Press and Media

VisionCorps welcomes the media to contact us to arrange interviews for stories related to VisionCorps’ Community Outreach, Rehabilitation & Education Group or Business & Industry Group. Below you can find items often requested by the media.

To reach the media contact for Community Outreach, Rehabilitation & Education, Carol Gifford, please email or dial 717-205-4149.

To reach the media contact for Business & Industry Group, Katie Phillips, please email or dial 717-205-4126.

Press FAQs

  • Everyone learns at a different pace and style, and training can take from a few months to years. Learning things like Braille or access technology might be easier for someone who has been blind all or most of their life, while people who lose their vision later on may have more difficulties. Having information and resources as well as maintaining a positive attitude and being persistent are keys to overcoming challenges! VisionCorps works with each client to determine their goals, and develops a personalized plan to reach them.

  • A dog guide is specially trained to safely guide someone who is blind or vision impaired. The handler tells the dog where to go by giving him directions (such as forward, left and right), and the dog leads the person. Don’t touch a dog guide while it is wearing a harness. A dog guide is working and its job is to be attentive to its handler’s commands and safety. Your touch may confuse the animal or distract it from doing its job. Dog guides  are allowed in all public places in the United States. While VisionCorps does not train dog guides, they do provide the Orientation and Mobility training required before any client is eligible to attend a dog guide school. In addition, VisionCorps assists clients with dog guides with any challenges that arrive following the acquisition of a dog guide.

  • Legal blindness is is defined as having a visual acuity (sharpness of vision) of 20/200 or worse in the better-seeing eye with correction (glasses or contacts) or having a visual field (area of vision) less than 20 degrees (extreme tunnel vision).

  • You can be referred by your eye care physician or refer yourself. We then ask for a report from your eye doctor to ensure we are providing you with the services you need based on your eye condition. Contact Mary Lou at 717-205-4141 or

  • VisionCorps services are provided at no cost. Most services are supported by donations from the community and revenue from the Business & Industry Group. Should clients require assistive devices or other products, there may be a cost involved. VisionCorps can connect clients to organizations to help offset these expenses.

  • Yes! You may call VisionCorps toll-free by dialing 866-876-8550 or send us a message by visiting our Contact page. We would be happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have before referring yourself or someone else.

  • VisionCorps services focus on providing the tools and training necessary for people living with low vision and blindness to live as independently as possible. Services include prevention of blindness, rehabilitation services, support, and education services, and training in access technology. Services are personalized to the individual and are provided to all ages.

Latest Press Releases

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VisionCorps Expands Employment for People who are Blind in Little Rock

Oct. 2 Ray Shirk Big Swing Golf Tournament to Benefit VisionCorps

Technology & Accessibility Center Open House on Sept. 6

VisionCorps officially opens newly-renovated Technology & Accessibility Center

Eye Drop 2023 Rappel Event Set for Friday, June 9

VisionCorps Hires New Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Kauffman, CFO for VisionCorps

February is Low-Vision Awareness Month: Tips for Low-Vision

Write a Letter to Santa — in Braille

Erika Rothermel, head elf, stands with a letter to Santa in braille.

Large-Print 2023 Calendars Available Now

A White Cane Stands for Independence

Dennis Steiner, VisionCorps President and CEO, writes about White Cane Safety Day

Big Swing Golf Tournament on Oct. 3 to Benefit VisionCorps

Big Swing Golf Tournament on Oct. 3 to Benefit VisionCorps

Back to School Time: Get Eye Exams and Glasses for Students

Aug. 26 Low-Vision Expo Set for Chester County

Eye Drop 2022: Get Ready to Rappel on Friday, June 10

Rappel 10 stories from the Holiday Inn Lancaster -- Go #OneDropOutsideYourComfortZone with VC!

April 2 Benefit Blues Concert Set for VisionCorps’ Eye Drop 2022

Moe Blues band will perform in Eye on Music, an April 2 benefit concert for Eye Drop 2022

VisionCorps Donates Rice to Those in Need

Shirl Worsham stands in front of rice packages on pallets.

Lititz Family Adopts Dog from Local Partnership with Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Send Your Letters to Santa – in Braille

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