Blind/Visually Impaired Counseling-Care Management Program
Services are available to assist Gloucester County residents who are blind or visually impaired, and their families. In-home supportive counseling services assist in resolving temporary stress situations, improving relationships, and general coping with the problems that visual impairment or blindness presents. Care management services aid in making referrals to appropriate agencies along with follow-up activities to make sure that the necessary services are provided.
The program is oriented toward helping the blind or visually impaired, age 18 and up, to increase their self-sufficiency and, if they desire, become a more vital part of the community. Expanded services include informational seminars and Phone-A-Friend, a telephone peer counseling program.
The Social Worker facilitates four blind/visually impaired support groups throughout the County that meet for socialization and activities. The support groups also offer a forum for advising individuals of programs and services provided by the County and other agencies.
Gloucester County is committed to the prevention of blindness and in collaboration with the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers free eye care screenings for adults and children over the age of four. The eye screenings are offered in two locations and evening hours are offered for the convenience of our county residents.
For more specific details click on this document -> Free Eye Check Up
Eye exams are offered by appointment only by calling the office: (856) 384-6842
GLOUCESTER COUNTY CENTER FOR BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
The objective of the Center is to provide social, educational, technical and recreational opportunities for blind and visually impaired adults through a variety of activities, projects and trips. The Center provides services designed to assist adults with visual impairments to function more effectively in their homes and communities with the long-range goal of independence.
The Center is located in the Shady Lane Home in Clarksboro: funding for the Center is a collaborative effort between the Board of Chosen Freeholders, a "Recreational Opportunities Act Grant for Individuals with Disabilities" from the NJ Division of Community Resources, the GC Improvement Authority, GC College and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
For information about the Center and services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, please contact:
Kimberly J. Wright
BVI Social Worker
For more information on Blind and Visually Impaired, click on the following links: