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Society blind for the S MORE THAN WHAT YOU SEE ociety for the Blind, founded in Sacramento in 1954 and now a nationally recognized agency, empowers individuals living with low vision or blindness to discover, develop and achieve their full potential. Located in Midtown Sacramento, Society provides expert, state-of-the-art education and vision healthcare to help those affected by vision loss to live life to the fullest. Society for the Blind provides life and job skills training, mentorship, and tools to maintain independence for thousands of youth, adults, and seniors in Sacramento and surrounding areas who are experiencing vision loss. Each year, nearly 6,000 individuals participate in Society programs and services through their teaching center classes, in-home training sessions, and community workshops. The only comprehensive rehabilitation center for a 27-county region, Society for the Blind is committed to addressing the high unemployment rate for individuals with vision loss. “The economic impact of vision loss is significant for individuals and businesses,” says Shari Roeseler, Executive Director, “but we can partner with employers to offer vision rehabilitation training and onsite assistance so they can provide tools that enable a valued employee to stay on the job.” Each year, Society for the Blind serves t