Cheryl Lawyer - Outreach & Community Education CoordinatorThe Low Vision Education Programs & Speakers Bureau at NABA educates professionals, paraprofessionals, seniors and the general public about visual impairment and how to assist visually impaired or blind individuals.

Designed for:

Seniors – “Aging Successfully with Vision Loss”

  • An engaging presentation for older adults— senior centers, living communities, support groups—to learn about the 4 leading causes of vision loss in older adults, early warning signs and low vision adaptive aids such as magnifiers and talking devices. Information regarding vision rehabilitation and other related services included.
  • Length: 1/2—1 hour 

Healthcare Providers – “Understanding & Caring for Persons with Low Vision/Vision Loss”

  • Designed for doctor’s office staff, home health aides, visiting nurses, case managers, discharge planners and medical professionals, this interactive presentation gives providers the information they need to:
    • Improve quality of care
    • Help clients remain independent and safe in their homes & communities
    • Compassionately interact with visually impaired clients through understanding types of vision loss 
  • “Hands-on” activities can include
    • “What do you do when you see a blind person?” video discussion
    • Low vision activities such as Sighted Guide Technique, safe pouring and using “The Clock Method” at mealtime
    • Pre and post-test reviews, certificates of attendance available
    • Length: 1-1 1/2 hours

Family Caregivers – “Understanding & Caring for Loved Ones with Low Vision”

Cheryl Lawyer - With Henry Johnson Charter School

Facts: The need for family caregivers will increase in the years ahead. People over 65 are expected to increase at a 2.3% rate, but the number of family members available to care for them will only increase at a 0.8% rate. 30% of family caregivers caring for seniors are themselves aged 65 or over….and it is estimated that over 21 percent of people over 65 in New York State have a self-reported vision impairment. The older adult population continues to grow and caregivers are increasingly in need of resources to care for themselves and their loved ones. (Source: Mack, K., Thompson, L., & Friedland, R. Data Profiles, Family Caregivers of Older Persons: Adult Children. The Center on an Aging Society, Georgetown University, page 2, May 2001.)

This program will include:

  • “What can they see?” – Understanding the 4 leading causes of vision loss in older adults and how they affect vision
  • “How can you help?” – Learn about adaptive devices, techniques, low vision services and community resources
  • “Are you taking care of you?” – Coping with vision loss
  • Length: 1/2-1 hour

Speakers Bureau – NABA specialists are available to speak at conferences and other venues on topics related to living with vision loss. For more information, please contact Cheryl Lawyer, Outreach Coordinator at (518) 463-1211 x234.