NH Association for Blind Receives Reaccreditation
08/15/2013 01:13 PM
Information developed through the self-assessment contributes to the Association’s cycle of annual and long range planning, implementing and evaluating its services and operations. Over 60 individuals participated in the study including clients and former clients, staff, board members, and representatives of partnering organizations such as state agencies like the NH Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Senior Independent Living Program, consumer groups, and contributors.
The National Accreditation Council for the Blind and Low Visions Services (NAC) is the only accrediting body that focuses solely on organizations serving blind and low vision consumers. Accreditation involves a recognized process of assessing organizational structure, process and outcomes. Following the Self Study, the agency was visited by a three-member on-site peer review team of experienced professionals in the field of vision rehabilitation who audited the Association’s Self-Assessment Report in accordance with NAC best practice standards in all areas of structure, operations and outcomes.
The Association was one of the very first vision rehabilitation agencies to receive accreditation by NAC in 1973, and has achieved the highest level of this status every five years since that time. Currently over 60 vision rehabilitation agencies in the United States are accredited by NAC.