- incorporated as 501(c)(3) Nevada nonprofit to connect blind people to other
blind persons, to available services and resources, and to their community-at-
- opened first office with support of United Way and Clark County
- advocated for State legislation regarding identification of restrooms and
guide dog safety.
- designed and implemented Camp Independence, an overnight outdoor
- facilitated communitywide Vision Forum event.
- opened daily living lab at College of Southern Nevada.
- initiated peer support group.
- offered Transition, a blindness skills training program, for high school youth.
- began planning for blindness skills training center
2010 - 2018
- established Blind Date, as our premier fundraiser.
- began offering Braille Club.
- provided Transition2, blindness skills training for adults.
- opened Angela’s House with our partner, RTC of Southern Nevada
- collaborated with other agencies in Vision
Continued Community Involvement
Our community has embraced Blindconnect’s message, that there is life after vision loss, but we need to continue our efforts with sustained outreach.
We speak at community meetings, attend health and community8 fairs, produce PSAs, have made appearances on television, and have had articles in newspapers to help spread community awareness. Our Board members represent the disability community on RTC’s Transportation Access Advisory Committee and Transportation Resources Advisory Committee and on the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council.
We’re especially proud of our efforts working with state lawmakers, that led to a 2001 law. It requires public buildings to identify restroom facilities so that blind and visually impaired persons can find them independently.
In 2005, SB324 was proposed by Blindconnect and presented by State Senator Dina Titus. to define the rights and responsibilities of service animal teams and to strengthen the law regarding safety of working teams.
Recognizing the value of service animals, Senator Titus sponsored Service Animal Recognition Day, which occurs the second Wednesday of each April. A proclamation acknowledging this day hangs in our office.