Researcher at microscopeRelevant research and data are important tools for leaders to develop specialized vision rehabilitation programs, make high-level decisions, and in reporting to boards of directors.  VisionServe Alliance strives to be at the forefront of participating in, creating, and gathering in one place the results of surveys, research, studies, and more in the blindness and visual impairment field.  We do this in two ways—by continually posting the most current research and industry data within the Members-Only section of our website, and by producing:

Flatten Inaccessiblilty: COVID-19 and the Impacts on People who are Blind or have Low Visionflatten inaccessibility surveylogo

The impacts of COVID-19 pandemic including the fast-moving changes resulting from social distancing, local closures of businesses and schools, and the shift of education and employment to online environments has led to concerns about the impact on individuals who are blind or who have low vision. Major organizations and companies involved in the blindness community are collaborating in an effort to obtain data and information from the community. By helping to collect this information, we hope to illuminate issues, understand barriers affecting individuals as a result, and in turn focus on solutions needed for this unprecedented period of history. View the result of the Flatten Inacessiblity survey.

View the webinar hosted by AFB on the data results and discussion.

Access & EngagementAccess and Engagement survey Logo

The AFB data team has been hard at work analyzing the data from the Access & Engagement survey that closed on May 13. Visit their website to find the first two installments on the study participants. You are encouraged to direct others to the website and to suggest they come back often during the month of June for additional installments.

Thank you to APH for hosting the site. The quantitative data analysis is being led by Dr. Kathryn Botsford with assistance from Rett McBride a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University. The qualitative team being led by Drs. Tina Herzberg and Tiffany Wild are hard at work

Bi-Annual Compensation and Benefits Surveys

VisionServe Alliance is the only organization in the field of blindness and visual impairment to administer a professional and comprehensive compensation and benefits survey for executive level positions as well as vision rehabilitation therapists, teachers of the visually impaired, and occupational therapists.  The Compensation and Benefits Survey is tailored to your region of the country. Survey results may be purchased by non-members for $500, but is offered FREE for members who participate in the survey, and offered to members who do not participate in the survey for $250.

Annual Financial Rankings:

VisionServe Alliance analyzes assets, income, and expenses for 250 nonprofit organizations providing services to people with vision loss.  This report is provided FREE to members and available to non-members for $100.

VisionServe Alliance and its members are currently participating in the following research studies:

  • Facebook Accessibility by Older Americans Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in partnership with Facebook
  • Reading Pleasure Derived From Using Tablets in partnership with Wichita State University and Envision Research Institute
  • Best Practices in Serving Older Individuals Who Are Blind in partnership with Mississippi State’s Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision

Contact us at if you have questions about these member benefits or would like more information about joining VisionServe Alliance.