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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 to Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, Vision Centers, Senior Centers, Assisted Living and Retirement Communities, Medical Professionals and Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Health Fairs, K-12, Colleges and Universities and volunteer groups regarding agency services including presentations on Blindness Basics for Caregivers, The Aging Eye, adaptive aids, and assistive technologies.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides computer training and adaptive equipment in keyboarding, browsing websites, sending and receiving emails, screen magnification software, JAWS and tablet and smartphone usage.
  • Counseling
    • Provides Visual Functioning Questionnaire assessment, offers psychosocial assessments, case management services, supportive counseling for individuals and groups, and provides information and referrals 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 one on one vocational assessments,counseling and consultation. Assists job seekers in pre-employment activities including resumes, interviewing skills and developing an individual employment plan and participation in job club. Works closely with job seeker to apply, interview and negotiate as a prospective candidate. Our goal is to help clients achieve competitive employment at jobs and gain independence.
  • Library Services
    • Lends new digital book players through the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. Provides information, referral and services such as transcription to Braille and digital recording 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 and Magazines read by CSCN volunteers: The Plain Dealer, The Sun Papers, The Cleveland Jewish News, Time Magazine, New Yorker, Cleveland Magazine, and Smithsonian magazine.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers residential summer camp for children, teens, adults, families and therapeutic recreation programming throughout the year. Therapeutic recreational activities include art and wellness programs, therapeutic fine arts programs, and leisure and adventure activities.
  • 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 a variety of support and social groups including peer to peer telephone support, community information and support groups, supportive counseling groups.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Offers free preschool vision screening to area daycare and preschool programs (by request).
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Through contracts with Northeast Ohio school districts, Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) provide Braille instruction to students per IEP.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • By request, consult to school teams regarding vision interventions can be provided.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Through contacts with Northeast Ohio school districts, Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) provide technology instruction per IEP.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Residential Summer Youth Work Experience Program for transition aged youth includes paid work experience, independent living skill and technology instruction, community travel and recreation activities.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Early Intervention Specialists provide in-home training and coaching to families whose infant or toddler has a vision impairment or blindness (up to 3rd birthday)
  • Education Services
    • Itinerant service by licensed Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists(COM) provided in the schools through contract with school district.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Residential Summer Youth Work Experience Program for transition aged youth (16-21) includes paid work experience. Career Exploration Program provides career interest activities, job shadowing and job sampling for youth (14-16)
  • Information and Referral
    • Through case management, children and families may be referred to other agencies, resources and programs.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Offers an Ohio Department of Education licensed integrated preschool program for children ages 3 to 5.
  • Recreation Services
    • Family and age specific events are scheduled throughout the year.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Summer day programming is available for preschool children (ages 3-5) for 4 weeks and K-grade 3 children (ages 6-9) for 4 weeks during the summer.

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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