Founded in 1972, Florida Agencies Serving the Blind (Florida ASB) first formed as Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind (FAASB). At the time, we were a coalition of the only four “Lighthouses for the Blind” providing rehabilitation services in Florida.
By 1974, Donald Wedewer, Director, Florida Bureau of Blind Services, resolved to transform the agency to better serve blind Floridians. A WWII war hero who lost both legs and his sight in the war— he understood the need firsthand. Building on Helen Keller’s original advocacy to the Florida Legislature, Wedewer moved the Bureau to the Department of Education, raised it to Division status, and created a partnership with FAASB.
Now known as Florida ASB, our 16 member agencies and other partners together serve all 67 counties in Florida. To this day, we improve and grow professional rehabilitation services available for Floridians living with blindness and visual impairment.