Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3100 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 273-7411 (Local)
(602) 273-7410 (Fax)

Brief Description

The mission of the Arizona Center for the Blind and visually impaired is to promote independence, dignity, and full participation at home, at work, and in the community, to educate the general public regarding the capabilities and needs of individuals who are blind and visually impaired, and to facilitate acceptance of individuals who are blind and visually impaired throughout society, while working toward equalization of opportunity.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 3056
Number of staff: 18.5
Staff description: Internships in orientation and mobility, rehabilitation teaching, counseling, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy.
Geographic area served: Maricopa County.


James La May, Executive Director,
Diana Miladin, Director, Communications and Development,
Starlene Stewart, Information Technology Specialist,
Virginia Thompson, Assistive Technology Director,
Frank Vance, Director, Rehabilitation Services,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Sells canes and a limited supply of aids and devices.
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Educates the general public regarding blindness and visual impairment.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Offers comprehensive counseling services for individuals, groups, and families.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers trainig to prepare a blind or visually impaired person to perform daily living skills safely and independently in any environment.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational rehabilitation through state contract.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides centralized intake and referrals to programs for seniors.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies low vision devices.
  • Recreation Services
    • Provides social recreation.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers O&M training.
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