News & Press Releases

  • The Big Data Project
    VisionServe Alliance and The Ohio State University College of Optometry provide groundbreaking data on the rate of blindness and low vision among people over 65 in eight states. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2022 – VisionServe Alliance (VSA) and The Ohio State University College of Optometry have partnered, embarking on a project to analyze standardized statewide […]
  • Education Department Launches Historic Real Pay for Real Jobs Initiative for People with Disabilities
    The following is a press release sent on behalf of the United States Department of Education. States eligible to compete for Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment Grants totaling $167 million FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2022 Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) released the notice inviting applications for the Subminimum Wage to […]
  • VSAELC 2022 Registration Opens
    The Power of Leading Together Registration Now Open Join us in person in beautiful Tampa April 3-6 at VSA’s 2022 Executive Leadership Conference! Industry professionals and leaders involved in the provision of service to or with people who are blind or have low vision are invited to reflect on the impact our industry has on […]
  • Big Data Project Phase One Will Shed New Light on Aging and Vision Loss in America
    The Big Data Project VisionServe Alliance (VSA) and the Ohio State University College of Optometry have partnered, embarking on a project to analyze standardized statewide data and national reports of people who are blind or have low vision. “The Big Data Project is VisionServe’s most ambitious undertaking to date.  It is an honor to work […]
  • THE RETURN OF BLUE AWNING YOGA & WELLNESS- VIRTUALLY
    WHO: Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, Inc. WHAT:  Inclusive and Interactive Yoga for All WHERE: Virtual via Mindbody using Zoom DETAILS: Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh is excited to announce the return of VIRTUAL classes at Blue Awning Yoga & Wellness.  This inclusive studio creates an atmosphere of harmony and wellness in […]
  • VSA Collects Membership Data For Better Insight
    VSA Collects Membership Data For Better Insight VisionServe Alliance is helping to bridge the gap in data available in our field. Starting in 2022, VSA will ask members to submit an annual report on the services they provide and other data points to help clarify the services and makeup of our field. The data will […]
  • Clinical Trial Shaping The Future of Vision Technology
    The Chicago Lighthouse’s research department is the Epicenter of Vision Innovation. Our groundbreaking work is at the forefront of advancing the possibilities for people with low vision. In partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology, we are in the first phase of a clinical trial that will investigate the visual perceptions via an implant for […]
  • U.S. Goalball Teams Announced For Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
    U.S. Goalball Teams Announced For Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games FORT WAYNE, INDIANA (June 9, 2021) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes has revealed the 12 athletes selected to represent Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the sport of goalball. The announcement was made Wednesday at Turnstone Center, an official U.S. […]
  • National Registry for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Launches
    Success Beyond Sight, (SBS), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, has created a FREE National Registry (NRTSVI) for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TSVIs/TVIs) to empower a national voice for TSVIs/TVIs and to provide a means to reach, on a national level, TSVIs/TVIs with free resources and important professional information. Success Beyond Sight recognizes the crucial role that […]
  • VisionServe Alliance Releases Official Code of Ethics Policies
    St. Louis, Missouri—May 18, 2021 – VisionServe Alliance (VSA) announces the release of its official Code of Ethics policy which outlines expectations regarding the behavior of VSA towards its members, clients, stakeholders, and society. Developed by the Board of Directors with assistance from the Employers Association Forum, VSA’s Code of Ethics policy is a statement […]
  • How the American Rescue Plan Act Affects Your Nonprofit
    VSA will continue to research and share updates on the ARPA as more info becomes available. Several items to note as of now, 1) The deadline to apply for the PPP loan has NOT been extended beyond March 31st, 2) Be aware of the new extension of COBRA coverage (see below), 3) the new Charitable Incentive […]
  • VisionServe Alliance Announces Two Spring Academic Scholarship Recipients
    St. Louis, Missouri—March 22, 2021 – VisionServe Alliance announces two new recipients of its annual academic scholarship: Alison Clougherty, Co-Founder of BEST in Nashville, TN, and Melisa Matthews, a Blind Low Vision Specialist with VIPS in Louisville, KY. VSA’s annual academic scholarship is available to employees of its member organizations whose annual budget is $1.5 […]
