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Conveniently located in Center City - Downtown Philadelphia, PA
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Vision loss isn't the end of the road - it's a new road and we're here to help!

Who We Are? serving the blind & visually impaired

asb frontIf you’ve been affected by blindness or visual impairment, know someone who has, or if you’re just seeking information, you’ve come to the right place.

ASB is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring self-esteem, independence and self determination among people who are blind or visually impaired.

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What We Do? promote self-esteem & independence

rehab tourAdapting to life with little or no vision can be a daunting challenge. Fear and uncertainty can be overwhelming. Even a lifelong home can suddenly become foreign and perilous. In blindness or visual impairment, much of what a sighted person takes for granted needs to be relearned in a completely new way.

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What You Can Do? we depend on you!

volunteer giftWe’re dedicated to the work we do and the people we serve, but we can’t do it without help. The services, education and support that we offer are possible, in large part, thanks to the generosity of those who give their time or financial resources.

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Renee Reinhardt came to ASB for services in 2003 due to her visual impairment from optic neuropathy. Optic neuropathy refers to damage to the optic nerve due to any cause, with the main symptom being a loss of vision.

Renee's daughter heard about ASB from the staff at the Overbrook School for the Blind.

They recommended she obtain services to help her cope with activities of daily living through ASB. Renee wanted to continue on with her life as she had before her vision loss, and soon found that ASB was the ideal place to offer her the programs that would help her to do so.

"ASB has showed me the possibilities of living in an unseeing world," said Renee. " I have had experiences, and met people that I never would have met if not for ASB, and they have helped me to be myself."

Renee is currently participating in the ASB ambassador program. As an ambassador, Renee helps fellow clients to know life after their visual impairments. She is a shining example of the success of the programs that we offer at ASB in helping clients to do every day things such as navigate public transportation, grocery shop, and care for their basic needs. Her courage and confidence inspires others to know that they can do the same.

"Learning how to travel, how to read books by learning braille, and how to use a computer are all things you can still achieve despite your visual impairment."

"Ms. Reinhardt is an amazing woman who hasn't allowed her vision loss to define her or change who she is as a person. She is the type of individual who is warm, loving and extremely giving and that positive energy is always present when you spend time with her" said Patricia C. Johnson, ASB President and CEO. "Ms. Reinhardt is an advocate for the blind and visually impaired in the Philadelphia Community and has spent countless hours educating our elected officials on the needs of this under served community.

Renee attributes her strength to a supportive family, and to her faith and spiritual beliefs.

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Do You Read Braille?

Never - 65.6%
Occassionally - 12.7%
Sometimes - 8.6%
Almost Always - 10.9%
Always - 2.3%

Total votes: 221
The voting for this poll has ended on: 17 Mar 2013 - 16:15

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our mission smAssociated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB) is a private non-profit organization created to promote self-esteem, independence and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired.

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