• Welcome to Teachable Moments.

    Helping the blind in Central Ohio

  • Finding Hope for the Sight Impaired

  • Servicing the Visually Impaired in Columbus & Franklin County

"Vision loss is not a loss of vision"

Visual Impairment in Ohio

40 Years Old and Over - 9,921
Male 3,506
Female 6,431
Black 1,236
White 7,807
Hispanic 168
Other 265

Cases of Blindness

Age 40 and Over- 4,604
Male 1,499
Female 3,101
Black 899
White 3,513
Hispanic 26
Other 94
*Estimated

Economic Impact

The total economic impact of vision problems in Franklin County - $545,367,928.

This Just In

A study published by researchers at the University of Southern California Roski Eye Institute found that blindness and visual impairment in the US is expected to double over the next 35 years. By 2050, the number of Americans with a variety of eye disease and impairment issues, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts, will dramatically increase, impacting both individuals and society.
Aging boomers are driving the increase in vision impairment and blindness over the next 35 years. By 2050, almost 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65, when many debilitating eye diseases are more likely.

FYI

According to Prevent Blindness Ohio today, there are 1,259,000 older Ohioans affected by vision problems. Because of the growth in the aging population, there will be more than 2.5 million Ohions affected by vision-robbing conditions by the year 2030!

Did You Know?

Every Seven Minutes Someone in America Will Become Blind

70% of the able-bodied blind population are unemployed because they are blind?

Unemployment

Only 10-15% percent of all blind people know how to read Braille at this time?

Braille

Blindness and low vision affects almost every family in America.

Effects

Reggie Anglen, the founder of Teachable Moments. Read his story and his dream here.

About Us

Blind Woman with seeing eye dog

LEADING THE VISION LOSS COMMUNITY

A grassroots organization dedicated to working with people 40 plus and over who are coping with vision loss. In Franklin County the prevalence of persons with vision problems is 12,000 according to the 2012 U.S. Census and Prevent Blindness Ohio.

Nationally, looking at racial and ethnic groups

  • 50 percent are white

  • 18 percent are black and

  • 2 percent represent other Minorities

Seniors are living longer and vision loss occurs frequently among those who are elderly.

 

Our Mission

  • Promote positive attitudes about blindness to people 40 and older who are facing vision challenges
  • Educate and train family members, health professionals in the proper way to assist this population with everyday tasks, through seminars, workshops.
  • Through outreach and referrals, work with the blind elderly who have vision challenges
  • Empower the blind to discover for themselves that challenges should never be allowed to stand in the way of success.

 Founded in August 2012

Why Is This Needed?

As we age, there are changes we notice in our vision – if you are nearsighted, you may need stronger glasses. There are eye conditions that may occur for the first time after you have reached the age of retirement. We are living longer and vision loss among those who are elderly. We will provide information about techniques and strategies. Topics may include concerns about remaining active in community and social life; maintaining the home or living in retirement communities; learning techniques used by the blind; independently caring for oneself and maintaining a positive approach to vision challenges.

 Teachable Moments will be a “quality of life” grassroots effort. We WILL NOT BE a rehabilitation agency. Instead, through the use of “Warriors”, our volunteer corps, and a small staff of “Community Connectors”, Teachable Moments will focus on teaching basic Braille; computer literacy; skills in learning to use adaptive aids and telecommunication devices; home management; mentoring; peer support groups and socialization activities for the 10,000 residents who live in Columbus and Franklin County who currently are not being served.

Teachable Moments

Though emphasis is usually focused on the attitudes and problems of persons with vision loss, we should recognize that the role of family and friends can be sometimes difficult. Through learning, sharing and understanding, the anxieties of the low vision member and those around them can be overcome.

Here are some solutions to problems imposed by blindness

  • We will remember that our attitudes toward blindness are virtually important in establishing healthy attitudes in the newly blind person. They need our understanding, consideration and love.
  • We will help them to retain faith in themselves and their abilities by allowing them the dignity of doing as much as possible for themselves, yet being there when they need our encouragement and help. We will include persons experiencing activities that they formerly enjoyed. Their feelings of isolation are great, and they will need experiences to prove that enjoyment can still be theirs. Other senses and our descriptions can bring many things alive for them.
  • We will help them to maintain good images through interest in personal appearance and good grooming habits, by offering concern, not domination, over their clothes or diet.
  • We will not try to compensate for their blindness with rich foods or sweets. Instead, we will, if advisable, suggest exercise programs to help with their inactivity.
  • We will be realistic about the goals of other family members and friends. In other words, attention to the needs of the blind family member should not be allowed to take priority over the activities of others. We will offer to share with them what we see.
  • A newly visually impaired person may miss the world of color, fashion and scenery. We will help by keeping them informed and in touch with the world around them.
  • We will avoid blaming all of their mistakes on blindness. Sighted people make errors too.
  • We will make them feel needed in family decisions. Adding loss of responsibility to loss of sight will be destructive and damaging to their ego. We will try to under the feeling of inadequacy that blindness temporarily brings to a husband, wife, partner, parent or child. The resentment of the changing role often necessitated by blindness can be tempered by emphasizing capabilities.
  • We will remember that the daily frustration and emotional impact of new blindness may create modes that are hard to understand. We will encourage opportunities for discussion of these feelings.
  • We will remember that a little humor injected at just the right time may relieve the seriousness of the moment. However, if they fail to see the funny side, we should be patient. The time will come when they can laugh again.

AND FINALLY

  • In as many positive ways as possible, we will help them to seek and find the answer to that question that continues to linger, “Where Do I Go From Here?!!

 

Through Knowledge, Friends, Inclusion

Teachable Moments will promote attitudes about Blindness to the elderly and others who are experiencing sight loss. 

Through Seminars and Workshops and Individual Instruction

We will work to provide information and referral and techniques. Topics will include concerns about remaining active in Social and community life; maintaining the home or living in Retirement communities; learning techniques used by the blind; independently caring for oneself and maintaining positive approach to vision loss

To Empower

The elderly and others to discover for themselves that challenges should never be allowed to stand in the way of success! 

Did You Know?

70 percent of the able-bodied blind population are unemployed because they are blind?

Only 10 percent to 15 percent of all blind people know how to read Braille at this time?

Blindness and low vision affects almost every family in America?

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