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Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped - AFB Directory Profile

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Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped
211 Central Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15902
(814) 536-3531 (Local)
(814) 539-3270 (Fax)

Brief Description

The mission of the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped is to develop and support an environment for persons with disabilities which promotes vocational and employment training, independence, and community involvement through rehabilitative, recreation and low vision services, and education for the prevention of blindness. The Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped unites vocational training and a manufacturing business producing quality products that offer employment for persons with disabilities while ensuring worldwide customer satisfaction.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.
Number of staff: 46
Staff description: Staff only.
Geographic area served: Cambria County.


175 Industrial Park Road
Ebensburg, PA 15931


Richard Bosserman, President,
Douglas Hughes, Director of Operations, (814) 536-3531,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides life skills evaluation.
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluation. Offers individual, group, family/parent, couple counseling and placement in school. Provides referral to community service or other counseling/social work services. Provides family and peer counseling for seniors.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers programs for vocational/skill development, pre-vocational skill development, social/personal development. Accepts emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, and mentally retarded persons. Provides training in skills of daily living and use of adaptive devices for seniors.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, job retention, work centers. Provides vocational placement, follow-up service, personal work adjustment training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services to community.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision services for seniors. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers arts and crafts activities and hobby groups. Refers for other recreational services.
  • Transportation Services
    • Provides transportation services for seniors.

Services for Children

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Works with area high schools to prepare students with special needs to meet the challenges of the adult world. The purpose is to provide prevocational/vocational training for those students whose needs are best met in a more structured setting. This program is designed and customized to meet the unique needs of each student.

      . The goal of this program is to provide the student with the most appropriate customized vocational program and to have that individual reach his or her highest level of vocational functioning. It is also designed to develop skills, work habits, and appropriate attitudes necessary for competitive gainful employment.
  • Support for Parents
    • Family support available.
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