Helpful resources for individuals living with vision loss.Listed below are some of our “partner” organizations which have received funding from Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.
Arvo (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), Rockville, MD (arvo)– Support for travel stipends for low vision researchers to attend the annual Arvo conference.
Benetech, Palo Alto, CA (benetech) – Support for Bookshare – Targeted Training Pilot Program for Teachers of the Visually Impaired. Bookshare, Benetech’s Global Literacy Initiative, developed and piloted a new, five-part scalable training sequence with a specific focus on Teachers of the Visually Impaired in northeastern states. Benetech is a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit which creates sustainable technology to solve pressing social needs, ensuring that those who would benefit most from technology have access to it.
Carroll Center for the Blind, Newtown, MA (carroll) – Support for Project Search vocational program. The Carroll Center provides rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment.
Catholic Guild for the Blind, New York, NY (catholicguild) – Support for Vision Services for Needy Persons Program. Catholic Guild will offer critical services, such as orientation and mobility training, ESL instruction, and comprehensive case management to high-need and vulnerable individuals.
Chicago Lighthouse, Chicago, IL (chicagolighthouse) – Support for Teen Transitions Program. The Chicago Lighthouse Teen Transitions Program for underserved blind and visually impaired youth, ages 15-24, incorporates individual and group activities that help prepare students for independent living, college life and the workplace. Participants are also made aware of the services they may be eligible for after school and as adults.
Computer Center for Visually Impaired Persons, Ccvip, New York, NY (ccvip) – Ccvip offers computer training, individualized instruction & coaching, online learning, braille production, web usability testing, scripting services and an assistive technology demonstration center.
Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (ears) – Support for Community Outreach Campaign in Westchester County, NY. EARS offers, free of charge, audio lessons (CD’s and downloadable) that teach adaptive daily living skills to visually impaired individuals and their caregivers. The lessons, modeled after current blind rehabilitation techniques, teach adults coping with vision loss the skills necessary to continue living their lives with confidence and dignity.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Yorktown Heights, NY (guidingeyes) – Support for Special Needs program. Guiding Eyes provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. GEB’s Special Needs program serves persons who are blind or visually impaired and have other physical or developmental challenges.
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired Winnetka, IL (lowvisionfocus) – Support for Low Vision Focus @Hadley.The Low Vision Focus program is designed to help individuals maintain their independence in their home by sharing practical ways to address daily living skills made difficult by low vision. The Hadley Institute promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service professionals.
Helen Keller International, New York, NY (hki) – Support for ChildSight® program. ChildSight® provides in-school vision screenings and new prescription eyeglasses to children in high-poverty communities in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Helen Keller Services for the Blind, Brooklyn, NY (hksb) – Support for Camp Heller Keller, a summer program for blind and visually impaired children. Helen Keller Services for the Blind offers a wide range of services and programs for people of all ages.
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (jhmi) – Support for the Next Generation Low Vision Enhancement System (LVES 2) project.The goal of this project is to produce a wearable, wide-field-of-view, binocular head-mounted display system that enhances low vision using programmable real-time image processing optimized for the individual patient (LVES 2).
Learning Ally, Princeton, NJ (learningally) – Support for College Success Program. Learning Ally’s College Success Program provides knowledge, guidance and community to help blind and visually impaired college students succeed in higher education settings and prepares them to enter the workforce after graduation. Learning Ally has expanded its scope of services beyond the audiobook and accessible content to provide more holistic support for members, including student support services, guidance and support for parents, and teacher training.
Lighthouse Guild International, New York, NY (lighthouseguild) – Support for Ophthalmology Resident Training Program. Working with the ophthalmology chairs from New York’s leading residency programs, Lighthouse Guild is piloting a low vision training model that can then be implemented by ophthalmology residencies throughout the country. Lighthouse Guild is a vision and healthcare organization providing a broad range of medical, rehabilitation, educational, vocational, long-term care and social services for people of all ages.
Lovett Stories and Strategies, New York, NY (lovett) – Support for the film Going Blind, and the subsequent outreach campaign – Going Blind and Going Forward. Going Blind is a unique documentary film that increases public awareness of sight loss and low vision issues. Going Blind aims to change the standard of care by bringing the issues of sight loss – preventing, treating and coping, and the availability of vision enhancement services to patients, the general public and medical professionals. Visit goingblindmovie.com to learn more.
Macula Vision Research Foundation, West Conshohocken, PA (mvrf) – Funding for SupportSightSM program. SupportSightSMseminars are hosted in cities across the nation providing information on the latest research findings and vision rehabilitation services. Mvrf is dedicated to finding a cure for people affected with macular degeneration, restoring their vision and bringing hope to the many others with retinal and macula diseases.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston, MA (meevisionloss) – Support for National Workshop for Ophthalmology Residents & Faculty to Build Communication Skills in Conducting Difficult Conversations pilot project. MEE is creatinga workshop to build faculty and residents’ communication skills within ophthalmic residency programs, allowing the learners to focus on communication challenges inherent to that environment. This project builds upon MEE’s Resident Education Project which successfully developed educational materials integrating information about low vision rehabilitation into the curriculum for ophthalmology residents. Mee’s Vision Rehabilitation Center offers vision rehabilitation services to patients with eye conditions that restrict daily activities, mobility, productivity or independence.
