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New Hampshire’s Nonprofit Sector: IN BRIEF
There exists a strong network of New Hampshire organizations that provide valuable services and resources for people who are blind and visually impaired of all ages. These organizations all work in close partnerships and have for many, many years.
Unlike in other parts of the country there is virtually no duplication of services in New Hampshire. These organizations include New Hampshire State agencies funded through State and Federal grants and third-party payers such as Medicare, organizations that combine Public and Private funding, and 501-c-3 not-for-profit charitable organizations (such as the New Hampshire Association for the Blind).
Service Link: A statewide network of community-based connections for elders, adults with disabilities and their families
Contact Service Link at 1-866-634-9412
Services: Inter-Actions provides a traditional summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 9-14 who are visually impaired. A counselor in training program includes high school students who are visually impaired, providing a role model for the younger children. Through challenging and rewarding experiences the campers will make new friends, learn new skills, gain self-confidence and develop independence. Activities include: swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, woodworking, music, sports activities, and daily living skills. All activities are incorporated into fun-filled days!
6 Chenell Drive, Suite 205
Eligibility: Inter-Actions is a non-profit organization providing summer camping and recreational programming for children and adults who are visually impaired.
Visit the Inter-Actions Web site.
The Talking Book Program
Eligibility: Blindness, visual impairment, or physical disability making reading difficult. Any professional in the fields of eye care, education or rehabilitation of people who are blind can certify applicants. Students who are certified by a physician as having a reading disability are also eligible.
Services: Non-text book materials are available on disk or cassette. Machines to play the books are also provided. Services are funded federally without cost to the individual. Available to individuals ages four through adult. Temporary disabilities accepted.
Visit the Talking Books Web site.
Merrimack County Services
A statewide network of community-based connections for elders, adults with disabilities and their families.
2 Industrial Park Drive
Multi-Sensory Intervention through Consultation and Education
Eligibility: Age 0-3 - Any child suspected of having a visual or hearing impairment may be referred to the MICE Program. Each child will then be referred to the local Area Agency to do an intake assessment and set up a developmental evaluation. The local early supports and services program will do an assessment to determine eligibility. A child must be found eligible for early supports and services prior to their eligibility for MICE Program services. Children with diagnosed vision and hearing impairments are eligible for early supports and services under an established condition but must have the developmental evaluation to determine eligibility.
Services: Developmental evaluation (in conjunction with early supports and services staff) with the emphasis on the impact of a visual/hearing impairment on learning and development, consultation and technical assistance provided to early supports and service teams, direct services to children and families. The program serves children (age's birth to three) for whom there is a concern relative to vision and/or hearing. It is administered by the Parent Information Center in cooperation with the Bureau of Developmental Services.
The Dog Guide Users of New Hampshire is a support group that aims to promote the use of Service Dogs for the disabled through peer support, advocacy, education, and public awareness, and for all individuals interested in the care, handling, and/or raising of Guide or Service Dogs for independent living.
Visit the New Hampshire Dog Guide Users Group Web site.
NH Parents of the Visually Impaired (NHPVI)
NH Parents of the Visually Impaired (NHPVI), also known as the NH chapter of The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI).
From the NHPVI Web site: "We are the NH Parents of the Visually Impaired (NHPVI), also known as the NH chapter of The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This is a very exciting new step for us. Our group currently meets three to four times a year in various places. We are always looking to see new faces at our meetings."
If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the NAPVI Web site.
Crotched Mountain Atech Vision and Hearing Services - Instructional and Technical Support
Crotched Mountain ATECH Services
Phone: (603) 226-2900
Atech Vision and Hearing Services provide an array of services and supports for students with vision and/or hearing loss. Funded by the NH Department of Education, Coordinated by ATECH Services.
Visit the ATECH Site.
Southeastern Regional Education Service Center, Inc.
Eligibility: Age 3-21.
Services: S.E.R.E.S.C. is a statewide, non-profit agency providing a wide range of educational services. SERESC employs several certified teachers of the blind and visually impaired that are contracted by school districts. Comprehensive services are provided to children from age 3 to 21 years. Services include: functional vision assessments, learning and literacy media assessments, as well as consultation and direct instruction.
Visit the S.E.R.E.S.C. Web site.
21 South Fruit Street, Suite #20
Eligibility: Must meet New Hampshire vocational rehabilitation eligibility criteria. Clients may be referred at age 14.
Services: SBVI is a statewide program that offers comprehensive services to enable blind and visually impaired individuals to secure employment and personal independence. Services include - vocational rehabilitation counseling, assessment, skills training, technology and rehabilitative engineering and job placement.
SBVI also runs the SSIL (Sight Services for Independent Living) Program Ð a statewide program of peer support groups for age 55 and older.
Visit the SBVI Web site.
Eligibility – Visually impaired NH residents 55+
78 Regional Drive, Bldg. 2
We recommend that persons interested in blindness and national resources check the following Web sites.
NAPVI is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
NAPVI provides leadership, support, and training to assist parents in helping children reach their potential.
For more information visit their website at http://www.spedex.com/napvi/
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