Northamptonshire Association for the Blind (NAB) provides support services to people of all ages with visual impairment, with a view to improving the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people in Northamptonshire. To find out how they can help, call their helpline (01604 719193).
Children and Families Service
Northampton Association for the Blind's 'Children and Family Service'
provides practical advice, guidance and support to families from the moment a child is diagnosed with a visual impairment, up until the age of 19.
• Family Support
Immediate and ongoing specialist advice and information over the telephone or in the home.
• Family/ young people’s events
“Taster” days with local clubs and providers within a supported inclusive environment.
• Advocacy Support
Expert advice and representation from both local and national organisations.
• Sports and Leisure
Practical advice and guidance about the availability of leisure services and activities in the county.
• Family Support Groups
Parents come together to solve the issues that are most relevant for them.
Information and Advice
The Community Team offer a free advice and information service to individuals suffering from sight loss, visiting them in their own home. Talk to experienced staff and get support for challenges you are encountering.
The team can address anything of a non-medical nature, from general explanation of an eye condition or the meaning and benefits of registration (blind or partially sighted). They can also discuss ways of alleviating the various practical difficulties sight loss causes and the services that are there to help you and your family or carers.
Aids and Equipment
At Northamptonshire Association for the Blind's 'Sight Centres' you will find a range of aids and equipment such as a liquid level indicator that can assist you on making a beverage, to more expensive electronic solutions such as a talking scanner for documents. All of the items can improve your independence and are sourced from a variety of suppliers.
Products on display and available include:
• Clocks and watches
• Reading aids
• Home and Kitchen items
• Big Print items
• Canes and mobility
NAB's 'Sight Centres' provide a drop-in facility that offers specialist resources and equipment to help overcome the challenges of life with sight loss.
Trained staff can demonstrate and advise on a variety of aids and equipment designed to make life a little easier, such as talking watches, low vision aids and big button telephones. You can also find out about NAB's other services which can help you, local groups and other organisations.
NAB have two fixed 'Sight Centres', Northampton and Kettering as well as a Mobile Sight Centre which travels the county.
Social and Interest Groups
NAB's social and interest groups for adults with a visual impairment provide company, entertainment and refreshment, as well as a contact point for support and information. Some of the social groups meet in the afternoon, whilst others enjoy a get together over lunch.
British Wireless for the Blind
NAB distributes British Wireless for the Blind Fund’s (BWFB) easy to use audio equipment. The high quality audio equipment has been specially designed and adapted for listeners living with sight loss and the national charity offers a range of sets to meet different needs.