Admission Contract of the National Resource Center for the Blind



Vai Town Community, Robertsfield Highway

Montserrado County, Liberia


           Contact Person: Mr. Beyan G. Kota

         National President/ CAB

                                 Office #: 231-6-510354








AUGUST 14, 2008





Welcome to the National Resource Center for the Blind.

The establishment of the National Resource Center for the Blind is a new development envisaged many years ago by our founding leader, which is now being realized in the 21st Century in fulfillment of the vision and mission of CAB.

The facility is situated on a four-acre of land along the highway leading to the Roberts International Airport, about 25 miles south of Monrovia and a mile away from the Atlantic Ocean.


This development has rekindled our commitment to work for the common good of the blind and visually impaired in Liberia. We are delighted and proud to have a place we can call our own. 

The property is one that every Liberian blind and non-blind alike is proud to visit and no one has ever visited it without being impressed with our work. In the words of our National Leader, Mr. Beyan G. Kota "this is the promise land for the blind given to us by God for the Blind to discover and rediscover their own human values and resourcefulness. It is a place where the blind shall attain knowledge and acquire skill for self sustainability and social inclusion".

Those Clients who gained admission at the center will be given the opportunity to develop effective blindness skills, and positive attitudes that will help you succeed in life. You will learn that blindness is not stupidity or helplessness which will rub you of the ability to earn your daily bread. Blindness is not the lack of capacity to perform or tragedy to destroy your life, or render you permanently dependant. You will however learn that blindness is a challenge that you can manage effectively. As you go about your training, you will come to realize that blind people are normal people who live and function competitively in society.

Training at the Resource Center for the Blind is a difficult challenge. If it were not difficult and challenging, it would not be meaningful and resourceful. As a student at the center, you have specific rights and responsibilities. Should you have questions and concerns about these rights and responsibilities, please contact the administrators for further explanation.


The National Resource Center for the blind is a comprehensive Education and Rehabilitation Program for the Blind. This means that we work on all aspects of blindness. We provide instruction in the following learning areas of life:

1. Braille- for effective reading and writing,

2. Cane travel - for effective independent mobility;

3. Typing: to enable you develop skill to communicate with fully sighted people using universal keyboard and to compete with others for effective productivity;

5. Personal management- to develop skills which will enable you take control of your own life and help you to be more independent, engaged in personal independent living skills such as tailoring such as tailoring, soap making, crocheting, and music.

6. Home management- for an effective care of your home and the ability to cook decent meal and look after yourself independently;

7. Industrial arts: to provide home repairs skills, transferable solving ability to enhance confidence. Also to provide you with the skills to handle farming implements for gardening; to develop your own farm for crops production, raise and manage animals, effective marketing and delivery strategy for income generation and sustainability.

8. Technology- for effective use of computers and assistive devices in specific areas such as Microsoft Word processing, data management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access, access to the electronic media or internet accessibility such as browsing the internet, receiving and sending emails.

9. Physical Education - for activities to provide physical fitness and a sense of accomplishment.

In addition to the subject area mention above, the National Resource Center for the blind is obligated to provide instructions in courses that are prescribe by the ministry of Education of Liberia. These courses include: English, Social studies, General science, Mathematics- Abacus, Bible, Spelling, Literature, etc.

You are required to attend all classes in these learning areas and complete the curriculum in each area. If you want additional or modify training in each specific area, the curriculum may be adjusted to accommodate your needs. When you complete the curriculum in a specific class, you will be awarded additional time to work in another class. You will graduate from the center only when you have completed all of the subject areas outlined above. Since the center program is individualized, a time spent at the center will vary from person to person. You and the administrator will agree to extend your training time on a month by month basis until or before completing the school year. The specific services provided by the center are: Training in alternative techniques, attitudes toward blindness, room, board, medical care, recreation public speaker, other professional needs and services as determined on an individual life basis. While you are attending the center, you may live in the dormitory to undergo training. In order for you

to derive the maximum benefit of the center training, it is important that you be immersed in blindness on an around-the-clock basis. While you are attending this center, you are required to wear sleep shades in all classes, and at all center activities. You are also required to use the white canes and to speak Standard English at all times.

