offers supports education and counselling to people affected by Retinal Blindness and their families. Retina South Africa funds a gene tracking project at the University of Cape Town to identify the genes causing retinal degeneration in South African families.

South African Guide-Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Road, Rietfontein, Santon, South Africa.
Contact person: Ros Kippen
Tel: +27 11 705 3512
Fax: +27 86 506 3364
Activities: Training of guide-dog mobility instructors and guide-dogs.

South African Library for the Blind
Street address: 112 B High Street, Grahamstown, South Africa.
Postal address: PO Box 115, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa.
Contact person: Johan Roos, Director
Tel: +27 46 622 7226
Fax: +27 46 622 4645
Activities: Departments include: Audio Library Service, Braille Library Service, Infolib, Braille Book Production and Audio Book Production.

South African National Council for the Blind
514 White Street, Bailey's Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181, South Africa.
Contact person: Madalein Greyling, Programme Manager Fundraising and Public Relations
Tel: +27 12 452 3811
Fax: +27 12 346 4699
Activities: The South African National Council for the Blind is a non-governmental organization striving to meet the needs of all South Africans with visual impairments through a network of over 95 member organisations throughout South Africa. This support includes rehabilitation, education and training, social and economic development, sales of assistive devices, awareness, the prevention of blindness and the restoration of sight. The Council bases all its work on the premise that visually disabled people can and should be integrated into mainstream society.

United Blind People of South Africa (UBPSA)
PO Box 1823, Medunsa 0204, South Africa.
Contact person: Mr. Meshack Sekhoto, General Secretary
Tel: +27 12 678 1110
Fax: +27 12 682 2724
Activities: Helping the blind people who cannot help themselves, developing the knowledge of humanity among societies, and development in terms of skills and education for the blind. Ensuring that blind people also enjoy their constitutional rights and are treated with fairness.


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