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Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Main Campus
7000 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231
(513) 522-3860 (Local)
(513) 728-3946 (Fax)
(888) 234-7156 (Toll-Free)
(513) 728-3940 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The mission of the Clovernook Center for the Blind is to promote independence and foster the highest quality of life for people with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities. Clovernook has offices in Cincinnati, Ohio and Memphis, Tennessee. Service options vary per location. Cincinnati and Memphis locations have manufacturing plants which employ individuals who are legally blind in the production of braille books and magazines and pressboard file folders. There is also capacity to perform sub-contract work.

Hours of operation: Service Centers: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM; or as needed.
Clients served on average per year: 1,130
Number of staff: 150
Staff description: Administration and support staff, approx. 17; Rehabilitation services, approx. 52; Industrial operations, approx. 68. Memphis operations and rehabilitation, approx. 13.
Geographic area served: Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Memphis, TN. Information and Referral inquiries come from anywhere in the world.
Publications: Perspective (external newsletter), Clover Notes(internal newsletter), braille publications, large print books, magazines, and periodicals by contract with government and commercial publishers.


Clovernook Center Memphis
346 St. Paul Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126


Chris Faust, President/CEO, (513) 522-3860,
Jessica Salyers, Vice President of Fund Development and Community Relations, (513) 522-3860
Lynne Tune, Vice President of Program Services, (513) 522-3860

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provided in all service areas.
  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes independent living aids and accessories. Products for sale on site in Cincinnati and Memphis facilities, and online.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Embosses braille books, magazines, catalogs, and other publications for individuals and national organizations, including the Library of Congress, American Foundation for the Blind, Lions Clubs International, United States Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of Education, and the Social Security Administration. Distributes braille, large print, and audio materials under contract with the National Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped (NLS).
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers skills assessment, adaptive equipment trials, and comprehensive computer skills training from basic literacy to advanced skills training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, group counseling, case management, referral to community services. Provides vocational adjustment and personal adjustment counseling focusing on psychosocial issues.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers an array of programs and services, including training in independent living skills, safe and independent mobility skills, computer access, counseling, vocational services, recreation, and youth programs. Individual and group support is available for seniors and their families, who are experiencing age-related vision loss to promote independence and self-confidence. Clinical low vision evaluation and prescription of low vision tools and devices is also available.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational interest testing, transitional work services, job development and placement, job coaching, work adjustment, sheltered employment, and/or competitive internal or external employment opportunities.
  • In-Home Services
    • Offers family/caregiver services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about vision-related issues and services over the telephone, on the Internet, in person, and by mail. Refers callers to other agencies as appropriate.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides clinical low vision evaluation, prescription and training in the use of assistive devices, and follow-up.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers individualized leisure programming with emphasis on socialization and self-expression.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Low Vision Clinic, low vision satellite clinics, low vision aids, Braille Services, Recreation Services, Adult Day Program, volunteer opportunities, Low Vision Support Groups, Social Services, etc.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers a peer support group for individuals with varying degrees of vision loss.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training in home, work, or other community environments.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in braille reading and writing; provides low vision adaptation instruction.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The goal of low vision clinic services is to make the most of remaining vision with the help of magnification, enhanced lighting, or other techniques and tools. A low vision optometrist evaluates remaining vision and prescribes the most effective devices based on each person�s needs and preferred activities. Specially trained staff help each person determine which devices are the most useful, and can even lend out devices to try them out at home before deciding to purchase. This service does not take the place of regular eye care, and a referral from your primary eye care specialist is required.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers weekly art classes including ceramics, painting and copper enameling. Classes are open to anyone who is blind or visually impaired, regardless of previous art experience.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers day camp programs in the summer in Cincinnati and Memphis in which students have the opportunity to gain experience in menu planning and cooking, use of adapted computer technology, chaperoned field trips for cultural enrichment, safe and independent mobility instruction, and sometimes even summer work experience either at Clovernook or in the community.

      Service area for the Cincinnati metro market include Southwest Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. There are four dynamic camps in the Cincinnati market that are specifically designed to meet the needs of youth with visual impairments.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation to organizations that wish to make their environments, print materials, etc. more accessible to people who are visually impaired.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in orientation and mobility, social work, rehabilitation teaching.


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