The excerpt about Blindconnect in an article, Residents with vision impairment able to find their way with help of organizations in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Photo from left, student Erin Patrick and instructor Jean Peyton listen and watch as student Tony Behn practices the alphabet in Braille by using golf balls and an egg carton during Blindconnect’s Transition2 class at the College of Southern Nevada's Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Feb. 7. Transition2, a three-week class headed by Peyton, helps individuals with recent vision loss or impairment with everyday tasks such as preparing meals, cleaning the home or grocery shopping, along with essential skills such as reading Braille. (Ronda Churchill/View)
March 26, 2015
By CAITLYN BELCHER
When Las Vegas resident Jean Peyton started losing her eyesight due to a degenerative disease 20 years ago, she said she realized there weren’t adequate services offered for the blind in Nevada.
So she partnered with other residents and helped create Blindconnect in 1998 to offer information, referrals and peer support.
The organization meets at the College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Building L, Suite 200.
It plans to open Angela’s House, a blindness skills training center, in November.
“It is named for one of our former board members who took her life after she was unable to find services and mental health help,” Peyton said. “Her family came to us and said, ‘We can’t have this happen again,’ so we have been working on opening this house since 2007.”
Located in the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s mobility training center, Angela’s House is set to be a fully functioning home with appliances, furniture and more.
“The best way to train is in an environment that you are living in,” Peyton said. “You don’t live in a classroom or school building. This will provide them real-life, real-time training.”
The organization also plans its annual blind dinner date May 7 at Wellington Place, 6985 W. Sahara Ave. Guests are set to enjoy a three-course meal while dining blindfolded.
“Attendees will get to see what we don’t see,” Peyton said. “It’s really an eye-opener for everyone.”
For more information or to donate, visit blindconnect.org or call 702-631-9009