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.
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!