Palm Springs, FL, January 15, 2020 --(PR.com
)-- Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc. of Palm Springs is expanding support services to those with vision loss in Palm Beach County and providing professional development to its staff members thanks to a recent grant from Quantum Foundation.
The $36,840 grant will provide the resources needed to offer training and support to those with vision loss. Classes will cover independent living, mobility, Braille, computers and assistive technology. The skills learned in the classes will allow students with vision loss to maintain their independence, health and safety, and improve their quality of life.
According to the American Community Survey, over 33,000 people in Palm Beach County are visually impaired, and many of those have lost their vision due to eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. These individuals have never received the training required to adapt to their vision loss.
“We appreciate the support and generosity of the Quantum Foundation,” said Carolyn Lapp, Executive Director of Florida Outreach Center for the Blind. “It’s so wonderful to watch how our services change lives every day, and this gift will help more people live up to their fullest potential.”
This grant also provides the instructors, who are also visually impaired, the opportunity to improve their teaching skills. Five staff members will attend the professional development seminars and exhibits offered at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention.
Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc. was established in 2003 with the mission to develop and administer programs that will integrate blind and visually impaired persons into the social, economic, and spiritual lives of their community.
Quantum Foundation is the largest health funder in Palm Beach County and supports local communities. The foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the overall health of people living in Palm Beach County. With over 20 years of community investment, the foundation has assets of approximately $150 million and since its inception has awarded $145 million to hundreds of local nonprofit grantees. Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the county to benefit local communities.