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School children visiting our Braille Production Plant
Conveniently located in Center City - Downtown Philadelphia, PA
Our Gardening Program is challenging and enjoyable!
Guide Dog Appreciation Day at ASB. These service animals know why they're there!
The Philadelphia Phillies take time out to recognize one of their many visually impaired fans!
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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Judy Johnson: “I can’t feel pity for myself, I look around and I get my
strength from just being here.”


Philadelphia, PA, February 2009 ----  Judy Johnson of Philadelphia became a volunteer for Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ASB) after undergoing three brain surgeries, one of which has left her partially blind

She has also survived a life threatening illness known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which has left her with light sensitivity. Some might have thought that Judy, or anyone, would have given up – but then they would not know Judy.

“My time at ASB wasn’t just important, it was necessary,” Judy says. “Last night I went to the Opera, but we couldn’t find a cab. I was the one who suggested we walk and we did! This may not seem like a big deal but a year ago, I would not have been able to do that.

I have the ASB staff to thank for the training I received.” To gain more experience before going back into the working world, Judy started volunteering at ASB as an administrative assistant in the Human Services Division. “I felt so comfortable here. It was like I was coming home,” explains Judy. 

“Judy exemplifies what ASB encourages all of our clients to achieve independence and freedom,” says Patricia C. Johnson, ASB President and CEO. “Judy has overcome incredible odds and yet, she’s concerned with helping others and empowering current clients.”

In Judy’s free time, she hangs out with her children Kenneth, Christopher, Alexandria, and her dog, Papi. She also likes to watch "Storm Stories", the show about filming from the eye of a tornado.

“I like the unpredictability of the storm. No one knows exactly how it’s going to go or when it’s going to stop.” Like the tornados she watches, Judy is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

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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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