DENVILLE, NJ – Denville-based Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey received a $10,000 gift from Novartis US Foundation to provide affordable training to 280 adults who are visually impaired or blind, and their family members.

“The Novartis US Foundation is proud to support the Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey in their efforts to help meet the urgent need for vision services among the elderly and underserved communities in Morris and surrounding counties in New Jersey,” said Tracy Furey, president of the Novartis US Foundation.

Established in 1943, Vision Loss Alliance is one of New Jersey’s longest-serving nonprofits for adults who are blind or visually impaired. Its one-day Essential Low Vision program teaches basic techniques to participants and caregivers. A 13-week health and wellness program offers enhanced daily living skills training. The organization also provides training that addresses mobility, emotional wellbeing, and use of adaptive technology.

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“We are grateful that Novartis recognizes our expertise in teaching practical skills and addressing the emotional impact of sight loss,” Vision Loss Alliance Executive Director Kris Marino said.

While the number of people losing vision is expected to increase as the population ages, few options for affordable training and support exist, according to Vision Loss Alliance. Only 20 percent of people who come to Vision Loss Alliance for help are employed, and three-quarters of them live below the poverty line, the organization shared.

“The generous support from Novartis allows us to provide life-improving training to an underserved population,” Marino noted.

 

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