“Through The Sight Center, they slowly picked up every little piece of my life that was crumbling and put it not just back together but on a whole new level." Amy Rhoads, Client
Each year The Sight Center serves thousands of people of all ages who live with permanent vision loss. Some are totally blind while others are considered legally blind or visually impaired. Some have lived their entire life with their condition while others are having to adjust to their new reality after a lifetime of perfect vision. For many, we provide individualized rehabilitation services ranging from low vision evaluations to white cane training, assistive technology support, home safety enhancements and caregiver advice. These intensive services, most of which are provided in a client's own home, teach lifelong skills that empower independence in people who have permanently lost much or all of their sight. The agency enriches the lives of thousands more annually who receive relevant news, call for resource information, seek caregiver advice or find low-vision solutions in The Shop at The Sight Center. Finally, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio impacts countless more lives by continuing to be a strong voice, a trusted partner and a respected leader on all issues affecting people who are blind or visually impaired. No other organization in the region performs this unique role or provides this range of services.
Established in 1923 as the Toledo Society for the Blind, The Sight Center, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization has a long and trusted reputation for providing services to residents in each of the 16 counties in northwest Ohio as well as parts of southeast Michigan. We offer a unique blend of programs and services that can help people of all ages work, learn, play, and live independently with permanent vision loss. From the Low Vision Clinic to high tech assistive devices, rehabilitation therapy, mobility training, Braille services, and resource information, The Sight Center is changing lives every day!
With your support we can raise funds today for our Empowerment Program.
Technology can be a powerful tool for someone living with permanent vision loss. Technology specifically designed to assist people with a vision impairment (assistive technology) can empower independence in ways other devices cannot. The Sight Center’s Empowerment Fund was created to financially assist those in need with the purchase of assistive technology products. From smart phone apps to talking devices, digital magnifiers to personal navigation systems, The Sight Center identifies and delivers the right tool to increase independence for people who live without the sight many take for granted. The Empowerment Fund makes it possible for people in need to get the devices that can change their lives by supporting up to 90% of the product cost for eligible clients.
“The right tool, and training on how to use it, can open new doors to independence,” said Stacey Butts, Executive Director for The Sight Center, adding “a white cane, a lighted magnifier, or a refurbished iPad with accessibility apps can be a real game-changer.”
The Sight Center Empowerment Fund was established to help clients purchase low-vision devices that will enrich their lives and enable them to do more while seeing less.
Amy Rhoads is an example of the life-changing impact The Sight Center and the Empowerment Program have made.
Diagnosed at age 15 with a degenerative eye condition called Rod-Cone Dystrophy, Amy lived with the knowledge that her eyesight would eventually decline. In a rather rapid series of incidents in her 30's, Amy lost virtually all of her sight along with her confidence, independence and ability to care for her family. Attempts to keep doing the things she had been doing grew increasingly frustrating and dangerous. After cutting off the tip of her finger and burning her face and chest cooking, she nearly gave up hope. One call to The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio changed everything. Amy calls The Sight Center her “saving grace." The Sight Center empowered Amy to adapt to her new reality by showing her different ways to cook, clean, do laundry and stay organized without her sight. Today, Amy home schools her son, maintains the family calendar, prepares shopping lists and is once again exploring her passion for cooking and baking.
“There is a lot [The Sight Center] can do for you and it’s all individual based. What I went in for and what another person went in for – we’re not receiving the same services because we don’t have the same type of blindness or we may not have the same lifestyles. It was specifically personalized to my needs. The Sight Center has been amazing.” Amy Rhoads
Will you help? Will you support people, like Amy, who want and need a chance to change the course of their life? Will you please consider a gift today?
A donation of $30 would provide a white cane.
A donation of $82 would provide a high powered hand-held magnifier.
A donation of $375 would provide a refurbished i-pad with KNFB screen reader software.
A donation of $900 would provide a hand held CCTV (Closed Circuit Television).
A donation of $2,500 would provide a desk top CCTV.
Please be as generous as you can. No gift is too small.
On behalf of Amy and the clients we serve, thank you!