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Cleveland Sight Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Cleveland Sight Center
1909 East 101st Street
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 791-8118 (Local)
(216) 791-1101 (Fax)
email@clevelandsightcenter.org
http://www.clevelandsightcenter.org

Brief Description

Cleveland Sight Center, a nonprofit agency founded in 1906, provides people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired with educational, rehabilitative, preventative, and other vision support services.

Over 70% of the clients served are seniors. A variety of programs and services offered focus on offering the senior client a sense of hope and the opportunity to remain independent and actively engage in living, through instruction and support. Among the programs offered are Independent Living, Transitional Life Counseling, and Share the Vision, a community-based peer-support program. A large number of community-based support groups are also offered to clients.

For information visit www.clevelandsightcenter.org.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2,500 through direct service
Number of staff: 170
Staff description: Our direct service staff hold advanced degrees and/or specialty certifications in their areas of practice in the field of vision impairment.
Geographic area served: Primarily Cuyahoga, Lake and Geagua counties with outgoing (in-home) services. The agency also serves anyone who is blind or visually impaired who comes to its University Circle location to obtain services.
Publications: “In The Know” weekly newsletter posted to the agency website (for clients, donors and the general public)

Staff

Karen Bain Hiller, Director of Development, (216) 791-8118, khiller@clevelandsightcenter.org
Larry Benders, President & Executive Director, (216) 791-8118, lbenders@clevelandsightcenter.org
Sylvia Snyder, Director, Children and Young Adult Services, (216) 658-4535, ssnyder@clevelandsightcenter.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Contact us at 216-791-8118.
  • Assistive Products
    • Operates Eyedea Shop onsite and online (www.eyedeashop.com), which carries a wide selection of items, including basic magnifiers, video desktop and hand-held magnifiers (CCTV's), large print calendars, talking clocks and watches, lamps, and a variety of items to help with cooking, cleaning, sewing, and even with recreational activities--such as large print playing cards and board games. The shop is open every weekday from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Educational materials, books, and other requested material.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Offers Speakers' Bureau presentations regarding: -agency services -blindness basics for caregivers, assisted living facilities, volunteer groups -The Aging Eye program -informational presentations regarding adaptive aids and assistive technology.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training with adaptive equipment at the STORER Computer Center.
  • Counseling
    • Provides social evaluation; psychological testing and evaluation; individual, group, family, parent, and couple counseling; and referral to other community services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in activities of daily living, adaptive communications, use of closed-circuit televisions, orientation and mobility training, college prep and vocational readiness programs.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational counseling and consultation and operates food service management training (business enterprises) program.
  • Library Services
    • Lends talking book cassette players. Provides information and referral and services such as transcription to Braille, tape recording on demand, and radio reading services.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up, including recommendation of adaptive aids that may help maximize use of remaining vision.
  • Reading Services
    • Provides timely access to today's in-depth news for anyone who does not have easy access to standard print materials due to vision loss or a perceptual or physical disability through the Cleveland Sight Center Network (CSCN). Newspapers read daily by CSCN volunteers: The Plain Dealer, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The Sun Papers, The Cleveland Jewish News, The Call and Post, Catholic Universe Bulletin, USA Today.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers residential summer camp for children, teens, adults, families and recreation programming throughout the year. Recreational activities include sailing, golf, tandem cycling, arts and crafts, music, book discussion group and more.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Over 70% of the clients served are seniors. A variety of programs and services offered focus on offering the senior client a sense of hope and the opportunity to remain independent and actively engage in living, through instruction and support. Among the programs offered are Independent Living, Transitional Life Counseling, and Share the Vision, a community-based peer-support program. A large number of community-based support groups are also offered to clients.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers senior-to-senior peer support program.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Offers free preschool vision screening. Identifies and evaluates students' strengths, interests and readiness to pursue a career or more education, or both.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Residential Summer Youth Work Experience program includes paid work experience, independent living supports, technology instruction, community travel and recreation activities in greater Cleveland area.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Offers an early intervention program for infants and toddlers.
  • Education Services
    • Provides itinerant services by licensed Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists - per contract with area school districts.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Helps young people between the ages of 16 and 21 move from school to the workplace, and also helps them prepare for college.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers a year-round preschool program for children ages 3 to 5.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Ages 3-5: 5 week summer day camp program includes pre-academic activities, outdoor play, therapies, socialization and fun! Ages 5 - 8:3 week summer day camp program includes skill reinforcement in the areas of daily living, literacy, cane travel and socialization.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultations to other schools and programs.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship/fieldwork placement in low vision, orientation and mobility, rehabilitation counseling, social work, rehabilitation teaching, regular in-service training programs, open to enrollment from other agencies.

Events

Highbrook Lodge

Ongoing Events/Programs

Bright Futures Early Intervention Program
Bright Futures Preschool
Transition Program

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