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Serving all residents with low vision or blindness in Fayette County

We give vision a voice.

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What we do and why we do it…

In 1946, several residents in Fayette County, PA, began to look for ways to help others in the county with vision loss. With the intent of helping blind and visually impaired individuals access printed material, gain economic stability, independence, and improved self-esteem, thus, the Fayette County Association for the Blind was born.

Fayette Blind Association’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and independence of people coping with blindness and vision loss.

Fayette Blind Association is supported by contributions from donors, private foundations, special events, bequests, and other gifts.

Fayette Blind Association is not part of county government.

The Fayette County Association for the Blind is the only local organization to provide continuous specialized services to county residents with visual impairments. While the organization has gone through many changes over the years, our mission has remained constant: To promote the interest and welfare of the blind and visually impaired, assisting them in their quest for independence; and to facilitate the education and prevention of blindness throughout Fayette County.

Through the years the association has offered sheltered workshops, social groups, specialized services and vision screening programs. Sheltered workshops included the art of caning chairs and light manufacturing workshops.

In the late 1960s the board of directors felt the need for a more permanent home situated on the public bus route to be easily accessible for our clients. Land was purchased and a two story building was completed in 1971. All work was completed without the need for a mortgage. The association has been housed here, at 48 Bierer Lane, Uniontown, since that time.

Over time, many other services have been added with the goal of offering more comprehensive service for those with vision loss. Our services have grown to incorporate the changes and increasing needs of our clients. We are proud to continue to provide expert support for our county residents with vision loss.

Fayette County Association for the Blind constantly seeks to provide a variety of comprehensive services intended to help people of all ages strive to learn skills and participate in programs that foster ever increasing independence, enabling those with vision loss to continue to be active and contributing in family and community life. Our goal is to be recognized as the county’s key resource and major provider of service to people with vision loss.

Your gift supports programs and services for those with vision loss. GIVE to the Fayette Blind Association

Your gift supports programs and services for those with vision loss. GIVE to the Fayette Blind Association

Did you know that Americans fear vision loss more than they fear

cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health problems?

We are terrified of an issue that we often know very little about.

The only way to face this fear is to become informed about the realities of vision loss. Fayette County Association for the Blind knows that while developing vision loss may be very difficult to face, it doesn’t have to mean that you can’t continue to lead a full, independent life. We provide support, activity groups, programs, and services for people with vision impairment. Many of our clients are older individuals that have been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, (AMD). An eye disease that affects the macula, a part of the retina. AMD is a common eye condition among people age 50 and older. It is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. Other types of vision loss are due to Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Nystagmus, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and Neurological Vision Loss.  If you know someone who needs help with AMD or any other vision problem, call us at 724-437-2791.

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Fayette Blind Association is a private 501c3 non profit organization that relies on private donations as our main source of funding.  Please donate using the PayPal link above!  THANK YOU!

Our Commitment to Our Donors

We will not sell, share or trade our donors' names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by Fayette County Association for the Blind, both online and offline, on any Platform ("Platform", includes the Fayette Blind Association website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

All donations benefit individuals and families struggling with vision loss served by  Fayette County Association for the Blind.

 

Fayette County Association for the Blind
"Protecting eyesight and serving people who are vision impaired since 1946."

Fayette County Association for the Blind provides comprehensive, supportive services and programs that empower individuals with vision loss in Fayette County, PA to change their lives for the better-helping them regain their own independence.

 

We empower people with vision loss.

We have launched:

·      computer classes with valuable job training and internship opportunities,

·      programs for self-esteem building such as art classes and ‘Dress to Impress’ a program providing self-esteem skills necessary in dress for employment, grooming and feelings of confidence.

 We advocate for our clients.

We promote independence. We also educate communities with the goal of increasing understanding and awareness.

 We encourage prevention by advocating for everyone to get an annual eye exam.

We provide prevention screenings and information annually to more than 3,500 county residents of all ages.