The center functions as a large family. Students and staff work together to promote acceptance of blindness. Therefore, the experienced students will take new students under their wings and show them how to use the center equipment and go to nearby places and promote acceptance of blindness. All students will be charged for center training until at such time when the Government of Liberia, local organizations, non governmental institutions, international partner groups, the U.N. agencies as well as the private sectors provide adequate financial grant to under write the cost of training, equipment logistics, food and general welfare for all consumers of the center's services.
The center will accept individuals/ students coming from another country and desirous of benefiting from services, provided that you are able to obtain funding for the training or an individual or agency will take charge of the fees. You and your sponsoring agency will be billed on a quarterly basis for the training costs and will be expected to pay within 90 days. In the event payment is not made, you will be asked to stay away from the training for a period of one week, after which you will be terminated from same.  
In the event that your behavior directly impairs the well-being and safety of yourself or poses imminent danger to others, or substantially interferes with the operation of the Center, you will be terminated from training. This admission agreement may not be entered into in the event that your physical condition or mental health becomes such that the center cannot provide the services needed by you, or if you leave the center for an extended time to a hospital treatment facility or similar facility, you will be terminated from the program.

When your health or other problems had been successfully, resolved, you may be considered for re-entry at that time.

The Center is governed by rules and regulations. Therefore you should conduct yourself to all applicable laws and principles and respect not only the center property but the property of others as well. You will be expected to pay for any damage to the premises caused by willful action or neglect. If there are significant modifications to centers admission contract, you will be asked to sign a new one.

If you have a specific concern about the operation of the center you should contact the administrator. All concerns may be considered carefully; corrective action will be taken if necessary. The staff considers the students as partners in the operation of the center and routinely involves them in center decisions.


1) During center training you are required to attend all classes on time and be able and ready to actively participate in the centers program. You are also required to wear sleep shades from 8am to 4p.m. long white Canes are to be used at all times during your training, including personal time;

2) You are required to cooperate in your training, to work collaboratively as part of a team, and use every opportunity to take advantage of what the center has to offer.

3) Center activities are designed to develop yourself confidence and help you to function confidently in public. You are required to participate in these activities using sleep shades and your cane. You are encouraged to plan activities on your own.

4) Personal errands are your responsibility. If you need assistance to run any errand, you may ask your cane travel teacher or other appropriate staff members for assistance.

5) Family members and friends are welcome to visit you during the lunch hour. They may also visit you on weekends. Guests are restricted to common areas on campus. You are responsible for any damage created or problems caused by your guest. If your guest interferes with the rights or training of other students, they will be required to leave.

6) Arrangement may be made for family members or friends to visit the center by contacting the center administrator in advance of the desired tour.

7) You are required to seek permission from staffs when you are leaving the dormitory and notify them when you return.

8) You will be issued a key to your room if you lose that key to your room you will be charged the cost of replacement.

9) You are strongly urged to keep your room look good at all times. The center is not responsible for items missing from your room. You and your roommates are responsible for the items provided to you by the center. (Which are inventoried upon your arrival and departure from the center), and you and your roommates will be required to pay for any items that are missing from your room.

10) Your room will be entered by center staff upon the following conditions:

a) Under the events of emergency
b) For periodic room inspections without prior notices;
c) For routine or other building maintenance;
d) Upon your request or permission;
e) As part of instruction eg: teaching, room cleaning etc.
f) If there is reasonable cause to believe that an illegal act or a serious violation of center rules is occurring.
g) Upon suspension or termination from the program

11) You are required to keep your room clean and organized. Center Staff will provide instructions in the techniques that a blind person uses in house cleaning. Room inspections will be held weekly, you are also required to pick up after yourself in other areas of the center and dorm.

