|Access Grant Program||Program activities include, but are not limited to the following:Adaptive modifications such as ramps, lifts, door widening, visual door bells, audio phones, visual phone signalers, etc. that will improve the ability of a person with disabilities to enter and exit the home.
Adaptive modifications, such as widening hallways, lowering the kitchen counters, enlarging bathrooms, or adding grab bars that will increase the ability of a person with disabilities to perform activities of daily living.
Other adaptive modifications that will enable a person with a disability to remain in the home and prevent institutionalization.
These funds may not be used to modify units owned or operated by public housing authorities or a facility licensed by DPW or Department of Health (DOH) for support services; for relocation expenses; for escrowing purposes to return the unit to its original condition.||Columbia||Columbia County Housing and Redevelopment Authority||Columbia County Housing and Redevelopment Authority|
|Adjustment to Vision Loss-Northeast Sight Services||Our Adjustment to Vision Loss Program consists of four service areas which include Initial Assessment, Adaptive Aids for Daily Living, Referral & Advocacy Services, and Sight Loss Support Groups.||Luzerne||Social Services of Northeast Sight||Northeast Sight Services|
|Adult Vision Screenings-North Central Sight Services||Works with various community organizations and agencies to provide opportunities for individuals to receive a free vision screening. This screening can include: visual acuity, color perception, horizontal fields, depth perception and intraocular pressures.
Participants who fail the screening or who have concerning signs or symptoms are referred for a complete eye exam by an eye care professional.||Lycoming||Prevention of Blindness||North Central Sight Services|
|American Council of the Blind||A national membership organization established to promote the independence, dignity, and well-being of blind and visually impaired people. Members are blind, visually-impaired, or fully sighted people. ACB works on enhancing civil rights, employment, rehabilitation services, travel, etc. Publications available.
||2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 650, Arlington VA (American Council of the Blind)||American Council of the Blind |
|American Foundation for the Blind||Provides programs and services designed to help improve the lives of people affected by vision loss. Provides resources and support directly to individuals with vision loss and their family, as well as to businesses, employers, and professionals who provide services to blind and visually impaired people.
- Websites Click here to get connected to websites with helpful resources
- Information on resource for independent living
- Professional Development
- Public Policy Center
- Technology Evaluations
||American Foundation for the Blind||American Foundation for the Blind|
|Audiobook Program||We have the world's most extensive library of more than 75,000 audiobooks available for members to download.||LEARNING ALLY||Learning Ally|
|Avon Grove Lion's Club - Community Services||Community Services program provides eyeglasses and services for the blind, hospital equipment and community help.||Chester||Avon Grove Lion's Club - Chester; West Grove||Avon Grove Lion's Club|
|BCAB Supportive Services||Offers a variety of services to visually impaired and blind individuals. Increases independence and improves the quality of life. Educates the public about the causes, symptoms, and prevention of blindness. Offers technology information and assistive technology classes.||Beaver||Beaver County Association for the Blind||Beaver County Association for the Blind|
|Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong||Provides services for the blind and visually impaired citizens of Armstrong and Butler Counties.||Butler||Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong||Blind Association of Butler and Armstrong|
|Blinded Veterans Association||The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we hope to make life better for blinded veterans. We also hope to be there with encouragement and support. There is no charge for any BVA service and membership is not a prerequisite to obtain help. All legally blinded veterans are also eligible for BVA’s assistance whether they become blind during or after active duty military service.||Blinded Veterans Association||Blinded Veterans Association|
|Blindness Adjustment Counseling||We offer a wide array of opportunities for training and support to people of all ages and with diverse needs. Our services include, but are not limited to:
Services for ChildrenServices for VeteransBraille Embossing
Life skills training at agencies and in homes
Orientation and mobility instruction (Cane travel)
Home retrofitting for safe mobility
Internet access and information technology instruction
Safety and prevention education programs and seminars
Vision screenings in schools, preschools, businesses, senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions
Children’s summer instructional programs
Radio reading programs
Agency industry employment opportunities
Social and recreational activities
Low vision aids and clinics
Low-cost prescription eye wear
Financial management assistance
Community service referrals
Seminars and educational programs for individuals and families
Braille Embossing||Cumberland||*Main Site (Pa Association for the Blind)||PA Association for the Blind|
|Blindness Education Programs-North Central Sight Services||Present education and public awareness programs that promote the importance of good eye health and safety, and share information about potentially blinding eye conditions. Share important information about signs and symptoms of various eye diseases and conditions,and ways to keep and make the most out of the vision you have.
||Lycoming||Prevention of Blindness||North Central Sight Services|
|Blind Sports Organization - Sports Programs for the Blind and Visually Impaired||BSO offers social opportunities, sports instruction, clinics, camps, training, and competition through weekly activities, special events, and partnerships. Activities can be added based on interest.
