Welcome to the Sight Loss Support Group.
We offer a supportive atmosphere where individuals can adjust to loss of vision, learn what resources are available for assistance and develop strategies to regain independence. Through shared experiences and a positive approach, the SLSG helps people answer the question "What do I do now?"
Change in the SLSG Organization
As of March 2015, we have moved out of our physical office space in State College and transitioned to a 'virtual office' configuration. Our programs will continue without interruption; only our Contact info has changed.
If you would like to become a member of the SLSG, please mail the membership request form to the Sight-Loss Support Group, P.O. Box 782, Lemont, PA 16851
The Outlook: The Official Newsletter of the SLSG
The summer edition of "The Outlook" will be arriving in your mailbox or email box in June. For past editions of the official newsletter of the Sight-Loss Support Group of Central PA, Inc, see our newsletter page.
Special Audio Described Tours
In addition our ever-popular garden tour of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, PSU Arboretum, this time showcasing the spring blooms on Tuesday, May 15, 10:00 AM, the audio describers are also planning a fine arts tour of "Plastic Entanglements," at the Palmer Art Museum, Wednesday, May 30th, and a walking tour of State College sculptures on Tuesday, June 5, at 1:00 PM. Save the dates, and check back soon for more information!
Upcoming Talks ANd Meetings
2nd Thursdays: the new lunch group
Eat, Share, and Connect
We have resumed our popular monthly lunch meetings, now held on the second Thursday of every month, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, at Mt. Nittany Residences (301 Rolling Ridge Dr, State College, 16801).
The "new and improved" lunch bunch is a joint venture of the SLSG (Sight-Loss Support Group), the BBVS (Bureau of Blind and Visual Services), and the NCSS (North Central Sight Services). Open to the general public, the lunch bunch is a social, supportive, and informative afternoon. Representatives from each of the organizations will be present at each lunch, a new topic of interest will be presented each month, and a complementary lunch is provided.
Our spring meetings will be April 12, May 10, and June 14. Lunch is provided. If you need help with transportation, please contact the office. Some topics planned for the spring are transportation for the visually impaired, as well as a presentation on "Plastics Entanglement," a riveting exhibit at the Palmer Art Museum in preparation for the audio-described tour May 30th.
February 8, 2018 Lunch Topic:
“The Future is Here: Cutting Edge Research in Access Technology for the Visually Impaired.”
A new wave of access technology is emerging in the labs at Penn State’s Center for Human Computer Interaction. Prototypes of smart glasses, smart phone apps, and an interactive shopping glove are evolving in our own backyard. Sooyeon Lee and Wang Xiying will join us for a show-and-tell and explain their current research. Members of the Sight-Loss Support Group (SLSG)and the National Federation of the Blind, Happy Valley Chapter, have participated in the developmental phase of these futuristic devices for several years.
January 11, 2018 Lunch Topic:
Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired
UPCOMING AUdio description events
Audio description—available at no extra charge to ticket holders—offers live verbal description of the visual elements of selected performances. The service's trained audio describers use a transmitter and microphone to relay a pictorial description to patrons wearing earpieces attached to palm-sized receivers. Audio description clarifies details and provides background information, but it doesn't interfere with other key audible elements of a performance.
Tickets for 2017 audio-described performances at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State are now on sale! For a complete list with ticket information, check the CPA audio description web page at http://cpa.psu.edu/eventswithad, or call the ticket office at 814-863-ARTSTIX. The Center for the Performing Arts at Eisenhower Auditorium has funding to provide a limited number of complimentary tickets under their accessibility program; phone 814-865-5011 and ask for Joi McKenzie. Remember, to use the audio-description service, you must also contact the SLSG office by email (email@example.com) or by phone (814-238-0132) at least two weeks prior to the performance.
For a full list of upcoming audio-described performances, or for more information on the audio-description service, please see our Audio-Description page. The Center for the Performing Arts provides a limited number of complimentary tickets under their accessibility program, and many of the local theater groups also often provide discounted tickets for our members, or allow us to audio-describe their dress rehearsal at no charge. To reserve the special tickets at the Center for the Performing Arts, call Joi McKenzie at the CPA box office, 814-865-5011.
Help Make the Arts Accessible to Individuals With Sight Loss
“View Via Headphones” Audio-Description Service
Become a View Via Headphones audio-describer and help blind and partially sighted people experience the arts beyond vision loss.
Audio-describers paint a verbal picture of the key visual elements of a play, musical, or dance performance that are often lost to blind and partially sighted people—scenery, costumes, and actors’ facial expressions and actions. View Via Headphones also offers occasional tours of art exhibits, arts festivals, historic sites, museums, and arboretums.
Please consider this rewarding opportunity: Become a volunteer audio-describer. View Via Headphones is a project of the Sight-Loss Support Group of Central PA and has been describing the arts for individuals with sight loss in the Centre region since 1999. For more information, or for a list of upcoming described events, please visit www.slsg.org or call the office at 814-238-0132