12) You are required to launder your own clothing and bedding. You are also required to provide your own detergence and laundry products. You will be instructed on the technique that the blind uses to do laundry including the proper use of washing utensils (pans, tubs).

13) Male students are not permitted in the women's section of the dormitory and female students are not permitted in the men's section of the dormitory.

14) Meals maybe provided twice a day and at specified time during the day depending on the financial strength of the center period. Students are required to eat in the dinning hall during meal time. Eating outside the center is an essential part of the training. Accordingly once a month the kitchen will not provide meal on a specific day. You are then required to eat at local restaurant for that day. Eat out day will be designated by the Center Administrator; this will help develop cane travel skills and techniques to interact with the public and expose you to social reality of life.

15) Being granted full admission to the center, must not be understood as membership to CAB Blind and Visually Impaired persons being enrolled at the National Resource Center for the Blind, may enjoy all rights and privileges, benefits etc. provided at the center during their stay, but must not imply this mean full admission into the membership of the Association as the rules governing admission to CAB are absolutely different. All students at the center for the blind may acquire knowledge and skills in all disciplines at the center and be fully integrated into the larger portion of society, but this does not qualify anyone of them as member of the Association. Membership to CAB is however opened to all blind, visually impaired and fully sighted interested fully sighted persons as provided for in Article IV of the Association's Constitution.

Interested persons may therefore request for the standing rules governing procedure for admission into the membership of CAB, which is a separate form one must obtain.


1) If you need to miss a meal, you are to notify the staff members on duty at least two hours in advance, or as soon as circumstances will other wise permit. If you know that you are going to be late for a meal because of an appointment, you may ask that your meal be saved until you return. Your meal will be placed in the kitchen cupboard or in the dinning hall. When you returned from your appointment you will be responsible for serving yourself and cleaning up after yourself.

 2) Eating in your rooms at any time is strictly forbidden. Any student or students found eating in his/ her room will be punished. You are to eat your food in the dinning hall.
3) Meals are served according to a menu posted in the dinning area. Center menus are planned to be nutritionally balanced. These menus may be modified to comply with written medical restrictions and are to be served to satisfy medical standards.

4) Smoking is not permitted anywhere on center's ground, at center sponsor programs, and/or in center vehicle(s).

5) Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, illegal use of drugs, and weapons are prohibited on center's grounds. Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or being possession of weapons on the center's grounds may cause for your immediate suspension or termination from the program. If it is believed that your action may be in violation of the law, the appropriate law enforcement agency will be notified.
6) If you have a financial need and are a consumer of the National Resource Center for the Blind, your teacher  or mentor will than convey your need to the administrator of the center who will request from your sponsor funds to address your concerns.

7) Radio and Television sets may be permitted in your rooms provided they do not interfere with the peace and quietness of other students.

8) All prescribed medications must be reported to the medical practitioner at the center's clinic and logged in upon admission to the center and logged out upon termination, suspension or graduation. Only prescribed medications provided by a license pharmacy will be permitted. All medications must be kept in their original containers.

If you are taking a medication that is a controlled substance, that medication must be store in the medication locker in the clinic office. You may keep other medication in your room and take them without supervision if a medical doctor has satisfied that you are capable of doing so. If you are not capable of taking your own medication, you will be required to take your medication under supervision. In such a case, you must give the medications to the dormitory's staff upon admission to the center.
The dormitory staff cannot administer medication, they can only assist in the administration of medications by helping you open the bottle or observe you taking the medication and giving no medical instructions or information.
You must notify the center administrator of any medical treatment or therapy you will may require while attending the center. The center staff may require that you received medical treatment or therapy if it is needed for you to benefit from or participate in center training, or it is needed as part of your rehabilitation program.
9) Serious or continuing violations of center rules or behavior or conditions which will prevent you from participating in your center training may cause your suspension or termination.



The purpose of this grievance procedure is to provide all consumers attending the National Resource Center for the Blind with an avenue to report or forward any grievance(s) to the center's authorities.  This grievance procedure shall not be used for dispute that would be the subject matter of the administrative review or the impartial due process of hearing procedure that is available pursuant to the individualized plan for full integration and employment opportunity.