-Alpine Skiing (Downhill)
-Athletics (Track and Field)
-Nordic Skiing (Cross-Country)
-RollerBlading / Roller Skating
||Delaware||Blind Sports Organization - Delaware; Havertown||Blind Sports Organization |
|Camp Sight-Northeast Sight Services||a summer day camp for blind and visually impaired youth. This much needed instructional program teaches children the daily living and socialization skills they need to become independent, productive members of the community. There is no other program of this type in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Camp Sight Junior is for children ages 5-10 and Camp Sight is for children 11-18.||Luzerne||InSight Kids Club of NEPA||Northeast Sight Services|
|Coatesville VA Medical Center - Visual Impairment Services Team VIST||The Coatesville VA Medical Center's VIST Program helps legally blind and severely visually impaired veterans and their families adjust to vision loss. The program objectives are to identify and inform eligible veterans about services and benefits, to ensure that health care and rehabilitation services are made available, and to help those veterans cope with the devastating loss of vision.VIST Services: To assess for unmet needs related to vision loss, to develop and implement a treatment plan which will address the unmet needs that have been identified, to make appropriate referrals, to educate the veteran on available benefits and services, both VA and community, and to provide ongoing follow-up to the veteran as needed.||Chester||Veterans Affairs VA Medical Center - Coatesville||United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Health Administration|
|Eye Health and Safety Education-Northeast Sight Services||We provide adults and children with age-appropriate information and tools they can use to help prevent blindness through our free eye health and safety education programs.||Luzerne||Prevention of Blindness||Northeast Sight Services|
|Fayette County Association for the Blind Specialized Services||Specialized Services: These services help clients remain independent in their homes. Certain visual, financial, and resident criteria must be met. These services include:
• Transportation & Escort Services
• Life skills education
• Support groups
• Assistance with grocery shopping
||Fayette||Pennsylvania Association for the Blind - Fayette County Association for the Blind||Pennsylvania Association for the Blind|
|Independent Living and Social Events-Northeast Sight Services||Our Independent Living Program consists of Life Skills Education programs and a variety of Social and Recreational Events.||Luzerne||Social Services of Northeast Sight||Northeast Sight Services|
|In-Home Support-Northeast Sight Services||In-Home Support services are designed to assist clients with personal business that can also include other tasks such as balancing checkbooks, handling correspondence, filing applications for benefits and other essential tasks.||Luzerne||Social Services of Northeast Sight||Northeast Sight Services|
|Lawrence County Blind Association||Aid and assist the blind; to promote the training, employment, education and rehabilitation of the blind; to supervise, to standardize and market blind-made products; and to prevent unnecessary blindness.||Lawrence||Lawrence County Blind Association||Lawrence County Blind Association|
|Luzerne County Council of the Blind||A Charity Organization in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania that provides awareness in the community of people with vision challenges.||Luzerne||Luzerne County Council of the Blind||Luzerne County Council of the Blind|
|Macula Vision Research Foundation - Macular Degeneration Support Groups||In 1989, Karen and Herb Lotman became very interested in finding out who was working to find the cure and prevention for macula degeneration. To their dismay, they learned that there was very little coordinated research or testing being done — even though it is the leading cause of blindness in adults. Most people take their vision for granted until an injury or vision abnormality makes them realize that the ability to see is fundamental to our daily life and an irreplaceable asset. Macular degeneration affects 15 million Americans. An impaired macula prevents a person from clearly seeing objects straight ahead; such as faces, words on a page, pictures, flowers, television. At its worst, the sufferer has only very limited peripheral vision people cannot see the faces of their children and grandchildren.
The Genetic Link:
Since Karen's mother has macular degeneration, they had real concerns about the genetic link to future generations of their family. That is why they have chosen to devote their time, efforts, and resources to creating the Macula Vision Research Foundation.
