Affiliated Blind of Louisiana Training Center teaches residents to thrive
A visit to the Training Center for the Affiliated Blind Of Louisiana (ABL) will leave any guest beyond impressed with everything about them. The pronoun “them” is used here because this is truly a facility that could not operate without a unique and passionate team of people.
State Coordinator Chyvonne Blanchard was gracious enough to talk with 337 magazine about the many programs offered to the deaf-blind community here in South Louisiana. Our area of Louisiana has the highest concentration of deaf-blind in the United States and is second only to Sweden in the world. This information gives so much weight to why their training programs are so important right here at home.
A Clear Focus
The ABL campus focuses on helping the deaf and/or blind not only cope with their condition but also to surpass it and thrive independently in the world. The training facility includes dormitories and housing for people while they are learning skills to become more independent.
There are a number of classrooms where residents are taught sign language, reading and writing in Braille and using a walking stick. Other skills learned include accessing technology to assist with everyday tasks and even cooking.
Play To Pay
ABL has several state and federally funded programs however, it isn’t always enough. Anyone wishing to help can do so by volunteering, direct donations or by playing bingo!
The ABL owns and operates the ABL Bingo Ranch located at 425 Ranch Road in Judice as well as Vermilion Bingo at 2214 Charity Street in Abbeville. All proceeds go directly back into funding the training facility.
For more information, you may contact their center located at 409 West St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, by calling 337-234-6492 or online AffiliatedBlind.org