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Advance Our Cause

We want nothing less than equality for people who are blind or visually impaired. We’ve made great strides since opening our doors a century ago. But there’s still much more to do.

There’s power in numbers. You can advance our cause by becoming a vocal advocate. All it takes is a willingness to learn the issues and a commitment to our mission. Here’s what you can do to help.

Learn the Issues

Employment

Seventy percent of people who are blind or visually impaired are unemployed. Reducing unemployment is a top priority. We support policies and public programs that create jobs for people with disabilities, protect against discrimination and encourage employers to hire individuals with disabilities. Learn more about our training programs and employer outreach.


Equality

Although we’ve made progress, there continue to be negative misconceptions about people who are blind or visually impaired. Contrary to widely-held beliefs, many people who are blind or visually impaired are self-sufficient and living productive lives. Stereotypes hinder our progress toward equality. Get the facts on blindness and visual impairment.

Rehabilitation

There are currently 165,000 Hoosiers living with vision loss. Our rehabilitation services put people on the path to independence and self-sufficiency, which benefits all of us. Although these services are largely sustained through our lines of business and generous donations, we rely on Federal and State support, as well. Learn more about the rehabilitation services we offer at our center and throughout the community.


Quick Stats

  • The unemployment rate among people who are blind or visually impaired is 70 percent.
  • There are currently 165,000 Hoosiers living with vision loss.
  • By 2030, the rate of blindness is estimated to double along with the country’s aging population. *

*American Federation for the Blind

Support our Supporters

One way you can help Hoosiers who are blind or visually impaired is by showing support for our champions in government. In particular, the AbilityOne Program is a Federal program that enables us to provide much-needed jobs to people who are blind or visually impaired.

In Indiana, we’re fortunate to have Congressional leaders who have been ardent supporters of the AbilityOne Program. Join us in thanking them, and send a letter to encourage their continued support.

Indiana’s AbilityOne Champions are:

  • Susan Brooks (IN-5)
  • Larry Bucshon (IN-8)
  • André Carson (IN-7)
  • Luke Messer (IN-6)
  • Todd Rokita (IN-4)
  • Todd Young (IN-9)

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