At ASB, we partner with some of the region’s most noteable organizations spanning from the arts, to wellness, to social services agencies. To be connected to one of ASB’s community partners, please contact ASB at ASBReferrals@asb.org or (215) 627-0600.
How our clients enjoy active participation with the Pennsylvania Ballet
February 28, 2019, WHYY, You Ought to Know
Clients take part in class with this renowned Philadelphia institution
October 18, 2018 CBS Philly, “Visually Impaired Dancers Learn ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with Pennsylvania Ballet”
Art-Reach creates, advocates for, and expands accessible opportunities in the arts so the full spectrum of society is served. As an Art-Reach Agency Member, ASB is able to provide discounted tickets to a variety of music, dance, museum, and theater events. Art-Reach also provides hands-on workshops, visits, and activities to ASB clients.
Free Library of Philadelphia & Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
We work with the Free Library of Philadelphia to provide accessible programs, materials, and services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Through the Culinary Literacy Center’s Cookability Program, individuals who are blind and low vision, learn about food and cooking and provides hands-on cooking classes that incorporate adaptive approaches to buying, growing, and preparing food.
ASB is proud to work with the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which serves Pennsylvania residents who are legally blind, deaf-blind, visually impaired, physically impaired, or reading-impaired.
ASB is fortunate to work with Jefferson Health in many different ways to provide opportunities to the individuals we serve.
ASB staff present in-service training to first-year nursing students from Thomas Jefferson University College of Nursing on topics related to interacting with patients with low vision or blindness.
Every fall, students from Jefferson College of Pharmacy come to ASB to support participants in the Diabetes Information group. The students share relevant medical and health information with the group. In exchange, the students gain first-hand clinical experience and valuable insight from the members of the group.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD)
LCD provides free legal services to low-income people with disabilities. They also provide onsite workshops at ASB regarding credit recovery, Power of Attorney documents, living wills, and other legal documents.
The Pennsylvania Ballet
The Pennsylvania Ballet conducts workshops at ASB on the physical technique and artistry of ballet and movement. Participants are encouraged to tell their stories through physical art forms, challenging the idea that communication needs to be verbal or visual. Participants also gain an understanding of the physical health benefits that consistent movement has on the body and mind.
ASB is a partner with the Unite Us network, Unite Pennsylvania, a coordinated care network of health and social service providers. As a Unite Us partner, ASB can quickly and seamlessly identify and access resources and support in Greater Philadelphia, across the state, and around the country for our participants on a variety of issues and topics that fall outside of the education and enrichment services we provide directly. Unite Us partner referrals are managed through a shared technology platform that keeps everyone “in the loop” on a participant’s referral journey, expertly managing screening, referrals, resolutions, and feedback. Unite Us offers access to a wide range of health and social services, including benefits navigation, education, employment, food assistance, housing and shelter, income support, individual and family support, legal, mental and behavioral health, money management, physical health, social enrichment, sports and recreation, substance abuse support, transportation, utilities, wellness, and more.
If you are an ASB participant interested in learning more, please contact our Director of Participant Engagement and Outreach, Lexi Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a health or social services provider, we encourage you to join us in the Unite Us network to advance the coordination of care in our community! Click here for more information.
Benefits Data Trust helps people live healthier, more independent lives by creating smarter ways to access essential benefits and services.
The Bureau assists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities.
Located at The Eye Institute at Salus University, the center offers low vision individuals with information, instruction, and access to specialized magnification devices.
The Mayor’s Commission advances policies and programs for people with disabilities; provides resources for residents with disabilities; educates the community on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and other laws that impact people with disabilities; and advises and advocates for people with disabilities.
PCA strives to improve the quality of life for older Philadelphians or people with disabilities, and to assist them in achieving their maximum levels of health, independence, and productivity. PCA gives special consideration to those with the greatest social, economic, and health needs.
The Scheie Eye Institute of Penn Medicine offers complete diagnostic and treatment services in comprehensive ophthalmology, as well as all subspecialty areas. Services range from routine eye examinations to the most advanced ocular surgery.
SEPTA provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to ride all SEPTA transit system services at a discounted rate using a SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Card. In addition, SEPTA’s Customized Community Transportation (CCT) provides paratransit service—CCT Connect—to individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. All details and transit schedules can be found on SEPTA’s screen reader-friendly website.
Technology for Our Whole Lives (TechOwl) is part of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. They provide access to an equipment lending library, device demonstrations, used equipment exchanges, and presentations.
Wills is committed to clinical care, education, and research in ophthalmology since 1832.
National Programs and Organizations
The council strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.
The mission of the foundation is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. They mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.
The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, founded in 1940. Currently headquartered in Baltimore, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.
NLS is a free Braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in Braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.
For over 75 years, the Pennsylvania Council for the Blind has worked on behalf of all people with vision loss. They advocate for employment opportunities and promote legislation improving access to information. PCB and affiliate chapters throughout the state continue to encourage and assist all those with vision loss to achieve their fullest potential.
If you are a veteran or active-duty service member who is blind or has low vision, you may be able to get advanced vision care and rehabilitation services through the VA to help you live an independent life.