What is the purpose of charity for the blind?
organizations for the blind educate about the causes and risk factors for blindness, among others. We bank on knowledge so people will be spared from blindness that’s currently affecting millions of Americans. Prevention isn’t just exclusive to vision impairments, but also all forms of disabilities. We consider education as the foundation of awareness and a way to reduce the number of people with disability. Providing tools and resources To support people with disabilities and sensory impairments, we fund accommodation, tools, and other resources for people with blindness. We are able to continue this mission with the help of the Naples, FL, community as well as the financial support of good-hearted people. We do this so they can pursue a better life. For us, blindness should never deprive a person of the chance to live a normal and fulfilling life.
What Drives Us to Donate
Most donations towards a charity come from individuals like you and me. Supporters are the bulk of what is built up through donations over time. Individuals. According to Charity Navigator as of 2017, individual giving made up 70% of about $410,020,000,000 total donated that year. Donations come from all sorts of sources. It is not limited to just individuals, even though they comprise the majority of it all. Foundations (16% of total giving), corporations (5%), bequests (9%) or properties given by a will also add their influence For the individual, there are different ways one can rally together donations. Setting up a food drive is one of them, collection jars, contests, events to collect funds for your chosen charity. You can also simply write a check or give cash if you want to simply give.
Why do people give to charity?First of all, it’s makes them feel good! One’s emotional health can actually be uplifted through giving. It creates better wellbeing all around, for those who give and for those who are given to. It actually enhances one’s ethics and moral compass towards compassion. It makes an impact. The legacy you leave can be simple few dollars or a lot! It can go to a charity’s new projects, partnerships, plans, etc. It gives you purpose in life and meaning. It can save a life, even. When it goes into research, both preventative measures and cures can be found towards any ailment. Every little bit counts! Will you make it count? When you give, you are encouraging others to give too. It encourages friend, family, your children, even strangers if you bring it up in conversation that you are excited about a donation you just made to a charity. It brings a new spirit upon a conversation. Readiness. People will be influenced to give too. Donating gives you a better state of mind. It doesn’t take much to give. All you need is incentive– what is the impact you are really making? You can believe in a cause, decide it makes you feel good to give while giving as much as you can or all you can afford or to save lives. It is also tax deductible and “might qualify you for a tax break and… reduce cost of donation.” For the tax benefits of giving, go here. At Dreamscape, the founder Joe Sehwani seeks to use his experience with visual impairments and rare disability of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy or LHON to help others. It is that extension of self that most benefits the world. We must come together and give together. His story is what anyone can believe in—a person with an ailment who uses it to aid others. He lost his sight at sixteen and started Dreamscape at eighteen. That takes determination and drive. His goal is to help as many people as possible with disabilities, specifically rare ones like he has. He’s open to giving to anyone though, as he has helped people with cancer before too. You can become part of the nonprofit’s story by giving. Funding goes towards innovation, towards accessibility such as in technology, towards helping one another and education and resources. Research toward rare diseases and disabilities is also accomplished. Donations for people with disabilities is the goal, to help as many as we can get to. But it’s not possible without giving.
It’s not possible without you.So, thank you. Thank you for giving and for the donations you have yet to give. You leave a footprint on this world with an “I was here” statement each time you raise funds or give to a cause. Together we can change the world. It is possible, it is realistic, it can be done one donation at a time. You can support people with disabilities and sensory impairments through Dreamscape. You can start today. « PreviousNext »
Dreamscape Foundation: United in Addressing Disability Needs
accessibility resources for the disabled in as many ways that we can. Without accessibility, these people won’t have the chance to live their lives to the fullest and be part of their community just like everyone else.
Why we helpAbout 20% of all Americans are living with at least one disability and about 15% of the worldwide population live with impairments. That’s equal to one million people with severe disabilities, two million with functional limitations, and five million affected youth here in the U.S. With this staggering number, no other reason is needed why we need to support people with disabilities and sensory impairments. Our volunteers take action to help these individuals adapt to their environment and even secure employment.
Our missionWe ensure that schools and workplaces are accessible to every person with a disability. This cuts the risk of the long commute and the difficulty they have to endure. Through this, they can live independently and as a productive member of society. What we do is offer accommodation to people with impairments so they can pursue the career they find rewarding. Aside from that, we continuously seek to provide and distribute resources for people with sensory impairments. This way, they can study and learn new things even with the physical hindrance they are enduring.
You can help too!All these wouldn’t be possible without the kind individuals who wholeheartedly gave their time and effort to be part of the foundation. We actively seek financial resources to fund our campaigns that will benefit the accessibility needs of people with rare impairments and diseases. You can get involved in our cause by volunteering on our campaigns, donating, sharing our mission on your social media accounts, or partnering your brand with us. You can also purchase our merchandise and the proceeds will go straight to visually impaired people and those with disabilities.
