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For more than 100 years, Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh has empowered people who are blind, deaf blind or vision impaired to become independent. Our mission is to change the lives of persons with vision loss and other disabilities by fostering independence and individual choice.

Our Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Center is nationally accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) and offers custom and individualized programs that are designed to accomplish each client’s goals.

Experienced and talented instructors, many of whom are blind or vision impaired themselves, provide instruction in essential areas such as Personal Adjustment to Blindness Training, and Computer Access Technology. We offer Vocational and Employment Services, a Low Vision Rehabilitation Program, and employment through our manufacturing division PBA Industries that contracts with businesses and U.S. governmental departments for signage, manufacturing, textile, and contract work. We also serve people with other disabilities through day programs and vocational and employment services.

In Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties we offer employment support services and in Somerset County we offer children vision screenings, transportation services, and support groups.

BVRS is heralded by experts in the vision field as one of the top rehabilitation centers in the United States. Our outstanding programs have drawn people from around the nation and some foreign countries. What our clients tell us most often is: “I learned so much! I only wish I had come to BVRS sooner.”

BVRS is a private, non-profit agency that believes in independence through rehabilitation. Our roots in the Pittsburgh community are deep. In 1920, the Pittsburgh Blind Association of Oakland was formed to provide employment to people with vision loss. In 1959 the Greater Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind of Bridgeville was created to help people with vision loss develop independence skills.

Those organizations merged in 1997, and for a short time the new agency was called Pittsburgh Vision Services. In 2005, the Board of Directors gave the agency a new name—Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh—to better reflect what the agency does and those whom it serves. Today, the missions of both parent organizations are fulfilled through BVRS.

Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

1816 Locust Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15219 

Phone: 412-368-4400

LAMP | Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvania residents who are unable to read standard sized newsprint, unable to hold a book or turn pages, or who have a physically-based reading disability may be eligible for services through Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s LAMP/Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians.

LAMP provides a wide range of lendable resources at not cost to qualified patrons. Our print and electronic collections include:

  • Large print books
  • Audio described DVDs
  • Audio books and magazines with playback equipment
  • Physical Braille books

It’s easy to start receiving books and other materials from LAMP:

  • Complete an application. Contact us to mail you an application packet, or you can download and print a LAMP application:
    LAMP Application
  • Have your application certified. We will need the signature of a doctor, nurse, teacher, caseworker or other competent authority to verify your eligibility before we process your application.
  • Once certified, you can return your application in person, by mail, fax
    or email to:
    Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
    4724 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Fax: 412-687-2442

That’s it! Your LAMP library services will start as soon as your application is processed, usually within two business days. You can tailor the services to your needs at any time.

The staff of LAMP can answer reference questions about anything from the weather to accessible technology. Staff is also available to discuss the latest best sellers and favorite authors, and to suggest new titles you might enjoy. Visit us today!

LAMP is a network library of the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

The Urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. The Foundation is a beacon of hope for those affected by these blinding diseases. Join the fight and help us accelerate our mission.


Mission Vision strives to remove barriers that cause undiagnosed and untreated vision and hearing impairments among impoverished citizens in our community and around the world by advocating for those affected through medical services and education.

Contact us:  Phone  724-553-3114

105 Brandt School Rd Ste 204  / Cranberry Twp PA  16066

The Mission of the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is to nurture the unique abilities of individuals with blindness and visual impairment through educational excellence and a lifetime of learning. We envision Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children as a global leader in education and advocacy for individuals with blindness and visual impairment.

Located in the heart of Oakland, Pennsylvania, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is a one-of-a-kind educational facility committed to training visually impaired students with additional disabilities. The School also provides vital early intervention and outreach services to visually impaired students, with or without additional challenges, throughout western Pennsylvania. 

Founded in 1887, no other agency in the western half of the Commonwealth is better equipped to care for and educate blind children with severe concomitant disabilities than the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children. Our unique facility and programming are tailored for boys and girls who require distinct educational and supportive services to realize their full potential. 

As a private institution chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the School educates approximately 180 enrolled students annually from 242 school districts within western Pennsylvania. Students may enroll at age three and they can continue until 21.

Our students benefit from the experience and expertise of staff who focus on helping students use their “residual” vision to the best of their ability. The curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of life skills. Certified teachers of the visually impaired and qualified therapists and health professionals collaborate on planning and implementing effective, individualized educational programs.

The School accepts students as young as age two, though many enroll in later years.  A student can remain until the end of the school year when he or she turns twenty-one.  Seventy-five percent of those who enroll will complete their education at WPSBC.

Contact Us!

ADDRESS:201 North Bellefield Ave.  |  Pittsburgh, PA 15213

PHONE:  412.621.0100   FAX:412-621-6012

Safe Eyes America is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the delivery of the highest quality medical and surgical eye care to the  American public. The organization is dedicated to:

  • Promoting the delivery of the highest quality medical and surgical eye care to the American public.

  • Educating the public, federal and state legislators, and regulators on the vital importance of medical education and ophthalmology residency training in the delivery of the quality of eye care that the public deserves.

To learn more, visit:

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated healthcare professionals to deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas.

With integrity and compassion, our goal is to bridge the gap between donor families, health care providers and transplant recipients so that we may forever transform lives.

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving lives through organ, tissue and cornea transplantation.

Every potential donor will make A Pledge for Life.

CORE has a strong foundation of values that members of the CORE team recognize and implement as they perform our life-saving mission.

  • Integrity – CORE would not exist without the trust and support of the community it serves. We rely on public oversight and in return offer transparency as we fulfill our mission. As a non-profit organization, we are fiscally responsible and maintain high performance standards.
  • Compassion – CORE honors its donors and donor families. They are the heart of this organization and the foundation of our mission. Without them, transplantation would not be possible. We are respectful of the gift of life and give tribute to its power through community outreach and education.
  • Quality – CORE upholds stringent clinical standards to ensure the quality of donated organs and tissue. We are compliant in all aspects of organ, tissue and cornea procurement.
  • Responsiveness – CORE operates in a fast-paced, detail-oriented manner. Our staff is available at any given time to meet the needs of our donors and their families, our hospitals, partners and the community we serve.
  • Education – CORE recognizes that education is needed to uphold public trust and for the public we serve to make informed donation decisions. We continually educate the community about organ and tissue donation, the need for donors, the donation process and common misconceptions.
  • Innovation – CORE is a long-standing pioneer in the organ and tissue procurement field. Through program development, service expansion and research, CORE’s advanced approach has made it an award-winning organ procurement organization.
  • Respect – CORE has respect for both death and life. We provide hope when life is lost, all the while maintaining the dignity of our donors.
  • Life – Most importantly, we value the legacy of life our donors have left and the second chance at life that transplant recipients have as a result.

Society Mission

To act as the voice of ophthalmologic medicine in the Pittsburgh area, to serve as a patient advocate in promoting preventive eye care, quality medical and surgical care and rehabilitative services for individuals with ophthalmologic diseases and to advance the knowledge, science and practice of ophthalmology, to assist in the improvement of the quality of ophthalmologic medicine and training therein, and to promote integrity in the practice of ophthalmic medicine.

Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society | 850 Ridge Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Email: | Phone 412-321-5030 x110 

Need more information? Contact Nadine Popovich, POS Administrator

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