My Blind Spot, New York, NY (mbs) – Support for Accessible Financial Accounting Software Pilot Training program. My Blind Spot’s mission is to advance equal access and promote understanding, respect and opportunity for individuals who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled.
National Braille Press, Boston, MA (nbp) – Support for Great Expectations: Making Picture Books Come Alive for Blind Kids. The Great Expectations program promotes early literacy through playful multisensory activities that inspire blind and visually impaired children to become actively engaged and excited about reading. National Braille Press promotes the literacy of blind children through braille and provides access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.
National Medical Fellowships, New York, NY (nmf) – Support for the Dr. David K. McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology awards. The scholarships are granted to underrepresented minority ophthalmology students who are committed to academic excellence, research, leadership and service.
New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA (neco) – Support for Joint Ophthalmologic & Optometric Training to Provide Eye Care to Individuals with Neuro-Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. New England College of Optometry’s first inter-professional program is designed to provide training to optometrists and ophthalmologists on eye exam techniques for individuals with neuro-developmental and intellectual disabilities.
New York Institute for Special Education, Bronx, NY (nyise) – Support for Camp Wanaqua – a summer camp for blind and visually impaired children. The New York Institute provides programs for children who are blind or visually impaired, emotionally and learning disabled, and preschoolers who are developmentally delayed.
Olmsted Center for Sight, Buffalo, NY (olmsted) – Support for National Statler Center’s Careers in Hospitality program. Statler Center’s job training program provides visually impaired and physically disabled individuals with the right tools for careers in hospitality, customer service and contact centers. Olmsted Center for Sight offers rehabilitation, education, outreach, housing and employment services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.
Optometric Center of New York, NY (sunyopt) – Support for Manhattan and Queens Homebound programs. The Homebound Program provides comprehensive eye exams and vision care to individuals who are confined to their homes due to illness or disability. The Optometric Center of New York, the affiliated foundation of the State University of New York College of Optometry, is committed to supporting vision science research, patient care, scholarships and fellowships at the College and its clinical facilities.
Our Space Our Place, Roxbury, Ma (osop) – Support for Career Exploration World Careers Workshop. Our Space Our Place also offers an after school program for inner-city elementary, middle school and high school students.
Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA (perkins) – Support for Innovation in Assistive Technology: Teacher Training in Northern New England and Illinois program. Perkins will conduct blended format trainings combining in-person instruction with online activities to instruct educators working with blind and visually impaired students how to use the latest technology to ensure their students can access information and achieve their educational goals.
Quorum Outreach & Research Foundation, Henderson, NV (qorf) – Support for Experience Programming in Quorum (Epiq) program. The Epiq program is a professional development workshop that trains educators of blind and visually impaired students to learn or improve their own computer programming skills, and to subsequently teach those skills to students in their home districts.
Research To Prevent Blindness, New York, NY (rpb) – Support for a collaborative funding effort for the Innovations in Technology Low Vision Research Award(s). Our partnership with RPB is intended to provide seed funding for innovative, cutting-edge research which demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking to address urgent needs in understanding and treating low vision.
Teach Access, Mountain View, CA (teachaccess) – Support for Faculty Incentives for Accessible Technology Curriculum Development project. The Teach Access mission is to include and enhance the teaching of accessible design principles in undergraduate education.
VisionAware.org (visionaware) – VisionAware™ is an online resource that will introduce you to a world of services, tips and techniques to help you cope with vision loss and continue to do many of the activities that you enjoy doing. For those of you new to vision loss, please visit VisionAwareTM and check out the Getting Started Kit.
Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, New York, NY (visions) – Support for the Hands-On Technology Training Pilot Program for Vision Professionals. Visions will develop, plan, recruit and implement a hands-on training program for TVIs using the most current, up-to-date hardware, software and devices that legally blind and visually impaired children and youth would likely encounter at home, school, college or work. Visions will recruit TVIs with varied levels of technology skills and a diverse student caseload to identify gaps in technology skills, and develop a targeted curriculum to address the deficiencies.
Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD (wilmer) – Support for Phase Two of the SUPER Study, otherwise known as EVOLVE (electronic advisory for low vision referral). Wilmer plans to leverage electronic health records to identify a low vision patient in real-time and facilitate a referral to low vision rehabilitation services. Wilmer will pilot an electronic advisory, known as a ” Best Practice Advisory” (BPA) and assess the effects of this BPA on referrals and uptake of services.
Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD (wilmer) – Support for the Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Network (Lovrnet) Demonstration project. The Lovrnet project is a model for a new community based healthcare program that will address the current shortage and distribution of low vision rehabilitation services. The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins is an internationally-renowned eye institute that specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease; and serves as a provider of routine eye care and refractive, optical, cosmetic, and eye trauma services for the Mid-Atlantic region.