Whether vision loss is sudden or gradual, it is cause for great stress and anxiety, often leading to physical, emotional, and social concerns. The Center for Vision Loss does not look at vision loss as a tragic event. Rather the agency assumes there are solutions to be found to solve problems related to vision loss using a team approach to find those solutions. These solutions are geared towards helping the blind or visually impaired person remain independent as long as possible in every phase of daily life. It is the goal of the agency to help people accept, adjust, cope and reaffirm their lives with vision loss.
Potential clients must reside in Lehigh, Northampton or Monroe Counties.
Whether vision loss is gradual or sudden, it is cause for great stress and anxiety, often leading to physical, emotional, and social concerns. The Center for Vision Loss does not look at vision loss as a tragic event. Rather the agency assumes there are solutions to be found to solve problems related to vision loss using a team approach. The agency's programs and services are designed to help a person with vision loss accept, adjust, cope and reaffirm living with vision loss.
The level of visual acuity is used to determine whether an individual qualifies to become a customer of MORE
When a person experiences vision loss, everyone from family to friends to co-workers can benefit from remembering that certain adjustments in behavior and expectations are important. When someone can no longer see as well as before, personal interactions and daily activities must be adjusted to take this new reality into account. We hope that you find the following tips helpful.
When offering assistance to a blind or visually impaired person, speak directly to that person. Simply ask, “May I be of help?” When guiding a blind or visually impaired person, don’t push him or her ahead of you. Touch MORE
Adjusting to vision loss is vital. The agency sponsors monthly support group meetings led by James Van Horn, Sr., MS, MA, NOMC, a counselor who is also blind, and encourages all clients to attend to share their feelings and concerns with their peers in a safe environment. These sessions are held on the first Thursday of each month in the Lehigh Valley office and on the first Monday of each month in the Monroe County office. Separate support groups for women and for men are also conducted monthly in the Lehigh Valley office.
Assistive technology has opened up the world for individuals who live with visual impairment. Magnifiers of varying strengths from simple hand-held devices to sophisticated digital ones and table-top CCTVs (closed circuit televisions) provide a way to read print of all kinds. Computers equipped with JAWS (screen reading software) and ZoomText (text enlargement software) provide easy access to email and the internet. iPhones and iPads with various kinds of apps also are available. The agency provides an introduction to many of these devices and also sells various kinds of devices in their Vision Aids stores. Sessions to introduce Braille are also MORE
Many clients take advantage of our door-through-door escorted transportation service. This service, using a sighted guide, is unique in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County.
Clients are allowed three round trip rides per month to essential medical appointments and grocery shopping. A fee of $3 per one-way trip or $6 for a round trip is charged. Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance and then presented to the driver at the time of the pick-up.
Tickets can be purchased by calling:
Lehigh Valley: 610.433.6018
Monroe County: 570.992.7787
All rides must be scheduled at least 7 days in advance.
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Caseworkers assess the needs of the client in their home and work with them to develop a personalized plan to help them adjust to living with vision loss. This may include in-home assistance to write checks to pay bills or make the kitchen safer by putting raised dots on stove controls to mark gradations of temperature. Clients may also be referred to the PA Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services for orientation and mobility training and rehabilitation training with certified professionals.
Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of lifeskills education programs on various topics such as home safety, dressing appropriately MORE