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With support from the Racine Community Foundation, Vision Forward has launched a campaign to raise awareness about its services and to help more people who are blind or visually impaired.

Jacci Borchardt, Director of Operations recently spoke with the Racine Journal Times:

“…Borchardt said the most common issue that Vision Forward clients have is age-related macular degeneration, a progressive condition that impacts an individual’s central vision. Vision Forward also has a wide array of programs and services for babies and toddlers, school-age children and working-age adults.

Borchardt knows what visual impairment is like. She has had Stargardt disease since age 19, which affects her central vision. It took a while to adjust to her new life, and the disease resulted in her being unable to drive and having difficulty reading without magnification.

Before working at the agency, Borchardt was a Vision Forward client. The organization provided such excellent service that, after working as a speech language pathologist, Borchardt accepted a job nine years ago because she felt aligned with Vision Forward’s objectives.

“I was passionate about the mission and what it could do and felt like my skill set could be a good fit,” Borchardt said. “It makes me really proud that every day we can help people with vision loss stay in their job or be able to remain in their home or continue to do the things that matter to them.”

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