Center for the Blind announces grant

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 20:00

The Alaska Center for the Blind is proud to announce a three-year grant to identify Mat-Su residents with uncorrectable vision loss and improve their overall health and well being through vision rehabilitation.

Older Alaskans are the fastest growing segment of our population and Mat-Su is the fastest growing area. Estimates are that 700 Mat-Su seniors will benefit from this project and 1,100 people ages 18 to 64.

The project will focus on networking with those in a position to refer — eye doctors, social service providers, senior providers, and Lions Clubs — as well as building public awareness. More people are likely to take advantage of what the center can offer when help is available in their own community or home.

Once someone is referred, the center will customize services to that person's need. The grant includes funding for $100 of magnifiers or other special equipment for each client.

So, if community members, or fellow Lions, are struggling because they are losing their eyesight, please call 1-800-770-7517 or email [email protected]

Also, the Alaska Center for the Blind would like to thank the Spenard Lions for funding the large print calendars published by the center each year; they are designed to be easy on the eyes with non-glare paper and two pages a month, and the calendar is beloved by those with low vision.

District 49A Lions Foundation is also a chief supporter of the project to improve the center's fire alarm system. The center would like to thank them for their generous donation to make clients and staff safer.

If you'd like more information on the Center for the Blind please email us or Karla Jutzi, at or local number (907) 770-7517.


For more information about Lions, call Amy Demboski at 301-9179.

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