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Society for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Society for the Blind
1238 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 452-8271 (Local)
(916) 492-2487 (Fax)
info@societyfortheblind.org
http://www.societyfortheblind.org

Brief Description

The mission of the Society for the Blind is to empower individuals who are blind or have low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence through training, tools, and mentorship.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 3000
Number of staff: 30
Staff description: The majority of the teaching staff have advanced degrees in applicable areas, such as orientation and mobility, education and social work. The Low Vision Clinic is staffed by optometrists specializing in low vision.
Geographic area served: Clients throughout Northern California are welcome. The primary operating areas are the 9 counties surrounding Sacramento: Sacramento, Butte, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter and Yolo.
Publications: Society Pages, Annual Report

Locations

1238 S Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Staff

Liz Culp, Director of Resource Development, (916) 452-8271, lculp@societyfortheblind.rog
Pat Duffy, Director of Senior Programs, (916) 452-8271, pduffy@societyfortheblind.org
Cherry Flanagan, Director of Financial and HR, (916) 452-8271, cflanagan@societyfortheblind.org
Penny Riley, Director of Clinical and Retail Services, (916) 452-8271 506, priley@societyfortheblind.org
Shari Roeseler, Executive Director, (916) 452-8271 515, sroeseler@societyfortheblind.org
Shane Snyder, Director of Programs, (916) 452-8271 588, ssnyder@societyfortheblind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Distributes hand-held magnifiers, illuminated magnifiers, illuminated pocket magnifiers, handles for Eschenbach stand illuminated magnifying lens, half-eye reading glasses, bulbs for Eschenbach and magnifiers, solar shields, fitovers, lap desks, monocular telescopes, canes and accessories, electronic clocks, watches and timers, labeling and marking bold line and braille paper slates and stylus writing kitchen products, household tools, playing cards and games, large print address books and other large-print and braille books, large print and braille calendars. Products for sale on site and online.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers training in all levels of braille, from beginning to advanced.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers instruction for clients with sufficient vision in the use of software such as ZoomText. After assessment, clients begin their one-on-one individualized training programs to meet their specific goals. Training may begin with basic keyboarding skills, or in advanced spreadsheet design in Excel. Training in MS Word at a beginner to intermediate level and then on to specialized skills dependent upon vocational or recreational goals is provided. Clients are trained in all aspects of contemporary computer use at the level appropriate to their interests and skill level. Other computer-related skills instruction available include closed circuit television use, scanning and scanning software, and use of braille and "qwerty" keyboard notetakers.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in daily living skills and adaptive computers skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers CareersPLUS Employment Readiness Program. Youth track offers weekend workshops and an After-School Academy to prepare youth for college and careers. The adult track focuses on resume writing, interview skills, financial management and career exploration. Internships and mentoring are available for all participants in the CareersPLUS program.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides referrals to other services and organizations that can help people live independently with blindness and low vision.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides comprehensive low vision evaluations and assistance in selecting optical devices. Maintains the largest collection of low vision devices in California. Clinic provides a wide range of the latest high technology devices to assist people with limited vision. Provides training in how to use different devices. Low Vision Rehabilitation Therapy is available via referral both onsite at our clinic and in-home.
  • Services for Seniors
    • A six-day intensive training is held each month in which seniors learn non-visual skills in order to maintain their independence. Classes include Cane Travel, Daily Living Skills, Introduction to Braille, and Introduction to Computers. Participants receive individual attention from certified instructors and are coached by adept blind mentors. In addition to these classes, participants also engage in discussion groups and seminars on blindness and activities in the community. Participants acquire life altering skills and positive attitudes while forming long-lasting bonds with other seniors experiencing vision loss. Short-term in-home training is available for individuals unable to attend the senior retreat for health or mobility reasons. The Senior IMPACT Project offers support groups at the Sacramento agency to individuals losing their vision. SFTB partners with and helps establish various support groups throughout Northern California. Special workshops and seminars on diabetes, advocacy, and other important topics are offered on occasion.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support group for adjustment to blindness, families and for those with diabetes-related visual impairments.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers classes in braille, beginning with an assessment of current skill level and assessing needs for beginning, intermediate, or advanced braille skills.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of assistive technology.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Daily living skills instruction includes many of the everyday tasks which are essential to independent living. This can include intensive lessons in cooking, housekeeping, organizational skills, personal grooming, and creative activities, as well as many essential basic skills for anyone living independently.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers comprehensive evaluation with one of our Low Vision Specialists. After you and the Doctor determine what works best for you, the option of taking the low vision devices home on loan for evaluation is available.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers training in related skills for O&M include personal safety, information gathering, accepting and refusing public assistance, problem solving, and social interaction skills.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Youth Enrichment Program

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