What We Do
At Metrolina Association for the blind, our mission is to reduce or eliminate the daily living challenges imposed upon people by blindness or visual impairment. We respond to these unique challenges two ways - through our Vision Rehab and Accessible Document Services. The Vision Rehab Services (VRS) Department enables blind and visually impaired people to adjust to their vision loss and manage daily living activities independently by providing them with direct services such as therapeutic casework, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility instruction, low vision training and support services. The Accessible Document Services (ADS) Department has been providing an important national need for Braille, Large Print, Audio CD and Accessible PDF transcription for various industries who are meeting their customers needs for accessible materials. Revenue generated through the ADS department provides for the expansion of its VRS client services so dollars spent are doubly effective. There are approximately 9,000 people in the greater Charlotte area that could directly benefit from MAB's programs. Impact of COVID-19 SPECIFIC NEEDS: How we are impacted: With the temporary closure of our low vision clinic and suspension of services, our clients are unable to take advantage of the transportation and daily living support we offer. Many are struggling to get food. How you can help: We will be sending gift cards directly to clients to help them pay for meals while quarantined. Any support via Gift Cards for Supermarkets and Restaurants for clients to utilize during quarantine, will be mailed directly to their homes. Please mail gifts cards for establishments that deliver food (local grocery stores, Walmart, Target, or any of the food delivery services). Mail gift cards to our agency at 704 Louise Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204/Attn: Shonte White. We will then mail the cards to our clients in need. Call or email Shonte White with questions at 704-887-5127 or email@example.com.
- Every 11 minutes someone loses their sight in N.C.
- The number of visually impaired or blind Americans is expected to double by 2030.
- MAB's ADS department produces 180,000 accessible documents annually for American corporations.
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