Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Service(s)

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    Support Groups

    Counties Served
    • Berkeley
    • Charleston
    • Dorchester
    Interpreter Line Available for Callers
    No
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    Vision Expense Assistance

    Through Focus on Adults, we provide free vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, prescription eye wear and referrals to uninsured or underinsured adults in the Charleston Tri-County area living on an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. We host monthly vision clinics at our office serving up to 40 individuals each for a total of approximately 480 individuals per year.

    For more information about Focus on Adults , please contact Lorraine DeNicola, Manager of Client Services: 843-723-6915 or ldenicola@abvisc.org.

    Counties Served
    • Berkeley
    • Charleston
    • Dorchester
    Interpreter Line Available for Callers
    No
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    Training Programs

    Our Own Your Life program helps blind and visually impaired individuals in the Charleston Tri-County area achieve independence in their personal lives and develop skills to gain employment. Through this program we are helping to create, foster and sustain opportunities for our clients to set and reach their personal and professional goals. Classes taught in this program are geared towards championing our clients, enriching their lives and making them less dependent on others.
    Own Your Life offers two tracks our clients can pursue: Employee Development and Personal Enrichment.

    The Employee Development track is designed to train our blind and visually impaired clients in the adaptive skills they need to join the workforce. Participants attend classes in assistive technology, computers training, daily living skills, braille, Orientation & Mobility, interview skills and resume building to develop job-readiness skills.

    Employee Development is a rewarding, in-depth, soft-skills program, and clients must apply and interview to qualify.

    For more information about Own Your Life or becoming a client, please contact Lorraine DeNicola, Manager of Client Services: 843-723-6915 or ldenicola@abvisc.org.

    Counties Served
    • Berkeley
    • Charleston
    • Dorchester
    Interpreter Line Available for Callers
    No
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    Service Animals

    ABVI provides guide dog scholarships to help defray the cost of veterinary visits, proper grooming and premium dog food. For many active blind individuals guide dogs are their means to independence. They are navigators, travel partners and best friends.

    Guide dog scholarship applications are mailed to clients in early May, and awards are made in June. These scholarships are made possible through a bequest from Katie Lee Beard and contributions from other generous donors.

    For more information, please contact Kimberly Taylor, Manager of Own Your Life: 843-723-6915 or ktaylor@abvisc.org.

    Counties Served
    • Berkeley
    • Charleston
    • Dorchester
    Interpreter Line Available for Callers
    No

Description of Organization

The mission of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to empower individuals with blindness and visual impairment to lead safe, dignified, independent and rewarding lives and to prevent vision loss for adults in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties as well as children in Charleston County Title 1 schools.

Counties Served

  • Berkeley
  • Charleston
  • Dorchester

Languages Spoken on site

English

Interpreter Line Available for Callers

No

Hours of operation

Open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM; Friday by appointment only

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