Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc.
174 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 724-2428 (Local)
(607) 771-8045 (Fax)
avreinfo@avreus.org
http://www.avreus.org

Brief Description

The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (A.V.R.E.) is a private, non-profit organization that serves people with vision disabilities. People of all ages, from infants to elders, can and do benefit from A.V.R.E. services. A.V.R.E. offers a range of learning, living, and working options for people who have a vision disability.

A.V.R.E. lives its mission by engaging and employing individuals with sustained vision loss at all levels of the organization and acts as a model for the community.

A.V.R.E.’s Senior Vision Services program is designed for people 55 and older who have developed severe vision loss. Specialists who understand the special issues of older people with vision impairment staff the program. A person does not have to be legally blind to receive the services, but the vision loss needs to be severe. The services offered through this program include travel training for orientation and mobility, rehabilitation therapy for independence and communications, a low vision center, a retail store, and employment assistance. An additional component is peer groups; through these groups seniors can meet other people in similar situations. Older people with vision loss now know they are not alone and can share problems and solutions. These groups can include discussions, speakers, training and many other things depending on what the people in the group would like.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2,000
Number of staff: 65 employees
Staff description: Certified O & M; certified LVT;Certified VRT, manufacturing and service occupations; Chief, Clinical Low Vision
Geographic area served: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins, Schuyler Counties in New York and Bradford, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania.
Publications: InSight quarterly newsletter

Staff

Teri Chamberlin, Director, Health and Rehabilitation Services, (607) 724-2428
Steve Connors, O&M Specialist
John Ellzey, Assistive Technology Instructor
Ken Fernald, President and CEO, kfernald@avreus.org
Beth Jurco, O&M Specialist
Diane McMillan, Manager, Low Vision Clinic & Children's Services

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides skill assessment, orientation and mobility assessment.
  • Assistive Products
    • Sells assistive devices and appliances.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides guidance in choosing appropriate devices and provides training in their use.
  • Counseling
    • Offers individual, family/parent counseling, information and referral to community services, and training on accessing the community.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management skills. Offers training in the use of adaptive equipment. Provides training in skills for independence in the home and community.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides job assessment, counseling, training and placement both within the organization and in the community.
  • In-Home Services
    • Provides family/caregiver services.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to other programs for seniors.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Offers low vision services.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers special recreational programs and support groups for adolescent/youths to seniors.
  • Services for Seniors
    • A.V.R.E.’s Senior Vision Services program is designed for people 55 and older who have developed severe vision loss. Specialists who understand the special issues of older people with vision impairment staff the program. A person does not have to be legally blind to receive the services, but the vision loss needs to be severe. The services offered through this program include travel training for orientation and mobility, rehabilitation therapy for independence and communications, a low vision center, a retail store, and employment assistance. An additional component is peer groups; through these groups seniors can meet other people in similar situations. Older people with vision loss now know they are not alone and can share problems and solutions. These groups can include discussions, speakers, training and many other things depending on what the people in the group would like.
  • Support Groups
    • Has a support group for seniors.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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