Mission: The mission of the new hampshire association for the blind is to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired. The association carries out its mission by providing counseling and referral, rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility instruction, low vision services, assistive technology, volunteer services as well as educational services for school age children.
Programs: Education services -programs are provided for school age children who are experiencing visual difficulties and/or blindness: specialized instruction in disability-specific compensatory skills and adaptive techniques provided by a teacher of the visually impaired. Programs include orientation and mobility instruction, personal management and alternative communication skills. The association provided service to 60 students in 14 districts during the 2013/2014 school year. Services are provided in the school and community throughout the 180 school days. Each student has an individual education plan and sets specific goals and outcomes.
social work-the social work program includes individual and family adjustment to vision loss counseling, support groups and referrals to community services. The average number of clients receiving intake, case management and referral monthly is 36 (433 unique total clients for the year). The number of clients/family members offered adjustment to blindness counseling was 5 over the past year. The number of clients in peer support groups is 43.
low vision services are provided by eye care professional and low vision therapists. These services assist people who are partially sighted to use their remaining vision more effectively. Through low vision evaluations and training in the use of low vision aids. 494 clients received low vision services during the year.
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.