vision loss

Linda Armijo
March 09, 2017
By Future In Sight

In 2008, David Hagen, 64, of Hampton, began experiencing smoky vision. He made an appointment with his doctor, who concluded it might be a symptom of dry eyes, but suggested that he see a specialist to ensure it was nothing major. A year later, he visited an optometrist thinking he needed glasses. During that appointment, the diagnosis was devastating: he had advanced glaucoma which had caused optic nerve damage.

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CONCORD, N.H. (June 2017) – Future In Sight was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund to support the New Hampshire Lives and Thrives Program, which provides critical vision rehabilitation services and offsets the costs of adaptive aids and devices, which do not receive insurance reimbursement.

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November 17, 2016
By Marcia Clark

2016 Jo Adcock Service Award Presented to Randy Pierce 

Nashua, NH – November 17, 2016: On November 12th, during a celebratory fundraising dinner that was hosted by the organization 2020 Vision Quest, the New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s Client Services Committee surprised Randy Pierce of Nashua with the 2016 Jo Adcock Service Award.

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CONCORD, NH (March 20, 2017) – Future In Sight, formerly known as the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, will be hosting Opening Space for the Future of Sight on April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire.

This learning exchange aims to generate dynamic new conversations and action around the future of blindness and sight loss across disciplines, demographics, and industry segments including education, training, and rehabilitation services for babies, children, adults and seniors

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CONCORD, NH (May 30, 2017) – To improve access to technology and educational materials available to blind and visually impaired schoolchildren in New Hampshire, the state Department of Education is partnering with Future In Sight, a Concord-based nonprofit that offers therapeutic, educational, and recreational services to sight impaired residents, to help train teachers on new technology and curriculum that can help children learning with sight limitations.

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CONCORD, N.H. (April 20, 2017) – Future In Sight has partnered with Crotched Mountain Foundation’s ATECH Services to run the vision loss education program formerly offered by ATECH Services. The agreement allows Future In Sight to expand the availability of education services for blind and visually impaired children across the state.

Crotched Mountain Foundation will continue to handle the management, finances, and structure of ATECH Services, which provides assistive technology to children and adults with disabilities.

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Cherie Senz
March 29, 2017
By Future In Sight

From grief to positivity - Cherie Senz of Derry, NH has lived with vision problems since she was a baby. She was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity after being placed in an incubator due to her premature birth. 

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Trahan Family

It's hard to believe that only 5 years ago, at age 42, Dana Trahan was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Though operable, the swelling of the tumor damaged her optic nerve, causing severe and permanent vision loss. After the turmor was removed, the doctors were hopeful that her sight would improve. Sadly, that never happened.

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Linda Armijo
May 21, 2014
By Future In Sight

Linda Armijo - When I had a stroke back in January 2013, I didn’t think to go to the hospital right away. I assumed I had a bad flu. But I was very wrong. It was a stroke that resulted in homonymous hemianopsia, a condition I developed after my brain hemorrhaged. 

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Hands on scaled model activity
November 17, 2016
By Future In Sight

Assocation Partners with Strawbery Banke on Interpretive Initiative

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (November 16, 2016) -- Strawbery Banke is celebrating being one of six beneficiaries of the Roger R. & Theresa S. Thompson Foundation Fund on two levels. First, the Thompson Fund announced the award of a $20,000 grant to Strawbery Banke for a new Botanical Sciences program to complement the Horticulture Center now, in development.

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October 13, 2016
By Marcia Clark

2016 Access Award Presented to Keene State College  

Keene, NH – October 7, 2016:  The New Hampshire Association for the Blind honored Keene State College as the 2016 recipient of its annual Access Award. The award is presented to a New Hampshire individual, corporation, or organization that demonstrates exceptional and innovative efforts to provide enhanced access and to eliminate barriers for those who are blind or visually impaired.

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NH Association for the Blind selected as Regional Clinical Assessment Partner by eSight 

Concord, NH – September 15, 2016:  The New Hampshire Association for the Blind has been chosen by eSight, a Toronto based firm, as their Regional Clinical Assessment Partner for their innovative, wearable, electronic, assistive technology designed specifically for individuals with low vision. As a partner NH Association for the Blind will serve as a regional provider of product demonstrations, client assessments, and training using its staff of occupational therapists and vision rehabilitation specialists.

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Partnership between local organizations will provide outreach and training on iCanConnect 

Concord, NH – August 30, 2016:  iCanConnect is a federal program designed to help individuals with combined hearing and vision loss to connect with family, friends and community. It was established by the FCC in an effort to comply with the 21st Century Video and Communications Accessibility Act, a federal law that required people with disabilities to have access to modern communications technology that enable distance communication.

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Student uses refreshable braille display and iPad in the classroom

Grant funding from the NH Department of Education to Allow for Training of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments

Concord, NH – August 25, 2016:  With a generous grant from the New Hampshire Department of Education a research pilot study will be implemented which will seek to provide a small team of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI’s) with an introduction to Communities of Practice (CoPs), additional education in available assistive technologies and common ways to leverage technology to accelerate learning, as well as strategies to provide timely and cost effective accessible materials to students with vision impairment.

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Hands on scaled model activity
January 09, 2017
By Future In Sight

Helping Sightless Citizens 

Brad Cook recently attended a Future In Sight mission tour at our offices in Concord. In his recent article for Cook on Concord published in the NH Business Review he shares his experience. Click here for the complete article.  

 

About New Hampshire Association for the Blind
Headquartered at the McGreal Sight Center in Concord, the New Hampshire the Association for the Blind was founded in 1912, with the mission to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired. Over the last 105 years, the Association has grown to offer a complete range of specialized professional education and vision rehabilitation services that help babies, children, adults, and elders who have little to no vision to obtain access to a full range of services. The Association is the only private, nonprofit provider of statewide, comprehensive direct vision rehabilitation and educational services throughout the state of New Hampshire for persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

For more information on the New Hampshire Association for the Blind’s programs and services, please call 603-224-4039 or visit www.futureinsight.org. If you'd like to attend a Future In Sight mission tour please contact Marcia Clark at mclark@futureinsight.org

 

 


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June 20, 2017
By Future In Sight
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Rita Laurion
May 15, 2016
By Future In Sight

It was a little over a year ago when Rita Laurion realized something wasn't right - something was going on with her eyes. "My vision was so blurry I couldn't read! I visited several different doctors, had lots of eye exams but for several months they were baffled. No one knew what was wrong with me.

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