Braille Enrichment Literacy and Learning (BELL)

Angela’s House is proud to host a Braille focused kids camp this summer from June 24 -July 3.

This program provides hands-on instruction in braille, daily living skills, cane travel, self-care, and self-advocacy to elementary aged children by positive blind role models. Thanks to the collaborative efforts between Blindconnect, the national Federation of the blind of Nevada, and the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation we are providing 8 days of Braillecentric fun.

For more information on the NFB BELL Academy, visit www.nfb.org/bell

register your child, go to https://archive.nfb.org/bell-student-application-form

contact our program coordinator, send an email to Nevada.NFB.BELL@gmail.com.

Check out all the fun that was had at our 2018 BELL Academy, visit   https://youtu.be/WZ7lDJYbXNA

 

Two people on the computers in the computer lab at Angela's House. One of them is looking up and smiling as she works.

 

 

Blindconnect Workshops

If you are new to blindness, or would like to keep enhancing your independence skills, please join us for our workshops.

Held Tuesdays 1PM to 6PM and Fridays from 12PM to 5PM

We have instructors ready to assist you with Braille, typing, chair fitness, One Touch Self-Defense, orientation and mobility and cell phone access.

Call and leave a voice message to reserve your spot: 702-631-9009 or

e-mail Angela’s House Program Manager: raquel@blindconnect.org

 

 

Contact Us 

5165 W Sunset Road
Las Vegas, Nevada  89118

702-631-9009
contact@blindconnect.org

What's New?

BlindConnect Family Legacy Project

Emotion Expressing. Freedom Claiming. Blind Painting. Color.Blind Paint Experience. Get Un-Stuck.

Ever feel stressed, burned out or just stuck? What do you tell yourself about your life experiences? How is that affecting you? Are you living your best life free of the blocks that can hinder your progress? Paint it out!

The Color.Blind Paint Experience is a is an emotional release painting class that will provide the powerful creative outlet that your heart craves. It requires no prior painting knowledge or experience but will take you on a journey of self-expression and self-discovery that is both a stress-reliever and a catalyst for substantial emotional growth. (Learn more)


BlindConnect serves those affected by vision loss and provides blind Nevadans opportunities to increase independence.

BlindConnect is a 501(C)3 nonprofit which offers information and services to Nevada’s blind and visually impaired population through skills training, support group, and other valuable resources.

Vision loss may take away the window to the world, but not the heart and soul of life. Whether due to illness, accident or genetics, vision impairment impacts the way a person must live their life.

BlindConnect exists to provide visually impaired Nevadans the resources and knowledge they need to make their lives more fulfilling.

Founded in 1998, BlindConnect is Southern Nevada's primary nonprofit source for those in need of resources for vision services, referrals, peer support, educational programs and more.


Angela's House

Blindness is frightening. It is isolating. It is life-altering. But, the visually impaired don't have to face those challenges alone. Angela's House is Nevada's only facility designed specifically to offer life skills training, resources, and peer support for participants - all in one location. Angela's House is the heart of BlindConnect. Here, visually impaired will find a safe place to unite for strength, support and invaluable training and information on living with vision loss.

Learn more about our premier program,  Angela’s House.

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BlindConnect: Mastering Vision Loss

 

BlindConnect: Setting Sights on Independence

     


