According to AFB or American Foundation for the Blind, over 20 million Americans experience a type of vision loss with services needed “expected to double by year 2030.” AFB helps those with vision loss through award-winning work such as advancement of technology, evidence-based research towards education, employment, and appeal and advocacy towards policymakers as well as “creating a more equitable world for people with disabilities.” The goal for all blind charities is to make breakthroughs in these areas. Here are just some of the charities that supported the visually impaired.
Blind charities do their work by raising money for research and awareness of visual impairments. Blind charities help people by fighting stigma most of all. Just by existing, they are taking the fear away for someone to come forward and ask for what they need. Many focus on advocacy in that case and raise money. They create a network of people who infiltrate and educate through awareness and fundraising events. They partner and plan projects.
There may be these similarities to how some help others regarding raising money and finding brand partnerships for their products, but their stories are not all the same. Not all charities that support people with visual impairments have a personal link to blindness. Joseph Sehwani at the Dreamscape Foundation does.
Dreamscape is different from the rest.
The founder of Dreamscape, Joe Sehwani, has Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy also known as LHON which developed when he was sixteen, and from personal experience, he was inspired to start Dreamscape at age eighteen. He experienced the shortcomings of the education system for example and lack of adaptation and accessibility. He took this further by fighting for those seeking employment. His parents were strong support systems for him as well as his little brother. Having a support system in place is not something everyone has, and Dreamscape works to provide all the support it can.
Joe wanted to provide support for people with rare disabilities and diseases, such as LHON. He recognized a gap in the needs of those with such disabilities or diseases and accommodations first in the education system. He didn’t think anyone else would do it and struggled to contact anyone else with LHON due to its rarity, but fortunately, Dreamscape has invested in helping research go towards doctors for this disability.
They’ll help provide funding and awareness towards causes but also people in need, such as one girl with cancer who needed money raised for her. Dreamscape is not afraid to take much on, and though it was started with rare disabilities and diseases in mind, it is for anyone with a disability or struggle.
Joe was nominated for a Caught in the Act award, a Random Acts Organization recognizing his efforts in raising money and awareness towards disabilities such as visual impairments through funding technology, research, and events through Dreamscape.
Dreamscape provides and supports those who need assistive technology. They partner with those who work in assistive technology, push for accessible websites and educate the community of the needs of those with disabilities and why complying with Americans with Disabilities Act is important for a business or organization.
Dreamscape is making a difference. It has a founding story to tell. The more funds and support Dreamscape Foundation can gather, the more research will go into sensory impairments.
The founder, Joe, uses his story to reach people who also have had experienced shortcomings in the accommodations provided by education or employment. They are not afraid to DREAM big, and we hope you aren’t either.PreviousNext »