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Tri-County Association for the Blind
1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2200
(717) 238-2531 Fax:(717) 238-0710

Contact: Angela Barlup, Public Relations Director
Phone: 717-238-2531
Date: December 2, 2004

For Immediate Release

Highmark Awards Grant to Purchase Vision Screening Equipment

Harrisburg, PA -- Tri-County Association for the Blind is the recipient of a $6,720 grant awarded by Highmark Blue Shield. This grant will be used to purchase a Humphrey FDT Visual Fields Screener for the agency's Prevention of Blindness Department.

The Prevention of Blindness department provides vision screening for both adults and children throughout Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. The main focus of the Prevention of Blindness department is to find undetected, yet treatable conditions in children and adults. Adults are screened regularly at area health fairs, businesses, and other locations, while children, ages 3-5 are screened at area preschools, daycares and kindergarten registrations. "This piece of vision screening equipment will be valuable in our efforts for early detection of eye problems and conditions," states Nancy Altemose, Prevention of Blindness Director.

In addition to vision screening, the agency's Prevention of Blindness department offers educational programs on eye health and safety for adults and children. These programs include an interactive session for children in first grade and a fourth grade program, which focuses on eye safety while participating in sports and other activities.

Tri-County Association for the Blind is a private non-profit organization that works to provide opportunities to help blind and visually impaired individuals flourish within and enrich our communities. The association also offers a comprehensive Prevention of Blindness program for the communities served. The association, which services Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties provides the following services: Access Technology, Prevention of Blindness, Social Services, Harrisburg Area Radio Reading Service, Low Vision Services, Carpeting, Department, Janitorial Service, and a Production Facility. For more information on the Tri-County Association for the Blind, call (717) 238-2531; visit our web site at, or e-mail

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