Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired-Charleston - AFB Directory Profile
Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired-Charleston
1 Carriage Lane, Building A
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 723-6915 (Local)
(843) 577-4312 (Fax)
ABVI-Charleston's mission is to serve and support people with visual needs, by empowering these individuals to live a safe, dignified and self-sufficient life. Through our programs and services we strive to inspire confidence as well as hope that independence is absolutely possible despite vision loss.
Clients served on average per year: 800+
Number of staff: 9
Staff description: Executive Director, Director of Development, Director of Marketing & Program, Director of Administration, Office Manager, Look Forward Program Manager, Computer Instructor, Receptionist, Consultant
Geographic area served: Charleston, Berkeley Dorchester Counties of South Carolina
Publications: Biannual Newsletters, Annual Report, Monthly eBlast and other as necessary.
Elaine Bergman, Development Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorraine DeNicola, Manager of Client Services, email@example.com
Amy Harris, Computer Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Lucas, Administrative Assistant, email@example.com
Mary Morrison, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Parades, Director of Programs & Marketing, email@example.com
Deborah Ross, Director of Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Taylor, Look Forward Program Manager, email@example.com
Services for Adults
- Community Outreach Programs
- ABVI Refocus on Children program screens Head Start and Child Development children in 22 Charleston County Title 1 schools. Children referred at the screening are offered free in-school eye exams and glasses and referrals when necessary. ABVI participates in community fairs screening for glaucoma, screening children and/or raising awareness.
- Computer Training/Assistive Technology
- Offers training in keyboard skills, JAWS, ZoomText, and the use of the Internet and sending and receiving e-mails. Upon successful completion graduates are given computers with accessibility software by SC Commission for the Blind. Offers CCTVs for a low monthly rental fee. ABVI also offers a 5 week iPad course using Voice Over and Zoom technology. Graduates may purchase an iPad at a minimal monthly fee.
- Information and Referral
- ABVI Help Desk provides onsite and over the phone assistance for clients and community members including, but not limited to, community resources, transportation information, disability benefits information, etc. I
- Recreation Services
- Social activities:Tickets to plays, sporting events, theater, and Spoleto events. Good Cheer Holiday Luncheon for all clients. ABVI has in-office ART, Crochet and Bingo for our clients.
- Services for Seniors
- Holds the Annual Low Vision Fair to present resources and information for the aging.
- Support Groups
- ABVI holds monthly support groups on living with and adjusting to blindness for our clients. ABVI also offers Art Therapy once a month.