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General Information

RLCB, Inc (Formerly Raleigh Lions Clinic for the Blind)
2701 Noblin Road
Suite 2705
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 256-4221 (Local)
(919) 872-1877 (Fax)
jgriffey@rlcb.net
www.rlcb.net

Brief Description

In the United States, seven out of ten people who are blind are not employed. In the past if you were blind, it was almost impossible to achieve economic and social independence here in North Carolina, but that is why the mission of RLCB, Inc is so important.

Founded in 1966, RLCB Inc. is an associated agency of National Industries for the Blind (NIB). Through this association, RLCB is an authorized Ability One agency with over 75% of our direct labor associates being blind. A leader in textile cutting and sewing, RLCB has a long history in producing a wide array of products for the United States military. RLCB has taken great pride in growing and developing our manufacturing department. RLCB has obtained a rich history in manufacturing many products for the US Military, the US Government, as well as its commercial customers. We have been able to maintain a high level of quality production while, providing real world hands on training for those who are legally blind.

Training and employment opportunities are also available in our fully functional contact center located at the Raleigh N.C. headquarters. Those positions include telemarketing, appointment setting, customer service, and many others. RLCB is committed to supplying jobs and skills training to those who are blind and visually impaired while exceeding the need of the U.S government and its commercial customers.

One of our most rewarding functions at RLCB is the Development and Community Relations Department. Through the Department RLCB provides employees and consumers who are blind with programs and services designed to enhance personal and professional growth. Some of our programs include: EARS (Easy Access Reading Service): EARS is a personal reading service for individuals who are blind requesting help with printed materials. Volunteer readers assist consumers with reading literature, completing handwritten documents, organizing information and/or recording materials for greater independence.

Eyes On Health/Wellness (EOH+): EOH+ is a resource vehicle to provide an array of program options to consumers. Quarterly events, designed to empower and promote social and economic equality, will offer information on topics ranging from physical health/wellness to self-advocacy. The purpose of EOH+ is to increase the knowledge of consumers and broaden the availability of community resources.

RITE (Representatives In Training for Employees): The Representative in Training for Employees Program (RITE) is considered by RLCB to be an upward mobility vocational training program. The purpose is to build a diverse opportunity and work experience in a professional customer service based environment. Individuals begin by covering breaks in the reception area and become trained, knowledgeable, and reliable members of the support staff opening doors for future opportunities here or in the community.

Technology Services: Uniquely designed to meet the needs of individuals who are blind or deaf-blind, RLCB’s technology program is a sought after community resource. Computer skills taught range from basic keyboarding to internet. The lab boasts the latest technology to accommodate a variety of adaptive needs. JAWS (Job Access With Speech) software, Magic, ZoomText screen magnification, Guide software, Open Book scanner software and the Braille Focus display are examples of the assistive technology available through RLCB’s Technology Services program.



Hours of operation: Monday, 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Tuesday,8: 00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Wednesday, 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Thursday, 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Friday, 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
Clients served on average per year: 300
Number of staff: 15
Staff description: President/CEO Chief Operating Officer Chief Financial Officer Director of Business Development Director of Rehabilitation Senior Director of BSCs Accountant Accounting Clerks: 2 Project Specialists: 2 Warehouse Supervisor Production Manager Receptionist
Geographic area served: Our services extend throughout North Carolina especially in adaptive technology training. We have updated our Computer Education Center and now offer remote support nationwide for a nominal fee.
Publications: Our website is updated regularly with resources, newletters, and more. We also have a variety of brochues, literature, and informational packets to be given to people who explore RLCB. Anyone interested in receiving a packet by mail, please email receptionist@rlcb.net with the subject line "information packet request", and in the body of your email, please include your name and contact information.

Locations

5200 CBC McKinney Ave., Bldg 323
Gulfport, MS 39501

Building 5210 Desert Storm Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

1280 Humphreys Street
Bldg 3500
Seymour Johnson AFB, NC 27531

MSAPP Bldg. 9134
Stennis, MS 39529

566 Chinook
Eielson AFB, AK 99702

4251 Gibson Ave
East End
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506

400 Russell Avenue
Bldg 574
New Orleans, LA 70143

1101 Veterans Drive
Lexington, KY 40502

Staff

Lee Davis, Adaptive Technology Professional, (919) 256-4225, ldavis@rlcb.net
Sharon Giovinazzo, VP of Programs and Services, (919) 256-4241, sgiovinazzo@rlcb.net
Janet Griffey, President/CEO, (919) 256-4221 4223, jgriffey@rlcb.net

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Uniquely designed to meet the needs of individuals who are blind or deaf-blind, RLCB’s technology program offers computer training. Computer skills taught range from basic keyboarding to internet and training in assistive technology, including JAWS (Job Access With Speech) software, Magic, ZoomText screen magnification, Guide software, Open Book scanner software and the Braille Focus display.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • The purpose of RLCB's computer training program is to promote independence through technology. Consumers are eligible to receive training on popular software applications, internet or email using JAWS (screen reader) or Zoom text (screen enlarger), as well as popular mainstream technologies such as cell phones, iphones, ipod touch and the Ipad. The curriculum is designed for group or individual instruction.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to other community-based programs and services.
  • Reading Services
    • Through EARS. offers a personal reading service for individuals who are blind requesting help with printed materials. Volunteer readers assist consumers with reading literature, completing handwritten documents, organizing information and/or recording materials for greater independence.

Services for Children

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers a wide variety of adaptive resources to meet consumer needs. Computer skills taught, range from basic keyboarding to advanced application skill development. The lab offers the latest technology to accommodate a variety of adaptive needs. Specialized applications such as JAWS (Job Access With Speech) software, MAGic, ZoomText, Guide, Serotek, Open Book and the Braille Focus display are examples of the assistive technology available through RLCB’s Technology Services program.
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