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Conveniently located in Center City - Downtown Philadelphia, PA
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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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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.

"ASB helped me tremendously with accepting my vision loss," said Gregory. "Without my

sister's motivation, and the training that I receive from ASB, I don't know where I would

be right now."

Gregory is currently involved in several programs at ASB aimed at helping him live a productive life despite his vision loss. Among the programs that he is involved in are the Independent Living Class, Men's Support Group, and Diabetes and Assertiveness classes.

"The programs at ASB have helped me to learn how to deal with my vision loss in a productive way, and the support groups introduced me to a group of people who are going through a similar situation in life."

"Gregory Vann is a stellar example of how the programs we offer at ASB can truly help to change someone's life" said Patricia C. Johnson, ASB President and CEO. "Mr. Vann has shown that giving up is not the answer, and with the right people and training around him, he can live a full and productive life."

Gregory now runs his own business with his sister, and attributes ASB for providing him with the tools to achieve his goals.

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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

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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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