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Montgomery County Association for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Montgomery County Association for the Blind
212 North Main Street
North Wales, PA 19454-3117
(215) 661-9800 (Local)
(215) 661-9888 (Fax)
http://www.mcab.org

Brief Description

The mission of the Montgomery County Association for the Blind is to enhance the independence and quality of life of people coping with blindness or vision impairment through rehabilitation, education, support and advocacy. Comprehensive services and programs for people with vision loss.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1500
Number of staff: 23
Staff description: 9 full-time, 14 part-time. Uses volunteers.
Geographic area served: Montgomery County and surrounding region. Specialized Service program in Northern Chester County, PA
Publications: Newsletter, List of Services brochure, Guiding Techniques brochure, Eye on Success newsletter for donors.

Staff

Douglas Yingling, Executive Director, dyingling@mcab.org
Jim Hunt, Program Director, (215) 661-9800, jhunt@mcab.org
Sharon Zislis, Director of Development, (215) 661-9800

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Braille classes are now available to assist in learning functional Braille for labeling and independence.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers programs about blindness to schools, scouts, retirement centers, nursing facilities, community group homes, and others.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers classroom and one on one instruction. Includes Computer Club for children and students to improve skills with access technology.
  • Counseling
    • Provides comprehensive social services and individualized support for people losing vision.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides mobility instruction and in-home training in daily living skills.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Prepares people with vision loss from the Greater Delaware Valley for competitive employment. Offers job readiness conferences, job search and placement assistance.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information on blindness and visual impairment, referral to community resources.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreation/socialization activities for adults throughout the year.
  • Services for Seniors
    • All agency services are available for senior population. Over 70% of the agency's clients are seniors.
  • Support Groups
    • Facilitate several support groups, including sight loss and diabetic meetings. Professionals and peers help people to learn coping strategies during these professionally facilitated support groups that are open to anyone who has experienced vision loss. Groups meet monthly in North Wales, Royersford and Exton.
  • Transportation Services
    • Provides transportation for medical appointments, and in support of those attending selected agency programs
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training by a full time specialist on staff. Also provides sun lens evaluations, environmental assessments.

Services for Children

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Students can utilize computer training programs at the agency.
  • Counseling
    • Psychotherapy service, specializing in vision loss.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Vision rehabilitation therapy (daily living skills).
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • A four-week summer day camp, Monday through Thursday.Camp normally begins in July.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides assistance with IEP as requested and holds periodic support meetings for parents.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Orientation & Mobility training is provided by full time instructor. May be able to provide through ESY authorization.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Offers in-service training programs provided to those working with visually impaired patients/residents at nursing homes, retirement communities, group homes and senior day care centers.

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