Sight Connection welcomes Michelle Toy!

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Michelle (Mell) Toy has joined Sight Connection as our Low Vision / Adaptive Aids Specialist. She is a native of Western Washington and a graduate of UW. She started in the field of blind rehabilitation in 2001, and has worked for state and federal blind rehab agencies before joining the SightConnection team. Her national certifications are in Orientation & Mobility and Low Vision Therapy. Welcome, Mell!

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The Holman Prize for Blind Ambition

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Funding the dreams and ambitions of blind individuals worldwide. The Holman Prize is a brand-new series of awards created by the LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco. Every year, the prize will award up to $25,000 to three blind adventurers, scholars, and activists anywhere in the world to complete the project of their dreams. Join them on February 15 at 4 PM Pacific Time for a live Q&A session with the Holman Committee on the LightHouse’s Facebook page. Deadline for first applications is February 28th, 2017. Find more information on the Holman Prize website.

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February is Low Vision Awareness Month

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It is important to get regular eye exams and tell your doctor if you notice changes in your vision.
According to National Eye Institute (NEI), 4.2 million Americans ages 40 and older are visually impaired. Of these, 3 million have low vision. By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, the number of Americans who have visual impairments is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision.

Here’s a look at a few technologies under development that aim to lessen the impact of low vision and blindness.

Be a Member of Sight Connection’s Visionary Circle

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All it takes to join is to include Sight Connection in your planned giving. 

It could be as easy as designating a gift of any amount to Sight Connection in your will.

We would love to hear from those who have left a legacy at Sight Connection so that we may honor you with a specially designed and inscribed gift recognizing your generosity. The amount is not important. Your investment in Sight Connection’s future is what counts.

For the many other ways to remember Sight Connection in your estate planning, please contact your financial planner. For Sight Connection related questions, please contact Emily Bader, ebader@sightconnection.org, 206-204-6158.

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Sight Connection featured in WTBBL newsletter

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Sight Connection social worker Jeffrey Gerhardstein was featured in Washington Talking Book & Braille Library’s fall newsletter, Reading Matters. The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is a program of the Washington State Library that provides library services, at the library and by mail, to any Washington resident unable to read standard print material due to visual impairment or disability.

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Lynette & Bonnie: The Power of Strong Beginnings

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In 1965, Bonnie found herself looking for support for her deaf, blind toddler, Lynnette. During the Rubella epidemic between 1962-65, more than 20,000 children were born with disabilities resulting from infection during pregnancy, including vision and hearing loss. This epidemic impacted families in Seattle, and, with the seeds of support from Sight Connection, launched an increase in advocacy for children with disabilities for the next 50 years.

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