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The number of people with some degree of vision loss is growing rapidly, especially among senior populations. Conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or optic nerve disease are common among US residents, 65 years and older. AMD accounts for almost 45 percent of all cases of low vision in the US.... 8 percent of all Americans have diabetes, a top cause of vision loss. The number of Americans with diabetes has grown to about 24 million people - an increase of about 3 million over two years ago- according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2008. The CDC estimates another 57 million people have pre-diabetes, which puts them at increased risk for the disease.

Cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa are some of the eye diseases responsible for low vision.

1. Presentations of a general format are available for church groups, civic organizations and others as requested. The content describes the Seeing Hand organization and services and highlights current activities.

2. Education programs for school children, scouts, clubs etc. are available to assist in understanding the abilities of people who are blind or visually impaired. Visits to the Elikan Center allow children to see individuals at work and a variety of jobs; using the latest access technology; and perhaps reading Braille. Blind individuals talk about what it is like to live without sight and answer questions from the children.

3. Awareness training is available for business, senior care facilities and other organizations. The presentation covers a variety of related topics such as: assistive technology, job site accommodations and etiquette of working with individuals who are visually impaired or blind.

4. Community Support programs are available to assist senior citizens and their families. The program focuses on educating seniors about services available to help in maintaining independence, socialization and recreation.

The presentation provides information on a variety of assistive technologies and services available to maintain or improve quality of life. 


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