Open Door Policy

The Resource Center for the Blind, shall maintain an "Open Door Policy". that is, Deputy Director and Executive Director are all readily accessible to receive complaints or concerns from consumers (students) of the center's  services. Nothing in this grievance procedure will prevent you from taking advantage of this "open door policy". Indeed you are encouraged to bring your concerns directly to the   your teacher, mentor, Deputy Director and the Executive Director.

Grieveable and Non-Grieveable Issues

The following is intended to be an illustrative (but not exhaustive) list and types of the issues that might be grieved pursuant to this grievance procedure:
-special dietary concerns
- Dormitory accommodations including items such as beddings
-Room condition
-Area lighting
-Facilitate cleanliness
3) Issues related to smoking, such as exposure to smoke or fire.
4) Participation in specific event or activities if you had a medical or psychiatric condition that would prevent your participation.
5) Issues relating to treatment by any staff member or student such as inappropriate comments or harassing behavior.
6) Issue related to boarding of a room-mate.
7) Your class schedule if you had a reason while you require a different schedule.
8) Issue related to mail or phone calls.

The following is an illustrative, (but not exhaustive) list of issue that would not be grieveable pursuance to this grievance procedure, but which must be a subject of dispute

resolution, procedures available:

1. Objection to the basic teaching methodology or philosophy such as use of sleep shades or teaching of white cane travel in which case you might request to attend all classes with the exception of cane travel and the use of sleep shade;

2. Objection to instructional topics in which case you may request to attend different center or school or otherwise provide for your instruction in the desired school.


Step 1

A written grievance file with the center deputy director. The grievance must be filed within 10 working days of the incident giving rise to the grievance. The grievance must specify the relevant facts, including a description of the incident, the date of the incident, the person involved, the names of any witnesses and a description of the desired solution. The center Deputy Director will have to 10 working days to respond in writing to the written grievance.  A lack of a written response shall be deemed to be a denial of the grievance.  

It is a request for reconsideration of the decision at step 1

 The request for reconsideration must be filed with the Executive Director. The request for reconsideration must be received within 10 working days of receipt of the decision at step 1. The request for reconsideration must specify the relevant facts, including a description of the incident, the date of the incident, the persons involved, the names of witnesses, and a description of the desired solution. The Executive Director will have 10 working days to response in writing to the request for reconsideration. A lack of a written response shall be deemed to be a denial of the request for reconsideration.

I have received a copy of this Agreement and Center Rules, and have read it or have had it read to me and agreed to comply with all terms and rules contained therein.

Signed;________________, ______________ _________________                                 

                   First                         Middle                               Last

Received: Month______________ Day____________, Year ________________





















In the beginning of our organization, in 1985, when Mr. Beyan G. Kota and those few others with him brought the Liberia Christian Association of the Blind into being in Monrovia, there was almost no future at all for the blind or about blindness itself. Blind people had traditionally been without power and until we came to know our strength, this remained true.

It is not that there was no hardship; God knows there was plenty of that. Education for blind children was in its infancy, employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted was almost non existent and training in mobility and the skills of daily living that the blind needed in order to function and compete in the world at large had not yet been developed in this part of the world.

Despite these disadvantages, we found the strength to organize and found ourselves faced with the challenge to empower the blind and visually impaired. So in 1993, January, our activities expanded to include education and rehabilitation services to the blind and partially sighted in Liberia, which our President, Mr. Kota established to afford the blind the opportunity to learn. With this new development, we the organized blind criticized the programs that were not providing adequate services. This role of vigilant monitoring of programs established to serve the blind and partially sighted must be responsive to the needs of the blind and that the blind that are to be served by these programs, must help to judge the performance of those who provide such services.

Accordingly, action has been taken to guarantee the blind a fair measure of full education and rehabilitation in gaining knowledge and obtaining relevant skills at the National Resource Institute for the Blind (NARIB) to enhance independence and self respect in the conduct of their lives and to ensure that blind people are integrated in mainstream schools and the society on the basis of competence.

