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Vision Loss Connections is an organization of people who are blind and low vision who live in the Puget Sound Region.
We have come together to address the unmet needs of our visually impaired community by organizing groups in the areas of:
Arts & Culture
Sports & Recreation
Support & Education
We strongly encourage the involvement of family and friends in all our activities.

Vision Loss Connections had its First Support Group Meeting on 3 March 2004. We celebrate our 12th Birthday this year and as befits a Developing Teen, we are making some Changes as to what we want to be "When We Grow Up". So far, we have been an All Volunteer Program, and now need to move into the Next Stage of Development with some Paid Staff, and an Office Location. The Focus will be on Capacity Building and Development of New Funding Sources for Programs. The Support Group & King Cobras Goalball Team will continue their usual season without interruption.

Our Commitment is Strong to Providing Accessible & Affordable Sports and Arts & Cultural Programming to Puget Sound’s Blind and Low Vision Community. In 2016, we won the NW Access Fund’s Award for Recreational Engagement. We've organized Groups for Access Tours at Multiple Museums, Music Events & Audio Described Performances at most of Seattle’s Major Theaters. We have highlighted the Importance of Braille Literacy through our Tactile Art Group Creating The Braille Faces Mural on the Mt. Baker Artspace Building, which is one of our Proudest Achievements. We thank Seattle Arts & Culture for Helping to Fund our Youth Arts Access Program. Vision Loss Connections was Awarded a WA State Jefferson Award for Community Service and Presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London at the International "In Touch with Art Conference". We started Programs with a Can Do Spirit and Readily Obtained Federal Non-Profit Organization Status. Now we turn to a Focus on Funding and Grant Writing and Partnering to Proceed Seamlessly into a Secure & Sustainable Future for Vision Loss Connections!

December is a busy month for the Elves at Vision Loss Connections. There will be a Holiday Party & Fundraising Raffle featuring Jones Barbecue & Northwest Brews on Sunday Dec. 11th to Celebrate the Season. For the Raffle, we are very fortunate to have the Seattle Seahawks Donate 2 Personally Autographed Footballs! We also have a Pair of Great Seats Tickets for the Dec. 24th Seahawks Home Game plus a $100.00 Gift Card for the Seattle Team Store or Nordstrom. There are a number of other fantastic and fun Seahawks related items to round out the Raffle Prizes!

The Support Group will follow it’s usual holiday tradition of bringing in stories, treats and creative work to share at it’s December 7th Meeting.

The Elves will be hard at work right up until the Last Day of 2016. On Dec 31st,Vision Loss Connections will be coordinating group ticketing for a large group to attend the Audio Described 1:00pm Matinee Performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the 5th Ave. Theater. Through a generous grant from Washington Arts we are able to offer $25.00 Per Person Tickets to People in Seattle’s Blind and Low Vision Community. This special funding also covers the costs of 40 Free Tickets to Families with Visually Impaired Children or Youth. It is our favorite time of the year and there will also be an early lunch starting at 10:30am at the Rock Bottom Restaurant to bring people together for Lunch and a Show! We’ll say Happy New Year and look forward to some special new developments for Vision Loss Connections in 2017!

 

Calendar of Activities for Winter 2017!

Seattle King Cobras Goalball Autumn Season is starting September 6 with a Tuesday Practice every week until December 13. Practices Sessions are from 4:30PM - 6:30PM at the NVC Gym at 1212 S. King St. Seattle WA 98144
Contact - info@visiionlossconnections.org

 

December 11 Sunday
VLC Holiday Party & Raffle 12:30PM
Holiday Party Link

December 13 Tuesday
Book Group - 11:30AM - 1:00PM Central Seattle Public Library
Contact Cleo.Brooks@spl.org

December 13 Tuesday
Goalball Last Practice of 2016
4:30PM - 6:30PM NVC Gym 1212 S. King St.
Contact info@visionlossconnections.org

December 31 Saturday
1:00PM Audio Described - Little Mermaid
5th Ave. Theater $25.00 tickets info@visionlossconnections.org

 

The Braille Faces Mural created by Hjyli Mar Hinn and the Vision Loss Connections Tactile Art Group is now complete and installed. The Group received a Commission from the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Architects to create a Mural that will decorate the exterior of the new Artspace Building at 2915 Rainier Avenue S. Seattle WA 98144. The 3 Panel Mural spells the word ART in Giant Braille. The new building is adjacent to the Mount Baker Light Rail Station and will provide affordable housing and studio space for working artists.

Nine different Artists who are Blind and Low Vision have each constructed a large Braille dot out of clay and carved and sculpted a face on each Dot to reflect the diversity of Faces & People in the North Rainier Community. The 9 Dots in the Braille lettering are very large - each dot is twenty one inches, 53 cm, in diameter and six inches, 15 cm, high. Each Braille Dot weighs over a hundred pounds, 50 kg, in clay. This is perhaps the largest Braille Installation in the world, The 3 Panel Mural spelling ART can be easily seen by the passengers on the Light Rail Trains as they leave the Mount Baker Station.

The Award Winning - City Stream Program on the Seattle Channel #21 created a film about Vision Loss Connections!
Here is the link

Our mission is to promote and involve people who are visually impaired in support, education and recreation groups throughout the the Puget Sound Region.

Our goal is to bring individuals together to build bridges of activities and shared interests that connects people living with impaired vision.

Our activities are open to people with all levels of vision loss and those experiencing the challenge of living with eye problems. Family members and friends are also a vital part of our group activities. Volunteer involvement is also welcomed!

Our aim is to promote easy and affordable access to the rich cultural and recreation opportunities that are available to people living in the Puget Sound area.

Seattle King Cobras Goalball Team on Community Stories

In the episode on the 31st of January Community Stories profiled the Seattle King Cobras Goalball Team, the first goalball team in the Seattle area in over 30 years. Described as "soccer for the blind", goalball provides a team sport outlet for the blind and visually impaired community. It was created by World War II veterans who wanted to continue to play sports after becoming visually impaired. Teams of three stand on either side of a court marked with rope so players can feel the boundary lines Players serve a ball with bells inside of it to the opposite side of the court in effort to get it past defenders and score a goal. Today, a dedicated group of new players and advocates have started Seattle's first goalball team in over 30 years.

Patt Copeland is the program manager for Vision Loss Connections, a non-profit group that serves as an organizer for and link between the blind /visually impaired community and various recreational activities. She met lifelong athlete Telea Noriega, who as a youth played football and competed as a goalball player on a national level, and they both expressed an interest in starting a team in Seattle. Copeland and Noriega found a number of people who had played goalball in the past and then began to recruit new players, who have found a passion for their new sport and teammates. "The feeling of fully participating in something is a confidence builder," says Nancy Lopez Swaney. Twelve-year-old Su Park, the youngest member of the Seattle King Cobras, had never played a sport before. "I personally felt a little left out in the sighted society. But that sense of being left out is totally gone when it comes to this team," she says.