Vision Resource Coalition
If you’re a blind or visually impaired individual, you are not alone. If medicine and traditional optometry failed you, 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 | Website
Administers the National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution program for low income individuals who are deaf.
Assistology | Website
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 | Website
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 | Website
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.
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) | Website
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 | Website
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.
Providing services mainly to the blind, visually impaired and hearing impaired.
Lions Clubs of Iowa | Website
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.
MOBY | Website
Public transit service for those who are visually impaired or physically disabled in the Omaha metro area.
NanoPac, Inc. | Website
A 29 year old company that provides direct sales with free home and business visits for the majority of technology products to help people with low vision. Offers dispenser/Referral programs for eye doctors, occupational therapists, Low vision rehab professionals, and home health care companies.
National Federation of the Blind Omaha Chapter | Website
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 | Website
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 | Website
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 | Website
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 | Website
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. | Website
Recovers, evaluates, processes and distributes human donor eye tissue for corneal transplantation.
Nebraska Low Vision | Website
Believes in the importance of reading and writing for persons who have low vision. Whether you suffer from macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa or other visual impairments, our top-of-the-line magnifiers will help you to read and write again.
Nebraska Medical Association | Website
An advocacy organization comprised of 3,000 physicians (MDs and DOs), residents and medical students from across all areas of Nebraska.
Nebraska Optometric Association | Website
Representing the interests of Nebraska optometrists.
Omaha Association of the Blind | Website
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 | Website
A nonprofit organization of and for the blind and visually impaired adults of Omaha which provides opportunities for information and socialization for its members.
Outlook Nebraska | Website
An Omaha-based non profit 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
(402) 614-3331 x228
Radio Talking Book Service | Website
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. | Website
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 | Website
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.
WhyArts? | Website
Provides participatory and specially designed arts workshops to the visually impaired, hearing impaired, and individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.