Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Edith L. Bishel Center for the Blind

aka Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired   |   Kennewick, WA   |  http://www.edithbishelcenter.org/

Mission

We exist to enrich the independence and quality of life for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Daniel Lipparelli

Main address

628 N Arthur St

Kennewick, WA 99336 USA

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EIN

91-1323283

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Independent Living Program

The Independent Living Program is for those who are visually impaired or blind, are 55 years of age and older, and who are not able to participate in the normal activities of daily life. The IL Program helps these individuals maintain and increase their independence in their home and community.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Budget
$116,500

The Low Vision Clinic at Edith Bishel Center has been providing full low vision evaluation for the blind and visually impaired since 1998. A local optometrist conducts a comprehensive low vision evaluation and gives personalized help with specific recommendations for visual aids or assistance.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Budget
$12,500

The Center offers adaptive computer training and education for the blind and visually impaired. Instruction is designed to respond not only to a client’s age and special needs, but also to their skill level. Classes are held at Edith Bishel Center; space is limited, so call for more information and to reserve a seat.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

Our Center stocks and sells a wide variety of magnification and visual aids, including:

Illuminated hand-held, stand, and electronic magnifiers
Reading stands and task lighting
Spectacle magnifiers
Telescopic distance magnification
Television glasses
CCTV video magnifiers
Computer screen magnification software
Talking watches, scales, and clocks
White mobility canes for the blind

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

The Center provides monthly social activates, support groups and ongoing trainings.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

This program offers assistance with reading mail and/or filling out forms. It is available on the first and third Monday of every month from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Edith Bishel Center.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of personal development plans in place

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people provided assistive technology

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The goal of the organization is to continue to offer outstanding services and meet the needs to the visually impaired and blind community in our service areas.

Our strategies for this is to continue to asses the needs, evaluate our services, attend training and education and make sure that we continue to be the leading agency providing these services in our area.

The organization has all the tools to continue offering these services.

We measure the project's impact by tracking all services, clients, events, equipment given, etc.

So fare we are accomplished our goals to date.

Financials

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Operations

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Edith L. Bishel Center for the Blind

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kathleen Derting


Board co-chair

Kathleen Derting

Kathleen Derting

Nurse

Steve Watt

CPA

Tawney Carrier

Attorney

Pamela Carrier

Chinook Home Health Care

Connie Wilkinson

Vision Center manager/Licensed Optician

Kris Call

Joy Kelley

Dr. Mark Michael

O.D.

Bill Hoage

John Hail

Amanda Myhre

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Independent Living, Technology Training, Visual Aids, Low vision Assistance