Today VisionServe Alliance joins many other organizations and companies in a collaborative project to collect data and information about the experiences of adults who are blind or have low vision during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the lives of adults with visual impairments and to identify solutions for these challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in the following areas:

• Healthcare
• Transportation
• Employment
• Education
• Social experiences
• Access to meals, food, and supplies
• Voting

This survey is open to anyone over age 18 with a visual impairment in the United States.

To take the Survey, go to: www.FlattenInAccessibility.com

The survey is open until 8 am EST on April 13.

VSA is proud to join this effort to create a world with no limits—which means that people with visual impairments are not limited in our access to healthcare, information, education, online work environments, transportation, food and other supplies, or voting during the COVID-19 pandemic or at any other time. If we’re going to flatten the curve, we need to ensure everyone is included and has access to critical information and services.

We encourage you to participate in this survey and to forward on to your employees and constituents who are blind/have low vision. If you know of an adult who doesn’t have access to an online survey, reach out to help them in filling out the survey. We want all US adults with visual impairments to have a voice in how we can work together to flatten the inaccessibility curve.

Please share! Here is some language for a social media post:
Has the coronavirus left you without needed resources? Leaders in the field of blindness want to know how it has impacted you. We have joined together to create a survey that will better help now, and break down barriers in the future. Help us flatten the inaccessibility curve by taking the survey at bit.ly/fin-a11y #FlatteningInAccessiblity #A11y #TeamAccessibility

 

March 19, 2020 – VisionServe Alliance joined over 144 national nonprofit organizations calling for the federal government to pass a stimulus bill to support nonprofit organizations facing the COVID-19 crisis.

The letter, spearheaded by the National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector can be read HERE.

An excellent article providing good language for grassroots comments to your Senators and Representatives can be found in yesterday’s Nonprofit Quarterly. The National Council of Nonprofits is urging you to write your congresspersons and tell them how this crisis is affecting your organization, your employees and the people you serve.

Writing your senators and representatives is easy; just click those links and find your officeholders. The message is easy: “I want you to understand what this pandemic is doing to the ability of my nonprofit to serve your constituents.” Tell your story. Close with something like, “I urge you to include the policy solutions proposed by the nonprofit community in any COVID-19 relief and stimulus legislation.”