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Louisiana Center for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Louisiana Center for the Blind
101 South Trenton Street
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 251-2891 (Local)
(318) 251-0109 (Fax)
(800) 234-4166 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

The Louisiana Center for the Blind provides residential orientation and adjustment training to legally blind adults. Students remain in training generally from six to nine months depending upon individual needs.

The full training curriculum includes braille, cane travel, keyboarding/computer literacy, home management, industrial arts, independent living skills, job development and college placement, and GED/remedial education (if needed). All classes emphasize the development of self-confidence and a positive attitude toward blindness.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Geographic area served: United States, primarily Louisiana.


Pamela Allen, Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • NFB Training Center.
  • Counseling
    • Programs are designed to foster a positive philosophy about blindness
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers 6-9 month training program for adults in cane travel, braille, keyboarding/computer literacy, adaptive technology, independent living skills, orientation and mobility, industrial arts, and job readiness/college readiness skills. Coordinates statewide workshops for older blind individuals.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers assistance in job placement following services and training.
  • Recreation Services
    • Provides voluntary participation in a health/recreational facility for clients.

Services for Children

  • Employment/Job Training
    • The Summer Training and Employment Project (STEP) Program introduces blind teenagers to positive blind role models and provides participants with summer work experience. Students learn alternative techniques in blindness and then apply skills through a work experience. This unforgettable eight-week summer program is open to transition age, high school students who are seeking to learn valuable Pre-ETS skills and build their resume through work experience.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information on programs and services in the blindness field and laws affecting blind persons.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers the Buddy program, a summer program for blind children, grades four through eight, combines hard work and fun activities to provide a rewarding experience that children cherish. In addition to learning valuable alternative techniques of blindness, children will enjoy participating in a wide variety of exciting activities such as water skiing, camping, bowling, roller skating, and horseback riding.
  • Support for Parents
    • Offers families a chance to interact with other parents of blind children and with blind adults through a variety of state and national seminars.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Provides occasional on-the-job training.
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