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Beaver County Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Beaver County Association for the Blind
616 Fourth Street
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 843-1111 (Local)
(724) 843-8886 (Fax)

Brief Description

Beaver County Association for the Blind is a private nonprofit organization providing support and rehabilitation services to blind and visually impaired children and adults.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 300
Number of staff: 8
Staff description: Case workers, Prevention Specialist, O&M, Rehab Teachers
Geographic area served: Beaver County.
Publications: Newsletter (quarterly), brochures, annual report.


Allen Connely, Executive Director, (724) 843-1111,
Theresa Lukes, Administrative Director, (724) 843-1111,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers eye safety programs in schools.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Assistive tech services provided through the Keystone Blind Association.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling to newly blind persons, to parents, or clients.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in life skills, personal management, and offers housing assistance.
  • In-Home Services
    • Offers chore services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information on all visual problems, eye safety, prevention of blindness. Refers to programs for seniors.
  • Reading Services
    • Offers reading services.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers social activities, crafts, field trips.
  • Support Groups
    • Facilitates a support group for people with low vision.
  • Transportation Services
    • Offers transportation services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Instruction is provided in the skills necessary to enable a visually impaired person to travel independently and safely in a residential area and throughout the community. A variety of long canes & tips, support canes and other mobility devices are available for demonstration.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides functional vision, O&M and assistive technology assessments.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in braille and in the use of optical devices.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Full partner in Keystone Blind Association's "Keystone Kids" programs for blind children.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides training in use of computers and appropriate assistive technology.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in daily living skills.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers services for children age birth through 3 years.
  • Education Services
    • Provides education services to public and private schools for the education of blind and visually impaired children.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides transition services, career and skill counseling, prevocational evaluation, career preparation training and vocational placement.
  • Health
    • Performs low vision exams and evaluations.
  • Information and Referral
    • Offers full information and referral services.
  • Recreation Services
    • Full partner in Keystone Kids programs.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Full partner in Keystone Kids programs.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Certified mobility instructors offer training.


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