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?"
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
Upcoming Talks ANd Meetings
2nd Thursdays: the new lunch group
Eat, Share, and Connect
We have resumed our popular monthly lunch meetings, now 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 autumn meetings are Sept 14*, Oct 12, and Nov 9. Lunch is provided. If you need help with transportation, please contact the office.
November 9, 2017 Lunch Topic: Vision Services for Veterans
A representative from the Veterans Health Administration will explain services for veterans with vision loss that range from early intervention for progressive eye disease to vision rehabilitation services for vision loss resulting from the wounds of war. This is a presentation of the 2nd Thursdays monthly support group meeting for people with vision loss.
UPCOMING AUdio description events
Tickets for 2017 audio-described performances at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State are now on sale! Obtain your tickets early! 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 Shannon. Remember, to use the audio-description service, you must also contact the SLSG office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (814-238-0132) at least two weeks prior to the performance.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Oct 19, 2017
Straight Outta Philly, Oct 27, 2017
The Sound of Music, Nov 15. 2017
Cinderella, Feb 21, 2018
Dorrance Dance, Feb 27, 2018
Dirty Dancing, Mar 22, 2018
Mummenschanz, Apr 8, 2018
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.
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 Shannon Bishop 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