AVLNC Public Awareness Committee

Public Awareness Committee

Our highest priority is to ensure that every person facing blindness and low vision is aware of and can access all of the services they need to live safely, confidently, and independently.

The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC) Public Awareness Committee seeks to reframe the national discourse on vision loss, raise awareness of vision rehabilitation and other support services, and connect people with blindness and low vision with life-changing services.

The committee has initiated the “Reframing Vision Loss in the US” project. We are working with the Ad Council on foundational research to fully understand the national discourse about blindness and low vision. A national marketing campaign will follow to maximize awareness of Vision Rehabilitation Services and connect people with these life-changing programs.

Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC)
Public Awareness Committee Focus Areas

Public Relations Subcommittee

Researches and creates media advisories and releases about AVLNC activities to disseminate at the national, and state level. The committee also forges national media partnerships to raise national awareness of services available for people with blindness and low vision.

Campaign Dissemination Subcommittee

Disseminates Big Data Project and other practical toolkits for local and state organizations to disseminate at the state agency levels to support advocacy and education efforts.

Conferences & Events Subcommittee

Facilitates presentations and engagement at national, regional, and state conferences and other high-visibility events addressing the issues of blindness and low vision, aging, gerontology, NCSAB/CSAVR, and related topics.

National Vision Rehabilitation Articles

Enjoy a broad range of AVLNC & VisionServe Alliance articles that support professionals, older adults facing vision loss, and their families and caregivers – published by the American Society on Aging (ASA) and National Council on Aging (NCOA). The Public Awareness Committee is also publishing important information, features, and advocacy efforts in partnership with the National Eye Institute NEHEP, Vision Advocacy Health Coalition (VHAC), and more.

Research Articles Collection (RAC)

The Research Articles Collection is a curated collection of relevant research to support grant writing and inform direct service. This Research Article Collection helps professionals seeking relevant articles and important peer-reviewed publications about aging and vision loss. This database is searchable by article topic, keyword, author, publishing timing (year or range), and free/open-source research versus other access options.

The Research Articles Collection (RAC) is an exciting partnership of OIB-TAC, the Aging and National Vision Loss Coalition (AVLNC), and VisionServe Alliance.

Committee Co-Chairs

Nancy D Miller

Sue Draddy

To receive Committee communications & updates
please email Helen Chapman

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We need you. The Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC) needs more talented leaders and volunteers to advance our vital work. It’s an ideal opportunity to volunteer personally or nominate someone from your team as an essential professional development and visibility opportunity.

Volunteer to make a difference in the lives of people with blindness and low vision. Contact Helen Chapman to join one of these committees.