A Focus of Their Lives
They intend to make its success a major focus of their lives, with the hope that the members of their family and yours will not endure needless suffering from macular degeneration.
In November 1997, the Lotmans gathered a group of preeminent vision scientists in Florida. This seminar was not structured like other meetings. The foremost retina experts from various backgrounds, surgeons, pathologists, geneticists, and neuroscientists dedicated to macula degeneration research would confer in an interactive seminar format. This broad range of expertise was one of the reasons the meeting was unusually successful. In most meetings, surgeons meet with surgeons, geneticists with geneticists, etc.
16 Pages of Notes:
A leading retina clinician said, "I haven't taken notes at meetings for the last ten years because I didn't learn anything that I did not already know, but at this meeting I took 16 pages of notes because the various disciplines of everyone there enabled me to learn many new facts."
The Florida meeting was so well received that the Macula Vision Scientific Advisory Board was established. Robert Molday, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Ophthalmology and Director of the Center for Macular Research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada is the Chairman. The Board is composed of outstanding vision scientists whose function as board members is to advise on research grants and Foundation policy.
The Foundation was awarded charitable, tax-exempt 501(C)(3) status in June, 1998.
On February 1, 1999, the Board of Scientific Advisors, after reviewing many funding requests, announced the first research grants. Four three-year grants and one grant for one year totaling $1 million were awarded. To date, grants totaling more than $14 million have been awarded to an exceptional group of vision scientists. The hope is that their interdisciplinary approach, in order to increase the opportunity of discerning the genetic links that predispose families to macular degeneration, will be successful. Scientific conferences are held every 18 months. The tenth major research conference will take place in March 2011. While these conferences illustrate the progress in understanding macular degeneration that has taken place, they also document how much remains to be done. The hope is that the interdisciplinary approach fostered by the Foundation will be of importance to both researchers and clinicians. The Karen and Herbert Lotman Foundation carry all of the administrative costs of the Foundation, therefore every dollar that you contribute goes directly to research and public education programs. Your support enhances MVRF's continued growth. MVRF looks forward to making a positive difference in the vision of the future.||Montgomery||Macula Vision Research Foundation - Montgomery; Conshohocken||Macula Vision Research Foundation|
|Macula Vision Research Foundation - Support Sight Program||The mission of SupportSight of the MVRF is to enhance the quality of life of the ever-growing population who are affected by or concerned with macular degeneration through public education programs, small support groups, the toll-free hotline (866-4-Macula) responding to the needs of patients, their families and loved ones, through question and answer sessions following public education programs, and printed and taped literature.
||Montgomery||Macula Vision Research Foundation - Montgomery; Conshohocken||Macula Vision Research Foundation|
|Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services - Orientation & Mobility (O & M)||A specialist provides training that enables a person who is visually impaired to learn to travel safely and independently. This training is key to regaining confidence, self-respect, and restored freedom. With O & M, a consumer can learn to travel safely as a person who is visually impaired, a fundamental component of independence. Instruction is specific to the goals of each individual. Sun lens evaluations and environmental assessments are made.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Braille Classes||Instruction to learn functional use of Braille.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Computer Access Training||One-on-one instruction on the use of computers. Our technology department is equipped with the latest equipment and software necessary for teaching a person who is blind or visually impaired, including screen magnification, screen reading and text scanning software. Teaching includes: using adaptive software and equipment, the Internet and E-mail, and Microsoft Office. Computer knowledge is vital for developing employment skills and increased independence.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Home Rehabilitation Instruction||Teaches daily living techniques and skills to better cope with the challenges sight loss presents in the home. Techniques for personal management enable individuals to better adapt to their vision loss. Instruction may include learning tasks such as food preparation and kitchen safety, cleaning techniques, clothing organization, labeling and more.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Loaned Equipment||Video magnifiers for enlarging printed and hand written material are loaned. Video magnifiers can also be purchased at the agency.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Recreation||Five recreation groups for adults with vision loss, meeting twice a month at various locations throughout Montgomery County. Activities vary, including recreational outings. Transportation provided to participants.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Scholarship||An annual scholarship awarded to a person who is legally blind seeking education or training beyond high school. Typical annual award is $500.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Social Services||Comprehensive, direct social service support by professional staff with expertise in sight loss. Services include home visitation and case management, information about available services, assessment, referrals, home management assistance and counseling. Our social service team will guide you in learning about getting the help needed.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Support Groups||Helping people learn coping strategies from peers and professionals. Professionals facilitate these support groups. Programs are open to anyone who has experienced vision loss.
