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Our Mission Statement — Our Mission is to connect blind people to other blind persons, to available services and resources, and to their community-at-large. Blindconnect strives to educate about blindness, to advocate for increased services and inclusion, and to encourage community support.

We’re passionate about our commitment to help others with the issues of vision loss. Blindness can be a frightening, isolating experience. But it doesn’t need to be. Those of us who have lost our vision know all too well what it’s like. Six of us created Blindconnect to help like-minded visually challenged individuals connect with others without fear or shame.

Continued Community Involvement — Our community has embraced our message, that there is life after vision loss, but we need to continue our efforts with sustained outreach for, as our county continues to grow, Blindconnect will surely need to serve more people.

We speak at community meetings, attend fairs, produce PSAs, have made appearances on television and have had articles in newspapers to help spread community awareness.

We’re especially proud of our efforts working with state lawmakers that led to a new 2001 law, which requires public buildings to identify restroom facilities so that blind and visually impaired persons can find them independently.

The bill SB324 was proposed by Blindconnect and presented by State Senator Dina Titus.

In 2005 Blindconnect worked with state lawmakers to define the rights and responsibilities of service animal teams and to strengthen the law regarding safety of working teams.

In honor of 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.We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

5165 W Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89118 
(702) 631-9009
contact@blindconnect.org

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    Choice Center Leadership University elivates Blindconnect

    In 7 days 35 members of Choice Center Leadership University raised $206,444+ to enhance the services of Blindconnect. This funding will provide independence training for newly blind youth and adults in Nevada.

    Thank you Choice Center for believing in our cause!

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    Las Vegas Review-Journal article about Blindconnect

     

    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

     

     

     

     

     

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