Foundation Fighting Blindness
The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
Since its founding in 1971, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has been dedicated to funding innovative research to find preventions, treatments, and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases that lead to blindness and affect more than 10 million people in the United States.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a retinal degenerative disease that causes a progressive loss of central vision.
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of genetic eye conditions. In the progression of symptoms for RP, night blindness generally precedes tunnel vision by years or even decades.
Stargardt disease is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. The progressive vision loss associated with Stargardt disease is caused by the death of photoreceptor cells in the central portion of the retina called the macula.
Usher syndrome is an inherited condition characterized by hearing impairment and progressive vision loss.
Please click here for more information on many other retinal diseases.
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
Toll Free: (800) 683-5555
TDD: (800) 683-5551
Local: (410) 423-0600
Local TDD: (410) 363-7139
Foundation Fighting Blindness – PO Box for Donations
PO Box 17279
Baltimore, MD 21298-9581
Florida FFB Office
3032 E. Commercial Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Phone: (954) 496-0776
The Florida Division of Blind Services helps blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible. To apply for services you must first download and complete the Application for Services Form and submit it to your nearest Division of Blind Services office.
The Guide Dogs page answers some common questions people have about guide dogs and how to behave around them. One important answer below.
Q: Is it okay to pet a working guide dog?
It's important for a working dog to stay focused for the safety of the team and maintenance of training standards. It's an essential courtesy to first ask for permission from the handler before petting a guide dog.
Q: Are guide dogs allowed to go everywhere a person can go?
Yes. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a guide dog is allowed any place a person can go.
In Cooperation with the Florida Division of Blind Services and the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind the following information has been provided for your convenience by the:
- Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) - The BVA motto is "Blinded Veterans Helping Blinded Veterans". Service related blindness is not a criteria to join.
- Service Providers - Serve persons who are blind or visually impaired with training related to vision loss.
- Florida Council of the Blind (FCB) - FCB provides support, information and resources for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
- Florida Council for Independent Living - The Florida Council for Independent Living is a federally mandated body responsible for the development of the State Independent Living plan with both the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division of Blind Services. This council also monitors and evaluates the implementation of the plan.
- Florida Deaf-Blind Association, Inc. - (FDBA) is a state organization of, for, and by Deaf-Blind Americans.
- Florida Division of Blind Services - Contact the district office nearest you for assistance from DBS. See this website's home page for a list of the programs we provide.
- Florida Support Service Program (External Link) - Serves Florida residents over the age of 18 who have been declared legally blind and are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We train, match, and provide SSPs to the Deaf-Blind consumers in the state of Florida. We support Service Providers who interpret the environment and become the 'eyes' and/or 'ears' for the Deaf-Blind Floridians In the community and on the job.
- Lions Club of Florida - (LIONS) - Helen Keller challenged Lions to become her Knights of the Blind in 1925. Their motto is "We Serve".
- National Federation of the Blind of Florida (NFBF) - NFBF is not an organization speaking for the blind, it is the blind speaking for themselves.
- Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (External Link) - Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology.
- Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired (External Link) - Promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.
The content for these pages was provided by member(s) of these organizations. Links to their websites have been added so you can learn more.
Division of Blind Services
600 University Office Boulevard, Suite 4
Pensacola, FL 32504
Main Number: (850) 484-5122
Fax: (850) 484-5129
District Administrator: Genevieve English-Charles
Serves: Escambia; Okaloosa; Santa Rosa; and Walton Counties.