Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a private nonprofit organization that provides education, training, and resources to help individuals gain independence and improve their quality of life.
We are the largest provider in Greater Philadelphia of services to people who are blind or low vision. Acting as an advocate and liaison, we foster connections and facilitate opportunities to advance life skills, help harness technology as a tool, and expand the reach of cultural offerings for the people we serve.
ASB’s roots date to 1874 when the Pennsylvania Working Home for Blind Men opened. After World War II, the independent agency Volunteer Services for the Blind (VSB) began to transcribe books and magazines into Braille and record college textbooks. In the 1970s, VSB moved to our current location at 919 Walnut Street in Center City. In the early 1980s, VSB united with two other local agencies—the Information Center for the Blind and the Nevil Institute for Rehabilitation and Services—to form an advocacy organization that subsequently became ASB. Committed to living up to the legacy of these organizations, we have remained steadfast through the decades to improving a comprehensive portfolio of services and innovating for the benefit of the people we serve.
Read our 2017-18 Fiscal Year Report to the Community.
Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Karla S. McCaney, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Deering, Director of Outreach and Partnerships
Lynn Heitz, Director of Education and Enrichment Programming
Joyce Robertson, Director of Finance
Emily E.Yaskowski, MPA, Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Thomas Teesdale, Chairman of the Board
Sarah Glick-Johnson, First Vice Chairman
Arthur J. Seidner, Esq., Second Vice Chairman
Leonard Sayles, Treasurer
Kevin E. Brown, Secretary
Jacqueline Candido, PhD
Francis R. Grebe, Esq.
William J. D. Jordan
Dr. Ranjoo Prasad, OD
Thomas J. Wlodkowski
Dr. Roy Fitzgerald
2017-18 Fiscal Year Financial Overview
Support and Revenues
|Government Grants||$ 349,110|
|Investment Income||$ 2,437,991|
|Other Income||$ 316,899|
|Program Services||$ 817,665|
|Braille Operations||$ 1,560,886|
|Administrative/ General Operations||$ 1,333,465|
|Change in Net Assets||$ 1,111,332|