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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


Association pour le Bien des Aveugles et Malyoyants (ABA)
(Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired)
Place Bourg de Four 34, Geneva, CH-1204, Switzerland.
Tel: +44 22 3177919
Fax: +44 22 3177911
Activities: To provide support for professional and social integration, to improve the standard of living, to inform and increase awareness of the immediate circle and the general public, to supply equipment for integration in schools, workplaces and at home, in the Geneva area.

Bibliothèque Braille Romande et Livre Parlé (BBR)
(Swiss French-Speaking Braille and Talking Books Library)
Place Bourg de Four 34, Geneva, CH-1204, Switzerland.
Tel: +44 22 3177900
Fax: +44 22 3177911
Activities: Loan of French language braille and talking books all over the world. Loan only for print disabled people.

Blindenbibliothek der CAB in Landschlacht
Hinterdorfstrasse 29, CH-8597 Landschlacht, Switzerland.
Contact person: Urs Rehmann, Library Leader
Tel: +41 71 695 12 14
Fax: +41 71 695 12 51
Activities: Production of digital and analog talking books and braille books with strong emphasis on philosophical, theological and psychological content. Additional services: "Quick conversion", conversion of printed matter, mainly to fully navigable, synthetically speaking digital talking books, or E-texts (navigable texts in HTML that can be listened to by screen readers). "Internet research", on demand research on subjects our clients decide on.

Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM)
(Christian Blind Mission)
Seestrasse 160, Zürich, CH-8027, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 1 202 2171
Fax: +41 1 201 3018
Activities: World-wide services for blind and visually impaired people as well as those with other disabilities in the services of prevention, treatment, education and rehabilitation.

Retina Suisse
Ausstellungsstrasse 36, CH-8005 Zürich, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 1 444 10 77
Fax: +41 1 444 10 70
Activities: a self-help organization of humans with degenerative retina illnesses is such as Retinitis pigmentosa, Makuladegeneration, Usher syndrome and other one. It informs and advises humans concerned, their members and the public. It supports exchange of experience and the mutual assistance of its members. It promotes the scientific research in the area of retina degenerations with the goal, a treatment for these today not or only in special cases limits treatable illnesses to find. A scientific-medical adviser of physicians constantly stands for the combination for the newest information to the side.

Schweizerische Bibliothek für Blinde und Sehbehinderte
(Swiss Library for the Blind and Visually Disabled)

Grubenstrasse 12, 8045 Zürich, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 43 333 32 32
Fax: +41 43 333 32 33

Schweizerischer BlindenBund
(Swiss Association of the Blind)

Friedackerstrasse 8, Postfach, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland.
Contact person: Mr Walter Weber
Tel: +41 1 317 90 00
Fax: +41 1 317 90 01
Activities: Self-help organisation of blind and visually impaired people. The organisations consists of 5 regional groups, geographically spread over the country with offices in Aarau, Basel, Bern, Niederurnrn, Schaffhausen, Winterthur and Zürich.

Swiss National Association Of and For the Blind (SNAB)
Schützengasse 4, CH-9000 St.Gallen, Switzerland.
Contact person: M Buetikofer
Tel: +41 71 223 36 36
Fax: +41 71 222 71 18
Activities: The SNAB is the national umbrella organisation for 60 member organisations, which are all active in the field of blindness. As an umbrella organisation, the SNAB coordinates all efforts on behalf of and for individuals affected by sight loss, promotes international contacts and spreads information. The SNAB provides information and direct aid to partially sighted, blind and/or deafblind people as well as to its member organisations, public and private institutions and to concerned members of the general public.

Sehbehindertenhilfe Basel
Zurcherstrasse 149, 4052 Basel, Switzerland.
Contact person: Vivian Aldridge, Department of Training and Re-Education
Tel: +41 61 317 98 68
Fax: +41 61 317 98 64
Activities: Vocational training, PC training, follow up assistance and repairs. Consultation and advice.

Sonnenberg Beratung und Schule für sehgeschädigde Kinder und Jugendliche
(Sonnenberg Consulting and School for the Visually Impaired and Blind)

Landhausstrasse 20, CH-6340 Baar, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 41 7677833
Fax: +41 41 7677838
Activities: Schools, diagnosis, consulting, therapy and professional orientation.

Stiftung für blinde und sehbehinderte Kinder und Jugendliche Zollikofen
(Foundation for Blind and Visually Handicapped Children and Youth Zollikofen)

Kirchlindachstrasse 49, Zollikofen, 3052, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 31 910 25 16
Fax: +41 31 911 30 41
Activities: School and boarding school for blind and visually impaired children from elementary to high school level. Post-school assistance and training. School for orienteering and mobility. Production of teaching aids and books in Braille.

Stiftung Schweizerische Schule für Blindenführhunde
(Foundation for the Swiss School for Guide Dogs)

Markstallstrasse 6, Allschwil, 4123, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 61 487 95 95
Fax: +41 61 41 487 95 90
Activities: Breeding and training of guide dogs for the blind. Assessment and classes with blind persons. Supervising the visually handicapped with their guide dogs.

Swiss Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Gutenbergstrasse 40b, CH3011 Bern, Switzerland.
Contact persons: Remo Kuonen
Tel: +41 31 390 88 00
Fax: +41 31 390 88 50
Activities: Programme of courses for blind and visually impaired people including a travel programme. Offer advice and rehabilitation. The travelling Visiomobile - a mobile counselling and information centre.

Via San Gottardo 49, CH-6598 Tenero, Switzerland.
Tel:. +41 91 745 69 00
Fax: +41 91 745 48 68
Activities: Association of volunteers who act as readers, transportation, companions and guides. Supports the work of two associations within the Italian provinces of Switzerland: Societa Ticinese Per L'assistenza dei Ciechi and Gruppo Ticinese Sciatori Chiechi e Deboli Di Vista.

Der Verein fuer Blindenhunde und Mobilitatshilfen (VBM)
Weideliweg 20, CH-4410 Liestal, Switzerland.
Contact person: Regula Fischer
Telefon: +41 61 906 30 00
Fax: +41 61 906 30 29
Activities: The VBM trains a range of different breeds of guide dogs within the trainer’s home environment, introducing them to human contact and daily life throughout their training.


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