Lt. Governor Tours SightConnection, Discusses Opportunities for Improving Disability Access

Today the Lt. Governor toured SightConnection, a non-profit formerly known as Community Services for the Blind, whose mission is “to enhance the ability of people with vision loss to lead active, independent lives.”

SightConnection provides low-vision eye care services for those whose functional vision cannot be corrected with interventions such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. SightConnection offers clinical care, assistive technology, adaptive aids, and other low-vision support services, and also operates a low-vision non-profit retail and online store supplying assistive tools and adaptive technologies. Headquartered in Seattle, with low-vision clinics in Seattle, Sedro-Woolley, and Bremerton, SightConnection serves Washingtonians living in Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, and Kitsap counties.

Today’s tour featured a visit to the organization’s low-vision Seattle clinic and assistive technology lab. The low-vision clinic primarily provides vision evaluation and low-vision rehabilitation services, while the assistive technology lab offers a selection of assistive technology devices for lab participants to explore.

During the tour, the Lt. Governor met SightConnection’s Field Services Team, which is composed of social workers and occupation and mobility specialists. These specialists meet with patients at home, or in cases of traumatic injury, in hospitals, to provide the client-centered care central to SightConnection’s mission. Throughout the tour, the Lt. Governor discussed with specialists best practices for improving Washington’s capacity to deliver services to those in need of low-vision care, and strategies for expanding the state’s ability to be more fully inclusive of those with disabilities.