Blindskills - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Blindskills
P.O.Box 5181
Salem, OR 97304-0181
(503) 581-4224 (Local)
(503) 581-0178 (Fax)
(800) 860-4224 (Toll-Free)
info@blindskills.com
http://www.blindskills.com

Brief Description

The mission of Blindskills, Inc. is to disseminate resources and information to blind and visually impaired people and their families. This mission is accomplished through its toll-free help line, Web site and a quarterly publication, DIALOGUE: A World of ideas for Visually Impaired People of All Ages, available in the following formats: braille, large print, audio, and email.

We welcome calls to our toll-free information line from parents or students looking for information about services such as accessible textbooks, assistive technology evaluations, and strategies successfully employed by our writers and readers. In addition, each quarterly issue of Dialogue contains articles about pertinent agencies and services.

All questions on related topics are welcome, and there is no charge for our one-to-one information service.

Publications: Quarterly magazine written by and for visually impaired people, available in large print, cassette, braille or email. Other publications: Job Hunting Resources For People With Vision Impairments, a handbook for visually impaired people who are seeking employment; Connie's Kitchen, a cookbook which includes many tips for low vision or blind cooks; "Where Do I Go From Here," a free cassette for people who are just beginning to lose vision. The tape includes a companion piece, in print for family or friends, which gives suggestions for assisting someone with low vision.

Staff

B. T. Kimbrough, Executive Director

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Topical periodical geared toward blind/visually impaired. Articles include adjustment techniques, mobility, employment, health, technology, cuisine, student issues, sports and recreation.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides blindness awareness presentations at conferences, schools, service clubs. Assists visually impaired people of all ages in obtaining the information, services, and products they can use to adapt to living with vision loss.
  • Support Groups
    • Sponsors a monthly local support group for those who are experiencing vision loss. Staff members can provide assistance to others interested in starting such support groups in their communities.
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