Sights for Hope transforms the lives of people with visual impairments in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County by removing the barriers to their independence and success. We blend a service tradition inspired directly by Helen Keller in 1928 with contemporary practices to provide people with visual impairments the skills, supports, and solutions that advance their self-sufficiency. Our services, which are provided at little or no cost, include life skills education, specialized technologies, individualized support services, free vision screenings for children, and prevention education programs.
Sights for Hope, known formerly as Center for Vision Loss, is an independent member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) and is affiliated with the VisionServe Alliance, a network of North American agencies that serve people with visual impairments.
Our Mission Statement
- To provide people with visual impairments the skills, supports, and solutions that advance their self-sufficiency.
Our Vision Statement
- To transform the lives of people with visual impairments by removing the barriers to their independence and success.
- Life Skills Education: Group and one-on-one sessions that teach vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, adaptive use of technology, and elemental life skills.
- Support Services: Services for clients – including casework support, guided transportation, peer support groups, personal counseling, social activities, and recreational activities – that improve their quality of life and their access to food and medical care.
- Technology Solutions: Functional low vision exams and individualized consultations performed to match clients and patients with the assistive devices and technologies that best meet their needs.
- Prevention Services: Free vision screenings for children that promote school success and education programs that advocate eye health and safety.
- We impact more than 10,000 community members in a typical year through our services for people with visual impairments, vision screenings, and prevention education programs.
- A total of 85% of our clients with visual impairments are from low-income households – defined as an income of no more than 300% of the federal poverty thresholds.
- Approximately 65% of our clients are ages 65 and up.
- More than 70% of our clients are diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Reinopathy, Cataracts, or Retinits Pigmentosa.
- A total of 94% of our children’s screenings in a typical year take place at childcare locations and schools.
- We express the Sights for Hope brand in person-first language, in which one is not a visually-impaired person but a person with, or living with, a visual impairment, low vision, or limited vision.
- We use the terms “visual impairment” or “visual impairments” instead of “blindness” in reference to our client and patient population because these terms generate the most accurate understanding of our work among the most people.
- Meanwhile, we respect that there are people who self-identify as “blind” and do not endeavor to dictate an individual’s self-identification.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Policy
- As the human eye is built to see all colors in the spectrum of light – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet – Sights for Hope respects the beauty and strength of humanity’s rich and colorful tapestry.
- Therefore, it shall be the organization’s policy to serve all people regardless of economic capacities, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, identifications, and ages and strive to foster an environment in which everyone feels valued, understood, appreciated, cared for, and empowered.
- The organization shall condemn and shall not tolerate racism or intolerance in any form.
- The manifestations of these values – including the organization’s people, services, and exhaustive efforts to provide solutions at little or no cost – reflect a philosophy that a visual impairment should never be a barrier to achievement, independence, dignity, and hope for anyone.