Braille Monitor                                                                                                        May 2004

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Spring 2004 NAC Membership Report

The map of the United States is shown here.
The six states with more than one NAC-accredited agency are shown with solid fill. The thirteen with one each have striped fill. The states with no NAC-accredited agencies are clear.

It's been awhile since we reported on NAC's progress in persuading agencies, schools, and workshops to pay for and receive accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC). Since the so-called summit in December of 2002, when NAC called together as many folks as they could muster to make the case for its importance in the field of work with the blind, NAC's membership has continued to dwindle. Only six states have more than one NAC member agency, for a total of twenty-six, or two-thirds of the total U.S. membership. Thirteen states have one agency each for a grand total of thirty-nine U.S. agencies on the NAC rolls. That is a net loss of three agencies since the summit. Thirty-three states, counting the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are lucky enough to boast a NAC-free environment. Here are the lists as drawn from NAC's own Web site as of March 18, 2004:

The six states with multiple NAC agencies are Florida, 11; Georgia, 3; Illinois, 2; Michigan, 2; Missouri, 2; and Ohio, 6.

The thirteen states with just one NAC member agency each are Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington.

The states now free of NAC incursions are Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


We conclude this report with a list of the actual agencies that have decided to maintain membership in the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment:


The Foundation for Blind Children
1235 East Harmont Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85020


Lions World Services for the Blind
2811 Fair Park Boulevard
PO Box 4055
Little Rock, Arkansas 72214


Conklin Center for Multihandicapped Blind
405 White Street
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Florida Institute of Rehabilitation Education
1286 Cedar Center Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
207 North San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32084-2799

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
8610 Galen Wilson Boulevard, Suite B
Port Richey, Florida 34668

Lighthouse of Broward County, Inc.
650 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind
7318 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34243

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
601 SW Eighth Avenue
Miami, Florida 33130

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
1106 West Platt Street
Tampa, Florida 33806

Visually Impaired Persons of Charlotte County, Inc.
23312 Harper Avenue
Charlotte Harbor, Florida 33998

Visually Impaired Persons of Southwest Florida
35 West Marina Avenue
PO Box 3464
North Fort Myers, Florida 33903

Watson Center
6925 112th Circle, North, Suite 103
Largo, Florida 34643


Blind and Low Vision Services of North Georgia
3830 South Cobb Drive, Suite 125
Smyrna, Georgia 30080

Center for the Visually Impaired, Inc.
739 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Georgia Academy for the Blind
2895 Vineville Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31204


The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Deicke Center for Visual Rehabilitation
219 East Cole Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois 61087


Indiana School for the Blind
7725 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240


2301 South Water
Wichita, Kansas 67213-4819


The Iris Network (formerly Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired)
189 Park Avenue
Portland, Maine 04102


The Maryland School for the Blind
3501 Taylor Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21236


Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
215 Sheldon, SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Upshaw Institute for the Blind
16625 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48227


Alphapointe Association for the Blind
7501 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64132

Children's Center for the Visually Impaired
3101 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111


New Hampshire Association for the Blind
25 Walker Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301


The New York Institute for Special Education
999 Pelham Parkway
Bronx, New York 10469


North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind
500 Stanford Road
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203-2799


Cincinnati Association for the Blind
2046 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
7000 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

Rehabilitation Support Services Inc.
16 Elmdale Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44313

The Sight Center Toledo Society for the Blind
1819 Canton Street
Toledo, Ohio 43624

South East Ohio Sight Center
358 Lincoln Center, Unit A
Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Vision Center of Central Ohio, Inc.
1393 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201


Pittsburgh Vision Services
300 South Craig Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213


South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
423 17th Avenue, SE
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401


Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
742 Harrison Boulevard
Ogden, Utah 84404-5298


The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
2501 South Plum Street
PO Box 14959
Seattle, Washington 98144

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