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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.

CALLING ALL YOUTH, WHO ARE VISUALLY IMPAIRED!

WE WANT YOU, YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE SEATTLE COBRAS GOALBALL PROGRAM
GOALBALL IS A PARALYMPIC SPORT!

We start the 2017/2018 Goalball Season with The New Seattle COBRAS
Saturday Practice Sessions

Date : Saturdays - Starting 2017 Sept. 9
Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave. S
Seattle WA 98118

Please contact us if you’d like to come to a Sat. Practice or other Goalball Practice Sessions!
info@visionlossconnections.org
(206) 282-3913

All Families, Friends & Volunteers Are Welcome
It is exciting to be able to offer a more convenient Saturday Practice Time to start a New Junior Cobras Team to involve Visually Impaired Youth!

Special Thanks to SEATTLE PARK DISTRICT & The GET MOVING PROGRAM for FUNDING The Vision Loss Connections Seattle Cobras Goalball Program

 

Calendar of Activities for Winter 2018!

 

2017 December

Please note that in December the Seattle Cobras Goalball Team take a holiday Break. These are the dates of the Goalball Practice Sessions in December.
12 Tuesday Seattle Cobras Goalball Practice 4:30PM - 6:30PM
NVC Gym 1212 S. King St. 98144
Contact info@visionlossconnections.org

9 Saturday
Audio Described "The Humans" - 2:00PM
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Tickets (206) 443-2222

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

30 Saturday
Audio Described Holiday Inn 1:00PM
5th Ave. Theater
Tickets (206) 625-1900

 

Special Thanks to Seattle Arts & Culture for making it possible to offer Affordable Tickets to the Audio Described Performance of Ragtime at the 5th Ave. Theater. Wonderful show with Pre-Show Lunch at the Palomino Restaurant!

Vision Loss Connections had its First Support Group Meeting on 3 March 2004. We celebrate our 13th 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 the ability to pay Goalball Coaches, Audio Described Theater Group Coordinator & Tactile Art Instructors. The Focus will be on Capacity Building and Development of New Funding Sources for Programs.

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!

A double Thank You to Arts WA for their generous first time Cooperative Partnership Grant to Vision Loss Connections which enabled us to offer Families with Children in the Blind Community 42 Free Tickets to the Audio Described Performance of Little Mermaid at the 5th Ave. Theater. We also offered subsidized $25.00 Tickets to Little Mermaid to Visually Impaired Adults. Altogether we had 94 People in the Blind Community Attend the show along with 68 People who came to Lunch before the show at the Rock Bottom Restaurant. Vision Loss Connections was the last Private Group to be served at the Rock Bottom Restaurant prior to their closing for major restructuring of the building.

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.