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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Human Services, Thrift Shops, Transportation Assistance

Mission:

 BCABVI provides resources, answers and support to all people with blindness or other visual impairment that maximize their ability to meet life’s daily challenges and realize their continued self-worth and value to our community.

 

Target demographics: people who are blind and visually impaired

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 3,000 children and 1,000 adults

Geographic areas served: Bucks County

Programs: Low Vision Clinics in Newtown and Telford, PA where patients receive expert recommendations how to maximize their remaining vision using low vision aids, technology and training. Free Adult and Children Vision Screenings in our community Educational Presentations (community based and online) for the general public, medical professionals, clients and their families or any group with an interest in vision Support groups for people experiencing vision loss In Home Supports that assist with independent living Transportation services Social and Recreational Activities Case Management services Information and Referrals for other resources in the community

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Have seen the support and resources offered to the visually impaired first hand, by this organization and can attest to the good works they are doing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Full disclosure-as a board member I have witnessed first hand the difference the organization has made to those who are blind and visually impaired. From preschool vision screening to helping those in need find suitable and appropriate resources, the organization is dedicated to the mission of helping the blind and visually impaired people live full and vibrant lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bucks County Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). NAC is the only accrediting body that solely focuses on standards and best practices for blind and low vision services with the consumer in mind. Bucks County Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired has demonstrated that it meets or exceeds the standards set by NAC for delivery of blind and low vision services. The determination for accreditation is a rigorous process that involves self-examination by the organization, an on-site peer review to verify processes and procedures by a team of professionals serving in the field and a review of the findings by the NAC Accreditation Committee. NAC congratulates Bucks County Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired on its accredited status.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was given a free screening at her pre K. She had a severe case of lazy eye, and needed glasses and eye patching. Here eyes will correct because she was caught early. Her pediatrician missed this. My daughter is a client. I am now a donor. Great organization..great service.

Patrick Breen MD

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer with BCABVI in 2011 because I have a niece who is blind and I wanted to be able to help other people like my niece in the community. In my experience, the people who work there are very supportive of the clients, very friendly and do an excellent job promoting independence. If I could, I would have my niece join the organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client there in october of 1973. I was not blind,....I was having some emotional problems. At that time I was seventeen years old.This was the first time I was employed. The staff were loving,caring wonderful people.They help to provide me with various employment experience. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Susan F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best things I have ever done was to become a client of Bucks County Association of the Blind. I was told at the age of ten that I have Stargardts , making my life quite difficult. Over the years I have learned to deal with my limitations.

However, thanks to another client, , who told me of all the wonderful things the center has to offer for people like me. I started coming over a year and a half, and I have enjoyed every minute.
I have attended the Low vision support group and the New Client group; , where I have learned many helpful tips. Have done a lot of laughing, compared stories,made some friends, and even did alittle crying.

The center also offers other activities besides support groups. There is bingo, trivia, crafts, and they even have a woman come in to teach us yoga. These are just some of the things that a client can sign up for.

Being a client of Bucks County Association of the Blind, the social workers put me in contact with some other agencies. These agencies helped me recieve low vision aides and computer support.
The staff, drivers, and volunteers are quite friendly and helpful. They are always willing to give a helping hand or to tell a joke, to make us laugh.

I always look forward to the days I go to the center, because I know I am going to have a good time there. Becoming a client of the Bucks County Association for the Blind, has helped me to realize that, I am not impaired, I am challenged. And a person can always overcome a challenge and make their life better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I look forward to going there. The people there are very supportive of my condition. The staff are wonderful. The bus drivers are very courteous when they pick us up. I am very happy and grateful to be part of this organization.