Today is World Sight Day, a day recognized across the globe as the day to reflect on blindness, to address simple changes that support vision health, and a day to take a moment to schedule your own eye care appointment and appointments for family members. According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, 80 percent of blind people around the world have lost their sight due to avoidable conditions and circumstance, blindness that could either be treated or prevented by known, cost-effective means. IAPB is working hard on blindness and vision loss prevention worldwide, and they are urging people everywhere to take sight seriously, locally as well as globally.
Here at ITNAmerica, sight is a central part of our mission. We support sustainable, community-based transportation. Our focus began with seniors, but we soon discovered many transportation challenges grow from impaired vision, something common in older people but also affecting all ages. ITN rides services are available to anyone over 60 and any visually impaired person over 18.
Sight, like age, should not be a hindrance to living a full life. We are dedicated to ensuring mobility for all of our seniors and all of our members with visual impairment. Mobility is part of a fulfilling life, and every program we offer — CarTrade, Healthy Miles, Ride & Shop — is open to people with visual impairment as well as older people. The ITN model can make a difference. If blindness affects you, we’re here to help.
As a result we are fully behind the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness’ World Sight Day. What are they recommending? The first thing to do is plan an eye examination, and look around for those in your family who are vulnerable to vision impairment: school-age children, the elderly, those with diabetes.
If you are experiencing vision problems and need to reach the eye doctor, ITNAmerica has resources that can help:
- If there is an ITN in your community, contact us and become a member. We are always open for service, and eye care appointments are a regular stop for us. As always our service is arm-through-arm, door-through-door, designed to meet the needs of anyone who might require assistance.
- If there is no ITN in your community, check our list of Trusted Transportation Partners. These are transportation service providers who offer ITN-level service in communities outside our service areas. They are vetted by ITN, so you know the service you’re getting meets the highest standards.
- If there is no ITN and no TTP in your area, visit RidesinSight.org, home to our Rides in Sight database listing transportation service providers across the country. If there is someone offering rides in your area, Rides in Sight is the best resource anywhere to find it.
ITNAmerica is dedicated to supporting people with vision impairment, whether on World Sight Day or any other day. It is at the heart of what we do. So if you or someone you know needs help finding a ride to an eye appointment, or even getting across town to go shopping or visit a friend, ITN can help. Give us a call.