Eligibility for Services
The services of the Delaware Association for the Blind are available to all legally blind or severely visually impaired residents of Delaware.
Legal Blindness is defined as an acuity of 20/200 in the better eye with correction or a limitation in the visual field of 20 degrees or less.
Severe Visual Impairment is defined as an acuity of 20/70 in the better eye with correction.
Low Vision Products Center – Our center offers a wide variety of items for both the totally blind and those with low or impaired vision. Items for sale include large print calendars, talking and Braille clocks and watches, magnifiers and lights, white canes, and much more. We have a large collection of “descriptive movies” for the visually impaired that can be borrowed. Several times a year the center travels to various locations statewide. Please choose the Vision Aids link for more information
Peer Support – Trained visually impaired volunteers assist other adults in adjusting to their vision loss on a one-to-one basis, primarily through telephone contacts. This program is available statewide and is funded by a grant from the Division for the Visually Impaired. Call (302) 998-2675 for more information.
Recreation Program – A year-round program of trips with door-to-door transportation is available statewide. Participants must register in advance for this program. Activities include concerts, plays, sporting events, dinners and trips to regional attractions. Participants must pay a small transportation fee and the cost of the admission and any meal expense.
Bingo games, music appreciation classes and craft programs are also available. A Braille Auto Rally takes place each spring. Christmas parties are held in each county in conjunction with local Lions Clubs.
Recording Services Program – Our Recording Services Program produces approximately 7,000 audio tapes for Delawareans unable to read print material. A group of 23 dedicated volunteers contribute over 1500 hours recording books, newspapers, magazines and items of local interest unavailable through the Talking Book Program .Tapes are mailed to readers free of charge. The program is associated with the Delaware Division of Libraries. Call (302) 994-9478 for more information. Click to read a list of Available Publications.
Camp Sunnybrook – Camp Sunnybrook, now located in our beautifully renovated, 4000 sq. ft. Landis Lodge Building, is a six-week summer day camp serving eligible blind and visually impaired children living in New Castle and Kent Counties. Swimming, field trips, arts & crafts, music, nature programs, games and special events are offered, all adapted for blind and visually impaired children. Van transportation is offered.
Beacon Lodge Camperships – Camperships and transportation are provided to adults interested in attending Beacon Lodge, a residential camp for blind adults in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. We plan on expanding this program to include more campers each year. This program has taken the place of Landis Lodge, our former adult residential camp.
Sunnybrook Pool – Membership to our Olympic-size pool which is located at our camp facility and is available to blind or visually impaired Delawareans and their immediate family members (spouses and children).
Financial Assistance – Various special funds are available for financial emergencies, special adapted equipment and guide dog expenses. Financial assistance is only available to legally blind clients.