Services & Training

The ABL Training Center offers training and/or services for individuals who are blind, deaf-blind or visually-impared. These services are designed to maximize an individuals' independence and give them the confidence they need to succeed. Some services are extended to non-impaired individuals who are in need of specific vocational and/or technology training.

Adjustment to Blindness Training -Affiliated Blind of Louisiana offers students courses that will make it easier to adjust to living blind. Coursework includes: Basic Typing, Home and Personal Management, Orientation and Mobility for clients with or without wheelchairs, Technology Training, Other Adaptive Equipment and more. Adjustment to Blindness Training also offers Peer Counselling, Residential Services, and Supervised Independent Living.

Randolph-Sheppard Vending Program - This vending program, authorized by the Randolph-Sheppard Act, provides persons who are blind with remunerative employment and self-support through the operation of vending facilities on federal and other property.

University Transition Program -This program helps prepare the client to attend college. Working closely with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) and South Louisiana Community College (SLCC), clients learn their way around campus and become familiar with workings of campus life. Trainsition training is good for any individual that will be attending further education to include two or four year colleges or even vocational or technical schools.

ABLE Employment Services - ABL offers an initial assesment of a new student, job readiness training, job development, job placement and ongoing counseling services where needed.

Project COPE -Assisting elderly men and women who are legally blind, totally blind or have a condition that will lead to blindness, Project COPE is there to help, teaching clients to become more confident and self-sufficient.

Communication Access Services (CAS) -CAS, for deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing individuals, provides the following: Support Service Providers (SSP), Telecommunication Access Loan Equipment, Hearing Aids to qualified individuals over 50 and Sign Language Interpreting Services for a multitude of settings.

National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) -The NDBEDP is a program mandated by Section 105 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessilbility Act (CVAA) that provides for the distribution of communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.

Apartment Communities- Maison de Lemaire, named after founder John Lemaire, and Daigle House, named after charter members Calvin and Enise Daigle, are apartment communities with subsidized housing for people with disabilities. Both properties serve the physically disabled, blind and others with a permanent, safe, sanitary, secure, affordable and available place to live.

EyeDeal Store - The Affiliated Blind of Louisiana Training Center also operates a small retail store which sells items specifically designed to assist individuals with visual and hearing impairments.

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