Agency Increases In-Person Client Services in September

The Center for Vision Loss will offer more in-person client services in September as it extends its response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Agency caseworkers resumed visits into select clients’ homes in the last week of August. Visits will be only made for clients with the most pressing needs until further notice. Caseworkers are equipped with shields and must follow additional health and safety protocols.

The organization also has scheduled three in-person client activities for September, including the first such activity in Monroe County since the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Center for Vision Loss adapted most of its services for virtual or remote delivery in April. The agency continues to resume in-person programming incrementally. Some in-person programs and activities also will include options for participation by phone or videoconferencing.

The agency’s September programs and activities are listed below. Additional details for all programs and activities are available in its September activity bulletin. All activities that are not designated for specific groups are open to all clients. The agency will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.



Life Skills Education

  • Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m.: Spotlight On Independence; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Sept. 3, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Thursday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m..: Advanced Braille; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m..: Advanced Braille; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.: Beginner Braille; conducted by phone
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m.: Tips for Dining Out; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.: Exploration of Emerging Technology; held in-person at the Lehigh Valley Campus
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m..: Advanced Braille; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.: Beginner Braille; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m.: Write It Down; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.: Tips for Effective Advocacy; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m..: Advanced Braille; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.: Beginner Braille; conducted by phone
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.: Tips for Shopping; conducted by videoconferencing

Peer Support Groups

  • Thursday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m.: Lehigh Valley Client Group; conducted by phone
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.; Women’s Chat Group; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.: Men’s Group; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.: Monroe Client Group; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Monday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.: Spanish-Speaking Client Group; conducted by videoconferencing

Additional Activities

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.: Outdoor Walk; held in-person at the Malcolm Gross Rose Garden in Allentown, PA
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.: Pocono Mountains United Way Day of Caring Shopping Trip for Monroe clients; held-in person at The Crossings Premium Outlets in Tannersville, PA
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.: Get Up and Move! Exercise Activities; conducted by phone
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.: Crafters Corner Activity; conducted in-person at the Lehigh Valley Campus; videoconferencing option also available

Client transportation is available by appointment for the Sept. 10 Pocono Mountains United Way Day of Caring and the Sept. 17 Emerging Technology program at the agency’s Lehigh Valley Campus. Clients must call to schedule a ride. Transportation for the Rose Garden walk on Sept. 9 and the Crafters Corner Activity on Sept. 22 will be the responsibility of the clients.

The Center for Vision Loss empowers people with visual impairments to seize their independence and advances healthy eyesight. With operations in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County, it combines a service tradition motivated by Helen Keller’s advocacy in 1928 with contemporary practices and state-of-the-art technologies. The organization’s support and rehabilitation services promote the accomplishment of daily tasks, increased access to medical services and food supplies, enhanced personal wellness, and extended self-sufficiency. Its free vision screenings for children stimulate success in school and its community education programs advocate for eye health and safety. All agency services are provided at little or no cost, and 85% of its clients and patients with visual impairments are from low-income households.

The Center for Vision Loss is an independent member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) that is accredited nationally by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and affiliated with the VisionServe Alliance, a network of nearly 120 North American agencies that serve people with impaired sight.