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Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired-Charleston - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired-Charleston
1 Carriage Lane, Building A
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 723-6915 (Local)
(843) 577-4312 (Fax)

Brief Description

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.


Lorraine DeNicola, Manager of Client Services,
Brooks Harken, Director of Programs,
Amy Harris, Manager, Employee Development Program,
Susan Lucas, Administrative Assistant,
Courtney Plotner, Executive Director,
Anne Reid, Development Director,
Kimberly Taylor, Manager, Own Your Life Program,

Services Offered

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.
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