 

The Fayette County Association for the Blind is a non-profit organization that has been serving the visually impaired of Fayette County since 1946.

The focus of the Fayette County Association of the Blind is to assist in the prevention of blindness and to provide aid to those who are visually impaired through various services and programs.

The Association works closely with the Bureau of the Blind and Visual Services, the Veterans Administration, and other community partners to ensure that those in need are being served efficiently, effectively, and respectfully.

The Association is a member agency of the Pennsylvania Association of the Blind, an organization that is dedicated to preventing, preparing for, and managing vision loss for Pennsylvania across the Commonwealth.


We assist anyone with vision impairment.

Your donation helps those in need

Your donation helps those in need

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Fayette County Association for the Blind  provides services without regard to race, sexual orientation, religion, additional disabilities, and ethnic origin to individuals who are blind and those who have low vision living in Fayette County, PA>


Fayette County Association for the Blind is Awarded AER Accreditation  Fayette County Association for the Blind has earned the distinction “AER Accredited” by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER).  This accreditation distinction is awarded to organizations that provide high quality services and support to individuals who are blind or have low vision. In addition, the services must be provided under the most effective administrative and management standards. It signals accountability, results and high merit. The AER Accreditation Program has two fundamental purposes: to validate the quality of an organization and its programs and to assist in the improvement of the organization and its programs. It is a rigorous process aimed at ensuring that optimal gains are achieved for individuals with vision loss. AER’s evaluation of Fayette County Association for the Blind includes a thorough review of the physical facility and quality of client services and programs. AER interviews both staff and clients and conducts a review of organizational documents.  AER encourages facilities to meet or exceed quality standards through accreditation and the teaching of quality improvement concepts.  "We are extremely pleased to have achieved this designation," states Executive Director, Sandra Morris, "Accreditation is a rigorous process, but one that we welcome as a continual quality improvement mechanism. Earning AER accreditation is another measure of our excellence as a premier provider of care and programs for the visually impaired, and it reflects our commitment to our clients."  AER is a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to individuals with vision loss. Grounded in the belief that persons with vision loss should have optimal chances to live independently, AER promotes and supports the field by advocating for evidence-based practices, high quality standards, value added resources and giving voice to issues of critical importance. Since its inception, AER has had one primary purpose and that is to elevate the conditions that drive to excellence. Supporting professionals who deliver services, AER recognizes the role standards play in achieving short and long term goals.

Fayette County Association for the Blind is Awarded AER Accreditation

Fayette County Association for the Blind has earned the distinction “AER Accredited” by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER).

This accreditation distinction is awarded to organizations that provide high quality services and support to individuals who are blind or have low vision. In addition, the services must be provided under the most effective administrative and management standards. It signals accountability, results and high merit. The AER Accreditation Program has two fundamental purposes: to validate the quality of an organization and its programs and to assist in the improvement of the organization and its programs. It is a rigorous process aimed at ensuring that optimal gains are achieved for individuals with vision loss. AER’s evaluation of Fayette County Association for the Blind includes a thorough review of the physical facility and quality of client services and programs. AER interviews both staff and clients and conducts a review of organizational documents.

AER encourages facilities to meet or exceed quality standards through accreditation and the teaching of quality improvement concepts.

"We are extremely pleased to have achieved this designation," states Executive Director, Sandra Morris, "Accreditation is a rigorous process, but one that we welcome as a continual quality improvement mechanism. Earning AER accreditation is another measure of our excellence as a premier provider of care and programs for the visually impaired, and it reflects our commitment to our clients."

AER is a not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to individuals with vision loss. Grounded in the belief that persons with vision loss should have optimal chances to live independently, AER promotes and supports the field by advocating for evidence-based practices, high quality standards, value added resources and giving voice to issues of critical importance. Since its inception, AER has had one primary purpose and that is to elevate the conditions that drive to excellence. Supporting professionals who deliver services, AER recognizes the role standards play in achieving short and long term goals.