The John D. Young Lions Blind Center 100 Crestview Avenue, Absecon, NJ 08201 609-677-1199 opened the doors to provide services for the blind and visually impaired community in 2005, and in this, the 11th year, it thrives, growing and expanding services. The six core services are information, referral, peer support, advocacy, training and job readiness skills. All are encouraged to learn in an atmosphere that supports the learning process in an individual manner, all are unhampered by the presence of any disability. A high tech computer lab, reading machines, both CCTV and Sara enhance the independence of the blind or visually impaired person. Recreation outings into the community sharpen independent travel skills, and alert the community to the fact that BVI individuals are just people with different skills and tools.
All participants can join a peer support group to discuss concerns and to problem solve before any life issue becomes a matter for crisis management. A monthly art project stimulates the natural creativity of the individual and enhances their leisure time abilities. Games such as Dominoes, Checkers and Crossword Puzzles round out the day, giving all a chance to compete, learn and to have fun that will translate into their home lives. Book Club brings together all those who participate in the National Library of Congress Talking Book program. With reading we expand our horizons, travel the world in our armchair and learn about ourselves and others.
The in house Lions Club, the Absecon Visionary Lions Club meets monthly at the center and is a model club with all charter members being blind or visually impaired.
No fee is ever charged for service, all grow, learn, share and live within the family and within the community as strong, independent, fully functioning members.
This center is unique in the State of New Jersey, supported by the tireless fund raising efforts of the 6 clubs that support the center. This is a state approved project.