Did you know that approximately 2% of the global population (almost 200 million people) has Intellectual Disabilities?
On top of the day to day social and learning challenges, one in three athletes who participate in the Special Olympics suffers from undiagnosed vision problems. Ten percent of athletes report that they have never had a vision exam. How sad is that? Some estimates suggest that up to 75 percent of individuals with intellectual disabilities are also affected by some type of vision loss or abnormality. In addition, vision conditions that are typically associated with older patients tend to occur at an earlier age among individuals with intellectual disabilities.
A program called VSP Vision Care (VSP) actively seeks opportunities to increase access to quality eyecare and eyewear, such as partnering with Special Olympics. More than 60 percent of persons with intellectual disabilities have not received an eye exam in more than three years, and one in three Special Olympics athletes suffers from an undiagnosed vision problem.
VSP developed the “Send a High-Five” campaign to generate awareness about the importance of healthy vision as well as the barriers to care people with intellectual disabilities face.
When you High Five an athlete, VSP Vision Care will donate a FREE eye exam, new glasses and follow-up eye care services to an athlete served by the Special Olympics. When your friends High Five, we’ll continue to donate to the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program, up to 50,000 athletes served!
Send this to your friends today! This charitable program ends November 16, 2012.Visit SeeMuchMore for more information about VSP and vision care benefits. This post is sponsored by VSP. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.