Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania will honor the legacy of Helen Keller throughout June. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse will present Vision Resources with an official proclamation in tribute to Keller on June 12.
VROCP’s work and mission is to facilitate independence, enrich the quality of life, and empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Born in 1880 in Alabama, Keller, an author, political activist, and lecturer, was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The organization will honor Keller throughout the month of June with facts about her contributions to humanity and remembering some of her most famous quotes. The annual memorial culminates on her birth date: June 27.
Community support is vital to the mission of VROCP. Last year, financial support from the community allowed:
• 3,781 preschool children to receive free vision screenings
• 4,145 adults to receive educational information on eye health and safety issues
• 68 adults and children to receive no-cost professional eye examinations
• A weeklong Adventures Beyond Site summer camp for youth with visual impairments
The National Eye Institute estimates that the number of blind Americans will increase from approximately 1.3 million to 2.2 million individuals by 2030.
For more information, visit www.vrocp.org or call (717) 238-2351.