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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.