NORTHFIELD — The New Hampshire Association for the Blind has formed a Advisory Committee for Central New Hampshire
which meets on the second Thursday of every month at the Pines Community Center.
Members come together with their notes and schedules, thoughts and ideas, guide dogs and white canes to gather and discuss their new positions of being "ambassadors" for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind.
The New Hampshire Association for the Blind's main office is located in Concord on 25 Walker Street. The NHAB provides vision rehabilitation services for New Hampshire residents of all ages who are blind and visually impaired. Founded in 1912 the mission of the Association is to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired. The Association delivers assistance to virtually every community statewide, including social work and public education.
The new Advisory Committee's mission is to advocate for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind and get the word out about the issues of blindness throughout Central NH. (Concord north to Campton). The NHAB already has advisory committee's established in the Portsmouth and Manchester areas. These advisory committees have made a considerable impact in spreading awareness of the issues of blindness throughout these areas.
One issue that the committee is addressing is the fact that many people don't understand the white cane, what it stands for and what it means for those who use one. People still treat the blind differently because there is not enough information available to the public. The hope of the committee is to create awareness of the issues facing the blind in Central New Hampshire by getting into stores, businesses, offices and school systems.
For more information about the various advisory committees contact Shelley Proulx at the New Hampshire Association for the Blind (603)224-4039, ext. 327 or visit the website at www.sightcenter.org.