League for the Blind and Disabled, Inc.

General Information

League for the Blind and Disabled, Inc.
5821 South Anthony Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46816
(260) 441 0551

Brief Description

The League for the Blind and Disabled, Inc. is a Center for Independent Living that serves people with disabilities and communities in a primary target area that encompasses eleven counties in Northeast Indiana.


David Nelson, CRC, President/CEO

Patricia Howard, Information and Referral Coordinator

Nancy Gasparini, Director of Independent Living

Services Offered

  • Counseling
    • Offers individual or family peer counseling.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in personal management, communications, low vision technology, computer technology, household management, job accommodation.

  • Assessment
    • Provides orientation and mobility evaluations. Provides low vision evaluation.

  • Information and Referral
    • Information and referral (I&R) services are provided by all staff members. The basic purpose behind the provision of these services is to ensure that information relating to rights, options, issues and resources are available to any individual, organization or business in need of these services. Staffed by a full time I&R Coordinator, the program maintains an internet based set of local, state and national disability related information, sponsors distance learning opportunities, and conducts information research activities for individuals, organizations and business.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • The purpose of O&M is to provide consumers with the skills needed to travel independently. Services include white cane travel training and public transportation travel training.

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • The League produces materials in braille using a computerized braille printing system. Braille materials are produced on a fee for service basis for government and private sector organizations.

  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides an informal low vision evaluation. Does not replace medical care.

  • Advocacy
    • Advocacy is conducted by all staff members and is what truly separates Centers for Independent Living from other programs for people with disabilities. Individual advocacy services assists people with disabilities exercise their basic rights and responsibilities and teaches personal advocacy skills. The League also works at local, state, and national levels to ensure that needed supports are available and that discriminatory practices and barriers to independent living are removed.

  • Assistive Products
    • The Adaptive Equipment Program maintains an inventory of independent living aids and adaptive technology used to provide equipment demonstration and loaner services for consumers and the community at large. Individuals can also acquire some items through the League at no cost, prorate cost or at the League's cost, depending on their ability to pay.

  • Support Groups
    • Sponsors structured support groups for those interested in disability issues including sight loss.

  • In-Home Services
    • Provides non-medical care such as homemaker, attendant care, and respite care services. These are provided in the residential setting of those served and enable consumers to stay in their homes and community. This is a fee-for-service program.

  • Volunteer Services
    • This program recruits and coordinates community volunteers to provide group meeting transportation, reader services, home visits, pre-school vision services, recreational services, adaptive equipment services and office support at the League.