Resources for Adults New to Vision Loss

Part of a series of Clinical Briefings for Primary care Professionals and the public.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) understands that information is power. We are committed to connecting people to life-changing information, resources, local services, and a vibrant and supportive community.

That’s why AFB launched VisionAware—which as of July 1, will be stewarded by the American Printing House for the Blind—a free, comprehensive resource for basic information about adjusting to vision loss, including tips for adapting your home and daily living. Adults who are losing their sight, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals will all find rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss.

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Recommended Links from VisionAware

  • VisionAware helps adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community.
  • “The Roadmap to Living with Vision Loss” lays out a proactive path to the types of services and information you will need to explore as you cope with new vision loss.
  • The “Getting Started” Toolkits provide helpful tips for living with vision loss with strategic links to additional information and are available online, as audio files, and as downloadable PDFs in both English and Spanish.
  • “A Guide to Vision Loss for Family and Friends” provides advice and direction on how to assist your spouse, parent, friend, or other family member who is experiencing vision loss.
  • VisionAware also offers solutions for everyday issues such as finding transportationreading,

The Twenty-First Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss

The Twenty-First Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss—facilitated by the American Foundation for the Blind—is a dynamic, nationwide collaboration that has already started yielding results by bringing together the most significant national stakeholder organizations and experts. This coalition is committed to raising awareness, facilitating increased and improved services, and protecting and promoting the rights of seniors with vision loss to lives of enjoyment, inclusion, and independence.

Learn more about the Twenty-First Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss by visiting the following links on