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School children visiting our Braille Production Plant

School children visiting our Braille Production Plant

Conveniently located in Center City - Downtown Philadelphia, PA

Conveniently located in Center City - Downtown Philadelphia, PA

Our Gardening Program is challenging and enjoyable!

Our Gardening Program is challenging and enjoyable!

Guide Dog Appreciation Day at ASB.  These service animals know why they're there!

Guide Dog Appreciation Day at ASB. These service animals know why they're there!

The Philadelphia Phillies take time out to recognize one of their many visually impaired fans!

The Philadelphia Phillies take time out to recognize one of their many visually impaired fans!

Vision loss isn't the end of the road - it's a new road and we're here to help!

Vision loss isn't the end of the road - it's a new road and we're here to help!

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Who We Are? serving the blind & visually impaired

asb frontIf you’ve been affected by blindness or visual impairment, know someone who has, or if you’re just seeking information, you’ve come to the right place.

ASB is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring self-esteem, independence and self determination among people who are blind or visually impaired.

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What We Do? promote self-esteem & independence

rehab tourAdapting to life with little or no vision can be a daunting challenge. Fear and uncertainty can be overwhelming. Even a lifelong home can suddenly become foreign and perilous. In blindness or visual impairment, much of what a sighted person takes for granted needs to be relearned in a completely new way.

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What You Can Do? we depend on you!

volunteer giftWe’re dedicated to the work we do and the people we serve, but we can’t do it without help. The services, education and support that we offer are possible, in large part, thanks to the generosity of those who give their time or financial resources.

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Randy Foxwell, of Mount Airy, PA, has been coming to ASB for services for a little over a year now. Randy has suffered from Glaucoma as well as Diabetes, and came to ASB to help him with his loss of vision.

Randy was told by his Ophthalmologist, whom he had been seeing for over 20 years, that he was going to lose his sight. His doctor recommended Randy to ASB, and after meeting with the ASB Director of Human Services was accepted as an ASB client.

"ASB has helped me tremendously with dealing with my vision loss," says Randy. "Meeting other people who face the same issues that I do has really made a difference in my life, and has helped make this transition easier."

Randy has been taking part in the Life Skills program, as well as the Prevention of Isolation Program and has recently started his mobility training. Randy will be learning how to navigate his surroundings using his white cane, helping him to live a more productive and independent life.

"Words cannot explain how much the programs at ASB have helped me in my life. The mobility training has been so important to me in helping me to travel around, and not be isolated and confined to just staying at home."

"Randy has learned so much, and has come so far, since joining ASB over a year ago" said Patricia C. Johnson, ASB President and CEO. "Mr. Foxwell will continue to benefit from the programs he takes part in at ASB and we hope that he will be an inspiration to others affected by vision loss."

In his spare time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as taking walks at the nearby Cheltenham mall.

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our mission smAssociated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) is a private non-profit organization created to promote self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired.

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