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.
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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.
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.
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!