About World Services for the Blind
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Blindness is no respecter of persons. It strikes without regard to race, religion, sex or nationality. In the United States, more than 25 million people age 18 and older are blind or have severe visual impairments that cause them to make adjustments in their careers and everyday living situations. The mission of World Services for the Blind (WSB) is to empower blind or visually impaired adults in the United States and around the world to achieve sustainable independence.
WSB was founded by Roy Kumpe in 1947 to serve blind or visually impaired people who needed to learn independent living skills or job training skills tailored to the special requirements of their individual visual impairments. The goal of WSB then, and today, is to empower blind or visually impaired adults to achieve sustainable independence through life skills, career training and community access. Since its birth, WSB has served more than 13,000 people from all 50 states and 58 countries.
Through the years, WSB has gradually expanded its services to become the most comprehensive adult rehabilitation center in the world, offering:
• A complete personal adjustment program
• Nine vocational courses
• A vision rehabilitation clinic
• An assistive technology learning center
• Job placement assistance
• A college preparatory program
WSB is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services.
WSB is financed through gifts from both groups and individuals, by the tuition paid by state rehabilitation agencies that purchase training services from WSB for their clients, and through grants.
The campus is located on a full city block between 28th and 29th streets on Fair Park Boulevard, in a residential area near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The complex is comprised of six two-story buildings surrounding a tree-shaded courtyard. The training capacity at WSB is approximately 100 clients. On-campus housing is available for 91 people in our women’s and men’s dormitories and in two independent-living apartments. The length of training varies with the progress of the individual and with their chosen programs, but the average period of training is six months.
Whether you are a person who is blind or visually impaired, a professional worker in the blindness field, a Lions Club member or someone interested in blindness, we cordially invite you to visit our center and meet our professional and capable staff. We think you will find that WSB is committed to serving people who are blind or visually impaired from all around the world, and that you will agree with Helen Keller that, “Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much.”