  • Cleanlogic’s Inspiration Foundation Supports 13 VSA Members Through Assistive Technology Grants
    The Inspiration Foundation awarded 13 VisionServe Alliance members Assistive Technology Grants of up to $1,500 to help them keep their technology class rooms and remote training sessions up to date. The recipients used this funding to purchase a variety of equipment including braille displays, braille printers, a new laptop, phones for training, air pods, ear […]
  • Call for Presentation Proposals Spring 2021
    VSA is currently accepting presentation proposals for its spring 2021 virtual conference until Feb. 12, 2021. Attendance at the VisionServe Alliance Executive Leadership Conference is open to any and all leaders in the field of blindness, low vision, and visual impairments. The Conference Committee is especially but not exclusively interested in proposals on the following […]
  • Vision Loss Community Professionals and Private Service Provider Groups Forge Historic Public Policy Alliance to Lead the Field in National Systems Change
    Aging and Vision Loss to Take Center Stage; Services to Students and Working-Age Adults to Have Starring Roles
  • USABA Names Molly Quinn as New Chief Executive Officer
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Bill Kellick, Marketing/PR Manager(719) 866-3222 or bkellick@usaba.org COLORADO SPRINGS (July 28, 2020) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce the addition of Molly Quinn as the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Quinn comes to USABA with over 20 years of progressive experience in […]
  • Working to Achieve Medicare Coverage of Low Vision Devices
    The Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition was formed to raise awareness and build support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies, and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The coalition is broad-based including disability and aging organizations as well as health and provider associations.
  • Resilience and Responsiveness in a Time of Unprecedented Challenge
    Author: Paul Schroeder, April 8, 2020 Across the US, businesses, and agencies, and the communities and individuals they serve are struggling in countless ways to maintain well-being – physical, mental and economic. And, our political leaders are also struggling, with limited resources and levers to provide assistance and guidance. Recently enacted legislation has certainly helped […]
  • Important Survey Shared Flattening the Inaccessibility Curve
    Today VisionServe Alliance joins many other organizations and companies in a collaborative project to collect data and information about the experiences of adults who are blind or have low vision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the lives of adults with visual impairments and to identify […]
  • VisionServe Alliance Joins Nonprofit Community in Signing COVID-19 Stimulus Letter
    March 19, 2020 – VisionServe Alliance joined over 144 national nonprofit organizations calling for the federal government to pass a stimulus bill to support nonprofit organizations facing the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) was signed by President Donald Trump on March 18. A congressional summary of H.R. 6201 can be found here.
  • Take-Aways From the ELC in Atlanta
    “There is lots of work to be done, and together we can do it.” 181 leaders in the blindness and low vision field attended VisionServe’s Executive Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this past November. This figure sets a record high attendance for any of our conferences and included representatives from 75 VisionServe member organizations (61% […]
  • Executive Leadership Conference to Provide 100% Accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired Attendees; Exciting Technology To Be Demonstrated
    November 3 – 6, 2019 at the Georgian Terrace in Atlanta, GA  St. Louis, Missouri – September, 2019 – Over 220 national leaders will convene in Atlanta, Georgia this fall for discussions on the future of providing services to people who are blind or have low vision. With more than 26.9 million[1] American adults in the US […]
  • VisionServe Alliance Forms Aging & Vision Loss National Coalition
    St. Louis, Missouri – August 7, 2019 – VisionServe Alliance announces it is spearheading the new Aging & Vision Loss National Coalition to tackle critical issues related to older people experiencing impaired sight as the result of age-related eye diseases. The coalition is comprised of 15 national, state, local, private and public agencies representing broad […]
  • Web-based Referral System Launched in Florida, New Hampshire and Oklahoma
    St. Louis, Missouri—February 20, 2019 – VisionServe Alliance has launched a pilot program of its new web-based patient referral system known as “VisionRefer!” The web-based referral system will help make referrals of low vision patients by their doctors to vision rehabilitation centers nationwide easy, fast, and HIPAA compliant. The goal is to make VisionRefer! available […]