Combined strengths of both organizations will better serve
the growing number of people who are visually impaired

February 1, 2010... The Boards of Lighthouse International and National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH) are pleased to announce that Lighthouse International acquired NAVH on January 29, 2010.

Both organizations have a shared mission and a long history of helping New Yorkers who are visually impaired through a wide range of programs from low vision services to assistive devices to support groups. Lighthouse will continue this tradition of service and create a new program named in honor of NAVH founder and CEO Emeritus Lorraine Marchi L.H.D.

“By combining forces, we will be better able to serve the needs of the community. We are also pleased to continue the fine legacy of Dr. Lorraine Marchi, by creating a new, expanded social services program in her honor,” states Roger O. Goldman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lighthouse International.

The new program will help clients overcome the challenges of vision loss through counseling, support groups, educational materials and referrals to other services available at the Lighthouse, state and other agencies. The program is expected to begin in the spring.

According to Marvin Sandler, President, NAVH Board of Directors, “Because of its excellent reputation for services in the community, we determined that joining with Lighthouse International would be in the best interests of our organization and the people we have served for 55 years.” NAVH clients or referring physicians can contact the Dr. Lorraine Marchi NAVH Client Assistance Program at (212) 821-9448 for further information.



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