Employment. Independence. Prevention.
Our Mission: Create sustainable, person-centered programs, and employment that enhance independence for individuals with unique visual capabilities. We foster positive change, awareness, and advocacy while removing barriers.
Our Vision: Be the resource for people with visual challenges through prevention, rehabilitation, and meaningful employment to increase individual empowerment and equality.
Integrity – We work in the best interest of those we serve by doing the right thing in all circumstances
Person-centered Philosophy – We put the interests of the individual at the center of everything we do
Highest Standards of Service Delivery – We commit to continuously improving our services and processes to deliver outstanding results to the people we serve
Valued Partnerships/Collaboration – We believe our effectiveness is increased by working together with those in our community
Strategic Agility – We affect positive change by thoughtfully adapting quickly and efficiently
For over sixty years, North Central Sight Services, Inc. has assisted individuals who are blind or visually impaired to maximize their quality of life. We have helped prevent vision loss through our education programs and screenings for children and adults. To accomplish our mission, we offer Adjustment Services for people losing their vision, Support Services, Employment opportunities for people who are blind, and a Prevention of Blindness Program.
North Central Sight Services, Inc. incorporates a business model to use excess revenue to help fund the mission. Through the AbilityOne Program, we manufacture, package, and distribute SKILCRAFT® products to the State of Pennsylvania and the Federal government. We also provide Business Services such as Document Management and Sip for Sight Bottleless Water Coolers to the surrounding communities that create jobs for our Associates who are blind or visually impaired.
North Central Sight Services, Inc. is ISO 9001:2015 Certified. ISO certification is a detailed and methodical quality management system that looks at the value of processes at all levels. Only 20 percent of companies in the United States have reached this level of certification.
That was then. This is now.
1957: The Lycoming County Association for the Blind manufactured rubber door mats from recycled automobile tires, caned chairs and performed subcontract work for local businesses.
Now: Employment opportunities now include packaging, order processing, and shipping to sorting plastics for recycling and Document Management.
1971: Talking book machines were provided to Lycoming County residents who were blind. Transportation services were also provided with assistance from local Lions Clubs.
Now: North Central Sight Services, Inc. provides Rehabilitation Services in the Abe Snyder Memorial Resource Center and an Assistive Technology Lab that offers devices and aids for individual needs.
1982: The Prevention of Blindness Department was established. Approximately 500 children and adults were screened on a yearly basis.
Now: North Central Sight Services, Inc. screens more than 5,000 children and adults for potential eye diseases. A Functional Vision Clinic is also provided for children who need further examination.
Board of Directors
Immediate Past Board Chair
Dr. Michael G. Bonner, M.D.
Dr. James Kasenchak, M.D.
Nancy J. Perkins, FIDSA
Chief Operations Officer
VP of Operations
Director of Accounting and Finance
VP of Technology
Programs & Services Director
Director of Development
Commercial Services Senior Manager