The following are websites that may be useful:  The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is a publicly-supported charity raising money to fund research for macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher syndrome and other retinal eye diseases.

Founded in 1971 as a group of individuals and their families afflicted by orphan eye diseases, the Foundation has raised more than $450 million for research. Check out their website for great information about retinal diseases and the recently approved treatments as well as current and upcoming clinical trials.

PBM Lions support the FFB Annual Philadelphia Visionwalk.  Now in its 6th year the Visionwalk is set for Saturday morning, October 13 at Independence Historical Park in Philadelphia.   Founded in 1905, the Lighthouse is a resource worldwide in helping people overcome the challenges of vision loss. 

Within their website is interesting information about the best media parameters for communicating with the vision impaired including in print (font type, size, color, contrast), as well as on the Internet.  Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is a leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 36 million (17 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.

HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

Local chapters that meet in southeastern PA, among them:  Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties as well as Generation-X of Delaware Valley.

Great Valley Leo Club. The chartered service club meets at Great Valley High School.  It is an Alpha Leo Club for youth between 12 and 18. 

If you have someone interested in joining the club contact Lion Marti Engle who is the Leo Club's Advisor via

Art-Reach --  Art-Reach brings arts and cultural opportunities to the full range of underserved audiences. Each year their programs and services enable over 15,000 people in the Philadelphia area with disabilities or economic disadvantages to enjoy the beauty and richness of the arts.  Collaborate to get vision and hearing impaired individuals access to events in a manner they can appreciate.



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