Contact: Katie Schock
Director of Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Arthur Walbridge never expected macular degeneration or low vision in his eyes after he retired. But he found help from organizations like For Sight Vision of York, one of the agencies that helps people who lose their vision.
The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind will host an awareness event that includes For Sight Vision 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 at the Best Western Premier Conference Center, 800 E. Park Drive in Lower Paxton Twp.
The event includes vendors and workshops, free eye screenings and information on technology to assist those with sight impairments.
The event is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about their sight or that of a loved on. “Many people who lose their vision don’t know the resources that are available. They may become disconnected from their social structure because they don’t know what to do,” said Bill Rhinesmith, president of For Sight Vision. “It is particularly hard for children taking care of a parent who is losing their vision late in life. It can be bewildering to try to figure out what is happening and how to get help.”
For more information about the event or for a referral to 28 agencies serving all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, call 717-766-2020 or go to www.pablind.org.
About the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB)
The PAB is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization comprised of 28 member agencies and founded in 1910 for the purpose of helping Pennsylvanians prevent, prepare for, and manage vision loss. PAB is funded, in part, by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, in the Department of Labor & Industry.
We offer comprehensive and personalized computer instruction, employment and vocational services, personal adjustment to blindness training, independence skill building, in-home instruction, and low vision programs for persons with vision loss. BVRS, formerly known as Pittsburgh Vision Services of Oakland and Bridgeville, is a United Way agency recipient of the Award for Excellence in Health and Human Services, and is accredited by The National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Vision Impairments (NAC).
For more helpful information on this issue, please contact the PAB at 717-766-2020 or visit our website at www.pablind.org to locate your local member agency.