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School children visiting our Braille Production Plant
Conveniently located in Center City - Downtown Philadelphia, PA
Our Gardening Program is challenging and enjoyable!
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!
Vision loss isn't the end of the road - it's a new road and we're here to help!

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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Our Team

Our Team

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Karla S. McCaney
President & Chief Executive Officer

Karla brings 25 years of leadership experience and is focused on translating these skills to ASB.  Karla received her Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry from Immaculata University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Temple University.  Karla joins us from Cooper University Health Care where she served as Assistant Vice President responsible for hospital-based support services functions. Karla became familiar with ASB during her position with Wills Eye Hospital.  Her 17 years at Wills Eye gave her a strong frame of reference to understand the importance of ASB, to the population it serves, and to the region.  Her vast professional experience including Cooper University Hospital, Wills Eye Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital, has established her abilities to succeed within her new role as ASB’s President & CEO.



 Beth Deering - Director of Human Services

Richard Forsythe - Director, Braille Division and Custom Audio

Joyce Robertson - Director of Finance and Information Technology

Linda Gaffney - Coordinator of Volunteers and Recreational Programming

To contact our Development department, call us at 215-627-0600 ext 3398


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Latest Poll

Do You Read Braille?

Never - 65.6%
Occassionally - 12.7%
Sometimes - 8.6%
Almost Always - 10.9%
Always - 2.3%

Total votes: 221
The voting for this poll has ended on: 17 Mar 2013 - 16:15

Our Mission our work

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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