- Diabetic Sight Loss - education on Diabetes management and understanding how it impacts sight loss. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of vision loss.
- General Sight Loss - two support groups, meeting in different parts of Montgomery County.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Talking Book Program||Distribution of talking book equipment and in-home training. Social workers provide information on how to use this important program of the National Library Service for the Blind, including registration, equipment distribution and training. MCAB will also replace defective machines already in circulation.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Therapy Specializing in Vision Loss||A therapeutic family model, providing weekly therapy sessions for individuals, couples, and families, benefiting those experiencing sight loss. Therapy is also provided to help with other issues that may have been heightened due to vision loss. Through therapy, strategies are introduced that will support a better quality of life.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Transportation||Fully escorted door to door service provided for medical appointments and selected agency programs. Advance reservations required, service based on availability.||Montgomery||Montgomery County Association for the Blind - Montgomery; Norristown||Montgomery County Association for the Blind|
|NuVisions Center - Specialized Services||Through the Specialized Service program, we offer transportation to medical appointments and essential community resources.
This is a door-to-door service insuring the visually impaired person reaches their destination and returns home safely.
If necessary, the driver will escort the client to their appointment and help them read and complete any necessary forms. In addition, we provide transportation to our low vision and diabetic support groups that are held once a month.
Our support services encompass a variety of activities from organizing shopping lists and household items to reading mail and assisting the client to pay bills. We may refer clients to other agencies that can provide them with additional needed services.
We help our clients adjust to vision loss by helping them with everyday tasks; such as, putting a white plate on a dark colored place mat or organizing their canned goods if they cannot read the labels.
Our monthly meetings are open to the public and inform the participants of ways to understand, compensate for and adjust to their vision loss and help them maintain their independence.||Mifflin||NuVisions Center||NuVisions Center|
|Orientation / Mobility Referrals-North Central Sight Services||North Central Sight Services will provide referrals for Orientation and Mobility Training. The Instructor will review services with the customer and develop an appropriate individualized plan with specific mobility goals and objectives. The individual’s plan may include: sensory awareness, spatial concepts, searching skills, sighted guide, independent movement, cane skills, and protective techniques.||Lycoming||Support Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired||North Central Sight Services|
|Overbrook School for the Blind - Deaf Blind Services||Overbrook School for the Blind serves children with deafblindness in all of their out- reach and educational programs. Teachers in the Early Intervention Outreach Program work closely with teachers of the deaf and hearing impaired to provide a complete program to meet the sensory needs of infants and toddlers who have both a vision and hearing loss. Teachers from our Early Childhood Out Reach Program, provide services in preschool or home based settings for children in Philadelphia who do not attend Overbrook. On campus the Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School and School to Work Programs all serve children with deafblindness. By providing services in this way, rather than a separate program, the diverse needs of the students can be met in an age appropriate environment. Our on-campus students with deafblindness range in age from 3-21 and have very different educational needs based on the degree of vision and hearing loss and additional disabilities.
Each student’s program focuses on using a communication and amplification program specifically designed to them. Many of our students use an oral/aural approach using speech as communication while other students may use visual or tactile sign language, touch or object cues, or other augmentative communication systems or devices. Classroom teachers work closely with each student’s family, PT, OT, and Speech therapist to develop an appropriate system and instructional program.
