New Campaign Launched to Help People With Vision Loss

Vision Loss Affects Millions of Americans 55 and Older and The Independent Living Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center Wants to Help Them

"There are literally millions of people who are struggling with vision loss and do not know what to do or where to go to get help," says Sylvia Stinson-Perez, Director of the Independent Living Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center (IL OIB-TAC).

In fact, more than 3 million Americans 55 and older have difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses, and only 5% of the individuals with vision loss who are eligible for services actually seek them. That's why the IL OIB-TAC, a part of the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University, as funded by two grants from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the U.S. Department of Education, created a new initiative called Time To Be Bold.

Says Stinson-Perez: "So many people who have low vision don't know that they can learn adaptive ways to do everyday tasks with a visual impairment. There are techniques, devices and technology that can help you regain or maintain independence. We launched Time To Be Bold as a national public service awareness campaign designed to educate, engage and empower people in this demographic to utilize the free and low-cost services in their states that will give them the tools, technology, training, and support they need to live their bold, best lives."

"As a blind person, I can tell you that the diagnosis of a visual condition like Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, or Retinitis Pigmentosa do not have to mean the loss of independence, work, and life enjoyment. When you take the action to be bold, you take your life, your confidence, and your independence back in your own hands. You show yourself and those in your life that you can meet the challenge," Stinson-Perez adds.

For more information, please go to timetobebold.org now.

Source: Independent Living Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center

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Categories: Seniors

Tags: 55 and older, age-related disease, blindness