LVS Alignment with Sustainable Goals
Target 10.1: By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.
LVS Connection: Due to the increasing aging population, many LVS clients have retired from the workforce. This leads LVS staff to prioritize applications from individuals whose income hangs in the balance in receiving vision services. This focus will continue to prioritize those who have greater income needs and ultimately expands the economic impact of LVS services.
Indicator 10.1.1: Growth rates of household expenditure or income per capita among the bottom 40 per cent of the population and the total population.
LVS Connection: While it is unlikely that vision services will have a statistically relevant impact on this measure, the economic burden of vision loss and eye disorders is well documented through research from NORC at the University of Chicago, which places a $2-3 billion economic burden on South Carolina. This measure can be monitored in future reports and through adapting their methodology to LVS surveys.
Target 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
LVS Connection: Beyond the ability go regain sight, services provided by LVS are permanently changing the way our clients see themselves, and the world. The gift of sight is more than just meeting a tangible need, it is a paradigm-changing life change. LVS is committed to providing those services to all South Carolina residents regardless of demographics. As we do so, and as we truly empower those we serve, we will change public perception along the way.
Indicator 10.2.1: Proportion of people living below 50 per cent of median income, by age, sex and persons with disabilities.
LVS Connection: Regional metrics tracked by the American Foundation for the Blind and others will continue to monitor the economic status of blind and visually impaired persons in South Carolina. While LVS has limited control over the collection of this data, this information is nevertheless part of all programmatic and strategic evaluations.