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    April News Letter 2019

    Blindconnect Inc Volume 20, #1 March, 2019 We thank our generous DonorsDoug UngerChristine and Jim WunderlinThe Kara FoundationErin and Ben EricsonAlex Stone Barbara ViveroJohn and Joanne TownsleyCW Hoffman, JrYvonne TownsleyBelinda Parica ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A Letter from Our President Domino's Pizza — and many other companies — may soon have to change theirwebsites and apps to better serve customers who are blind. The U.S. Court ofAppeals for the Ninth Circuit, which applies to Arizona, ruled this week thatfederal Americans With Disabilities Act protections apply to websites and mobileapps. It sent the lawsuit against Domino's back down to the lower court inCalifornia to decide what the pizza restaurant must do next to assure it is incompliance.The American Foundation for the Blind commented on the decision.“As more and more companies conduct business online, it is unsurprising that weare seeing a rise in these accessibility-related issues,” officials with The AmericanFoundation for the Blind told The Arizona Republic in a statement.We at Blindconnect encourage low vision and blind Nevadan’s to speak out forfurther and stronger inclusion such as what is mentioned in this timely article. Asthe digital landscape ever changes, it is paramount that we continuously unite ourvoices to be heard about what works for the sake of our independence. This valueof empowerment and many other reasons are why I am proud to be stepping into leadership at Blindconnect.My name is Raquel O’Neill, and I amhonored to introduce myself to you inthis first newsletter of the year as thesecond president of Blindconnect Inc. Atage 14 I lost my eyesight fromprogressive congenital glaucoma. Now Ilive with my husband who is also blindand our 6-year-old son who is lowvision. I share this so that you know thatour family lives completely independently because of the education, tools,resources, and information that are made possible by organizations such asBlindconnect. Not just any organization, but one that carries the value of blindpersons who teach and mentor other blind persons towards independence.Therefore, I strive to carry forward the wonderful work that Jean Peyton along with many others before have started. In this 21st year of our organization Ibelieve that we are at an exciting point for blind Nevadans with an ability toincrease access to services and I hope you will find the new format of ournewsletter informative and insightful. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Updates First and foremost, here are some updates relating to our organization. This willbe followed by an Angela’s House graduate highlight, a volunteer corner article,and last but not least ways for you to stay connected and involved with us.In the spirit of unity and advocacy, Blindconnect has recently joined with otherlocal blindness organizations including Nevada Counsel for the Blind, NevadaFederation of the Blind, and Nevada Blind Children’s foundation to speak aboutcurrent pieces of legislation being considered in our own state. We are starting toapproach our assemblymen and senators to discuss such things as the importanceof having a school for the blind, protecting rights of blind parents, and ensuring that previous legislation concerning prescription drug readers are upheld andreinforced. All of these issues directly impacts our road to independencetherefore I attended our first visit to the legislature in Carson City on March 13,2019 and am glad to report that it was a productive time met with positive regardand respect. I look forward to many more meaningful conversations with ourrepresentatives.While spending a day in Carson City I had the opportunity to connect with someof the blind of northern Nevada. This was a fierce group of folks who raised theirconcerns for limited access to resources. I was able to encourage them by sharingthat Blindconnect Angela’s House graduated our first Sparks Nevada participantand we look forward to continuing to invite additional participants from the northto attend our training.Blindconnect is excited to announce our newest project called, the family legacy.Losing eye sight effects the entire family and every family has a story to tell ofhow they have journeyed through vision loss overcoming the darkness to findnew meaning in life. Since we believe that every story is worthy of being told,Blindconnect is partnering with Onyx Creatives to bring families together duringcreative painting sessions. Once per month we are holding these painting sessionswhere blind members and their family have an opportunity to display how theysee the world through tactile paints with essential oils. Family members areblindfolded to create awareness in truly seeing things the way their loved onedoes while expressing themselves through art. The paintings from this project willculminate in our first gallery style viewing on October 17, 2019 known as, TheColor of Blindness. Stay tuned for further updates regarding this project andplease come in to join us for painting. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Graduate Highlight! Angela’s House training goes state wide with ourfirst northern Nevada participant.Mayleen Hughes, a Sparks, Nevada resident, wifeand mother, has completed Angela’s House 90hours of independence training program. Mayleenhas blessed our Angela’s House family withinfectious laughter, enthusiasm, and an opportunityfor us to introduce new curriculum focused onparenting without sight. During her time with us atAngela’s House, we held our first blind parentsworkshop where we discussed important topicssuch as, advocating for parental rights, explaining ourabilities to social workers, family members, and teachers, and how to bond withour children through accessible games, administer medications, and matchclothing. Mayleen was able to involve her 5-year-old daughter and sightedhusband in her training process. She had mobility lessons with her daughter, andeven an outing where she caught her first ride on paratransit to Target for aStarbucks visit and shopping experience. Mayleen says, “I used to think that dueto my vision impairment life will never be the same again. I allowed myself to beengulfed with sadness and narrow-mindedness that had me do things with somuch limitations, uncertainty, and fear which often lead me in the corner of ourbed. Then I landed in this so called place Blindconnect Angela’s House. A month oftraining, I regained my strength, courage, and confidence thanks to all thementors and staff who’s patience never ends. They imparted their skills andknowledge. I left this what I call now, life changer place, equipped with new mindset, friends and family. Who needs an eye to see?, to be a wife, to be a mother,and to be a friend? I can be the person who I want to be and do what I want todo.” ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Volunteer Corner Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ed Robichaud, and I am the newvolunteer coordinator/board member for Blindconnect. I have a retinal diseasecalled Myopic Degeneration. Essentially, this means I am extremely nearsighted. Ihave lost central and some peripheral vision. I've had this condition from birth.Growing up was always a challenge of adapting and adopting to my environmentand situation. I remember, as a youngster being told that I would probably beblind by my mid fifties. Well, Dr Ford was very close to being spot on. At fiftyeight, I voluntarily gave up my driver's license. I also had to give up my job. So, Ifound myself facing a "rock bottom", if you will. Along with all the emotions thatgo along with loss, especially anger and depression. After a few months I realizedthat I had a choice- Stay wallowing and stuck, or get moving. So, I chose the latter.I have long recognized the healing power of support groups. I was also searchingfor a professional, no nonsense place where I could feel safe and be myself. Iremember calling Jean at this place called Blindconnect. I was amazed shereturned my call within 24 hours. She encouraged me to come to Friday supportgroup to check it out. I had registered with Paratransit Services by this time, so offI went. Well, the rest is history. I have been attending support group at Angela's ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ House regularly for over 2 years now. It is here that I have found, in no particularorder, safety, professionalism, the business of 'say what you mean and meanwhat you say'. A sense of like-mindedness in a positive environment. And perhapsmost importantly, a sense of hope, independence, and empowerment. Thank youJean!With renewed confidence, I re-established connection with a homeless advocacyorganization here. Currently I am volunteering at both organizations in variouscapacities. I have learned that vision loss does not need to equal the end ofindependence. In retrospect, it took losing my sight to find my vision and focus. Inthe next article, I will focus on what we are looking for in a volunteer forBlindconnect / Angela's House. I will let you in on things the volunteers have beenup to, possibilities that exist for volunteers, and the process of becoming avolunteer with Blindconnect / Angela's House. Until then, if you would like moreinformation on becoming a volunteer, please call Blindconnect at 702-631-9009,and leave a message for me. Until next time... Ed ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Stay connected and involved Many of our Angela’s House participant accomplishments along with currentinformation about events and resources can be viewed on our new BlindconnectAngela’s House Facebook profile. Please search for us and become our friend. We are only a call away. Did you know? Our phone number is a voice messagesystem where volunteers and Blindconnect board members receive and returncalls. You are welcome to call us anytime for resources or information by leavingus a message. We strive to return calls within the same day/24-hours window andif we do not reach you we will diligently call you back up to 3 times. 702-631-9009 Our website has a new and refreshed look with Blindconnect logo colors andupdated information. Thanks to our very own Angela’s House youth graduate,Skye Dunfield, much needed photo descriptions were added so that when using ascreen reader we all can enjoy them. Please visit us at:www.blindconnect.org We set our sights on independence. Truly yours,Raquel O’Neill
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