Individuals affected by blindness, be it partial or complete, usually perceive it as an overwhelming personal tragedy. The loss of sight spawns an array of personal issues of varying degrees, depending on the individual.
Stress and loss of self-esteem are common as the individual faces the loss of their occupation, mobility, and access to most of the things to which they have become accustomed. These losses have profound consequences not only for the vision impaired person, but for the family and society as well.
80% Experiencing Vision Loss Are Over 55
Nearly 80 percent of individuals who experience severe vision impairment in the United States are 55 or older. The loss of vision at this stage in life is generally a result of age related changes to the eye. Some people experience partial loss of vision, while others are left completely without sight.
SDCB's Role in the Community
San Diego Center for the Blind is committed to easing the challenges that individuals faced with vision loss must overcome. Thus, we are active with educating not only our clients, but educating and advocating within our community. Our goal is to ensure the needs of the vision impaired are communicated to the individuals, groups and organizations directly working with the vision impaired, but also to garner support from the community at large.
- Reaches out to local employers and employments services to help them understand the value of employing our program graduates.
- Training our clients to fill specific positions within the community.
- Teaches participants valuable job seeking skills useful to any job seeker.
Are you a community organization that needs more information? Are you an employer looking for a valuable source of new employees? Are you another nonprofit serving the visually impaired in a complementary capacity?
We well all inquiries, feel contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our staff.