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November 12, 2012

Blind association offers useful services to public

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

This letter is about Lawrence County Blind Association.

Some people believe that the association was taken over by Keystone Blind Association. (Maybe even more because the building is for sale.)

This is not so. The Lawrence County Blind Association is still in full operation. It is now located in Neshannock Township in the Y Zone. It has been there more than a year.

I’m not employed by the association. I do volunteer to help out with client activities. This consists of walks, luncheons with educational speakers and shopping trips.

The association does many things for clients. It provides transportation to doctor appointments not only in New Castle, but other towns as well. It also takes clients to dialysis treatments, the bank, the laundromat and the grocery store. If clients are unable to go to the grocery store, the association will do their grocery shopping. This is done free of charge.

Each employee is certified to do eye screenings. This is done at schools, health fairs, businesses and any organization that makes a request for the service.

If a person doesn’t have eye insurance and has a prescription, the association can help get glasses at a reduced rate. In some cases, if the person meets the qualifications and is approved by the Lions Club, glasses are available for a low cost. The Lions Club and association split most of the cost with the person ending up paying as little as $10.

Many articles that assist in seeing are available through the association. Some are on display at the office.

You do not have to be blind to be a client. You must be visually impaired and meet some qualifications.

I believe the association is doing a great job. I hope it will get all the recognition and support it deserves.

Della Dunsieth

Clen-Moore Boulevard

New Castle

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