A little help can have a big impactCurrently, we are supporting three campaigns that aim to gather donations for people with disabilities. Two of these campaigns focus on helping those with visual impairments acquire various equipment that will give them a glimpse of hope despite their condition. One of these is eSight, electronic eyeglasses that can help legally blind people have a better vision. With the help of brothers Kenny and Justin Jongsma, they are looking for ways to help people like them who are starting to lose their central vision. The last one is the Giving Tuesday campaign. We started this project back in 2012 as a way to spread the spirit of sharing during the holidays. Since then, we’ve continued and encouraged everyone to share and change other people’s lives even without a special occasion. By supporting the Dreamscape Foundation, you also get to touch lives and make opportunities happen. As a charity for people with disabilities, we have a never-ending passion to help those who are in need. Dreamscape Foundation provides accommodations for individuals with disabilities in their pursuit of education and life-fulfilling work. We use the legal framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act to dive deeper into achieving our goal in helping people with disabilities. « PreviousNext »
How You Can Support Those With Disabilities
Supporting those with disabilities is easy, and anyone can do it. One has to understand the perspective and problems of those with disabilities first. A disability can be physical, mental or sensory barriers to learning or accomplishing tasks. This qualifies the individual for accommodations. A person with a disability then enrolls in “special educational services or programs” according to educational courses at Lumen Learning. It is important to support those with disabilities because everyone has something to say or contribute to society. We can’t neglect those who may make a difference the most, namely because they are able but do things differently. This in itself should change the way we view the word “disability.” Services and accommodations are the main ways we can help as a society, but understanding and outreach are another. We must support people with disability and sensory impairment. There are many types of disabilities. For example, hearing loss and visual impairments are disabilities that an individual may face. There’s a difference between hearing impaired, hard of hearing and deafness. For the former, the individual has not lost his or her hearing totally, and for the latter, hearing is totally gone. While the cause of such an impairment can vary, services focus more on developing accommodations as the cause does not influence the treatment for any type of hearing loss. For those with little hearing loss, a learning disability may be misdiagnosed. Struggles in school may even seem disciplinary related and not hearing associated. For those who may have a learning disability, there is something called Auditory Processing Disorder which is altogether different. It’s when the brain doesn’t register auditory information either well or at an appropriate pace because the brain and ears are at odds. To learn more about the difference, click here
How can we support those with hearing impairments?
- Testing for a hearing impairment isn’t always straightforward. It’s not always easy to discover either. Be sensitive to the process and progress a person makes.
- Understand social isolation may occur due to communication struggles, and empathy is a skill anyone can give.
- Lip reading can be a skill, but not everyone can rely on it. Don’t assume they can simply read your lips. Also, struggle may be missed by those around someone who can lip read. It’s not an indicator that the problem has been solved.
- A person can mislead others by looking at context and clues when they are struggling to hear. Stigma may be a cause for this to continue rather than that person seeking help. Your openness and acceptance could make a difference.
- Hearing loss can be experienced differently for everyone. It can be either sounds aren’t loud or not clear enough according to Healthy Hearing.
- ALDS or Assisted Listening Devices can be helpful for the person. Hearing aids, if needed, should be encouraged rather than stigmatized.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act requires jobs to provide accommodations. If that person is afraid about his or her gaining employment, tell them this: Be an advocate for the ADA in general and become more educated on it.
- Awareness and education about the world may be stifled due to communication struggles and hearing impairment. Patience and persistence is what is needed to be a good ally.
- The basics of ASL are a good place to start, but learning it in general is beneficial for everyone.
Visual impairmentsAccording to Lumen Learning, visual impairments and blindness can be categorized as follows:
- Refraction- Blurred Vision
- Tunnel Vision- Loss of vision
- Sensitivity to Light
- Legal Blindness, visual acuity of 20/200 or less
- Low Vision- reads with magnifying lens
How can we support those with visual impairments?
- Watch for the signs. If someone is reading really closely, squinting, frequently blinking to make sense of what they see etc. can be signs of a visual impairment.
- Be aware, their symptoms may be rooted in another cause like a disease for example. Pay attention to all physical actions if out of the ordinary.
- Physical distance makes a difference. Placement of the individual matters in respect to what they are trying to read.
- Braille or other types of communication of information is necessary.
- Be aware of the ADA and accommodations.
Other types of disabilitiesThere are two types of disabilities, physical and invisible. An example of a physical disability is a hearing impairment where it affects the physical body. An invisible disability affects more the mind. It can be a mental health issue or a learning disabilities. However, there are similarities to how to help anyone with a disability.
Personal Anecdote:I struggled with math my whole life; my brain flip flopped numbers around almost like dyslexia. I would be counting money and go from $230 to $300 in the next second of counting. Something was wrong. It was the 3 that flipped in my mind. I would forget where I was and have to start over. I went through life able to retain math formulas short term; however, I could no longer do it in college. It took years later as an adult to get testing to learn I had dyscalculia, a math learning disability. And I didn’t get the help I needed until I realized stigma of a learning disability would not define me nor my intelligence. This is an example of an invisible disability. Don’t assume someone isn’t intelligent just because they struggle at a skill which comes naturally to you. I learned that I needed extra assistance when doing math, and that I just barely got good grades when I was in school. Here’s what I needed and how this can apply to anyone:
- A teacher once said to me in math class “You actually have to think in this class, Sarah.” No mention of learning disability ever came up on both sides.
- Shaming others for their struggles keep things undiagnosed, undiscovered. Assuming stupidity is the worst thing you could.
- Let someone go their own pace.
- Don’t overwhelm them with advocacy. If you want to help them, ask how they would like to be helped.
- Use your voice if you see something wrong. Do you know how many teachers I had that didn’t catch this? In first grade, I cried when I couldn’t get a math problem right. They assumed I was being dramatic, but it was really that overwhelming.