Vision Services

A wide range of vision services designed to address the special needs related to vision loss.

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.

Youngstown Radio Reading Service is also available worldwide through our steaming service on any computer, tablet or smartphone and through Amazon Alexa. Simply activate our Alexa Skill by using the phrase “Alexa, enable the Goodwill Youngstown Radio Skill,” which only needs to be activated once. To listen, use the phrase “Alexa, Goodwill Youngstown Radio, and access Radio Reading anytime, anywhere.

Amblyopia Screening

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.”

Goodwill’s workforce development team and volunteers screen 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.

Eyeglasses Program

Funded through the Youngstown 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.

To learn more about the Amblyopia or Eyeglasses Programs, contact the Welcome Center at 330-759-7921.