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Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind
1825 Wyoming Avenue
Exeter, PA 18643
(570) 693-3555 (Local)
(570) 693-1307 (Fax)
(877) 693-3555 (Toll-Free)
info@wilkesbarreblind.com
http://www.wilkesbarreblind.com

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 700
Number of staff: 10
Geographic area served: Serves Luzerene, Wyoming, Wayne, and Pike Counties in Pennsylvania.

Staff

Denise Culver, Prevention of Blindness Coordinator, denise@wilkesbarreblind.com
Sara Peperno, President/CEO, sara@wilkesbarreblind.com

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Local interest items, brochures, instruction manuals.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does public service announcements, conducts screenings, and participates in health fairs.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Access Technology Training
  • Counseling
    • Offers support group, consultation and referral.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in communication skills, support services for independent living, informational and socialization counseling, home visitation.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers support services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides and supplies low vision devices. Provides low vision evaluation for seniors.
  • Reading Services
    • Newspapers read on regular FM stations 2 hours daily.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers social and recreational activities.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides tutorial services to children who require additional help beyond the braille instruction they receive through mainstream education and itinerant programs.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides "open house" health fairs, vision screenings and educational programs to all members of the community, regardless of age, income or any other demographic variables.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • An access technology training classroom features computers with JAWS and ZoomText for instruction to indivudals with all levels of vision impairment.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Lunch & Learn daily living skills programs are conducted each month.
  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referral to other service providers is offered free to everyone.
  • Low Vision Services
    • A low vision resource center dispenses eyeglasses, magnifiers and optical devices of all types. Demonstration and instruction is also provided.
  • Recreation Services
    • A number of recreational activities and field trips are offered throughout the year for blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Provides a summer day camp for blind children from ages 9 to 21. At camp, daily living skills tranining and socialization programs are provided along with age-appropriate recreational activities.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides a support network for parents of blind and visually impaired children. We are interested in organizing a parents group to interested families.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Lunch & Learn

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