About Us

Our Mission

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.

PA Working Home for Blind Men

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Our History

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.

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Annual Report

Read our 2017-18 Fiscal Year Report to the Community.

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Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


Karla S. McCaney, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sean McNeeley, Chief Financial Officer

Beth Deering, Chief Program Officer

Lynn Heitz, Director of Education and Enrichment Programming

Joyce Robertson, Director of Finance

Emily E.Yaskowski, MPA, Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Board Officers

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

Board Members

Jacqueline Candido, PhD
George Foley
Francis R. Grebe, Esq.
William J. D. Jordan
Dr. Ranjoo Prasad, OD
Thomas J. Wlodkowski

Advisory Board

Dr. Roy Fitzgerald
Michael Norris

2017-18 Fiscal Year Financial Overview

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Support and Revenues

Contributed $ 339,281  
Earned $ 1,320,067  
Government Grants $ 349,110  
Investment Income $ 2,437,991  
Other Income $ 316,899  
Total $ 4,823,348  
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Program Services $ 817,665  
Braille Operations $ 1,560,886  
Administrative/ General Operations $ 1,333,465  
Total $ 3,712,016  
Change in Net Assets $ 1,111,332