Empowering the Blind & Visually Impaired

eye testThe Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)-Charleston helps both adults and children living with blindness and visual impairments live safe, dignified and self-sufficient lives through an array of programs and services.

As a Medical Society of South Carolina grantee, ABVI has, through its Focus On Children program, screened 1,590 three- and four-year-olds in Charleston County. They’ve provided eye exams for 389 children and referred 79 for additional care. Their Focus on Adults clinics provided 453 medically indigent adults with eye exams. From those exams, 97% received glasses and 16% were referred for more serious eye conditions. They also provided 17 guide dog scholarships.

In addition, ABVI’s Look Forward programs include wellness classes, educational classes and social/recreational opportunities:

  • Nutrition, fitness and yoga classes to increase muscular strength and improve balance and coordination
  • Art-based activities and iPad classes
  • Christmas lunch, Santee fishing trip, Spoleto Festival USA and more

As an organization, we’re proud to support the empowerment of our blind and visually impaired neighbors – as well as providing much needed vision care for those who need it most. For more information on the Association For The Blind & Visually Impaired, visit their website.

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