NAVH dedication photoThe Dr. Lorraine Marchi/NAVH Client Assistance Program at Lighthouse International is offering a brighter future for people with vision loss.

The new program was dedicated several weeks before Dr. Marchi passed away in February.

Last year, the Lighthouse acquired the National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH), which Dr. Marchi founded in 1954, after learning that public schools lacked large-print textbooks needed by her son, who is visually impaired. After printing and distributing them herself, she added services, including support groups to help people cope with the emotional difficulties vision loss often leaves in its wake.

Depression, along with emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration, are quite common. These can be formidable challenges for anyone; until they’re addressed, they can also impede a person’s ability to benefit from low vision and rehabilitation services, which are designed to restore confidence and independence. That’s why it’s so important to provide counseling, support groups and social services that help people adjust, express their feelings and share their experiences with others. This program, which continues Dr. Marchi’s legacy, also provides access to a network of additional services and helpful resources our clients may need when they take their initial steps toward rehabilitation.

If vision loss is interfering with your quality of life, or that of a loved one, call us at (800) 829-0500 or visit

Photo caption: From left, Executive Vice President Ted Francavilla, Deborah Marchi, and President and CEO Mark G. Ackermann with the late Dr. Lorraine Marchi, seated



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