Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: Prevention of Blindness.. One of KBA’s main goals is to help prevent an individual from ever becoming one of clients, in the first place.. To accomplish this, we offer (free of charge) a wide variety of Prevention of Blindness & Eye Safety programs to local communities.. These include….. Public Education & Awareness:.. Educational and informational presentations made to groups, clubs and organizations on a wide variety of vision related topics.. Glaucoma, Visual Acuity, Depth Perception & Color Vision Screenings:.. These screenings are conducted throughout the community; usually at health fairs, senior centers and adult ... detection of amblyopia (lazy eye) and other vision abnormalities.. Elementary Eye Safety Awareness:.. Coupled with an annual poster contest, KBA provides an in-school presentation, along with an educational coloring book aimed at teaching eye safety to youngsters.. Eyeglass Adjustments and Eyeglass Dispensing:.. Free eyeglass cleanings and adjustments are offered at senior centers and local health fairs.. While eyeglass dispensing to qualified persons is conducted at the Agency.. "Twinkle and EYEnstein's" Website:.. KBA operates the only Prevention of Blindness website in the nation that is specifically designed for children.. Please.. Contact Us.. for more information..
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Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: Industries.. Key Enterprises for the Blind (KEY) has served as a multi-functioning work center, employing people with disabilities since 1981, with its first contract to perform microfilming operations for Dean Dairy.. Since that time, KBA and KEY have made it their mission, to seek out viable business opportunities where blind and disabled individuals can be employed; not only toward the goal of achieving their own independence, but with the further goal of making productive contributions to their local communities.. In this country, approximately 70% of people with severe vision loss or other physical disabilities are unemployed.. For many, lack of desire, motivation, or the ability to work is not the problem; finding a safe and suitable work environment is.. In the thirty years that KBA have been engaging in industries for the blind, KEY has been very successful at achieving this goal.. Key Enterprises for the blind employs the ... also provide Motor Voter services & Organ Donor sign-up.. Over 75,000 photos are taken annually.. Labeling & Mailing Services.. KEY Document Solutions prepares mail for businesses and individuals.. Over 1,000,000 units are processed annually by KBA employees.. Blind-made Products.. Blind made brooms, sweeps, squeegees, and other products are available for sale.. Ready-to-Use & Concentrated Chemicals.. KEY Cleaning Solutions provides a full line of chemicals for cleaning applications such as odor removal, all-surface cleaning, carpet cleaning, floor stripping, etc.. KEY Shirts & Apparel.. KEY offers a full range of garment silk-screening services.. KEY also applies color transfers to t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc.. KEY Tool Production.. KEY currently offers 38 digging, and striking hand tools; including long and short handle shovels, scrapers, hoes, rakes, lutes, tampers, sledge hammers, axes, etc.. Document Shredding.. A document shredding service is provided to local businesses, medical facilities and state agencies and departments, through KEY Document Solutions..
Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: When a person loses most or all of their vision, it is necessary for them to reorganize their thought patterns and learn new techniques for doing things that they previously did almost automatically.. It can be a frightening and disorienting time, but KBA offers many programs through our Rehabilitation Education Program that help to ease this transition, foster self confidence and provide individuals with the Life Skills to maintain and improve their independence.. Once these techniques are learned, it generally enables our clients to remain in their own homes or apartments, living a rewarding and productive life.. Rehabilitation Education options include….. Personal / Home Management:.. Instruction is provided in phone use, time keeping, grooming, medication, and daily home management skills.. ... all of the skills necessary to help a visually impaired person function independently and safely in a residential area.. Community Training.. Instruction is also provided in Skills for independent and safe mobility in the local community.. Mobility Devices.. A wide variety of long canes, support canes, and other mobility devices are available for demonstration.. Assistive Technology:.. Evaluation.. Client evaluations are conducted on using the latest devices and computer software products, specifically designed for blind and visually impaired persons.. Training.. Clients learn a variety of computer skills needed to successfully seek employment, advance in the workforce or simply improve their home lives.. On-site Assistance.. Our assistive technology staff is available for on-site assistance in the set-up and use of this adaptive technology..
Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: What is “low vision?”.. Typically someone who has “low vision” is visually impaired and cannot accomplish a visual task (s) with conventional eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or through surgical intervention.. As a result, a low vision rehabilitation examination is crucial ( with the overarching goal:.. to help someone who is visually impaired to be able to achieve specific desired visual tasks such as reading, identifying medications, watching television, seeing faces, etc.. , and as much as possible, to maintain independence.. What is a Low Vision Rehabilitation examination?.. A low vision rehabilitative examination falls along the continuum of eye care.. It is a comprehensive eye examination directed toward achieving a specific task like reading, writing, television viewing, etc.. Unlike a general eye examination, it is not intended to make someone “just see more clearly,” or to purely determine eye health status.. The initial low vision rehabilitation examination can be viewed as three separate yet integral parts.. These parts, not necessarily in a specific order, are eye health evaluation (including investigating systemic conditions that can influence eye health), determination of refractive status (the need for regular eyeglasses to provide the best focus), and prescription of non refractive sight enhancement (magnification, environmental modifications, etc.. ).. Eye health evaluation.. Even though a patient may be under the care of another eye doctor, the eye health evaluation is necessary to.. 1) confirm the basis for the visual impairment and to determine whether or not that specific condition is active (requiring immediate or ongoing attention).. 2) determine if ... like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or the need for a bifocal.. This procedure can be done by an automated instrument or by the doctor using a retinoscope and lenses placed in a special frame to objectively determine the lens which might maximize visual acuity while the patient looks straight ahead or eccentrically (looking off to the side).. In either case, the doctor will carefully modify the lenses, based on patient response, to determine the best lenses and eye position for seeing most clearly.. Prescription of non refractive sight enhancement.. The third component of a low vision rehabilitation examination is to determine what type of optical, non optical, or electro optical enhancement is necessary to meet the goal (s) of the patient.. This is done using the refractive lens (where appropriate) as a platform, then determining magnification based on what can presently be seen vs.. what the patient wants to see, by enhancing contrast, by minimizing distortion, or by enhancing field awareness.. These components can then be systematically evaluated for the maximum benefit of the optimum device (s) or technique necessary to achieve the stated goal (s) of the patient before being prescribed.. Once a treatment plan has determined, vision rehabilitative training can help maximize the successful implementation of what has been recommended.. Motivation is key to the rehabilitation process, as in most cases the treatment plan involves learning new techniques and strategies for optimizing remaining vision.. Paul B.. Freeman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, Diplomate Low Vision.. Kathleen F.. Freeman, OD, FAAO, Diplomate Low Vision..
Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: When a person loses their vision, it may seem like the world is closing in around them, but KBA’s specialized services are designed to open up new vistas for a person with abrupt or slowly degenerating vision loss.. These services meet the needs of blind and visually impaired individuals to foster independence and productive living.. Transportation/Escort:.. Transportation and sighted escort services are provided to and from medical offices, grocery stores and other essential locations.. Talking Books:.. This program offers books and magazines in various Braille and audio formats, to eligible ... skills; including personal & home maintenance, nutrition, consumer awaresness, and use of specially adapted accommodations for the visually impaired.. Talking Newspaper:.. Daily local newspaper news and KBA information is readily available to clients via the telephone.. Support Groups:.. A wide variety of social, recreational and support group activities are offered year-round, to help define support resources, address blindness issues and promote self-advocacy.. Housing Advocacy:.. Individuals are assisted in obtaining suitable housing and in managing household needs.. All specialized services are specifically tailored to meet.. the special needs of each individual..
Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: Established in 2000 by the professional and rehabilitation staff of the Keystone Blind Association, the Keystone Kids program was developed to be a year-round community based instruction and recreation program for children with visual disabilities.. The goal of this program is to encourage blind children and those who are severely visually impaired to develop new skills and participate in activities that will enhance their learning processes and enable them to become successful and independent adults in a sighted world.. The mission of the classes, functions and field trips offered by Keystone Blind Association through the Keystone Kids program is three-fold; to assist and provide blind and severely visually impaired children with ... seminars (arts classes, bowling, hiking), extended independence building field trips (Disney Youth Education Series – 2005 & 2010 and a Toronto/Niagara trip in 2008), and finally, through transition programs to help facilitate a successful transition from high school to college or adult employment.. Growing up with vision loss can be a challenging and isolating experience for a child.. Through KBA and the Keystone Kids; the work becomes play and the children develop deep friendships and a circle of support to last a lifetime.. Our Children’s Programs Include….. Year round Educational & Social Opportunities.. Week-long summer camps.. 3 & 5 day Experiential Life Skills Field Trips.. Young Adults Social & Support Group..
Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: For blind and visually impaired high-school students, ages 15 to 21.. This program takes place at our affiliate agency, Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in Chester, PA.. Transitioning from high school to college or to the adult work world proves difficult for many young people.. For adolescents with visual impairments or blindness, this transition involves even greater challenges.. College bound blind and visually impaired students need to move forward on firm footing.. These academically oriented students require independent living skills appropriate for a dormitory, orientation and mobility expertise, study and organizational skills, and computer/technology proficiency.. Blind and visually impaired students entering the work force also need skills for independent living and travel.. Additionally, work oriented students need to exhibit confidence in interviewing for a job, writing a resume, and preparing job applications, ... and structured high school environment to the complex opportunities and risks of adult living, college life, or the workplace.. IDEAL is a summer residential program which offers full days of classes and other activities in group and individual settings.. Participants may choose a college oriented or employment directed curriculum.. The IDEAL staff conducts an assessment of each student’s abilities, skills, and interests, and designs an individualized program for the student to strengthen existing skills and acquire necessary new proficiencies.. At the conclusion of the summer program, the staff invites family members, counselors, educators, and other advocates to meet with each participant to discuss his or her progress during the program.. At this meeting, the group develops plans and recommendations geared towards facilitating an effective transition into college life or the workplace for the student..
Title: Twinkle & Eyenstein's Wise Eye Web Descriptive info: Main Page.. The Twinkle & Eyenstein Story.. The.. Amazing Eye.. Optical Illusions!.. Coloring pages!.. Photo Album.. For Teachers.. I'm Twinkle!.. I'm Eyenstein!.. We're the Prevention of Blindness Mascots of the.. Keystone Blind Association.. We visit children at schools in Mercer & Crawford counties in Western Pennsylvania.. This website is all about eye safety, eye ... Story.. ] [.. The Amazing Eye.. Optical Illusions.. ].. Coloring Pages.. ] [.. Ask T&E!.. ].. Feature photo.. Eyenstein plays soccer at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds annual soccer match.. more photos!.. Twinkle & Eyenstein's Wise Eye Web.. is a production of.. phone: (724) 347-5501.. toll free: (800) 837-4122.. fax: (724) 347-2204.. kba@keystoneblind.. http://keystoneblind.. 2004 - 2010..
Title: Welcome to Keystone Blind Association Descriptive info: By Kathie Preece, COMS / Teacher for the Visually Impaired.. 60 pages, 2001.. Price: $15.. 00 (+ $3.. 00 s/h).. In a normally developing, sighted infant, movement is motivated by what the child sees.. An infant with a vision impairment needs other types of stimulation to encourage skills necessary to walk and move.. Many concepts must be developed early as a basis for orientation and mobility concepts the chlid will learn when he or she ... taught through play activities by parents, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Orientation and Mobility Specialists or Early Childhood teachers.. These activities can be incorporated into an ordinary day for a parent or a classroom full of young children (with or without vision).. The materials used in these activities are easily purchased at any grocery store or department store.. Concepts and sensory development are explained, with many photographs illustrating the various activities.. To order, call 1-800-837-4122..