Having operated for nearly fifteen (15) years in Monrovia under the name CAB Rehabilitation Institute, our program was later developed into an inclusive empowerment endeavor under a new name and styled National Resource Institute for the Blind (NARIB) which was launched on April 25th, 2008 and moved to the Vai Town Community on the Robertsfield High Way.

With funding support from the WORLD BANK and other International Non-Governmental Organizations like the UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) and the ZOA REFUGEE CARE the association constructed a school facility and a clinic and two (2) dormitories on three (3) acres of land acquired by the Liberia Christian Association of the Blind.


People who are blind and/or partially sighted are a distinct group whose needs, desire, talent and capability require special attention. It is in response to these needs that our association has taken action to enhance a conducive learning environment for skill building, intellectual development for the human resource empowerment of the blind and the building of individual boys and girls, men and women into responsible resource persons to contribute to the development of their personal lives, raise families and contribute to the development of society at large.

While undergoing training at the National Resource Institute for the Blind (NARIB), students shall develop into responsible individuals and be reminded to account for their actions on campus as they grow to become assets, independent men and women and shall not become liabilities on society.


It is the expectation of the National Resource Institute for the Blind that all students and administrators will regard each other as an individual worthy of respect and dignity. The administrative staff shall help each student to respect his/her self in a manner of fair, fame, diplomatic and consistent in dealing with the administration. They are expected to share the gigantic responsibilities of teachers, students and parents relationship of student control with the administration and retain active interest in all of their studies and the over all school work and activities.

Administrative staff are under obligation to help all students achieve academic and intellectual goals and objectives and help each student to grow and develop into independent citizens to contribute to the development of society. Teachers should assist the administration to help students develop and transform into self-disciplined persons to be socially accepted and develop standards of behavior that will enable him/her to cope with other circumstances in life and work with others in difficult situations. Teach each student to be accountable and responsible for his/her own actions. The instructional staff should help each student to learn, understand and abide by rules and regulations governing the institute.

It is also expected of the students to learn, understand and abide by rules and regulations governing the institute. Students are encouraged to be punctual and regular at school and in classes and support the school authorities in their efforts to develop and maintain a well discipline institution. Work closely with and cooperatively with school officials in their own development, maintenance and promotion of learning climate conducive for the attainment of academic experience. Recognize that their presence in the institute would be an achievement, a success of a worthy or noble goal which can only be attained through the delivery of quality education and skill training and the development of personalities.

The institute is not a permanent dwelling place for students attending the school and those benefiting from the rehabilitation and integrated programs, but shall serve as a temporary shelter for about six to nine months of the student's stay at the institution while undergoing training or regular schooling activities. His/her parents will take them home upon the completion of their studies to give way for others who will be seeking enrollment.

Being granted full admission to the center, must not be understood as membership to CAB Blind and Visually Impaired persons being enrolled at the National Resource Center for the Blind, may enjoy all rights and privileges, benefits etc. provided at the center during their stay, but must not imply this mean full admission into the membership of the Association as the rules governing admission to CAB are absolutely different. All students at the center for the blind may acquire knowledge and skills in all disciplines at the center and be fully integrated into the larger portion of society, but this does not qualify anyone of them as member of the Association. Membership to CAB is however opened to all blind, visually impaired and fully sighted interested fully sighted persons as provided for in Article IV of the Association's Constitution.

Interested persons may therefore request for the standing rules governing procedure for admission into the membership of CAB, which is a separate form one must obtain.








