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Evansville Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Evansville Association for the Blind
500 North Second Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710
(812) 422-1181 (Local)
(812) 424-3154 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Evansville Association for the Blind is a not-for-profit organization incorporated as a workshop in the state of Indiana on April 13th, 1923. Today, the workshop is a community rehabilitation facility utilizing individual goals, wages, supportive services, and a controlled work environment to help vocationally handicapped persons achieve or maintain maximum potential as workers.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1,500
Number of staff: 25 full-time.
Staff description: COMS, TVI, VRA, CVRT, VRA, CMA, MSD, MSW
Geographic area served: Southwestern Indiana, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky.


500 Second Ave
Evansville, IN 47710


Patti Elsperman, Parent and Infant Specialist
Patty Haas, Low Vision Center Coordinator, (812) 422-1181 106,
Diane Hagler, Rehabilitation Department
Karla Horrell, Executive Director
Carol Hudgions, Coordinator, Career Development Center
Krysti Hughes, Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides orientation and mobility training through contracts with regional school corporations.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers evaluations; psychological testing and evaluations; individual, group, family/parent, couple counseling; placement in school, training, institution; and referral to community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides remedial education and training in personal management and home management skills in client's home and community.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, sheltered workshops, placement, follow-up service.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers for some health services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Reading Services
    • Operates cooperative program with local public radio station (WNIN-FM).
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers special programs for persons over 55.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Offers training in home management and daily living skills and the sue of adaptive equipment. Also offers support resources.
  • Support Groups
    • The low vision support group offers a variety of services to those with visual impairments.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides instruction in braille, handwriting, and typing.
  • Counseling
    • Parental counseling can be offered when a parent's needs are greater than the support group can provide.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides services to parents and caregivers of infants who are blind and visually impaired.
  • Recreation Services
    • Toy lending library is available for parents to receive appropriate toys on loan for use with visually impaired children.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers summer on-campus college program.
  • Support for Parents
    • Consultation services are provided to parents and teachers to assure visually impaired children will have the best opportunity to function as successfully as possible in their sighted environment. Home visitation is provided so that families may have guidance in teaching, working, and playing with their visually impaired child. Resources are offered to supplement a child's present program by providing information, practical suggestions, and assistance in determining appropriate objectives, goals and activities.
  • Support Groups
    • A parent's support group meets monthly to help parents share experiences and information, focus on feelings, and become more active participants in their children's programs.
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