PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 1, 2022) – People living with vision loss in the Philadelphia region have long been supported by the organization known as Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB). Today, the organization is initiating an exciting new chapter in its long history and marking that change with the introduction of its new name: VisionLink.
The change to VisionLink was designed to better reflect the essential role that the organization serves as a bridge to community resources and programs, education and training, and local care providers for people experiencing vision loss. “By strengthening access to education, care, and supportive services, we assist people in achieving their goals for independent living while also contributing to a more accessible Philadelphia region,” said Karla S. McCaney, president and CEO of VisionLink.
“Our commitment is to help people reach their personal goals, whatever they may be,” McCaney added. “That can mean skill-building with assistive technology, connecting with activities like the arts or movement and fitness classes, or learning how to better manage at home from cooking to organizing.” VisionLink’s approach begins with personalized plans and includes direct services and education, online learning, programs with community partners, and warm, informed referrals to organizations and providers, locally and nationally, that provide additional assistance and support in a variety of areas.
The change to VisionLink also emphasizes the organization’s evolution as a comprehensive resource center that is ready to support the growing number of individuals in the region who are likely to encounter some level of vision loss as they age. Greater Philadelphia is home to more than 120,000 people who are blind or visually impaired, nearly 50,000 of whom reside in the city. “When aging adults are faced with blindness or diminishing vision, they need to know how to access the services and support that can make a difference in their lives. VisionLink can be an important first stop for them and a trusted resource,” said Sarah Glick Johnson, chair of the VisionLink Board of Directors.
VisionLink’s roots in Philadelphia date back more than 100 years. “This next evolution as VisionLink represents our ongoing legacy of serving Philadelphians with vision loss,” said McCaney. “We are a welcoming place for anyone experiencing vision loss for any reason, and we are honored to be stewarding that commitment into the future.”
VisionLink is the largest provider of services to those experiencing low vision in Greater Philadelphia. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to assisting all who are living with vision loss to achieve greater independence through excellence in education and wrap-around support services that advance necessary skills and establish meaningful community connections. VisionLink is committed to collaborating with local, regional, and national partners to broaden access to resources and opportunities that enable those with vision loss to live their lives to the fullest. For more information, visit www.VisionLinkPHL.org.
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