NAME:  _____________________/_________________________/_______________________

                                      Last                                First                          Middle


DATE OF BIRTH: _______________/_______________________/____________________________

                                             Day                              Month                              Year



PLACE OF BIRTH: ______________________/________________________/_____________________

                                                              City                        Town                                     County


PRESENT ADDRESS: _________________/_______________/__________________/______________

                                              City                         Town/Street                         Village                      County


MALE: (  )   FEMALE: (  )                   NATIONALITY: __________________________________


WHAT LANGUAGE/ DIALECT DO YOU SPEAK: ________________________________________


CELL NUMBER: ________________________ EMAIL ADRRESS: _____________________­­­______



COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: _______________________________________________________________


OCCUPATION: _____________________   RELIGION: ______________________________________ 



TOTALLY BLIND (  ) PARTIALLY SIGHTED (  ) Other Disabilities __________________________


CAUSE OF DISABILITY_______________________________________________________________


FOR HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLIND __________/________________________/___________

                                                                          Date                           Month                          Year    


FATHER'S NAME: ___________________/___________________________/______________________

                                                   Last                                First                                         Middle


FULL ADDRESS: _________________/__________________________/__________________________

                                                   City                            Town/Street                                  County


CONTACT NUMBER: ___________________________ OCCUPATION: _____________________


MOTHER'S NAME: _____________________/_____________________________/_________________

                                                            Last                                First                                     Middle


FULL ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________________________

                                                         City                                  Town/Street                          County


CONTACT NUMBER: ___________________________ OCCUPATION: ________________________


GUARDIANCE'S NAME: _____________________/_________________________/________________

                                                            Last                                          First                              Middle

GUARDIANCE'S ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________________


GUARDIANCE'S OCCUPATION: ______________________ CELL NO. _______________________










HAVE YOU ANY HEALTH PROBLEM? YES                   NO        ; IF YES, PLEASE EXPLAIN: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________






DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN? YES (  ) NO (  ) IF YES, HOW MANY? _____________


                                    NAMES:                                                                     AGE:

  1. _____________________________________                                  _______________
  2. _____________________________________                                  _______________
  3. _____________________________________                                  _______________


HAVE YOU ATTENDED ANY SCHOOL: _____________________________________________________________________


LAST SCHOOL ATTENDED: __________________________________________________________


ADDRESS: ________________________________________ YEAR: ____________________________


LAST CLASS COMPLETED: _____________________________________________________________





REASON FOR LEAVING PREVIOUS SCHOOL: _____________________________________________






SUSPENDED? _____________________________________________________________________














NAME:  ______________________/______________________/__________________

                  LAST                                             FIRST                           MIDDLE


SEX: MALE (  ) FEMALE (  )   


DATE OF BIRTH: _______/__________/_______ PLACE OF BIRTH: __________________

                                 DATE /MONTH/     YEAR                                                      







How will your obligation be paid?


Monthly/ Quarterly/ Yearly


Current Address_____________________________________________________________


OCCUPATION: _______________________ CONTACT NUMBER: ___________________________


E-MAIL: ______________________________


Please name any two reliable persons that can be contacted incase of emergency


Name: ___________________________­_____________________

Address: _______________________________________________

Contact Number_________________


Name: _________________________


Contact: __________________________
















Please take note that you are to bring your personal effects monthly such as:




5 piece tissue; two large toothpaste; 2 large bottle deltol; 2 piece towels; 6 pieces bath soap and 12 piece washing soap.


2 pieces bed sheets & 2 pairs of pillow cases.


Food stuff:

The below listed food items are to be provided by parents/guardians on a quarterly basis to supplement what the association will be providing quarterly: 

(1 tin red oil or Argo Oil & 1 bag rice)

Thanks for your cooperation!













I the undersigned, in person of Mr. /Mrs. ____________________________________________ do hereby agreed to the terms and conditions stated on this form that at the end of every school year and/or school breaks, I will take my son(s) or daughter(s) at my house to stay and will continue to take him/her to the above mentioned institution on a daily basis to attend classes as in keeping with the rules and regulations enshrined in the institution's hand book that was purchase by me and deliver to me by the school authority. Failure on my part to live up to this commitment, the school authority is left with no option but to take legal action against me in keeping with the legal policies and norms of the institution.


Signed: ___________________________                            Date: __________________________                  PARENTS/GUARDIANS