Delaware Association for the Blind
The Delaware Association for the Blind (DAB) is a private 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization and in 2013, we will enter our 65th year of service. As one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the State of Delaware, DAB has served thousands of blind and visually impaired individuals throughout Delaware in many capacities. The services of the DAB are available to all legally blind or severely visually impaired residents of Delaware. Legal Blindness is defined as a visual 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 a visual acuity of 20/70 in the better eye with correction.
The mission of the Delaware Association for the Blind is to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired children and adults in Delaware through a variety of support, education, counseling and recreation programs. These programs are offered on our spacious 10-acre campus located in suburban Wilmington, as well as throughout the state of Delaware in partnership with the Division of the Visually Impaired, and in collaboration with other human service organizations and community groups.
DAB employs full-time, part-time and seasonal personal in many positions to carry out our work in the community. In addition to our Executive and Program Directors, many more staff help keep programs running smoothly, and an additional 100 volunteers donate their time to help us achieve our mission. These include board members, as well as the many volunteers who work in our audio services program, peer support program and Sunnybrook day camp. We also appreciate the volunteer support of many Lions Clubs groups and Local Corporations for their assistance in larger scale projects that we simply could not accomplish without their support.
The Delaware Association for the Blind depends upon the generosity of the community for financial support. As a private, not-for-profit organization, DAB is not a state or federal agency and does not directly receive tax dollars. Most of the support for our programs and services comes directly from donations from caring individuals and community groups, estates and bequests, endowment income, annual appeals and United Way designations, as well as grants from local foundations and the Division for the Visually Impaired, the Division of Libraries and the Independent Living Council.