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A Community Resource, Serving Individuals and Families Experiencing Vision Loss

Our Mission

The mission of the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind is to develop and administer programs that will integrate blind and visually-impaired persons into the social, economic, and spiritual lives of their community.

Our Core Values

Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc. believes that individuals who are blind or visually impaired have the right to the tools and training that will allow them to reach their personal, academic, and vocational goals and to live their lives independently.

FOCB At-a-Glance

The Florida Outreach Center for the Blind (FOCB) is a not-for-profit agency formed for the express purpose of providing services to people in Palm Beach county and surrounding areas that are blind or visually impaired. It was founded in 2003 by Carolyn Lapp. Ms. Lapp established the FOCB with a mission to address the needs of the estimated 33,406 blind and visually impaired individuals in the County.

FOCB believes if you give blind and visually impaired people the tools and services they need, they will develop a positive attitude toward their blindness, cope with their visual challenge, and contribute to their community. Therefore, FOCB is unique among local organizations serving blind and low-vision persons, because the CEO, many of the staff, and at least half of the board members themselves are blind or visually impaired. The FOCB takes great pride in creating jobs for the visually impaired by serving the visually impaired. In turn, this creates an integrated community for the blind and their families.


Florida Outreach Center for the Blind Introduces the Caring and Sharing Peer  Support Group!

The purpose of the group is to provide a safe and private environment to share and discuss whatever is on your mind from family concerns, visual challenges, along with many other things, receive input and support from your peers. You are welcome to participate or just listen.

Caring and Sharing details:

Every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Meeting in-person at the Florida Outreach Center For The Blind located at 2315 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs, FL 33406

Palm Tran Connection tickets will be reimbursed and face masks are required.

Please contact the Center at 561-642-0005 if you or someone you know may benefit from this group.


PROGRAMS

  • Independent Living Instruction

  • Home Management Skills

  • Personal Care Skills

  • Orientation and mobility

  • Communication Skills

  • Adaptive technology Training

  • Financial Management

  • Braille literacy (BELL)

  • Job Skills Readiness

  • Kids Club

  • FOCB Advisory Group

  • Deaf-Blind Support Group


SERVICES

  • Provide demonstrations of low vision adaptive aids and appliances.

  • Provide information for other community agencies and make referrals.

  • Provide information and assistance for the blind concerning their civil rights.

  • Provide blind awareness and education for the community.

  • Provide opportunities for socialization, recreation and hobbies through a variety of special interest groups.


JOIN OUR PROGRAM

We accept:

  • Physician’s referrals

  • Division of Blind Services Referrals

  • Self-referrals

All participants will be supported in creating personal goals for living independently.