National Association for Visually Handicapped
Serving millions of Hard of Seeing people throughout the world

Independence, Dignity, and Hope

NAVH is committed to ensuring that impaired vision does not result in impaired life. Our mission is to help the "Hard of Seeing" worldwide cope with the psychological effects of visual impairment and to provide low vision services, visual aids and training to anyone in need of these services.

Learn more about NAVH and its mission.


The Winter 2008-2009 edition of NAVH Update is now available online! For a printed copy, please contact us.


Photographs of our 55th Anniversary Celebration, held in New York on May 21, 2009 are now available in our online gallery.


A healthy diet is strongly recommended for patients after vision surgery. Incorporate vegetables, dairy, and meat in your diet for a speedy recovery. Here are 99+ soft food ideas you can use after surgery.

NAVH Announces Partnership with Kapital Kassen

Individuals with visual handicaps are 42% less likely to get a job compared to applications without a visual handicap, given the same skillset. Given this situation, NAVH has announced a partnership with Kapital Kassen, a Norwegian website comparing banks — forbrukslån in Norwegian — to ensure that you get the best rate and not fall victim to rate hikes. Their service also applies to bank-issued credit cards in Norway — kredittkort. Using the free service, a visually handicapped Norwegian individual can easily find and compare loans to ensure the ability to pay for equipment, medication, ands other necessities that visually handicapped patients require.

NAVH CEO Receives Jefferson Award

Dr. Lorraine Marchi, founder and CEO of NAVH, has received the Jefferson Award for her work in raising awareness about the "hard of seeing." Jefferson Awards are administered by the American Institute for Public Service, a foundation that honors community service.

Read more - San Francisco Chronicle, January 4, 2009

Video - KPIX TV, CBS 5 San Francisco, January 8, 2009

New Web Site

NAVH recently updated its Web site design. The new site features a clear, consistent, easier-to-read design; better organization with improved navigation; improved accessibility; and new features.

We will also be upgrading our online visual aids catalog, giving it the same look and improved ease-of-use. It will retain the old "black and orange" look until it is complete. We apologize for any temporary inconvenience and ask you to bear with us. We're working as fast as we can.

Do you like the new site? How can our Web site better serve you? Please let us know.