Flatten Accessibility Curve Report – AFB VSAELC2020

In April 2020 AFB took the lead in designing and deploying a survey to gather information about how COVID-19 was impacting U.S. adults with visual impairments. There were 1,921 usable surveys completed that were analyzed. Participants shared their experiences in…

Professional Outreach Strategies – Foundation Fighting Blindness VSAELC2020

An overview of how our professional outreach team at the Foundation has connected with professionals at a national level to raise awareness about resources available for constituents with retinal degeneration. • Developing partnerships with organizations and doctors • Utilizing volunteers…

Blind and Low Vision Rehabilitation Services Outcomes Update VSAELC2020

Vision Rehabilitation Outcome Measures Panel presented at the Executive Leadership Conference hosted by VisionServe Alliance. Panelists: Denny Moyer, Ensight Skills Center, Inc Dan Norris, VABVI Nilima Tanna, Functional Low Vision Rehabilitation Jenice Heck, Lighthouse Louisiana

You Can Take it to the Bank – Connecting Community Reinvestment and Resource Development VSAELC2020

This interactive session will acquaint attendees with the landmark Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and its recently modernized federal rules to demonstrate how agencies providing direct services to people with vision loss are well-positioned to partner with financial institutions in both…

Reframing Aging & Vision Loss – A Three-Year Plan to Focus National Collaboration VSAELC2020

Older people with vision loss make up by far the largest cohort of people who are blind or visually impaired in this country, yet services for this ever-growing population receive the least funding and least attention. The Aging and Vision Loss…

Unmuting Everyone Accessibility Panel VASELC2020

We have all learned a great deal more about connecting on digital platforms than we ever imagined we would. Yet, do we know how to ensure that the content, connection and delivery will support accessibility for clients and staff? Whether…

Quantifying the Determinants and Public Health Impact of Vision Impairment in the United States VSAELC2021

Join Dr. Dean VanNasdale, OD, PhD from Ohio State University for a webinar on data from the US Census, Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS), and the American Communities Survey. Analysis of this data allows us to obtain county-level prevalence data…

The Myth of Functionality: COVID-19 and the Vindication of Universal Design VSAELC2021

Presenter – Tai Tomasi With the advent of Covid-19, we’ve entered a reality where the non-disabled population finds itself checking many of the same boxes disabled people have always checked. Your access to everything and quality-of-life activities constrained by someone…

Employers of Individuals with Low Vision

Employer outreach

At the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired our mission is to equip all Alaskans for success in all avenues of life. The following information should be a great tool for employers as it explains the truths about individuals with vision loss.

Election Accessibility Toolkit

The REV UP Campaign, launched by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in 2016, is a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local disability organizations to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The Campaign focuses on voter registration, education, access, and engagement. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!

Going Beyond Advocacy

Note:  This has been adapted from an article written/published on 1/17/17 by Thomas R. Rosenfield and Joel D. Kassiday.

VisionServe Alliance members can play an important role in influencing policy and legislation through their advocacy efforts, especially when they take their government relations work beyond traditional lobbying. Remaining proactive, rather than reactive, is crucial.