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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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.

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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!

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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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