Thanks to the generosity of our Blind Spot community, we were able to raise a net total of $78,980!
We are so excited about the year ahead of us and the work we will be able to do with these funds raised.
We've had several people ask how they can still donate. If you didn't get a chance to donate, but wanted to, please Donate HERE. We'll be sure to include that donation in the total raised at Discovery 2022.
Stay tuned for more information to come from Blind Spot and we look forward to seeing you at our next community event, which will be in the fall. Thank you so much!
We have big things planned for our future and need your help to get us there!
Weren't able to make it to Discovery? You can still donate!
Last Thursday we hosted our second community engagement event at Tall Trellis and had a hugely positive response. The goal of the event was for our Blind Spot community members to bring a friend who doesn't know about our mission to expand the reach of the organization. Our mission at Blind Spot is to create a community that is willing to be a little vulnerable and learn how to be a good friend to those who are blind and visually impaired. We were able to do just that!
We played tic-tac-toe, corn hole and connect four with blindfolds. New guests at this event who had never heard of Blind Spot found the entire experience enriching. Many made it a point to tell us how much they loved that we are working to change the world to become more inclusive for the blind through these experiences. They felt this gave them the opportunity to learn more in a safe space without fear of potentially being offensive and instead being perceived as wanting to learn more. What is equally awesome about this event is the staff had to learn how to best serve those who temporarily removed vision to ensure they had a good experience. It was a great learning experience for all involved!
A huge thank you to all who came! Think of all the typical things those of us who are sighted do on a daily basis without second thought that would be difficult for those without vision without a little guidance. We look forward to future events and we really would love to see you all at our November 3rd event called Discovery! This will be an annual fundraising event that will propel the mission of Blind Spot to enable us to further our reach and impact.
Been in a situation where you saw someone who was obviously visually impaired and you wanted to help but didn't know what to do? Maybe they were walking towards you with a cane and you moved out of the way. Maybe there was someone trying to find their way, but you didn't want to offer help at the risk of being offensive. Or, maybe you've never even encountered anyone who is blind. We want to bring those with visual impairments out of our blind spots and into our view so we can help overturn the statistics listed above.
Our goal is to radically change the above statistics to improve the quality of life for those who are visually impaired. We want every individual to be afforded with the confidence, ability, and aptitude to achieve their dreams, regardless of their ability to see.
Blind Spot is creating a movement, a movement where we lean in and understand what it is like to experience the world without vision. If we partner with the visually impaired, we can learn so much from them as well as remove barriers for the visually impaired to dream big and achieve great things!
We need members of the community, like you, to help create a wave of understanding and support for the visually impaired. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to create real and lasting change.
To create a language of inclusion and provide the visually impaired with the necessary exposures to help them reach their highest potential alongside their sighted peers.
Simultaneously, teaching those with sight to learn to be advocates for those who are visually impaired.
We create experiences that allow the sighted to gain a glimpse of what it is like to be blind.
We believe this creates an innate empathy and a foundation to build on that will lead to true connection with the visually impaired community.