About Our Agency

The Center for Vision Loss empowers people with visual impairments to seize their independence and champions healthy eyesight. With operations in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County, we combine a service tradition motivated by Helen Keller’s advocacy in 1928 with contemporary practices and state-of-the-art technologies.

Our 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. Our free vision screenings for children stimulate success in school and our community education programs advocate for eye health and safety. We provide all our services at little or no cost.

 

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 diminished sight.

 

Our Mission Statement

  • To enable personal triumphs over visual impairments.

Our Vision Statement

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

Our Constituents

  • A total of 85% of our clients and patients with visual impairments are from low-income households – defined as an income of no more than 300% of the federal poverty thresholds.
  • A total of 65% of our clients and patients are ages 65 and up.
  • A total of 58% of our children’s vision screenings during a typical year take place inside school districts in which at least 20% of families receive food stamp benefits.
  • A total of 50% of our children’s screenings in a typical year take place at childcare locations and 44% take place at schools.
  • More than 60% of the people to whom we provide a service of any kind in a typical year are children ages 6 and under.

Our 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 clients and patients.
  • Prevention: To encourage people of all ages to engage in practices and behaviors that prevent vision loss.
Photo of a woman with a visual impairment and her daughter

Our Impacts

  • A total of 92% of our clients with vision loss do not reside in assisted living facilities.
  • A total of 96% of our clients improve or maintain their overall quality of life.
  • A total of 97% of our clients improve or maintain their daily life skills.
  • We provide free vision screenings and educate more than 9,500 children in a typical year.
Photo of Monroe clients enjoying a rock climbing activity

Our Support Services

Our support services include casework management, guided transportation, peer support, and activities. These services improve the quality of life for people with vision loss and empower them to live independently.

Our Rehabilitation Services

Our rehabilitation services include life skills education, personal counseling, functional exams, and assistive technologies. These services help people with vision loss build skills and confidence needed to perform daily activities.

Photo of a young girl making her own ice cream sundae as part of our Camp I CAN! program for kids

Our Programs for Kids

Our programs for kids with vision loss are designed to empower them to function independently as adults. Our Camp I CAN! summer program also inspires community services.

Our Prevention Services

Our prevention services include vision screenings for kids and community education programs. These services help children become more successful learners and help people maintain and protect their sight.

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Our Funding

The Center for Vision Loss is an independent nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status. Our funding from several critical sources enable us to provide our services at little or no cost.

Our History

In a speech to Lions Clubs from Lehigh and Northampton counties in 1928 in Bethlehem, PA, Helen Keller appealed to the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind.” The groups formed two agencies, and efforts expanded to Monroe County. The two agencies combined in 2010. 

Our Partners for Sight