Eye Shine Foundation is a program which fosters independence, social skills, greater employability and overall improved quality of life for the patrons we serve. Eye Shine Foundation will be serving both children (3rd - 12th) and Veterans with vision loss. Loss of vision and independence impact overall quality of life for children and Veterans with vision related needs. Providing recreational opportunities for these populations improves quality of life.
We can make a difference in the lives of those with vision loss with this program. Children with visual impairments are provided the tools for academics in the school environment, but recreation is often overlooked. Many blind children graduate from school with academic skills, but lack social and recreational skills to be successful in life. Building social skills, independence and recreational interests improves overall quality of life for the children we serve. It empowers them and gives them the confidence to do more, be more and try new things. Social skills for this population of kids are often lacking because they do not see facial expressions, read body language or initiate social interactions. Being more well-rounded and social leads to greater success in all areas of life.
Eye Shine Foundation will also be serving Veterans with vision loss. We will be providing recreational opportunities for this population, because when a Veteran loses vision, they are losing the independence that they have known previously. They may lose their ability to drive, provide for their
family, or participate in the recreational activities that they once did. Loss of vision and independence impact overall quality of life and leads to a greater risk for suicide in the Veteran population. Providing recreational opportunities for Veterans improves quality of life, gives these men and women who have given so much of themselves something to look forward to and can give them the will and desire to live, as they realize there is still more to live for.
Eye Shine Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for fun and improved quality of life for people with vision loss throughout the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville area of North Carolina.