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Keystone Blind Association - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Keystone Blind Association
3056 East State Street
Hermitage, PA 16148
(724) 347-5501 (Local)
(724) 347-2204 (Fax)
info@keystoneblind.org
http://www.keystoneblind.org

Brief Description

KBA promotes independence for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, promotes eye health and eye safety, and promotes employment for all disabled persons.

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 600+
Staff description: 30 full-time. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Northwest Pennsylvania/Northeast Ohio
Publications: VISTA (newsletter).

Locations

312 Chestnut Street
Room 103
Meadville, PA 16335

Staff

Kathleen Buskirk, Rehabilitation Specialist, kbuskirk@keystoneblind.org
Luanne Cade, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, luann@keystoneblind.org
Jonathan Fister, President/CEO, jfister@keystoneblind.org
Jenny Ford, Prevention of Blindness Specialist, jennifer@keystoneblind.org
Jenn Lilly, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, jennlilly@keystoneblind.org
Judy Rauso, Director, Human Services, judy@keystoneblind.org
Shirley Shanes, Prevention of Blindness Specialist, sshanes@keystoneblind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides low vision, orientation and mobility, and assistive technology assessments.
  • Business/Personal Services
    • Offers chore services.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Offers social evaluations and individual-family-group counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living and personal and home management skills, nutrition, and in the use of adaptive devices and appliances.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers employment for disabled persons, employment referrals, follow-up.
  • Housing Services
    • Provides information about housing including form filing and moving.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals to other agencies.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides and supplies low vision devices.
  • Reading Services
    • Herald, Times.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Provides functional vision, learning media, orientation & mobility and assistive technology assessments.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Provides training in alternate methods of reading such as braille and the use of optical devices.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Promotes programs and activities in the community to reach and assist children and families.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides training in use of computers and appropriate assistive technology.
  • Counseling
    • Provides information and referral.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in all areas of adaptive skills of daily living.
  • Distance Education
    • Provides education and training through audio and online technologies for assistive technology. Operates an assistive technology information club (TIC).
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides for infants and toddlers utilizing agency publication, "Where in the world am I?", an O&M guide for parents of blind children.
  • Education Services
    • Provides education services (teacher for visually impaired and O&M) to schools and in agency operated "Keystone Kids" programs.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides transition, career counseling, prevocational evaluations, mentoring, and career preparation. Operates annual "Career Caravan" through the agency's "Keystone Kids" program.
  • Health
    • Provides low vision evaluation and training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides complete information and referral service for blindness and vision loss.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Provides agency publication, "Where in the world am I?", an O&M guide for parents of blind pre-schoolers.
  • Recreation Services
    • Provides full range of recreational services including social events, arts and crafts, sports, music and drama. Field trips include participation in Disney's Youth Education Series (YES) and other sensory rich experiences (Niagra Falls).
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers numerous summer day camps including, Young Explorers, Career Caravan, and Technology Week. Also offers weekend programs year round.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides information and referral to parents. Provides networking opportunities for parents.
  • Support Groups
    • Provide extensive opportunites for children and parents to share information, and provide peer support through face to face, telephone and online exchanges.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Porvides certified O&M instruction for independent travel including familiarization with dog guides and techniques.
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