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New Hampshire Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

New Hampshire Association for the Blind
McGreal Sight Center
25 Walker Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-4039 (Local)
(603) 224-4378 (Fax)
(800) 464-3075 (Toll-Free)
Services@futureinsight.org
http://www.sightcenter.org

Brief Description

The New Hampshire Association for the Blind is the statewide leader in providing vision rehabilitation services for New Hampshire people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired. Founded in 1912, it provides services in virtually every community statewide and at the McGreal Sight Center in Concord.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Some weekend programming
Clients served on average per year: 1100
Number of staff: 25
Staff description: Professional client services staff include clinical social worker, social worker, social worker intern, caseworker, low vision therapists, rehabilitation teachers, rehabilitation teaching assistants, O&M trainers, technology consultant, volunteer administrator, teachers of visually impaired. Support staff include: Administrative staff and Development staff.
Geographic area served: All communities in the state of New Hampshire.
Publications: Website - www.sightcenter.org; Newsletters and Annual Report.

Staff

Denise Caruso, A.A.S., COA, VRT, Low Vision Therapist/ Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, dcaruso@sightcenter.org
Marcia Clark, Marketing & Executive Relations Manager, (603) 565-2425, mclark@sightcenter.org
Nancy Druke, M.S.W., LICSW, Vice President for Program Services, (603) 565-2411, ndruke@sightcenter.org
Nathalie Fortier, Vice President for Finance & Administration, (603) 565-2422, nfortier@sightcenter.org
David Morgan, President & CEO, (603) 565-2423, dmorgan@sightcenter.org
Jewett O'Connor, M.Ed., COMS, CVRT, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist/Orientation & Mobility Specialist, joconnor@sightcenter.org
Susan Sherry, M.Ed., COMS, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, ssherry@sightcenter.org
Nancy Wittmershaus, B.S., COMS, Director of Ed Services, (603) 565-2405, nwittmershaus@sightcenter.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Maintains a technical aids store (low-tech) and an inventory of assistive aids (high tech) for demonstration, assessment and training.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides community-based rehabilitative services statewide; includes all core services.
  • Counseling
    • Provides intake and referral, individual and group counseling, peer support groups.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in daily living skills, communication skills. Offers preventive rehabilitation for those at risk for blindness.
  • In-Home Services
    • In-Home Community Visitors and/or Drivers provide needed support to clients in their own communities.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides consultation on specialized rehabilitation services, promotes public education and prevention of blindness within New Hampshire. Provides referrals to all available networks of service providers.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices. Services provided at McGreal Sight Center and community-based clinics.
  • Services for Seniors
    • All services are available for Seniors. Seventy-five percent of clients are age 60 and older.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers peer support groups.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Involves specialized training on a one-to-one basis to help an individual develop safe independent travel skills and learn new routes and environments.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille literacy program. Provides braille, large print, audio on tape, digital files and CD to individuals and organizations.
    • Offers braille and audio transcription services.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers demonstration of and training in a variety of high and low-tech devices and braille products; provides information and referral to services and training; provides consultation and advocacy on funding and use of equipment. Has a computer lab for individual/group training.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Specialized instruction in disability-specific compensatory skills and adaptive techniques provided by a Teacher/Consultant of the Visually Impaired. Includes personal management and alternative communication skills.
  • Education Services
    • Specialized instruction in disability-specific compensatory skills and adaptive techniques provided by a Teacher/Consultant of the Visually Impaired. Includes orientation and mobility, personal management and alternative communication skills.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and support to families and to other professionals.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provided by eye care professional and low vision therapists. These services assist people who are partially sighted to use their remaining vision more effectively, through low vision evaluations and training in the use of low vision aids.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

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