WelcomeThe Pennsylvania Association for the Blind has been helping people with vision impairment achieve independence since 1910.
We bring visually impaired people of all ages the resources they need to become self-confident and self-determined. Through a network of 28 Member Agencies across Pennsylvania, we provide a wide range of services to those dealing with conditions from low vision to total blindness. Our large network of dedicated professionals and volunteers help visually impaired individuals build their life skills as they find motivation from others in similar circumstances.
We also educate friends, families, and communities, empowering them to support and encourage their loved ones living with a visual impairment. (Learn More…)
Knowledge is the key to helping yourself and others. By teaching life skills, we promote independence. We also educate communities to increase understanding and awareness.
Our organization needs you — through donation of your time, talents, and financial contributions — to continue our success in bringing greater independence to people with a visual impairment.
Let us guide you to capable resources that can help meet your needs or those of someone you care about.
Use your time and talents to make a positive impact in your neighborhood and beyond. There are many ways to contribute…
NEI Healthy Eyes Quiz
PCB has published a True No Measure Cookbook. The recipes do not require measurement. It’s a handful of this and a can of something else.
The book is available in large print, Braille, CD and in daisy format. It can also be sent in Word format for downloading. The price is $12.50 for all formats except Braille which is $25. There are no shipping costs or sales tax. Order by sending a check or money order payable to PCB and mail to the PCB office 931 N. Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17102.
Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. They can pose a real challenge for the millions of Pennsylvanians who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. Planning ahead is the best way to keep you and your family safe. Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and the American Red Cross Susquehanna Valley will help you plan ahead.
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Cataract Surgery Associated With Reduced Odds of Hip Fracture
Medicare patients aged 65 and older who underwent cataract surgery had a lower risk of hip fracture one year after the procedure when compared with patients with cataracts who did not have cataract surgery, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Visual impairment has been found to be strongly associated with an increased risk of fractures, a significant cause of illness and death in the elderly population. “Specifically, vision plays an important role in providing a reference frame for postural balance and stability, and cataract-induced changes in vision have been found to be associated with postural instability,” according to background information in the article.
The American Foundation for the Blind Offers eLearning Training
The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) in partnership with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is providing training to all 28 PAB Member Agencies, Staff, Board Members and Volunteers through AFB’s Senior Site eLearning Center On Aging And Visual Impairment. Each individual has access to 21 mini-courses, periodic webinars, access to “Ask the Expert” blogs by leading experts, and continuing education credits for staff. The President and CEO of PAB, Elaine Welch, says; “These ELearners are gaining a great understanding of aging and vision loss, while becoming more prepared to meet the needs of our communities. We are proud of our dedicated CEOs and staff members committed to continuing their education and this would not be as easily accessible without the help of the American Foundation for the Blind.”
With the help of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, who has committed to fund the expense of the eLearning courses for Susquehanna Association for the Blind; Vision Resources of Central PA; PAB Central Office, and ForSight, PAB has funded the expense of the courses for all agencies.