Getting Started with ASB
Living with low vision can make everything seem more challenging—from cooking, exercising, managing appointments, even socializing, to paying bills, finding and taking care of housing, landing and keeping a job, and navigating transportation. Our job is to help you overcome challenges like these, so you have the supports and skills you need to manage your days with confidence.
To do that, we start at the beginning with an individualized intake and assessment to identify your specific goals. From there, we work with you to develop a plan that is tailored to the specific skills you want to learn and/or master. Your plan may include classroom instruction and one-on-one tutorials with our experienced instructors, as well as peer mentoring, workshops, and more.
The ASB community is a place where you can connect and build a network of relationships with others who share similar life experiences.
Classes and Programs
ASB classes and programs fall into the following areas:
- Goal setting to address your individual needs
- Orientation and mobility techniques and strategies for navigating your home and community
- Practical skills for safety and independence
- Individual and group training at our Access Technology Center (ATC)
- Adapting use of current technology to help acclimate to low vision
- Introduction to screen readers and magnification software
- Expanding learning with portable devices and digital communications
- Support groups for blindness or low vision
- Peer support and mentoring
- Accessible, fun, and social experiences with cultural and community partners
- Hands-on activities: gardening, dance, art lessons, and more
- Coming soon
Interested in our services? Please provide some general information so we can follow up with you about getting started with ASB.
Contact us for referrals and assistance at (215) 821-6151.
For information on becoming a community partner of ASB, explore ways to Get Involved.
Resources Beyond ASB
ASB is your go-to resource for information and referrals on a variety of issues and topics beyond those covered in our own classes and programs. We partner with local community resources to connect you with the information you need. From social and family services, healthcare, and wellness, to housing, financial literacy, and career support, we want to ensure that you have access to the resources you need to live independently.
Philadelphia Lighthouse of the Blind
Part of our work is ensuring that you have access to the latest technology and assistive devices. Through Philadelphia Lighthouse of the Blind, an endowment fund administered by ASB, we assist with the purchase of technology devices and adaptive equipment such as:
- Screen Readers
- Writing aids/guides
ASB staff and volunteers work with you to provide personalized training and mentorship so that you can learn, experiment, and become familiar with the devices to support your everyday needs for getting around, communicating, and engaging with others—whether you are at home, in the community, or at work. Individuals eligible for Lighthouse assistance must meet the following criteria:
- Participate in ASB classes or programs or meet the low vision requirements of those served by ASB
- Demonstrate financial need
- Receive approval from an ASB Life Skills Manager prior to submitting the application.
Please contact us for further information at ASBReferrals@asb.org or (215) 627-0600.