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New England Retinoblastoma Support Group
Provides emotional support and resources for families with retinoblastoma. Information and referral, phone support, conferences, literature, advocacy.
Phone: 1-800-562-6265
Address: New England Retinoblastoma Parents Support Group, P.O. Box 317, Watertown, MA 02272

American Cancer Society
Health information, coping with cancer, new treatment and research, discussion groups, locate resources in your community.
Phone: 1-800-227-2345l

Children's Cancer Association
Visit this site and request a copy of The Kids Cancer Pages. It is a comprehensive national resource directory on childhood cancer. It was created to help connect and network families to organizations, information, resources, and to each other on a national basis.
Phone: 1-503-244-3141

National Cancer Institute
The U.S. Government's primary agency for cancer research and information.
Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER

Young People With Cancer
This book provides parents with information on the most common types of cancer, treatments and side effects and common issues that arise when a child is diagnosed with cancer.
Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) and select the option to order publications Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time (within the U.S. and its territories).

The National Children's Cancer Society
Provides information, emotional and financial support to children with cancer and their families for expenses related to cancer treatment. The website has special links just for kids and information on healthy caregiving for families.
Phone: 1-800-532-6459

Eye Cancer Network
Educational, diagnostic and treatment information about ocular cancers.

Band-Aids and Blackboards
A website about growing up with a medical problem from the perspective of kids and teens.

National Eye Institute
The U.S. Government agency conducts and supports research to help prevent and treat eye diseases. The website provides health information in English and Spanish.
Phone: 1-301-496-5248

Patient-Centered Guides
Childhood Cancer Survivors; A Practical Guide to Your Future
Childhood Cancer: A Parent's Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers
Books written to give survivors and their families the information they need.
Phone: 1-800-998-9938

Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer Foundation
A national non-profit membership organization whose mission is to educate, support, serve, and advocate for families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them.
Phone: 800-366-2223

Visual Impairment Resources

Visually impairment can be described as partially sighted, low vision, hard-of-seeing, or blind based on the degree of visual impairment. A person is considered LEGALLY blind when the best-corrected visual acuity is 20/200, or the person's visual field is 20 degrees or less. Few legally blind persons have no sight; in fact, most have some remaining vision. Partially sighted or low vision generally refers to a severe visual impairment, not necessarily limited to distance vision. Low vision applies to all individuals with sight who are unable to read the newspaper at a normal viewing distance, even with the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses. They use a combination of vision and other senses to learn, although they may require adaptations in lighting or the size of print, and, sometimes, Braille. Generally, the partially sighted individual has a central visual acuity range of 20/70 to 20/200 in the better eye with best correction by glasses.

Florida Division of Blind Services (DBS)
This state agency provides vocational rehabilitation and employment services for blind and visually impaired Florida residents. Services include school to work transition, job placement, counseling, vocational and academic training, orientation and mobility training, personal and social adjustments services and post-employment services. A part of DBS, the Florida Department of Education specialists from Children and Family Services serve eligible children who are blind or visually impaired so that they may reach educational and independent living goals.
Phone: 1-800-342-1330

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
A national non-profit organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired. NAPVI offers information and referral services, initiates outreach by providing seed money to promotes the development of state and local organizations, has a quarterly publication, advocates for educational needs, and offers emotional support and networking opportunities.
Phone: 1-900-562-6265

V.I. Guide
An Internet site that contains information on topics is pertaining to parenting and teaching children with a visual impairment. Information and links to other sites about vision-related services, special education, assistive technology and products, laws and legislation, entertainment, research, and other organizations and groups that might be of interest.

The Hadley School for the Blind
The Hadley School offers Parent/Child and Parent/Family correspondence courses on a variety of topics. Parent/Child courses include: Reach and Teach, which provides step-by-step teaching techniques and guideline to help parents assess and build on a child's strengths; Child Development; Partners in Education; Learning, Play, and Toys; and Early Independence. Parent/Family course topics include Abacus I and II; Accessing Local Sports and Recreation; Braille Reading for Family members, College Bound, the Human Eye; Independent Living; Personal Computers; self-esteem.
Phone: 1-800-323-4238

Blind Children's Center
This Los Angeles organization has a number of videos and publications (some in Spanish) that can provide useful information for families of blind or visually impaired children. Topics include: beginning nurturing, social, play and language interactions; teaching young children who are visually impaired; common concerns for the preschool child who is visually impaired or blind; feeding a child with a visual impairment; movement development for babies who are visually impaired; orientation and mobility for preschool children designing and constructing simple adaptive mobility devices for preschool children; multiple disabilities; and parents talk about their feelings.
Phone: 1-800-222-3566

Other Organizations

American Council of the Blind
Phone: 1-800-424-8666

American Federation for the Blind
Phone: 1-800-232-5463

American Printing House for the Blind

Lighthouse International

National Federation of the Blind

Links to Other Websites

Eye Resources on the Internet

International Organization for the Blind

Blindness Resource Center

A Blind Net

Snuggl' Up, Inc
Phone: 305-931-6333


SNG Prosthetic Eye Institute


Angel Flight
Angel Flight is a non-profit, volunteer pilot organization that coordinates free air transportation on corporate aircraft for those with medical needs.
Phone: 1-800-352-4256

Midwest Express Miracle Miles
One free flight, thereafter flights are discounted. No financial requirements.
Phone: Call Natalie Fuerst at 1-414-570-3644

Corporate Angels
Private jets used by corporations that have empty seats, free flights. No financial requirements.
Phone: 1-914-328-1313

Northwest Airlines, Kid Cares Program
Those with financial need have priority.
Phone: 1-612-726-4206

American Airlines, Aadvantage Miles for Kids in Need
Helps those in financial need.
Phone: 1-817-963- 8118

The National Patient Travel HELPLINE
Helps those in financial need.
Phone: 1-800-296-1217


American Cancer Society's Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge
The American Cancer Society understands the challenges that families face when a loved one needs cancer treatment far from home. It can be uncomfortable and extremely costly to stay in hotels for weeks at a time. That's where Hope Lodge can help. It offers a friendly environment with no limit on the length of stay. Hope Lodge provides several kitchen areas where families can cook their own meals. While Hope Lodge does not provide medical, counseling, or religious services, it is far more than a hotel. It's a home-away-from-home when it's needed most.
Phone: 1-800-ACS-2345; In Miami: 305-547-2210; Other areas: 1-317-415-5000

Ronald McDonald House
Since 1974, families around the world have been calling Ronald McDonald House a "home-away-from-home."
Address: Ronald McDonald House Charities, One Kroc Drive, Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523
Phone: 1-630-623-7048