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Pro Bono Services now Offered for Those with Low Vision

Pro Bono Services now Offered for Those with Low Vision
Dr. Julie Nastasi looks on as Lackawanna Blind Association clients display Fourth of July wreaths they created during the association’s Sensory Development program.

Although people with low vision are not blind, daily tasks can become quite difficult for them. However, with therapy and an adapted environment, there is no reason they cannot remain independent. In October, Julie Ann Nastasi, ScD, OTD, faculty specialist in the University’s Occupational Therapy Department, and her students began offering services at the University’s Leahy Clinic designed to ensure that independence. A patient needs a prescription for occupational therapy and must be uninsured or under-insured to access the Leahy Clinic services.

The pro bono services offered at the clinic will help patients with low vision “use their remaining vision to stay independent,” said Dr. Nastasi. 

Christina Gavalas is an OT student and clinic volunteer. “Vision is such a central part of everyday functioning — it’s so rewarding knowing that we get to help people in need who might otherwise go without services,” she said.

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