Visually Impaired Advancement (VIA) will host its annual fundraiser, Dining in the Dark, on Thursday, September 15th. Attendees can expect an evening full of fun, food, drinks, raffles, and more. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness – and funding – to support the programs and services that VIA provides: comprehensive vision loss rehabilitation that includes Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT), Orientation and Mobility (O&M), Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) services, and much more.
Dining in the Dark: Thursday, September 15th
Visually Impaired Advancement (VIA), known formerly as Olmsted Center for Sight and the Buffalo Blind Association, will host their annual event, Dining in the Dark, on Thursday, September 15th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
Dining in the Dark is VIA’s only fundraiser of the year. Our estimated 500 guests will face the unique challenge of dining blindfolded, simulating what it’s like for the many visually impaired or legally blind individuals that VIA’s services support. The evening begins at 5:30 with VIA’s cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, and guests can also enter to win one of our many silent auction and raffle items during this time. Prizes include assorted gift baskets, gift certifications, wine, liquor, and much more.
Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. Guests will be blindfolded and guided by one of VIA’s rehabilitation staff on how to eat their meals. The dinner also features a guest speaker and videos of clients and employees of VIA.
VIA will also put on an exciting live auction, during which guests can bid for big-ticket items like:
- A private cooking class for ten people.
- A Cajun dinner for eight people.
- Dinner and clay shooting for four people.
- Tickets to a Buffalo Bills game.
- A signed Josh Allen jersey.
Purchase Tickets for Dining in the Dark
Interested in attending this year’s Dining in the Dark fundraiser? Join VIA for a wonderful night helping to raise money and awareness for the visually impaired and VIA’s services that help them find pathways to independence.
Tickets can be purchased at viawny.org/dd2022.
For more information about Dining in the Dark, and to find contact information if you have questions about the event, see our press release here.
VIA’s Vision Rehab Services
Vision rehabilitation encompasses a wide range of professional services that help to restore function and independence after vision loss. VIA is proud to offer a variety of vision rehab services for the visually impaired.
Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
When you or a loved one is experiencing vision loss, it’s natural to have questions about your future. You’re probably thinking about things like:
- How to care for yourself and your family moving forward
- How to perform basic functions, like preparing meals and cleaning
- How to pay the bills
VIA’s Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) program is designed to help you become independent in doing all these things and more. Our rehabilitation experts use adaptive tools and techniques to help you do almost everything you did before vision loss – our VRT services just help you learn to do things a little differently.
Orientation & Mobility (O&M)
Orientation and mobility mean knowing where you are, where you want to go, and how to get from one place to another safely and effectively. VIA’s O&M services are designed to help you set and meet your mobility goals. Our professional O&M instructors work one-on-one with you to help you get around your home, neighborhood, workplace, and other community settings. O&M services may include the use of residual vision, a sighted guide, long cane, guide dog, and more.
Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)
A Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) is a special education teacher who has received certification and specialized training in meeting the educational needs of students who are blind or live with visual impairments. If you are a student or know a student who needs specialized instruction because of their visual impairment, our TVI services can help.
Our Low Vision Clinic in Buffalo, NY
VIA’s low vision clinic in Buffalo is here to help you maintain independence and achieve your goals despite visual impairment. It’s here that you’ll be able to gain access to all our vision loss rehabilitation services and programs in order to approach this part of your life with confidence.
The first thing you should do if you or a loved one are experiencing visual impairment is contact your doctor or ophthalmologist. After that, VIA’s low vision optometrist can make additional recommendations to help you live with independence after a diagnosis of low vision or impaired vision.
Our optometrist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your eyesight and talk to you about your goals moving forward – and what you’d like to achieve using our services. From that discussion, we’ll be able to recommend the proper vision rehabilitation services for you.
Contact VIA for Vision Rehabilitation in WNY
For more than 100 years, VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement has provided vision loss rehabilitation and social services to individuals in Western New York who are visually impaired. We’re a comprehensive resource for people experiencing vision loss or those who are legally blind – our goal is to help them adapt to new ways of independence and continue to enjoy a high quality of life.
Are you dealing with vision loss, or do you know someone who is? Contact the leader for vision rehabilitation in WNY: Visually Impaired Advancement. Get in touch with a member of our team today to learn more and get started.