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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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Our Facilities - Philadelphia, PA

Our Facilities



Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, at 919 Walnut Street.

The address is home to our offices as well as the many programs and services that we offer. Most of our classes and groups meet at 919 Walnut, and it’s also where you’ll find our large-scale braille production department…one of only five such facilities in the United States.




It’s also here that rehabilitation, training and education reshapes and rebuilds the lives of our clients.

We have a working apartment, where clients can learn to adapt to blindness or visual impairment without fear. Instructors teach clients how to cook, clean, sew, write letters and checks; how to dress and apply make up; how to effectively use a white cane and much more.


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 alt Our Computer Technology Department features computers with special adaptive aids that provide people who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to learn computer literacy, including how to input type and navigate what's on a computer screen even though they don't have the ability to actually see it. They can also learn how to surf the net, write emails or handle software including word-processors and spreadsheets.

The first floor of our facility also houses the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a lending institution of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage free mail.

At any given time of day, 919 Walnut Street is bustling place where people come to share, learn, teach, volunteer, read, chat and just be themselves. 


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Latest Poll

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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