It’s important to provide the youth with the tools and skills to develop. Our youth programs give the opportunity to spend time with other young adults facing the same challenges may be the chance of a life time to interact with peers struggling with the turmoil of the teen years.

Camp Independence

Camp Independence is a residential camp for blind and visually impaired youth between the ages of 12 and 17. The camp has been running for 15 years and is held at Wheeling University. Campers reside in a college dormitory and get a taste of living away from home and on a college campus.

Campers are given the opportunity to try and succeed at new skills in a safe, secure, and positively shared atmosphere. The only cost involved with camp is a nominal registration fee of $25 dollars. If this is a financial hardship, sponsors will be found. All transportation, food, snacks, refreshments, and admissions are paid for by The Seeing Hand Association.

Camp Independence is directed by a certified VI (instructor of the visually impaired). This enables the Camp Director to bring his/her professional skills to bare in a relaxed summer camp setting.

Campers participate in activities designed to develop self-esteem, educational skills, healthy exercise, and social interaction. Camp activities vary from year-to-year, but have included: trips to Oglebay Park, Wheeling Park, Carnegie Museums, cooking, and arts and crafts.

Educational Outreach

The more young individuals we can educate, the better lives the blind will live. The Seeing Hand Association works with youth, creating systems to help create a wonderful childhood and continuing to explain and advocate for our mission and cause.

School Tours

The Seeing Hand Association provides school tours and actively participates in community schools in the Ohio Valley. Working with the youth, whether visually impaired or not, helps us grow the awareness and increase the support for our cause.
Donations, Volunteer, & Products

Helping The Seeing Hand Association

Your donations and charitable contributions help develop programs, assist in our outreach, and most importantly have a direct impact on those we work with. The Seeing Hand Association is funded through fees for service, sales, and community share.

If you are interested in donating gifts of cash, stocks, or property – please contact us for more information.

Nothing is more valuable than your time!

The Seeing Hand relies on volunteers for a variety of services in assisting persons who are blind or visually impaired to maintain their independence and self-respect. Opportunities to volunteer cover a wide range of activities including transportation, reading, daily living assistance, job coaching, office work, etc.