Utah Council Of the Blind -About Us

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"Utah's leading nonprofit membership organization for people who are blind or visually impaired"

Welcome to the Utah Council of The Blind

Taxi Coupon Program
Driver/Guide Program
Assistive Technology Grants
Personal Braille Program
Reader Program
Ceramics Class
Teacher/Trainer Teams
Presentation Committee
Braille Instruction
UCB Videos
Apps for the Blind

More About Utah Council of the Blind

The Utah Council of the Blind was founded in 1972 by a group of people who were blind and saw the need to create programs to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to be more independent and active in their communities.

Since its inception, our organization has grown from having assets of $500 to having assets nearing $1 million today. We have not only grown financially, but we currently run at least 8 programs and other services that our clients may participate in for free or at minimal cost to them.

Along with the programs we offer, we serve as a source of information for such things as where to place pedestrian crossing signals, where to find services for people who are blind or visually impaired, and special services are offered for individuals who are blind or visually impaired; such as free telephone information (411), partial property tax exemption, low income programs, advocacy and referral services. Because this is very important, we make every effort to protect the rights of individuals who are
blind or visually impaired and improve their lives whenever possible.

Collage of Team Teaching & Public Presentation & Ceramics Class & Scholarship Winners

Who Do We Serve?

We serve all individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the State of Utah. The last statistics we received from the Utah State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired estimated that there are over 50,000 individuals in the State of Utah who are blind or visually impaired. Of these individuals, more than 50 percent are over the age of 60 and have age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration. The Utah State Schools for the Deaf and Blind last reported to us that there are approximately 4,000 children who are blind or visually impaired in the residential school, satellite classrooms, and the public school system.

All individuals in Utah who are blind or visually impaired are eligible for all of our programs with the exception of our Driver/Guide, Reader, and Scholarship Programs. These three programs require that the individual be an actual dues paying or lifetime member of the organization.

We offer a variety of educational, recreational, and social activities throughout the year for anyone wishing to participate. Special hands-on trips to historical sites, museums, art exhibits, river rafting, etc. are periodically scheduled for participants and their families to experience the community around them.

From time to time we invite educational and informative speakers to provide training on a wide variety of topics and issues with an emphasis on vision loss.

CenturyLink Pioneers Providing Beeping EasterEggs, Goodies and Entertainment at our Annual Easter Party

Children with their Easter Baskets get instructions for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Santa and his Elf Visit with Children at our Annual Christmas Party

CenturyLink Pioneers Providing Beeping Easter Eggs and Goodies and Entertainment at Annual Easter Party Children with their Easter Baskets get instructions for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Santa and his Elf Visit with Children at our Annual Christmas Party

Programs and Services of the UCB

  • Subsidized Cab Coupon Program
  • Driver/Guide Program
  • Team Teacher Program
  • Adaptive Technology Grant Program
  • Personal Braille Transcription Program
  • Reader Program
  • Ceramics Classes
  • Scholarships
  • Monthly Social Activities

Who is the American Council of the Blind (ACB)?

The American Council of the Blind was founded in 1961 and has approximately 70 state and special interest affiliates that cover a large range of specialized groups and topics from students, teachers, government employees, ham radio, Guide Dog Users, Braille Literacy and many more. Many of the opportunities that exist in our country for people with disabilities today have been put in place by policies that ACB and its affiliates have been at the forefront of creating.

"The belief that we must accept people who are blind where they are and value each and every person for their individual accomplishment", is the core of the organization's way of thinking. The American Council of the Blind expects its members to strive to be all that they can be, but each blind person should be valued as an individual. They do not support the adoption of a set of rules or values that tell people who they are, how to act, or what they can or cannot do as a blind person. The foundation of the work of the American Council of the Blind is the belief that it is the right of each and every blind person in this country to be included in society.

Some of their accomplishments are as follows:

For more information about the American Council of the Blind go to www.acb.org



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Would you like to Volunteer?

If you want to be a volunteer, please contact us at: (801) 299-0670

You can also download and print the Volunteer form but you must contact us before you can volunteer. All volunteers must be screened and approved before they can participate.

Download the Volunteer Form.