'Vision to Learn' Mobile Unit Visits Ohio Statehouse
June 8, 2021
COLUMBUS—Today, the Vision to Learn mobile van visited the Ohio Statehouse to raise awareness for their important work providing free eye exams and glasses to kids in low income-communities throughout Appalachia.
State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) said the mobile clinic is an important tool in helping children obtain the basic resources they need to be successful in the classroom.
"In order for children to succeed in the classroom, they must first be able to see clearly," stated Peterson. "Unfortunately, in low-income households, or communities, it can be difficult for parents to get testing or glasses for their children. However, thanks to this wonderful organization, Ohio’s children are able to get the necessary resources for better sight that can help them not only see their surroundings better, but allow them to better envision their futures as well."
In order to support that effort, Peterson and his colleagues are including $1.2 million in the Senate's budget proposal to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio for vision care services, in partnership with the Ohio Optometric Foundation and Vision to Learn. Earlier this year, the partnership announced the expansion of their services throughout southeastern Ohio.
According to Vision To Learn's website, more than 2 million children in the U.S. do not have the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, or participate in class. The organization serves kids in 13 states, including Ohio, and nearly 300,000 kids have benefitted from their services.