Support Services

Our social services department provides a comprehensive program of activities and programs designed to help individuals who are blind or experiencing vision loss:

• Intake and individual assessment of needs and eligibility
• Sighted guide/transportation for essential appointments
• Assistance with daily tasks such as reading mail and grocery shopping
• Social, recreational, and support groups (see below for additional information)
• Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (see below for additional information)
• Referral for orientation and mobility training such as sensory awareness and cane skills
• Referral to other community resources

Social, Recreational and Support Groups

Lycoming and Clinton Counties
Adventures Group

This group offers an “adventure” once a quarter. Activities vary from a relaxing hike to a trip to a local attraction.

In-Sight
This monthly support group meeting provides an opportunity for individuals to support each other through in a relaxed, social environment.  This group is held at various locations, typically from 11:00AM to 1:00PM.

Life Skills & Education
This class addresses a monthly topic, with occasional guest speakers and low vision product demonstrations.  The class is held from on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00AM to 12:30PM at North Central Sight Services.

Cooking Class
This monthly class focuses on kitchen skills through the preparation of dishes in our Vision Resource Center in a small group setting.  The class is usually held the last Monday of each month.

Groups are also held in Bradford, Tioga, and Centre Counties.

Vision Rehabilitation Therapy

North Central Sight Services, Inc. offers Vision Rehabilitation Therapy: individualized instruction on independent living skills for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The assessment and instruction can take place off-site or in the Abe Snyder Memorial Resource Center. The center is equipped with a full kitchen, a seating area for group activities, and a demonstration area for various technology aids.

Specialized instruction includes, but is not limited to:

• Kitchen safety/food preparation
Utilizing Low Vision Aids

• Communication skills:
Braille - Large Print - Audio - Technology

• Cleaning/home management

• Personal care and hygiene

• Lighting adaptations

• Low vision aids