Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 1202 Lexington Avenue #316 New York NY 10028 USA

Mission: 1.  OUR MISSION:  Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (E.A.R.S.) is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Our E.A.R.S. for Eyes program exists to provide free blind rehabilitation training to vision impaired older individuals so they can continue to live independently.  The major elements of the program are:  1) an extensive ongoing community outreach effort which primarily utilizes direct-to-senior presentations at senior centers, housing facilities, etc., 2) the use of audio taped lessons designed to retrain seniors to perform the normal daily living activities that have become extremely difficult due to vision loss, and 3) our toll free client support telephone center which does initial client intake and provides continuous client support. 2.  HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:  The process is simple and unintimidating.  An individual hears of our program through our community outreach efforts, places a toll free call to our client support telephone center, a telephone interview is conducted by a vision counselor, and appropriate lessons are sent to the individual, free of charge.  Clients then receive follow-up telephone contact after receipt of lessons.  No face-to-face instruction is utilized in the training program.  This use of communication technology, combined with an extensive community outreach effort, is an innovative, effective, and cost-efficient way to provide blind rehabilitation training to a vast number of older individuals with vision impairments. 3.  THE NEED:  It is conservatively estimated by the National Center for Health Statistics that in the United States more than 7,840,000 individuals over the age of 55 suffer from severe vision impairment and blindness.  The most recent analysis by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired estimates that less than 4% of vision impaired seniors who need blind rehabilitation training actually receive such training.  Therefore, only 300,000 of the almost 8 million vision impaired seniors in the U.S. are receiving blind rehabilitation training, leaving more than 96% or, 7,540,000 seniors without the benefit of training. 4.  THE AUDIO TAPED LESSONS:  There are twelve lessons which cover basic daily living skills such as cooking, eating without embarrassment, safely getting around your home, managing your medications, personal grooming and bathroom safety, using the telephone, etc.  The audio taped lessons are designed to be used in the home with the aid of a sighted helper, like a family member, neighbor or community volunteer.  There is no designation of legal blindness required, and all of our services are free.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This organization provides adequate information for individuals who are struggling with their lost of vision especially veterans. Working with representatives of this organization were a big help and answered all questions with clarity and were pleasant and patient with the clients seeking help.

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pleasant, understanding, patient and overall a big help.

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About every month

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2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Great Organization! My Father was able to maintain his independence for quite some time after he started to lose his vision. Being the proud man he was and a Veteran, I know this little bit of freedom helped him maintain some bit of dignity during his decline. Thank you.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help countless people that are experiencing increased lack of independence due to their declining vision.

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We had found out about this program much earlier on.

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One time

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2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

They have helped my mother many times as she has batteled wet macular degeneration. Never asking for even a penny. They are great.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve countless others in need of blind assistance. They could reach more people not awear of thier help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My dad is a Veteran and he has had bad cataracts for many years and they can't be operated on. My wife and I were worried about his living alone but he did not want to move in with us. We found EARS FOR EYES on the web and ordered some of the tapes. He listened to them and after a few weeks he was able to acclimate better with his situation and was again able to prepare some meals. He also liked the tape on bathroom safety. He told us that after listened to the tapes he was not as worry about falling in the shower. We listened to the tapes with him and we all agreed they are very clear and easy to follow. We are very happy we found them.

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Working with dad

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About every month

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2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I am writing this for my mother who is a diabetic. Several years ago she began to have serious problems with her vision and was becoming increasingly fearful of doing things around the house. Especially cutting things,using any sharp tool and going up and down the stairs. She use to be an army nurse so she knew how serious a cut or accident can be for a diabetic. She called this outfit for some help and they sent her tapes that told her how to do cooking things and get around the house safely. They also told her where to get some good magnifying glasses that are very useful. She was very happy with the information and service she got from them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It help make my mother feel better about living alone in her home.

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One time

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2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My wife got maculer degeneration and could not see anymore to cook dinner. We listened to all tapes and she cooks again and I like helping. Very nice people on the phone at ears. Just want to say thank you again.

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the kitchen

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talking to ears lady was nice and made us happy and was very helpful!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really friendly and knew everything

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people

Ways to make it better...

nothing, it was fine.

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Things are better now. Thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Seven years ago, I completed a Master's course in Blindness and Low Vision Services and have been working as a Rehab Teacher in the Independent Living Older Blind program of washington State. EARS has been a helpful resource for me. Many times I have reviewed the informational tapes to refresh my memory before going out to work with a client. And I have suggested this resource to at least 30 people over the past 4 years. Some people seem more comfortable working on skills privately. The tapes are lively and fun. They address issues that are of concern to blind people such as using the telephone, getting around safely and eating without embarrassment. I appreciate that an EARS representative checks back with my clients to offer additional information and support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the usefulness of the information they provide for people who are struggling or frustrated with loss of function due to vision loss.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

MY HUSBAND IS A AIR FORCE VETERAN AND HIS EYESIGHT HAS GOTTEN WORSE OVER THE PASS FEW YEARS. A FRIEND FROM THE VA IN TAMPA, FL. KNEW ABOUT E.A.R.S. FOR EYES. WE CONTACTED THEM AND THEY WERE REALLY HELPFUL. THEY SENT US CASSETTE TAPES THAT WE LISTEN TO TOGETHER. WE BOTH LEARNED ALOT FROM THEM AND CAN'T "THANK" THEM ENOUGH.

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THE HELP THEY PROVIDED FOR MY HUSBAND

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HELP MANY PEOPLE.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

After my dad retired from the navy he found out that he had glaucoma and could go blind. It kept getting worse and he was afraid that he would have to move in to some kind of retirement home. I found these tapes on the internet and got them for him. He really likes them and says that he can stay home now because he can take care of himself. These tapes really helped him out.

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a positive manner

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I'm a social worker working with visually impaired people - many of whom are veterans. I always recommend these tapes to my clients and have consistently gotten rave reviews and very positive feedback. The techniques are easy to use and quickly bolster independence. I cannot recommend EARS enough. My clients often report back that a fostered sense of independence leads to less feelings of depression. This is a truly excellent service.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

consistently thoughtful and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really change a lot of lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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