Nonprofit publishes inaugural “2011-2012 Vision Connection”

Middletown, NJ – The New Jersey Blind Citizens Association (NJBCA) has released the first ever statewide directory of resources for the blind and visually impaired. The 2011-2012 Vision Connection is now available electronically (accessible with screen reading software for the blind) and in large print at or by calling 732-291-0878. Listings include companies and nonprofit organizations that provide products and services for blind and low vision New Jerseyans.

“There are over a quarter of a million visually impaired residents in our state,” says NJBCA staffer Marisa Medina. “That’s nearly 300,000 people seeking equipment like magnifiers or money readers, specialized training, and opportunities to socialize with other visually impaired people.”

In any given week, NJBCA receives dozens of calls and emails from visually impaired residents. Those seeking educational opportunities or peer support are welcome to attend the nonprofit organization’s free programs, but others now have direct access to resources through the Vision Connection. “There is a lot of help out there,” says Medina. “Now it’s much easier to find.” The directory will be updated annually.

About New Jersey Blind Citizens Association, Inc. (NJBCA)              

Now entering its 101st year of service, NJBCA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired through education, socialization, and by fostering an environment of hope and purpose. NJBCA provides free programs to help clients gain independence and confidence to lead self-sufficient and productive lives. At Camp Happiness – the main campus in Middletown, NJ – the nonprofit organization runs a fine arts program, computer training, peer support groups, special interest clubs, and more through the Wobser Day Camp and statewide initiatives.