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Florida Center for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Florida Center for the Blind
7634 SW 60th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34476
(352) 873-4700 (Local)
(352) 873-4751 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that teaches alternatives to performing daily tasks with a minimum of inconvenience to the individual. The Center also aids its clients in locating and qualifying for services available to them.

Education and training are provided in braille, mobility skills, daily living skills, cooking, and leisure time activities.

The Florida Center also provides training in employability skills such as typing, introduction to computers, and the use of specialized software.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 80
Number of staff: 9
Staff description: ACVREP certified staff
Geographic area served: North Central Florida.


Kevin Bailey, Braille Instructor
Ben Cutler, Vocational Rehabilitation and Job Readiness
Charles Lawrence, Assistive Technology Instructor
Kelly Lewis, Rehabilitation Instructor
Sally Newton, O&M Instructor
Jennifer Nisbett, Transition Coordinator
Robin Whiteley, Executive Director, (352) 873-4700,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Offers adaptive counseling for the blind and their companions.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides assistance for blind persons in adjusting to their environment, including independent living skills, mobility (use of the white cane), braille, and use of adaptive aids and appliances.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides training in job skills such as typing, using computers with speech, employability and electronic communications.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to other programs for seniors.
  • Support Groups
    • Has a support group for people who are blind and their companions.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides O&M training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Specialized assessments such as Braille, functional vision, orientation and mobility, and assistive technology assessments.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Training offered to individuals from age 14 to 100+

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Provides training for FCB volunteers and staff, health care professionals, special education teachers, social workers.
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