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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!
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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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25Jun

Experience Story: Michele Zimmaro

  

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Michele Zimmaro, became a member of the ASB family in June 2008 after being laid off from her medical transcription and call center dispatcher jobs at a local hospital where she worked for 13 ½ years.  Michele, a trained DOS and basic Windows user, realized the importance of computer technology in employment and shortly after being unemployed sought to enhance her technological skills.

 

Michele, who was born completely blind, heard about the ASB Computer Technology Center (CTC) through an independent contractor who works at ASB’s headquarters. She had been searching for a credible computer class and asked The Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) to refer her to the program. Michele began her classes with David Goldfield, the teacher of the CTC, shortly after.

 

Michele found that ASB’s computer course would equip her with the necessary computer skills that are vital in the employment world.

 

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25Jun

Experience Story: Iris Nieves

 

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ASB client, Iris Nieves is a strong believer in continuing education and overcoming life’s many obstacles. Born with congenital cataracts and presently living with myopia degeneration, Iris has persevered with ASB’s help and succeeded in gaining independence.

 

Working with her visual impairment remains a priority to Iris. Using the Life Skills classes taught at ASB, Iris acquired the confidence and independence necessary to achieve goals she preset and created along the way.

 

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18Dec

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Patricia Russell graduated from ASB’s Specialized Services class, Life Skills and Education in Diabetes, in May 2006.

Following her graduation, Patricia advanced to ASB’s Life Skills 3 class. Although she was initially unsure of herself and her abilities, Patricia has taken the training she received in independence and self-determination to heart.

When Patricia wanted to join a ceramics class at her local senior center, she was turned down because of her visual impairment.

Patricia was not about to let her vision impairment prevent her from participating in the activities that she loved. She persevered and is now enrolled in that ceramics class, serves on the SEPTA Advisory Committee, and is the group facilitator for ASB’s Inspirational group. She is an active member of ASB’s Ambassadors program and was extremely instrumental in helping ASB rectify a funding issue for its’ Specialized Services Program. Additionally, Patricia is a minister and teaches Bible Study and Sunday school at her church.

Patricia is doing what we wish for all of our clients - that is, getting back to business as usual.

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18Dec

 

 

Bruce Linsky of Philadelphia, PA, came to Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) as a client in the early 1990’s after being diagnosed with cone and rod dystrophy which impaired his vision.

Not to be “dogged” by his visual impairments, Bruce sought a way to conquer his limitations and help others in similar situations.

In 1992, while taking Life Skills classes and participating in extracurricular activities at ASB, Bruce became involved in raising and training guide dogs for Seeing Eye and is currently training his 13th puppy, a German Shepherd named Davin.

In addition to raising guide dogs and taking classes at ASB, Bruce can be found at Fairmount Park on Tuesday and Friday mornings with 14 other clients, volunteers, and staff of ASB. They are all members of ASB’s multi-award winning “Hands-On” Gardening Program

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18Dec

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Judy Johnson of Philadelphia became a volunteer for Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ASB) after undergoing three brain surgeries, one of which has left her partially blind

She has also survived a life threatening illness known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which has left her with light sensitivity. Some might have thought that Judy, or anyone, would have given up – but then they would not know Judy.

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18Dec

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Gregory Vann, from Southern Philadelphia, came to ASB for services in 2009 for help with a variety of visual impairments. Among Gregs’ visual impairments are low vision, retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

Initially Gregory had a difficult time dealing with his visual impairments, and was resigned to staying at his home and detaching himself from the outside world. Mr. Vann credits his sister with discovering ASB for him and motivating him to get out of the house and learn to adjust to this new life.  

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18Dec

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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.

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18Dec

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Renee Reinhardt came to ASB for services in 2003 due to her visual impairment from optic neuropathy. Optic neuropathy refers to damage to the optic nerve due to any cause, with the main symptom being a loss of vision.

Renee's daughter heard about ASB from the staff at the Overbrook School for the Blind.

They recommended she obtain services to help her cope with activities of daily living through ASB. Renee wanted to continue on with her life as she had before her vision loss, and soon found that ASB was the ideal place to offer her the programs that would help her to do so.

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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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