New Information Hub for Veterans with Vision Loss
New York (November 9, 2012)—Veterans experiencing vision problems have a new place online to find a host of materials to help them live fully and stay active. The new guide, titled "Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss," is available on VisionAware, a website for adults with vision loss from the American Foundation for the Blind and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation. Timed to coincide with this year's observation of Veteran’s Day, this new resource serves veterans with vision loss, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals.
"The American Foundation for the Blind has a long history of providing assistance to blinded veterans, dating back to World War I," said Carl Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. "This new section of VisionAware is a valuable tool that should empower veterans experiencing vision loss, providing the hope and help necessary to continue to live fully and independently. As always, we thank our veterans for their service and continue to honor and support them."
According to the Blinded Veterans Association, there are currently over 158,000 blind or visually impaired veterans in the U.S.—a number that grows by approximately 7,000 new cases each year. Whether visitors have an eye injury sustained during active service or the onset of vision loss due to old age, Information for Veterans Coping with Vision Loss offers a one-stop hub of information and support ranging from daily living tips to a directory of regional services and local agencies.
The resources offered on the veterans section of VisionAware include:
- A broad view of veterans' services
- Interviews with veterans experiencing vision loss
- A Veterans’ Forum message board
- Essential skills for living with vision loss
- Emotional support and help for families
- Employment issues and support
- Information for Older Veterans
VisionAware visitors will also find information on eye diseases and disorders; different ways to connect, including message boards and social media channels like Twitter and Facebook; breaking news on the latest developments in vision loss treatment via the VisionAware blog; directories of helpful services, products, and resources; and more.
VisionAware is a free online resource for the millions of people who have difficulty seeing, offering dynamic social networking and customized guidance with rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss. VisionAware is offered in partnership between the American Foundation for the Blind and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation.