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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.

 

OUR BEST WISHES FOR GOOD HEALTH TO ALL IN OUR VISION LOSS CONNECTIONS FAMILY

IN THE PUGET SOUND AREA, WE ARE FOLLOWING CLOSELY ALL THE GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, SO MOST OF THE GROUP ACTIVITIES THAT WE USUALLY LIST ON OUR CALENDAR HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER TWO MEETINGS LISTED BELOW ARE MOVING TO CALL-IN MEETINGS PLUS VIRTUAL VIDEOS FOR STAYING FIT

ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL DAYS OF AUTUMN!
REMEMBER TO STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE!

RESOURCES FOR VIRTUAL FITNESS FOR PEOPLE IN SEATTLE’S BLIND COMMUNITY

TARA ROGOWSKY - VIRTUAL WORKOUT
CONTACT TRogowsky@nwaba.org for Details

ALICE KLEIN - VIRTUAL YOGA
CONTACT aliceg15@uw.edu for Details

STAY WELL EVERYONE & GO COBRAS!

Vision Loss Connections will continue to offer Accessible & Affordable Audio Described Theater Groups, when the Corona Pandemic is under control & Seattle Stages Safely Reopen. To All in Seattle’s Blind Community Remember, “The Show Must Go On"

 

Calendar of Activities for Fall 2020!

 

December 2020

2 Wednesday
Vision Loss Connections Support Group 12:00PM - 2:00PM
From the Comfort of your own home - Call In Meeting
Contact Camille Jassny (206) 363-8166 for Details

8 Tuesday
VIP Book Group 11:30PM - 1:00PM
From the Comfort of your own home - Call in Meeting
Holiday Celebration Meeting
Contact Cleo.Brooks@spl.org for Details

 

Special Announcement about Cobra Management

The Pacific Northwest is going through a dark period with Covid 19 Cases Surging, here in the Puget Sound Region. So we all especially need some good news & Vision Loss Connections is proud to announce that the Seattle Cobras Goalball Team will take their place along with other successful Paralympic Sports Teams under the management of Seattle Adaptive Sports. To insure the success & sustainability of the Cobras, we really wanted the team to have the advantages of being part of a larger nonprofit organization based here in Seattle. Vision Loss Connections has also donated $40,000.00 to Seattle Adaptive Sports to help with Cobra Support. The Cobras will now join with the Storm & Sonics Wheelchair Basketball Teams to lead Seattle Paralympic Sports to Greatness. We all look forward to the time when we can successfully emerge from the protective cocoon of Seattle Shutdown & life hopefully returns to normal. Then Indoor Sports such as Goalball can come alive with Cobra Coaches,once again shouting "Play Goalball"
Stay Well & Go Cobras!

Special Thanks to Seattle Parks & Recreation for funding King Cobras Goalball Team

Go Cobras!

Two Seattle Sounders FC Players Come out to Try the Sport of Goalball
Go Sounders
Watch on YouTube

A Special Thank You to Seattle Arts & Culture for awarding Vision Loss Connections it's 7th Consecutive Year of Funding. Since 2005, Vision Loss Connections has made Accessible Theater Affordable to People in Seattle’s Blind Community. We have been offering $25.00 per person tickets to Audio Described Performances at the 5th Ave. Theater. for many years now. The Audio Described Theater Groups have been one of our most popular programs with huge numbers of people coming for lunch at the Palomino & Rock Bottom Restaurant before the show. In 2020, everything is different with Covid 19, & all the Seattle Stages are dark as we wait for the Pandemic to Pass. We miss the in person programs of Vision Loss Connections, but also realize that we need to patiently wait until it is safe & look for other ways to offer Support. Our Audio Described Theater Groups will Return when Seattle’s Stages Reopen!

Appreciation for Funding from

Vision Loss Connections had its First Support Group Meeting on the 3rd of March 2004. We celebrate our 15th 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, Digital Engagement Initiative 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. 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!

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.