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 by Helen Keller nearly a century ago with contemporary practices to provide people with visual impairments the skills, supports, and solutions that advance their self-sufficiency. Our services include life skills education, specialized technologies, individualized support services, free vision screenings for children, and community education programs and are provided at little or no cost.
Sights for Hope 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 Vision Statement
- To transform the lives of people with visual impairments by removing the barriers to their independence and success.
Our Mission Statement
- To provide people with visual impairments the skills, supports, and solutions that advance their self-sufficiency.
- 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 and recreational activities, and public service opportunities – 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 community education programs that promote eye health, eye safety, and inclusion of people with visual impairments.
- We impact more than 10,000 people in a typical year through our services for people with visual impairments, vision screenings, and community 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.
- We perform vision screenings on more than 7,600 children ages 0-6 in a typical year, and more than 10% of these children are found to have a visual impairment of some degree.
- Approximately 95% of our children’s screenings are held at preschools, daycare centers, and public kindergarten registrations.
- 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.