Listed below are some of our “partner” organizations which have received funding from Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.
American Foundation for the Blind, New York, Ny (afb.org)
Support for VisionAware.org. 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 VisionAware and check out the Getting Started Kit (gettingstarted).
Benetech, Palo Alto, CA (bookshare)
Support for Bookshare – Targeted Training Pilot Program for Teachers of the Visually Impaired. Bookshare, Benetech’s Global Literacy Initiative, will develop and pilot 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 (carrollcenter)
Support for Project Search vocational program. The Carroll Center provides rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment.
Computer Center for Visually Impaired Persons, Ccvip, New York, NY (ccvip)
Support for Electronic Health Records Management Training program. 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) (earsforeyes)
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.
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc., Bloomfield, CT (fidelco)
Support for Apprentice Guide Dog Trainer Education program. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the U.S. – a process that allows guide dog users to be trained in the communities where they live and work.
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 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 (helenkellerinternational)
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. Globally, 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 (helenkellerservices)
Support for Camp Helen 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 (johnshopkins)
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.
Learning Ally, Princeton, NJ (collegesuccess)
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 (lovettproductions)
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 SupportSight program. SupportSight seminars 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 macular diseases.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEE Vision Rehabilitation Center), Boston, MA (meeivisionloss)
Support for Pilot project — National Workshop for Ophthalmology Residents & Faculty to Build Communication Skills in Conducting Difficult Conversations. MEE will create a workshop to build faculty and residents’ communication skills within ophthalmic residency programs, allowing the learners to focus on communication challenges inherent to that environment, and build a common dialogue around those challenges. 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 (myblindspot)
Support for Accessible Financial Accounting Software Pilot Training program. My Blind Spot trains individuals in the newly accessible version of QuickBooks for Windows getting this financial management tool into the hands of small business owners and financial professionals as well as opening doors of employment in accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparations for the blind and print disabled community. 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.
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 (olmstedcenter)
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.
Open Mind Foundation, Copake, NY (meyesight)
Support for MeyeSight: project – a vision awareness and self-assessment toolkit and mobile app for those at risk for or currently experiencing vision-disabling diseases. The MeyeSight mobile app will provide an easy-to-use suite of vision tests. Together with web-based educational tools, the tests will promote a better understanding of vision and vision loss, spurring those in need to seek professional help.
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.
Quorum Outreach & Research Foundation, Henderson, NV (qorf)
Support for the Experience Programming in Quorum (Epiq) program. The Epiq program trains educators of blind and visually impaired students to improve their own computer programming skills, and to subsequently teach those skills to students in their home districts. Dr. Andreas Stefik, President of Quorum Outreach & Research Foundation, established the first national educational infrastructure for the blind and visually impaired students to learn computer science, and was recently honored by the White House as part of their Champions of Change program. (whitehouse.gov/champions)
University of Nevada @Reno, Reno, NV (unr) Support for
Support for Navatar, an indoor navigation system for users who are blind and visually impaired that allows for localizations and navigation by exploiting physical characteristics of indoor environments using 2D maps and low cost sensors available on smartphones.
Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, New York, NY (visionsvcb)
Support for the Family Support Services program. The Family Support Services program provides year round family support of parents, grandparents, caregivers and siblings of children with vision loss. Visions is a rehabilitation and social service organization whose purpose is to develop and implement programs to assist people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities.
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 institution 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.