Blind men and women learning how to walk through a busy intersection controlled by a traffic light

Services & Training

The ABL Training Center offers training and/or services for individuals who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually-impaired. These services are designed to maximize an individuals' independence and give them the confidence they need to succeed. 

Adjustment to Blindness Training

Affiliated Blind of Louisiana offers students courses that will make it easier to adjust to living blind. Coursework includes:

  • Basic Typing
  • Home and Personal Management
  • Orientation and Mobility for clients with or without wheelchairs
  • Technology Training
  • Other Adaptive Equipment, and more 

Adjustment to Blindness Training also offers peer counseling, residential services, and supervised independent living.


Randolph-Sheppard Vending Program

This vending program, authorized by the Randolph-Sheppard Act, provides persons who are blind with remunerative employment and self-support through the operation of vending facilities on federal and other property.

University Transition Program

This program helps prepare the client to attend college. Working closely with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) and South Louisiana Community College (SLCC), clients learn their way around campus and become familiar with workings of campus life. Transition training is good for any individual that will be attending further education to include two or four-year colleges or even vocational or technical schools.


ABLE Employment Services

ABL offers an initial assessment of a new student, job readiness training, job development, job placement, and ongoing counseling services where needed.

Project COPE

Assisting elderly men and women who are legally blind, totally blind, or have a condition that will lead to blindness; Project COPE is there to help, teaching clients to become more confident and self-sufficient.


Communication Access Services (CAS)

CAS, for deaf, deaf-blind, and hard-of-hearing individuals, provides the following:

  • Support Service Providers (SSP)
  • Telecommunication Access Loan Equipment
  • Hearing Aids to qualified individuals over 50
  • Sign Language Interpreting Services for a multitude of settings

I Can Connect

The NDBEDP is a program mandated by Section 105 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) that provides for the distribution of communications equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind.

Client Activities

Clients meet every Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the Great Hall with instructor Lacey Lejeune to relax and enjoy a little yoga. 

picture shows the yoga instructor walking between clients laying flat on their yoga mats
picture shows clients sitting on yoga mats facing the instructor in a closing yoga pose

How Can You Help?

To help in any way, please contact us here at the ABL Training Center by giving us a call, making a donation, or just stopping by.