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Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany
301 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 463-1211 (Local)
(518) 463-3585 (Fax)
clawyer@naba-vision.org
http://www.naba-vision.org

Brief Description

NABA is a comprehensive rehabilitation agency providing a full range of services to people of all ages who are legally blind or experiencing significant vision loss. It assists individuals in seven upstate counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie. In 2002, some of NABA's services were expanded to reach individuals in Eastern Montgomery, Fulton, Warren and Washington counties.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: hundreds
Staff description: 82 staff members including 66 full-time and 16 part-time. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Capital region of New York State -plus Southern Saratoga, eastern Fulton & Montgomer, Ulster, Duchess, Schoharie, Greene & Columbia
Publications: Brighter Horizons (newsletter), NABA Vision (newsletter).

Staff

Chris Burke, Executive Director, (518) 463-1211 225, cburke@naba-vision.org
Ann Gallagher-Sagaas, Co-Director of Community Services and Social Worker, (518) 463-1211 223, agallagher@naba-vision.org
Cheryl Lawyer, Coordinator, Outreach Services, (518) 463-1211 234, clawyer@naba-vision.org
Kathryn Miklowitz, KidSight Outreach Specialist, kmiklowitz@naba-vision.org
Michele O'Hare, Director, Development & Communications, (518) 463-1211, mohare@naba-vision.org
Maureen Strainge, Co-Director of Community Services, (518) 463-1211 229, mstrainge@naba-vision.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation System (CVES) available. Provides evaluation of independent living skills.
  • Assistive Products
    • Sells closed-circuit televisions, adaptive devices and appliances.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Letters, menus, legal documents, birthday and holiday cards, small manuals and booklets.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does outreach/informational presentations to community groups.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides case management, social evaluation, psychological testing and evaluation, referral to community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides remedial education, sensory training, and instruction in personal management, handwriting, listening skills, typing, and home management in client's home and community.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, occupational skill development, job retention, job retraining, vocational placement, follow-up service. Provides facility-based employment.
  • In-Home Services
    • Provides in-home vision-related rehabilitation services and vision services for seniors.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides general information on blindness/visual impairment and refers to community resources.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Prescribes low vision devices and trains in their use, to allow the individual to maximize his or her remaining vision.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Adaptive Living Program - to help older adults successfully "age in place" as they experience vision loss. Services include low vision exam, vision rehabiliation services, orientation & mobility and counseling
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Assesses the needs of the individual, and recommends a computer system and software that will allow him or her to continue to utilize technology for work or school. Training is provided on how to use the adaptive software and hardware.
  • Health
    • KidSight, a unique vision screening service, aims to identify and address potential vision problems in children.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers training in the use of low vision aids and/or adaptive technology designed for people with little or no vision.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Instructs individuals on safe travel skills and ways to establish and maintain orientation.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers on-site technical assistance on contract basis.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement and in-service training programs.
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