History

Jean Peyton is standing at a podium giving a speech. Her black Labrador guide dog is lying next to her on the stage.    Highlights


1998

  • incorporated as 501(c)(3) Nevada nonprofit ro connect blind people to other
    blind persons, to available services and resources, and to their community-at-
    large.


2000-2010


  •  opened first office with support of United Way and Clark county
    Government.

  •  advocated for State legislation regarding identification of restrooms and
    guide dog safety.

  •  designed and implemented Camp Independence, an overnight outdoor
    camping experience.

  •  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 premiere fundraiser.

  •  began offering Braille Club.

  •  provided Transition2, blindness skills training for adults.


 2016 –

  • 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 NeState
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.

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