New Hampshire Association for the Blind

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Location: McGreal Sight Center 25 Walker St Concord NH 03301 USA

Mission: Our mission is "to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired". The New Hampshire Association for the Blind is the only provider of specialized professional vision rehabilitation services serving all ages statewide. The majority of clients are age 60 and older. In addition to the direct services The Association provides information and referral, and has a public education program featuring speakers'' bureau, mailings, school and service club presentations etc. to meet the goal of helping people understand that help is available when vision is lost or diminished. Prevention of blindness programs are also stressed. Our vision is to be able to help all who need specialized vision rehabilitation services regardless of ability to pay.
Programs: The Association's core services include: Individual, family and group counseling to help clients adjust to vision loss; Low Vision Services including clinical evaluation, prescription of aids and appliances, and training in their use; Rehabilitation Teaching to help people learn daily living skills necessary for living with diminished sight; Orientation and Mobility Training to teach safe travel skills in the home, community, workplace and other environments; Assistive Technology, and Braille Services including computer training, Braille Teaching, and demonstration of assistive technology; Educational Services providing Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists who work with school age children in the school and community setting; Volunteer Services; Group Services including  classes such as healthy cooking, diabetes management, crafts, computer training, and Peer Support Counseling groups.

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

New Hampshire Association for the Blind has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). NAC is the only accrediting body that solely focuses on standards and best practices for blind and low vision services with the consumer in mind. New Hampshire Association for the Blind has demonstrated that it meets or exceeds the standards set by NAC for delivery of blind and low vision services. The determination for accreditation is a rigorous process that involves self-examination by the organization, an on-site peer review to verify processes and procedures by a team of professionals serving in the field and a review of the findings by the NAC Accreditation Committee. NAC congratulates New Hampshire Association for the Blind on its accredited status.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former Board member and volunteer, I have been fortunate to experience the dramatic effect of client services provided by the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.
Having been involved with several other organizations, I can readily
attest to the fact that this Association ranks higher than any others.
The total focus on client services and well being has enabled the Association to set the "gold standard" for all non-profits.
The management and staff are the most dedicated and professional individuals with whom I have had the pleasure to be associated.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a multitude of events, planning and client services

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NONE, continue the World Class efforts and programs

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

NONE

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Greater appreciation for vision loss

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

GREAT---a true life changing experience which was extremely rewarding

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being new as a valunteer I was pleased at how the directors listen to the volunteers as to their thoughts for everything necessary going forward I am impressed as to the facility and the dedication by everyone who works for the betterment of all blind and impaired who need services. They have a true feel for the needs of their clients. Keep up the good work

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The NH Association for the Blind is an outstanding organization that is committed to serving the blind and visually impaired. Our organization has worked with The NH Association for the Blind to support our mutual efforts of better serving those who are blind or visually impaired. We've seen first hand the compassion and commitment of their Board and leadership to the important work they do.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Most nonprofits serving persons with disabilities talk of helping clients to live fuller livers. The New Hampshire Association for the Blind is one of the few that succeeds. The Association does this through tireless outreach and a one-on-one approach that matches a person’s needs with practical solutions. In my case, a low-vision exam yielded useful reading aids, its local office found volunteers to provide transportation, and through the NHAB, I learned about other resources and got to try daily living aids. NHAB provides home visits, seeks my feedback on their services, and always makes me feel that everything they do stems from my needs, rather than any dispassionate process or policy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way I view and manage my disability.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add divisions or committees in more areas of the state and facilitate interaction between them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I learned of it through a vocational rehabilitation counselor.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

The sharing of my skills to help others who are blind or visually impaired.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The New Hampshire Association for the Blind, under the exceptional leadership of George Theriault, is an invaluable resource for those with vision loss and their family members in NH. The Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging was honored to collaborate with this organization on a public education event about blindness and vision loss. We were extremely impressed by the professionalism of the NH Association for the Blind in pulling off this event, and are eager to partner on future endeavors. They provide a multitude of much needed services and support to NH residents with vision impairment, including assistance with adapting to changes in, or loss of vision; adaptive technology training, and mobility instruction. A stellar organization!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although I don't know very much about the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, the fact that it is in the capable and compassionate hands of George Theriault is an endorsement beyond compare. I have known George for over sixty years, and I can truly say that I know of no more kind, caring, and good-hearted person on this planet. That George has chosen to dedicate his efforts to the New Hampshire Association of the Blind speaks volumes about the worth of that most fortunate organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my ongoing friendship with George Theriault.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

defer to the better judgement of George Theriault.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member, I have experienced many aspects of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Obviously, I work closely with senior staff and I am impressed with their professionalism and dedication. But I am even more impressed with -- and proud of -- the professionalism and passion that is evident throughout the organization. At various events, consumers give glowing reviews of the services they have received from the Association's rehabilitation specialists, and it is clear that the services were not only competently provided but they were also provided in a personal and caring manner. Even more important, however, is that it is clear that the Association has been able to change lives by giving consumers the skills and confidence they need to lead independent and full lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my work with other board members who are also consumers and speaking with consumers at various events, particularly the Association's annual walk-a-thon.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The number one thing I would change about this organization is increase its staff so that it could meet the needs of even more people who are blind and visually impaired.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The NH Association for the Blind has served the vision impaired in NH for close to 100 years. Their staff and volunteers are extremely committed to their mission. My mother's vision is limited due to age-related macular degeneration ("AMD") and I was therefore very interested to learn more about NHAB. The President of the Association personally provided me with a tour of the Sight Center and has spent a considerable amount of time with me, providing valuable information on AMD and the aids and services available through NHAB. Because of my personal experience, I was honored to be asked to join the board of the association and continue to be amazed at the dedication of all involved. I have found the Board to be one of the most engaged and proactive boards in the region. NHAB has certainly earned the respect and high regard it has attained in the State of NH!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See review above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes recommended. The organization is well run and continually seeks ways to improve.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The staff is well-trained and compassionate in a field which requires expertise and the ability to encourage those with vison problems to make the most of their lives. We work throughout the state of New Hampshire. Programs encourage outdoor activity, such as hiking, as well as individual and group training in the use of social media and computers. Rapid response to requests for assistance is the norm and appreciation for gifts given provide on-going contact with donors who are also provided with timely reports which keep them current with activities and programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen friends with failing vision trained to cope with details of everyday living through the assistance of NHAB staff, including connection with Talking Books and other such programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to encourage more giving so as to provde an even wider range of coverage and programs.

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