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Metrolina Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Metrolina Association for the Blind
704 Louise Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 887-5100 (Local)
(704) 887-0202 (Fax)
(800) 926-5466 (Toll-Free)
http://www.mabnc.org/

Brief Description

Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB) is a private non-profit agency that has provided services to blind and visually impaired people since 1934. Its mission is to to reduce or eliminate the daily living problems imposed upon people by blindness or severe visual impairment. It became a member agency of United Way in 1938, an affiliation it continues to enjoy today.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 800
Number of staff: 49
Staff description: Administrative, transcribers and braille editors, O&M specialists, rehabilitation teachers, low vision specialist, teachers of the visually impaired, support staff.
Geographic area served: Greater Charlotte area.
Publications: Annual Report

Locations

1810 AO Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205

Staff

Robert Scheffel, President and CEO, (704) 887-5101, rscheffel@mabnc.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells braille papers and calendars, braille and large-print books. Resells aids and appliances.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offeres instruction in braille.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Accessible Braille Services includes Textbook Mastering and Copy Services; Statement Rendering Services, which transcribes monthly billing statements for visually impaired people into braille or large print; and Additional Transcription Services, which transcribes other items into braille and large print, including insurance policies, annual reports, legal documents, employee orientation materials, voter ballots, menus, and personal letters.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, group, family/parent, couple counseling; referral to community services. Refers for other counseling/social work services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in home management, personal management, communication, money management, computer applications to daily living. Offers a variety of support services.

      Personal Adjustment and Rehabilitation Services (PAR) helps people who are blind and visually impaired learn techniques of daily living and ways to increase their independence. Rehabilitation specialists develop a personal relationship with every client in order to understand each person's unique needs and to implement a program tailored to the individual.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Refers for and provides consultation to other agencies for employment-oriented services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers for health services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides personalized, comprehensive low vision services, including low vision clinical exams, counseling the patient on their eye condition, explaining the eye report, examining for the overall health of the eye, updating the prescription for eyeglasses, and administering medications. A certified low vision therapist provides functional low vision evaluation. Patients may be matched and instructed on the appropriate optical and non-optical devices that will help them meet their individual needs. All follow-up instruction is done in the patient’s home.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers avocational services. Refers for and provides consultation to other agencies for other recreational services.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Seniors have full access to all agency services, including Low Vision evaluations, technology training, low vision aids, and supportive services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training and advocacy for environmental accessibility.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • MAB's Accessible Braille Services includes the mastering and resale of braille and large print textbooks at primary and secondary levels.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual of family counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in home management, personal management, communication, money management, computer applications to daily living. Offers a variety of support services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • The low vision service gives patients the opportunity to gain optical solutions for their daily lives by providing personalized, comprehensive low vision services.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Trains clients to move safely, independently and purposely through the environment. Instruction may take place in the home or in the community on a one-to-one basis. It may include such activities as sidewalk travel, street crossings, and utilizing businesses and public transportation.
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