Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Associated Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600 (Local)
(215) 922-0692 (Fax)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: 300
Staff description: ASB is made up of 55 employees—over one-third of whom are blind or visually impaired—and benefits from approximately 30,000 hours of service from 200 volunteers each year.
Geographic area served: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Northern Delaware.
Distributes products: Online
Offers customer service/technical assistance: Yes, Priced


Richard Forsythe, Director, Braille Division and Custom Audio,
David Goldfield, Instructor, Computer Technology Center,
Bette Homer, Life Skills Educator,
Patricia Johnson, CEO & President, (215) 627-0600 3296,
Patti Lariccia, Rehabilitation Supervisor & Vision Therapist,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • As one of the five major braille printing houses in the nation, the Braille Division produces approximately eleven million pages of braille per year. A recently added service includes streaming audio content online via our website ( Unique in its function, subscribers can access local grocery store ads, community activities, AARP News & Articles, SEPTA public notice information, adaptive technology news, and inspirational interviews with individuals who have disabilities and overcame obstacles. New content is added regularly. Also provided are the local grocery ads and area activities content to the National Federation for the Blind’s (NFB) NEWSLINE, a free telephone service for the blind and visually impaired. ASB's Custom Audio Department provides traditional recording services to individuals and businesses alike both locally and nationally upon request. Examples include: print copies of transportation schedule and route changes are recorded for SEPTA consumers, manuals and policy materials are documented for various business purposes and individuals may have books, periodicals or scholastic media recorded at their discretion as well as bank statements, utility bills, menus, etc.


Computer Technology

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