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Losing eyesight does not have to keep anyone from employment, community participation, or the life they choose.
 
Our mission is to equip Alaskans with vision loss to meet their life and work goals. Celebrating 35 years in 2012, the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves over 300 people of all ages annually with new techniques for communication, mobility, and daily living when loss of eyesight interferes with activities or employment. 
 
The Center is the only vision rehabilitation agency in Alaska and is a 501c3 non-profit.  Below are some of the services provided: 
  • The Low Vision Clinic provides the opportunity for Alaskans with sight loss to try different optical and non-optical devices to determine which allow them to resume or continue valued activities and to live independantly.  The Low Vision Clinic is free of cost to recipients due to a generous donation from the Gottstein Family Foundation which provides up to $125 in selected items.
  • Vision Rehabilitation for increased independence that includes instruction and skill development in personal and household management, the use of computers, smartphones and tablets, the application of Braille, confidence and problem solving skills, dexterity and the safe navigation of residential and business areas using a long white cane along with other important techniques.
  • Job Readiness, On-the-Job Support, and Worksite Assessments to enhance success for those seeking employment and those already employed who are losing their sight. 
  • Visually Impaired Senior Alaskans (VISA) is a program for those 55 years of age and older living in Southcentral and Southwest Alaska who are experiencing loss of sight which interferes with their daily activities and participation in family and community life.
  • Rural Outreach offers a low vision screening, instruction in ways to walk safely using a long white cane, methods of organizing and labeling items and documents, and modest use of computers and related equipment for better communication.  The Center has used this program to expand services accross Alaska.
  • Independant Youth Program
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dianna says coming to the Center for vision rehabilitation was like “coming home.” Here she holds a tray of meal worms she sells as owner, operator, and mastermind behind the Alaska Cricket Ranch.