Agency’s October Classes, Activities to Delight Clients’ Other Senses

Center for Vision Loss classes and activities in October will provide experiences that delight its clients’ other senses in October.

The agency’s October schedule includes an second outdoor walk at the Malcolm Gross Rose Garden in Allentown, PA; apple picking outings at Race Farms in Blairstown, N.J.; a class on making breakfast; two opportunities to hear scary Halloween tales; and a class designed to help clients with permanent vision loss use their other senses to increase their personal independence.

The Center for Vision Loss adapted most of its services for remote delivery upon the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The agency has resumed in-person programming incrementally. Some in-person programs and activities also include options for participation by phone or videoconferencing.

All classes and activities are listed below. Additional details are available in its October activity bulletin. All programs that are not designated for specific groups are open to all clients.



Life Skills Education

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Monday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.: Beginner Braille; conducted by phone
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.: Spotlight On Independence; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Monday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.: Beginner Braille; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.: Build Your Own Breakfast; held in-person at the Lehigh Valley Campus
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Monday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.: Beginner Braille; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.: Seeing With Your Other Senses; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Monday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.: Beginner Braille; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m.: Tech Talk; conducted by videoconferencing

Peer Support Groups

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.: Lehigh Valley Client Group; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.: Monroe Client Group; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: Men’s Group; conducted by phone
  • Monday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.: Spanish-Speaking Client Group; conducted by videoconferencing
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m.: Women’s Chat Group; conducted by phone

Additional Activities

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.: Outdoor Walk; held in-person at the Malcolm Gross Rose Garden in Allentown, PA
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.: Apple Picking for Monroe Clients; held in-person at Race Farms in Blairstown, N.J., and repeated on Friday, Oct. 23
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.: Get Up and Move! Exercise Activities; conducted by phone
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.: Shopping at The Promenade Shops in Center Valley, PA
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.: Apple Picking for Monroe Clients; held in-person at Race Farms in Blairstown, N.J.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.: Crafters Corner Activity; conducted in-person at the Lehigh Valley Campus; videoconferencing option also available
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.: Halloween Story Share, conducted by phone
  • Friday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.: Haunted Stories for Monroe clients and Monroe NuVisions Group Election Nominations; conducted by videoconferencing

Client transportation is available by appointment for the Apple Picking trips on Oct. 20 and Oct. 23 and the trip to The Promenade Shops on Oct. 22. Clients must call to schedule a ride. Transportation for the Rose Garden walk on Oct. 7, the Build Your Own Breakfast class on Oct. 15, and the Crafters Corner Activity on Oct. 27 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.