Students and staff also receive additional support from the Pennsylvania Deafblind Project, Hand In Hand. An Educational Consultant provides technical assistance and training for staff both on and off campus as well as working with families. For families, the Deafblind Project provides a computer listserv so that parents can communicate with each other over the internet, self paced home training modules to educate parents about the loss of vision and hearing, sponsorship for parents to attend conferences and trainings, and an annual family weekend for families to get together for fun and learning. The project also provides in-service training to Overbrook staff and to support Overbook’s professional development program.
||Philadelphia||Overbrook School for the Blind - Philadelphia; Overbrook||Overbrook School for the Blind|
|Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs - Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program||Provides real estate tax exemption for any honorably discharged veteran who is 100% disabled, a resident of the Commonwealth and has a financial need.||Lebanon||Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs||Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs|
|Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - Erie||Assists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. Services include vocational rehabilitation, orientation and mobility instruction, and independent living skills instruction. The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (BEP) assists persons operate food service businesses in commercial, industrial or governmental locations.
||Erie||Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)||Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry|
|Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - Harrisburg||Services include:
- Independent Living Services
- Specialized Services
- Vocational rehabilitation including counseling, guidance, pre-vocational training, job placement, and specialized blindness skills training
- Orientation and mobility instruction (white cane usage)
- Rehabilitation Teaching
- Business Enterprise program that trains persons who are blind to work in food service
- Transportation can be purchased by the agency for consumers when needed in conjunction with another service
- Public education programs||Dauphin||Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)||Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry|
|Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - Pittsburgh||Assists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. Services include vocational rehabilitation, orientation and mobility instruction, and independent living skills instruction. The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (BEP) assists persons operate food service businesses in commercial, industrial or governmental locations.
||Allegheny||Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)||Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry|
|Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services - Wilkes-Barre||Assists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. OVR services include: diagnostic services, vocational evaluation, vocational counseling, job training, medical services and assistive technology equipment to help clients pursue and achieve employment, and job placement assistance.
||Luzerne||Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)||Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry|
|Radio Home Visitor-Northeast Sight Services||We feel that it is important for our blind and visually impaired clients to remain connected to the news and information they need- we refer our clients to Kings' College Radio, 88.5 FM to help them stay connected to the community by reading the newspaper from 10am-12pm daily. Northeast Sight Services provides referrals to this service.||Luzerne||Social Services of Northeast Sight||Northeast Sight Services|
|Remedial Eye Care-North Central Sight Services||Assist low income individuals with obtaining eye exams and glasses through contracts with local eye care providers. Eligible individuals can buy eyeglasses and/or pay for an eye exam at reduced costs.||Lycoming||Prevention of Blindness||North Central Sight Services|
|Social Services for the Blind-North Central Sight Services||North Central Sight Services' social service department provides a comprehensive program of activities and programs. Their goal is to provide individualized services to keep people living as independently as possible. Their services range from one-time appointments to biweekly meetings. They also offer transportation and escort to doctor’s appointments or grocery shopping when other resources are unavailable. Their qualified Casework Associates can assist with reading mail and paying bills.||Lycoming||Support Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired||North Central Sight Services|
|Support Groups for the Blind or Vision Impaired-North Central Sight Services||North Central Sight Services facilitates some support and education groups that promote independence and life skills for those who are blind or visually impaired. Groups include a book club, a ladies' club, a sight loss support group, a craft class, and exercise classes.||Lycoming||Support Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired||North Central Sight Services|
|Transition Assistance-Northeast Sight Services||Our Transition Assistance Program provides high school students who are blind and visually impaired with the skills and knowledge they need to successfully transition from high school to college and/or employment. The goal of this program is to help students identify and learn the steps they need to take to make the successful transition to life beyond high school. The program curriculum is divided into three main areas: Self –Advocacy, Independent Living and Job and College Preparation.||Luzerne||InSight Kids Club of NEPA||Northeast Sight Services|
|United Cerebral Palsy Association - Adult Services||Adult Services works to maximize an individual's independence and inclusion in the community by increasing vocational opportunities, strengthening independent living skills, and improving social competencies. Adult Services programs are available to individuals over the age of 18 with physical and developmental disabilities, and a variety of visual, hearing, speech, and learning impairments. Services are provided to adults with cerebral palsy, autism, head trauma, Down Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, mental health difficulties, a diagnosis of mental retardation, or any condition that limits a person's independence. Adult Development Program and OPTIONS as well as the Adult Training Program||Philadelphia||United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia - Philadelphia; Chestnut Hill||United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity|
|VisionCorps Center, York||VisionCorps Vision Center consists of four services.
•First, clients can receive a comprehensive examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. She will discuss what low vision aids are available. Contact Leora Wiest at 717-848-1690.
•Second, VisionCorps has Occupational Therapy services available. Contact Jennifer Zack at 717-848-1690, ext. 105.
