The mission of the Montana Association for the Blind is to promote the economic and social self-sufficiency of blind Montanans through the facilitation of quality education, learning, training, and employment services and opportunities, and to foster a positive understanding of blindness. Our vision is of a Montana in which blindness is perceived and understood to be an ordinary and respectable part of life and in which the skills and tools of blindness are readily available to all who may benefit from them. We envision an environment in which blind Montanans have ample and equal opportunities to achieve and contribute in our homes, communities and nation.
Montana Association for the Blind was founded in 1947 by Visually Impaired Individuals and their friends and families to help train, educate and support those who are encountering blindness along with also supporting their families. We at MAB have found that regardless of how one became blind, the more they are able to do for themselves, the greater self respect, and dignity, they feel. The visually impaired and blind are then able to contribute to society when they are equipped with the right tools, knowledge and understanding.
We have a Summer Orientation Program
Our Summer Orientation Program (SOP) has been an ongoing event since 1948. The Summer Orientation Program is offered throughout the State of Montana, to ALL healthy visually impaired people (students) 18 and over at no cost to them. During this 4 week program, we will be offering students a warm and safe environment where they can learn to regain their independence again. Besides teaching them the basics of how to run and manage their home, other courses offered would be computers, woodworking, braille, cooking and many more. By teaching these skills to be used inside and outside of their home, they will learn to be more autonomous.
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