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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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31May

Who We Are?

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Welcome to ASB!

If 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.

Although our primary purpose is to serve those in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, our website also includes links that can direct you to agencies around the country.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area and need our help, or know someone who does, write or give us a call today:

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600

25Mar

Our Facilities - Philadelphia, PA

Our Facilities

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Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, at 919 Walnut Street.

The address is home to our offices as well as the many programs and services that we offer. Most of our classes and groups meet at 919 Walnut, and it’s also where you’ll find our large-scale braille production department…one of only five such facilities in the United States.

 



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It’s also here that rehabilitation, training and education reshapes and rebuilds the lives of our clients.

We have a working apartment, where clients can learn to adapt to blindness or visual impairment without fear. Instructors teach clients how to cook, clean, sew, write letters and checks; how to dress and apply make up; how to effectively use a white cane and much more.

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 alt Our Computer Technology Department features computers with special adaptive aids that provide people who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to learn computer literacy, including how to input type and navigate what's on a computer screen even though they don't have the ability to actually see it. They can also learn how to surf the net, write emails or handle software including word-processors and spreadsheets.

The first floor of our facility also houses the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a lending institution of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage free mail.

At any given time of day, 919 Walnut Street is bustling place where people come to share, learn, teach, volunteer, read, chat and just be themselves. 
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28Oct

About Us!

Philadelphia’s Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB), is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created to inspire self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired.

 

We provide support through education, training and resources, as well as through community action and public education.

 

ASB is proud to serve as a voice and advocate for the rights of all our clients.

 

28Oct

Our Associations

Our Associations

Blindness and visual impairment can impact lives on many levels, including emotional, social, physical and economic.

ASB understands these unique challenges, and helps clients work to overcome them beyond the array of services that we offer. In order to do so, we’ve entered into community partnerships with local organizations in order to ensure an integrated network of complementary services.

 

Click on any of our partners for more information:

 

The Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging (PCA), which provides community-based services for older residents

 

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, which provides senior trainees to host agencies through its Seniors In Community Training Program

 

Pennsylvania College of Optometry, which provides eye exams, corrective vision equipment and low vision training

 

Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), which offers specialized services and rehabilitative programs to help blind or visually impaired persons work and maintain independent lives.

 

Wills Eye Hospital, which is one of the nation’s most advanced and expert centers in vision-related medical care.

 

Moss Rehab Hospital a center for comprehensive rehabilitation services for persons who have a range of disabilities, including blindness or visual impairment.

 

Drexel & Wharton Universities have partnered with ASB via student projects that have made a positive impact in the lives of ASB clients. Past projects have included the Seal of Access Program, the ASB Vision Cup Silent Auction, several client dinner dances, and other social events.

 

New Jersey Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (NJCBVI), which now includes ASB on their official vendor list as a resource that can provide computer training and services for people who are blind and visually impaired.

 

United States Veterans Administration (VA) refers veterans living in the Delaware Valley in need of rehabilitation and computer training to our facility.

 

WHYY-FM, long term partnership providing RICB the usage of the station’s sub-carrier frequency to broadcast daily programming to blind, visually impaired or handicapped individuals with special receivers. WHYY-FM broadcast personalities and engineering staff gave their time to partner with RICB to get its broadcast off the ground and still continues to provide technical assistance when needed.

 

28Oct

Our Facilities

Our Facilities

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Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, at 919 Walnut Street.

The address is home to our offices as well as the many programs and services that we offer. Most of our classes and groups meet at 919 Walnut, and it’s also where you’ll find our large-scale braille production department…one of only five such facilities in the United States.

 



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It’s also here that rehabilitation, training and education reshapes and rebuilds the lives of our clients.

We have a working apartment, where clients can learn to adapt to blindness or visual impairment without fear. Instructors teach clients how to cook, clean, sew, write letters and checks; how to dress and apply make up; how to effectively use a white cane and much more.

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 alt Our Computer Technology Department features computers with special adaptive aids that provide people who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to learn computer literacy, including how to input type and navigate what's on a computer screen even though they don't have the ability to actually see it. They can also learn how to surf the net, write emails or handle software including word-processors and spreadsheets.

The first floor of our facility also houses the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a lending institution of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage free mail.

At any given time of day, 919 Walnut Street is bustling place where people come to share, learn, teach, volunteer, read, chat and just be themselves. 
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Our Mission

Associated 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. ASB accomplishes this by providing support through education, training and resources, as well as through community action and public education, serving as a voice and advocate for the rights of all people who are blind or visually impaired. 

 

 

28Oct

Our History

The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) is a testament to philanthropy, charitable giving and volunteerism in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities for well over a century.

What started as the Pennsylvania Working Home for Blind Men in 1874 exists now, more than 125 years later, as the largest 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization serving the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired in the Delaware Valley, which includes Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware.

An important part of our history took place in 1922, when the American Red Cross enlisted volunteers to teach braille to blind veterans returning from World War I. After tremendous growth, an independent agency named Volunteer Services for the Blind was formed in 1945 to transcribe books and magazines in braille. In 1947, recorded textbooks were created to help college students. In the early 1970’s, the program expanded to include government contracts.

ASB became a reality in 1983, when Volunteer Services for the Blind united with two other local agencies, the Information Center for the Blind and the Nevil Institute for Rehabilitation and Services.

This newly formed entity quickly became a strong and unified advocate for the blind and visually impaired, creating and offering services designed to rekindle self-confidence and rebuild lives through education, training and resources.

Since 1975, we have occupied the same home, on Walnut Street in Center City Philadelphia.

ASB remains steadfast in its mission to continually improve and build on what has already grown to be a comprehensive array of services for the people we are dedicated to serving. We will always innovate in response to our clients’ needs.

27Oct

Contact Us!

 

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 627-0600
Fax: (215) 922-0692



Inquiries regarding Custom or Production Braille
Richard Forsythe, Director, Braille Division

Computer Technology Center
(Vacant) Computer Instructor

For Volunteer Opportunities
Linda Gaffney, Coordinator - Volunteer Services

Public Relations and News
Brian Rusk, Public Relations Officer

Development & Fundraising
Call 215-627-0600 ext 3239

 

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