Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness Partners with Horizon Therapeutics to Provide Grants for Low Vision Equipment for Illinois Residents in Need

By Staff
Monday, February 27, 2023 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness (ISPB) is partnering with Horizon Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on rare, autoimmune and severe inflammatory diseases, to provide low vision equipment to the underserved in Illinois as part of the ISPB Low Vision Equipment Reimbursement Program, for February’s Low Vision Awareness Month.

Prevent Blindness Provides Free Resources for February’s Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month

By Staff
Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:24 AM CHICAGO—As part of February’s Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading eye health and safety nonprofit organization, is offering free resources to the public to help educate and empower individuals, and their care partners, to make informed decisions about their vision and eye health. AMD is an eye disease that is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans ages 50 and older. It affects central vision, where sharpest vision occurs, causing difficulty conducting daily tasks such as driving, reading and recognizing faces.

Eschenbach Sponsors Two Visually Impaired Students to Go to Space Camp

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 12:18 AM DANBURY, Conn.—This past fall, in a special giving-back initiative, Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. sponsored two visually impaired students to attend the Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS).

Kellogg Empowers Blind Consumers in U.S. With NaviLens Technology on Packaging

By Staff
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 12:21 AM BATTLE CREEK, Mich.—Kellogg Company is changing the way the almost 12 million adults in the U.S. who are blind or have low vision perform daily tasks, such as navigating a grocery store aisle or choosing one's cereal at breakfast.

Prevent Blindness to Hold First-Ever A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Advocacy and Engagement Summit May 9-11 in Washington, D.C.

By Staff
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, will be holding the inaugural A.S.P.E.C.T. Patient Advocacy and Engagement Summit, May 9-11, 2022, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Summit will bring together trainees, allies, and program sponsors from across the country. Founded in 2020, the A.S.P.E.C.T. (Advocacy, Support, Perspective Empowerment, Communication and Training) Patient Engagement program at  Prevent Blindness aims to equip participants with knowledge, skills, and confidence to become advocates for vision and eye health at the individual, peer-to-peer, community, state, and/or national levels.

Lighthouse Guild Launches New Technology Center in Manhattan

By Staff
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Advances like artificial intelligence, program learning, virtual reality, facial recognition, and 5G are becoming available to benefit people who are blind and visually impaired. To help New Yorkers with vision loss access these and other technologies, Lighthouse Guild is opening a state-of-the-art technology center here.

How the Visually Impaired Can Experience the World of Gaming, Sports and Movies Through the Power of Sound

By Mary Kane
Friday, October 29, 2021 8:30 AM Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a blind person to experience a movie, follow sports or play a video game? Thanks to the world of podcasts, specifically a program called Twenty Thousand Hertz which reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds, you are about to find out. In honor of October’s Blindness Awareness Month, Twenty Thousand Hertz recently released a three-part series celebrating the auditory experience of the blind community. Throughout the month of October, the leading podcast about sound has explored the extraordinary worlds of audio descriptions in film and TV, blind sports and most recently, blind gaming.