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Sight Loss Services, Inc., Cape Cod and Islands is a non-profit, human service organization offering peer support, information and referral, education and awareness, outreach, and home independence training to people who are learning to cope and function safely and independently with sight loss. For over 30 years, Sight Loss Services has developed programs that are based on a “peer support and self-help” philosophy. Their organization aims to foster an individual’s sense of self worth and independence and to point the way to help others.

Sight Loss ServicesBy the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be more cases of macular degeneration in the United States than all cases of cancer – combined. And that is only one cause of vision loss. Most blindness comes on gradually, and most diseases of the eye are diseases of age. Barnstable County (Cape Cod) has twice the percentage of residents over age 65 compared to the rest of Massachusetts, and is the third ‘oldest’ county in the nation. We are standing on the beach, watching a tsunami of vision loss approaching. Simple things become major chores – a realtor can’t see a MLS listing number, a cook can’t accurately set the temperature on a stove, etc. Sight Loss has adaptive aids to help people continue their daily routine and remain productive. Some problems can be aided with advances in technology, but the loss and loneliness and darkness as blindness sets in is devastating. Part of Sight Loss Services, Inc.’s core mission is to keep people participating in their community, and enjoying its businesses, attractions and institutions. During CY2013, their agency answered 10,405 requests for services from 2,048 unduplicated residents – clients, their caregivers, their neighbors and friends.

Sight Loss Services, Inc. provides services at no cost to individuals and families of all ages, incomes, genders, races, etc. You do not need to be ‘legally’ blind for services. Sight Loss Services, Inc. works with all levels of vision loss from diagnosis to (mercifully rare) total blindness.

bgimggreenVisiting Sight Loss Services, Inc.:

All programs and services offered by Sight Loss Services, Inc. are free of charge.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Walk-ins welcome but appointments are encouraged to ensure that staff with right experience are available. To make an appointment call: 508.394.3904 or email: info@sightloss.org.
Home visits are conducted to assess lighting, make suggestions about contrast and safety, mark appliances, etc. Appointments are necessary for home visits, call: 508.394.3904 or email: info@sightloss.org.

South Dennis Office:
Parking: Parking Lot
Bike Path Access
DART, Hab Van or CCRTA bus will stop at office.

Make things easier by preparing these things ahead of time:

  • List of what you are most interested in:
    • What activities do you want to work on?
    • What interests do you have?
  • Information on what type of vision loss you have

 

bgimggreenSight Loss Services, Inc. Team:

Cynthia Stead - Sight Loss ServicesCynthia Stead
Executive Director
Cynthia@sightloss.org

Cynthia joined Sight Loss Services in 2010, and has primary responsibility for administration, grant writing and fundraising. She worked for government at the local, state, and Federal levels, and retired from the Commonwealth in 2010. She worked in insurance for many years for property and liability clients, and designed self-funded health insurance plans. She sits as an at-large Board Member of Elder Services, an appointee to the Cape Regional Coordinating Committee as a disability transportation advocate, and a member of the Community Health Needs Assessment group for Barnstable County. She lives in Dennis with her husband who has macular degeneration.

Specialty areas/training: Non-profit administration

 

Lynette Fiske - Sight Loss SerivesLynette Fiske
Associate Director
Lynette@sightloss.org

Lynette came to work at Sight Loss in 2012 and was named Associate Director in 2014. She worked at Elder Services in Dennis for many years, and her training there in home care work was crucial to her abilities to administer the Home Independence visiting for the agency. She also worked at office manager at Eastham Methodist Church, gaining familiarity with the service agencies for the outer Cape. Lynette has low vision – myasthenia gravis in the ‘good’ eye, and macular degeneration the other. Her personal experience with vision loss makes her uniquely able to recommend and help with adaptive aids and lighting for clients. She also serves as liaison of Sight Loss Services for the Senor Low Vision project at Thirwood Place in Yarmouth.

Specialty areas/training: Vision loss counseling, adaptive aid demonstration and display, home visits

 

Donna Moberg - Sight Loss ServicesDonna Moberg
Support Group Coordinator
info@sightloss.org

Donna retired from her job as assistant to the Superintendent of Cape Tech this past fall, and joined Sight Loss Services in 2014. She now does the scheduling and administration for our 13 support groups, arranging speakers and programs. She is also liaison to municipalities for town Human Services spending. She lives with her family in East Dennis, and both her parents have progressive eye disease.

Specialty areas/training: Government services, support group coordination – meetings, speakers, presentations, etc.

 

Mary Dumont - Sight Loss ServicesMary Dumont
Outreach

Mary came to work for Sight Loss Services in 2012 and for many people she is the Voice of the agency. Before retiring, she worked at JTEC and Sylvan Learning Center. She honed her client skills working in the offices at the First Parish Church in Brewster and the Federated Church in Orleans. She makes the calls every month to find out which clients would like to attend the meetings, and schedules the drivers and vans to provide the round trip transportation. She also fields inquiries and calls, and directs clients to staff and resources for their questions and concerns. Mary has glaucoma, which is under good control with medication.

Specialty areas/training: Support group and transportation calls, information and outreach calls

 

Sally O'Connell - Sight Loss ServicesSally O’Connell
Outreach

Sally came to Sight Loss Services in February of 2014. She lives in West Barnstable with her husband, Paul. She has worked at many human services agencies on Cape through her work at Elder Services, most recently at the Barnstable Senior Center and the Pastoral Care Department at Cape Cod Hospital. She also works to schedule and arrange the support group meetings, and also follows up on personal situations with clients to make sure they have the resources and help that they need. Sally has glaucoma, under control with drops.

Specialty areas/training: Support group and transportation calls, information and outreach calls

bgimggreenBoard of Directors:

  • * Susan Riley | Chair – Retired, co-ordinator of Harwich/Chatham Support Group
  • * Bette Oehschlagel | Vice-Chair – retired retail manager, co-ordinator Sandwich/Mashpee
  • Coreen Brinkerhoff | Secretary – Exec. Director, Cape Org. for the Rights of the Disabled
  • Don Howell | Treasurer – retired GSA agent, former Selectman, Board of Harwich Jr Theatre
  • Girard Smith | Asst. Treasurer – Docent at Highland Light, Truro Disability Comm., etc.
  • Mike Brennan | Finance Chair – former Dennis Fin. Comm., Low Vision Center in Dennis
  • Len Coakley – Designer of adaptive aid devices, Big Button Universe
  • Hon. William Doherty – former Barnstable County Commissioner
  • * Brian Kennedy – co-ordinator of Brewster Support Group
  • * Frances McLaughlin – professional artist, instructor for low vision art classes
  • * Joe Ryan – Retired Media Professional (NBC, WBZ, WFCC) and Memoir Writer

* = Legally blind board member. Bylaws state that at least 5 board members must be blind

 

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