•The third service provided by VisionCorps is Orientation & Mobility training. Contact Jennifer Zack at 717-848-1690, ext. 105.
•The fourth service is the demonstration, evaluation and sale of Closed Circuit Television Systems, also known as CCTVs. Access Technology services/training is available. Contact Tony Heath at 717-848-1690, ext. 114.
• Please, remember we provide comprehensive client support services: Access Technology, Talking Book Program, Public Education, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Low Vision Services, Preschool Screening and Remedial Eye Care.
Also provides Social Services, including transportation to medical appointments and essential community errands; and in-home support services.
|VisionCorps Lancaster||Supports and promotes the interests of the blind and the prevention of blindness through a wide range of services, including:
- Vocational Services provides skill training, placement, handicapped employment and competitive employment
- Rehabilitation and Social Services teach vision impaired persons and their families techniques and use of adaptive equipment to promote independence
- Glaucoma screenings, Kid Sight screenings
-Referrals to local ophthalmologists for diagnosis and treatment, eye examinations and refractions for low income individuals without medical insurance
- Assistance for the purchase of eyeglasses, ranging in cost from $35 and up, depending on prescription, for low-income individuals
- Preschool Classroom Program
- Recreation Services includes social club, holiday parties and trips, crochet and knitting classes
- Retail shop for low vision aids
- Braille Transcription
- Sight Loss Support Groups||Lancaster||VisionCorps Lancaster||VisionCorps|
|VisionCorps Lancaster - Sight Loss Support Group||Support group for visually impaired or blind persons who have been screened by the Blind Association.
Also holds a support group in Lebanon County.
|VisionCorps York, Employment Services||Employs legally blind adults to provide recycling services for the Library of Congress and other contract services for the visually impaired to other area businesses.||York||VisionCorps York||VisionCorps|
|VisionCorps York - Friendly Social Club||Social program for persons with vision impairment.||York||VisionCorps York||VisionCorps|
|VisionCorps York - Sight Loss Support Group||Provides a setting where visually impaired/blind persons can meet to discuss concerns, problems, and methods of adjusting to their visual impairment.||York||VisionCorps York||VisionCorps|
|Vision Rehabilitation-North Central Sight Services||Offers individualized instruction on independent living skills for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The assessment and instruction can take place off-site or in the Abe Snyder Memorial Resource Center. The center is equipped with a full kitchen, a seating area for group activities, and a demonstration area for various technology aids.
A Vision Rehabilitation Therapist conducts an assessment and develops an Individualized Service Plan for the client to help him or her reach the goals.||Lycoming||Support Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired||North Central Sight Services|
|Vision Resource Center of Berks County - Lunch Bunch||Meetings once a month at various restaurants in Berks County for socialization; open to those who are blind, visually impaired, their family, friends and caregivers||Berks||Vision Resource Center of Berks County||Vision Resource Center of Berks County|
|Vision Resource Center of Berks County - Vision Workshops||Promotes developing skills that are unique to each person's abilities and interests||Berks||Vision Resource Center of Berks County||Vision Resource Center of Berks County|
|Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services||Welcome to the Web Site of the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS). The mission of the Bureau is to assist Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. BBVS services are provided throughout the Commonwealth by professional staff in District Offices located in the following cities: Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, Altoona, Pittsburgh and Erie. Please consult the Department of Labor & Industry Web Page Regional map of Pennsylvania for the address and phone numbers of the BBVS District Office closest to you. However, you do not need to visit an office in order to receive services since our staff will be happy to make an appointment to come to your home and take an application for services.||Montgomery||Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Montgomery; Norristown||Office of Vocational Rehabilitation|
|Western PA School for Blind Children||The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is a one-of-a-kind educational facility committed to training visually impaired students with additional disabilities. Offers a full range of exceptional individualized special education services fostering maximum independence for students with visual impairment, including blindness and other challenges and provides support and resources to families and the community.||Allegheny||W. PA School for Blind Children||Western PA School for Blind Children|
|Wills Eye Hospital - Lions Eye Bank||Lions Eye Bank provides corneal tissue to the Cornea Service at Wills Eye. Eye and tissue donations are obtained from next of kin within 24 hours of death and distributed to hospitals and ophthalmologists for transplants and research.||Philadelphia||900 Walnut St Philadelphia PA||Wills Eye Hospital|