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Blindconnect, Inc. - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Blindconnect, Inc.
5165 W Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 631-9009 (Local)
(702) 646-3412 (Fax)
lander718@aol.com
http://blindconnect.org/

Brief Description

Blindconnect is a grass-roots organization that collaborates with public and private agencies to assure the broadest opportunities for those with vision loss.

Blindconnect provides information, referral, and peer support to blind and visually impaired adults. Services are available to those of transition age (14-22) as well.

Hours of operation: By appointment.
Number of staff: none
Staff description: Run by volunteers.
Geographic area served: Nevada with an emphasis on Clark County in southern Nevada.
Publications: Ex-Sighted! (quarterly newsletter); regular updates on topics of interest to people who are blind.

Staff

Jean Peyton, President
Franchesca Sorianno, Treasurer

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Collaborates with the Division for Aging, senior programs offered by local government entities, and care facilities to provide information about blindness. Refers persons to available services. Participates in health, neighborhood, and senior fairs.
  • Counseling
    • Offers weekly peer support group. Fridays from 9:0-10:45am for adults age 19 and over. No fee. Focus on issues related to vision loss.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Transition2 is an intensive person-centered 90-hour bliindness skills taining program currently (2013-14) for those who are legally blind aged 22-55. Training includes Daily Living skills, Orientation and Mobility, technology, personal care, coping and adjustment, communication and advocacy, and Braille.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral to blind adults, their families, and their employers. Serves as a resource in the community for those seeking information about blindness and reasonable accommodations.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers O&M training as part of 90-hour blindness skills training prrogram called Transition2 for those who are legally blind aged 22-55.

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Blindconnect volunteers give presentations to children or faculty at shcools. Blindconnect provides information and referral to parents/grandparents.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers callers to parents of blind children who are willing to work directly with other parents to provide support and resource referral.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides referrals to adaptive program providers and connects consumers with trainers who can provide training in the client's home or at the Blindconnect office. Also refers to local computer companies familiar with adaptive equipment.
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