During his accounting career Ernie was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a progressive, degenerative eye disease. Ernie retired early when his sight decreased. It was not an easy transition for him, or for his wife, Kathy. She became his lifeline to the outside world. While undergoing rehabilitation at BBVS, he signed up for transportation services and life skills classes at The Center. He also joined the Wednesday Club support group at The Center, where he meets with peers and new friends twice a month. He helped establish a local chapter of the PA Council of the Blind (PCB), serving as Chapter President and also on the State board. Ernie has become a vocal advocate for others with vision loss and is a regular in Harrisburg. He serves on the Advisory Committee of The Center and he and his Guide Dog, Maya, are favorite volunteers at The Center’s front desk.
“Door-through-door-transportation,” trips to the doctor, bill-paying, mail-reading and grocery shopping for adults can make the difference between independence or dependence. Blind youth attend the Children’s Experience Program to prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.