About Our Agency

The Center for Vision Loss is the only organization dedicated to the visual well-being of everyone in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties and is the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind’s (PAB) only accredited service provider in these communities. Its nonprofit mission is to enable personal triumphs over visual impairments, and its guiding principle is that vision loss should never be a barrier to achievement or a life of independence, dignity, and hope.

The Center for Vision Loss provides support, skills education, and rehabilitation services at little or no cost for people with vision loss and promotes visual health and safety for children and adults. Impact on vision loss clients reflects in their abilities to live independently and improve their capabilities. Impact upon communities at large reflects in the numbers of children and adults who receive the agency’s free vision screenings and participate in its outreach education programs.

Services for Lehigh and Northampton counties are provided from the agency’s main campus in Allentown, PA. Services for Monroe County are provided from its satellite campus near Stroudsburg, PA.

The agency traces its inception to 1928, when Lions Clubs in Lehigh and Northampton counties responded to a direct appeal from iconic activist Helen Keller to become “Knights of the Blind.” The groups formed two agencies, and efforts expanded to Monroe County in 2002. The two agencies consolidated in 2010 to shape the organization as it is known today.

MISSION STATEMENT
To enable personal triumphs over vision challenges.

VISION STATEMENT
To influence a world in which vision loss is not a barrier to independence and achievement.

SERVICE AREAS
Lehigh Valley: Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania
Monroe: Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania

PURPOSES
Support: To deliver support and improve quality of life for people who experience vision loss.
Rehabilitation: To provide for rehabilitation of visual capabilities in children and adults.
Prevention: To encourage people of all ages to engage in practices and behaviors that prevent vision loss.

IMPACTS
Support: The agency’s annual goal is for at least 75 percent of its vision loss clients to report that the services they receive help them maintain their independence.
Rehabilitation: The agency’s annual goal is for at least 85 percent of vision loss clients in its lifeskills programs to improve their functional capabilities.
Prevention: The agency reflects its impact in the numbers of children and adults engaged, screened, referred for additional care, and educated annually.

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