New Website Offers Information and Support for Adults with Vision Loss

Jun 12, 2012, 10:15 ET from American Foundation for the Blind

NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Are you or a family member having difficulty seeing? Or perhaps been diagnosed with an eye condition such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy? If the answer is yes, you're not alone: vision problems affect 25 million Americans, and are on the rise.

To support this growing community, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation have launched, a free, easy-to-use informational website for adults with vision loss, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals.

The new VisionAware combines two stand-alone resources from AFB and Partners for Sight (Senior Site and the former VisionAware, respectively) into a single, comprehensive website offering dynamic social networking and customized guidance for adults of all ages with rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss.

"Of the services available today that help people newly diagnosed with vision loss, we anticipate that VisionAware will be a superlative resource for finding help and support on living fully and independently," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "By combining our efforts with the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, we can better serve the millions of adults coping with vision loss."

"This partnership will strengthen our goal of serving adults who are losing their sight," said Susan Olivo, Executive Director, Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation. "For this growing community, it's paramount for them to know that help is available."

Visitors to the new VisionAware will find:

  • Free, practical tips and resources for adults with vision loss, their families, friends, caregivers, and related professionals
  • Information on eye diseases and disorders
  • Different ways to connect, including message boards and social media channels like Twitter and Facebook
  • Breaking news on the latest developments in vision loss treatment via the VisionAware blog
  • Directories of helpful services, products, and resources

The new VisionAware complements AFB's family of websites, which are designed to expand possibilities so that people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. For more information, visit:

About AFB
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.

About Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation
Since 1955, Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (PFS) has been a vital source of support on local, regional and national levels for the blind and visually impaired. With an emphasis on connecting people in need with resources and services, the Foundation has provided new technology, new opportunity and new hope for hundreds of thousands of people across the United States.

SOURCE American Foundation for the Blind