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World Services for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

World Services for the Blind
2811 Fair Park Boulevard
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 664-7100 (Local)
(501) 664-2743 (Fax)
(800) 248-0734 (Toll-Free)
training@wsblind.org
http://www.wsblind.org

Brief Description

The World Services for the Blind is accredited by NAC (The National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment).

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 200
Number of staff: 48
Staff description: Psychologist, licensed professional counselor, rehabilitation counselor, O&M instructor, rehabilitation teacher, special educator, psychiatrist, job skills instructors, job development/placement specialist
Geographic area served: National and International
Publications: New Life (quarterly electronic newsletter)

Staff

Shelly Atkins, Administrative Assistant Older Blind Program/NDBEDP, satkins@wsblind.org
Rachel Buchanan, Vice President of Rehabilitation Services, rbuchanan@wsblind.org
Sharon Giovinazzo, CEO, sgiovinazzo@wsblind.org
Andrea Hamilton, Director of Rehabilitation Services, ahamilton@wsblind.org
Doris Haralson, Director of Admissions, dharalson@wsblind.org
Melanie Jones, Director of Marketing & Communications, mjones@wsblind.org
Faberge Jones, Medical & Nutritional Services, fjones@wsblind.org
Cynthia Kiper, Director of Workforce Developement, ckiper@wsblind.org
Rebecca Reid, Director of Recruiting and Retention, rreid@wsblind.org
Yolanda Smith, Volunteer Coordinator & Housing Supervisor, ysmith@wsblind.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Counseling
    • Provides counseling and referral services, psychological testing, and psychiatric evaluation.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • The foundation of a healthy personal adjustment to blindness is comprehensive training and counseling provided on an individualized basis. Drawing from the comprehensive array of life skills services offered at WSB, a personalized training schedule is designed to ensure each person achieves a well-rounded and healthy personal adjustment to visual disability. Our philosophy maintains that effective and total rehabilitation can only be achieved in the therapeutic, multi-disciplinary environment of a comprehensive residential rehabilitation center. Comprehensive Life Skills Services - Techniques of Daily Living - Assistive Technology - Basic Communication / Adult Education - Braille - Low Vision - Keyboarding - Orientation & Mobility - IT Fundamentals - Small Business Training
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational evaluation, job readiness, vocational training in 11 areas, job development and placement and follow-up services. -- Assistive Technology -- Assistive Technology Instructor -- Call Center Specialist -- Credit Counseling -- Desktop Support Technician I -- Desktop Support Technician II -- Microsoft Office Specialist -- Certified Administrative Assistant -- Voice Over at Work (VOW) -- College Prep -- Transitional Aged Youth -- Student Transitional Youth Learning Experience (STYLE)
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up, as well as training in utilization of low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Provides leisure time activities.

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Transitional-Age Youth Programs -- ACT PREP - The on-campus portion of the class is held at WSB, where clients receive two weeks of intensive training to prepare for or improve their ACT score. - Personalized Support tailored to an individual's needs and goals - Specific support in the areas of test-taking strategies - Understanding accommodations for those with disabilities - 4+ full-length practice test included College PREP I -- WSB offers a College Prep program for high school juniors and seniors who are blind or visually impaired, as well as older clients who wish to enter or return to college. The summer program is designed to evaluate the client's basic skills and to provide the training needed for a successful college career. Components of the college prep program include: - Academic Skills Development - Assistive Technology & Computer Literacy - Psychological & Social Adjustment - Daily Living Skills - O & M College Prep II - WSB's College Prep II program is now being offered year-round to clients of all ages who have completed high school or achieved their GED and wish to enter or return to college. CP II will focus on both the technical and practical aspects of college life, including assistive technology training in JAWS, or Zoom Text, Microsoft Word and Outlook, training in Blackboard, academic skills development and the opportunity to enroll in a three-credit course at UALR, if they meet the university criteria. WSB will also provide instruction on how to navigate the UALR campus and locate the on-campus disability resources available to college students, which will make the transition to college life easier. Essential Work Place Skills Series -- The EWPS is intended for transitional youth and young adults who are about to enter the workforce or for adults with little to no real work history. This program was designed specifically to address the guidelines laid out for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act WIOA for the Pre-Employment Transition Services PETS. GED PREP -- WSB's new GED Prep program offers training and preparatory work to assist clients in obtaining a GED. Benefits: - One-on-one instruction with relevant AT accommodation through the current GED study guide. - Accessible GED practice testing - individualized and focused hand-on support in the areas of mathematics, social studies, science, reading and writing - customized assignments designed to meet a client's current skill level and focus attention to specific areas of need - 24 hour access to a fully accessible computer lab - after-hours tutoring available when necessary

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internships and supervised field placements for rehabilitation counseling, orientation and mobility, rehabilitation teaching, and social work students.
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