A wide range of vision services designed to address the special needs related to vision loss.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Individuals who are blind or visually impaired are served at Goodwill through many different programs. A comprehensive rehabilitation plan is developed to incorporate the consumer’s expressed goals and identify needs and available resources as assessed by the staff.
An assessment program by which the person seeking employment, in partnership with the evaluator, learns to identify vocational options and develop employment goals and objectives. This is accomplished through the use of tests, work samples, interviews, job tryouts and exploring realistic job opportunities and identifying transferable skills.
An individualized service that assists the person seeking employment to develop skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, interpersonal skills, work behaviors and functional capacities to achieve positive employment outcomes. Daily living skills and job seeking skills classes are provided, as well as job site training.
Formal, organized training services in retail sales and janitorial maintenance.
Employment within the Goodwill facility designed to provide paid work to persons served. Each person’s potential for competitive employment is reviewed semi-annually. Classes in daily living skills and job readiness are available.
Services to assist a person to choose, obtain and retain employment in the community. Job coaching may be provided as necessary.
A knowledgeable staff is available to people in the community with vision loss concerns. Referral, support services and advocacy are provided to individuals by phone or in person.
Radio Reading Service
Operating over the side-band of WYSU-FM, this service makes a variety of information accessible to individuals who are unable to read printed materials. Specially tuned receivers are provided free of charge to qualified listeners. Staff and volunteers read newspapers, periodicals and host talk shows so that persons who are sight impaired have access to news and entertainment.
Amblyopia is a reduction in visual acuity that results from abnormal visual development in infancy and childhood. If not treated early enough, the loss of vision may range from mild to severe. Amblyopia is also known as “lazy eye.”
Volunteers, under the direction of the amblyopia program coordinator, test four-year old children in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana county pre-schools and at community events. Information indicating a possible vision problem is sent to the family, who is encouraged to take the child for a vision exam. Follow-up contact is made by the program coordinator.
Funded through the Lions Club and Lens Crafters, adults and children residing in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are eligible to apply for vision exams and eyeglasses at no cost. Applications are reviewed by a professional team and approved based on financial need.
A staff member can assist individuals who have vision loss in identifying, finding and ordering aids for daily living, travel, home management and Braille or adaptive communications.
To learn more about the Amblyopia or Eyeglasses Programs, contact the Amblyopia coordinator at 330.759.7921 ext. 1220.