Sonya Ruffin

  • published 2-Hour Emotional Shots in Family Legacy Project 2019-02-08 15:17:37 -0800

  • published Home 2019-01-26 14:15:43 -0800

    What's New?


    Angela’s House is teaming up with the Nevada BELL Academy to help teach braille literacy to blind and visually impaired children. The academy will not be held until the summer, but there is a lot to get done before then. If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, or if you know a family who has a child who could benefit from learning braille and independent living skills in a fun and educational environment, please contact Skye Dunfield at If you want to learn more about BELL, please visit

    Connect with us in 2020. Join or renew your membership today with Blindconnect.


    A group of Blindconnect volunteers who are manning a booth at a community event are standing together behind a table and smiling.

    Why should you join?

    • Blindconnect and our programs provide advocacy, training, support, and resource’s for persons and their families who are impacted by vision loss/blindness in Nevada. Blindness can unfortunately occur to any individual at any time whether it be through injury, secondary medical cause, or genetics. As our current members say, “It is such a relief to have a place to go when we are given this life altering and often devastating news.” And “Blindconnect offers hope for life after blindness.”
    • We have the only blindness skills training program in Nevada specially designed to increase independence and self-sufficiency of newly blind adults known as Angela’s House.
    • Our group is a small but mighty force of volunteers who value leading by example. Most of our trainers and leadership are either living the life of blindness with success or have been impacted by vision loss through an immediate family member. We truly walk the walk, and our current and past accomplishments show it. (please see our latest news letter for key accomplishments in 2019)

    What do I get for joining?

    • Consultation and advocacy services in any of our service areas
    • Angela’s House training graduates receive ongoing graduate support with information about our workshops and first-hand knowledge of upcoming community/donor gifts. For example, if someone donates tickets to shows, magnifiers, electronic equipment  or other tangible goods for the blind they would be contacted first to see if they or a loved one could benefit.
    • Quarterly news letters to share in the good work we do
    • Bragging rights to be a part of our unique and empowering organization
    • Connection and belonging to a positive, inspiring, and empowering group of people including professionals, individuals who are both overcoming challenges and celebrating successes of living with blindness, and family members who are also learning that there is hope for the future.

    Join us today by completing 2 simple steps:

    1. Download and complete the membership application here in MS Word then e-mail to
    2. Pay $10 right here on our Donate page, or feel free to bring cash whenever you next stop by. 

    Blindconnect in the RTC Mobility Training Center

    5165 West Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118


    If you or a loved one needs assistance in completing your membership application please do so by calling 702-631-9009.


    We look forward to serving Nevada in 2020 with hope and optimism.

    Setting our sights on independence.


    Our Color of Blindness event was a success! A big thank you to everyone who made the evening so special. 


    On Friday, July 12, 2019 Blindconnect received the prestigious Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind. Dr.Boloton was known for his achievements in becoming a completely blind physician in the early 1900s. He was a trail blazer and one of the many founding positive influences who began demolishing misconceptions about the self-sufficiency and capabilities of the blind. Due to several outstanding recommendations from staff members and graduates which demonstrated how Angela‘s House embodies the spirit of Dr.Boloton, Blindconnect President Raquel O’Neill was honored to except the award on behalf of the organization. 


    Blindconnect graduates, Angela’s House staff, and Board of Director members who were present all standing together in a hall at the NFB National Convention.



    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:



    Contact Us 

    Blindconnect Inc. is located in the RTC Mobility Training Center at 5165 West Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118

    Call us and leave a message for a caring representative at 702-631-9009

    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


BLINDCONNECT provides services to the blind of Southern Nevada that support their efforts to increase independence.
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