To the Editor:
If you could not see, how would you cook, get dressed or pay bills? Where would you live? How would you emotionally handle the lack of independence, the inability to drive? Hopefully you never have to experience this, but more than likely you, a loved one or friend will. As our population lives longer and diabetes is on the rise, millions of Americans will and do suffer from vision loss and/or blindness. Currently the leading causes of blindness in the U.S. are Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma.
The North Country Association for the Visually Impaired (NCAVI) can help. We provide free services to those that are blind, legally blind and visually impaired in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. Our staff goes into your home, workplace or school to provide education, training and the skills needed to attain and maintain independence. For the elderly, basic, everyday living skills can mean the difference between staying in their own home and being placed in a nursing home. For children, these skills mean a better education, a sense of security at school and a brighter future.
On Aug. 2 NCAVI will be holding its 10th Annual “Golf for Sight” Tournament and Fundraiser at Harmony Golf Club in Port Kent. The proceeds from this event allow us to continue vital services to the visually impaired in our area. You can support our mission by sponsoring the tournament, putting in a team, giving an item for raffles, or by simply donating to NCAVI. For more information please visit our website, www.ncavi.org or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 562-2330 or NCAVI, 22 US Oval, Suite B-15, Plattsburgh, NY 12903.
Development Coordinator, NCAVI