In pursuit of enjoyment, discovery and community.
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 Month 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, The Tactile Art Group will begin again on Thursday 16 June 2016.
Man of La Mancha that features the beloved song "Impossible Dream" which well describes the Endeavors of Vision Loss Connections will mark our Return to Discounted Group Ticketing for 5th Ave. Theater Musicals.
Our Commitment is Strong to Providing Accessible & Affordable Sports and Arts & Cultural Programming to Puget Sound’s Blind and Low Vision Community. 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!
Calendar of Activities for Summer 2016!
Goalball Practice is over for the Season
Practice Starts Up Again September 6
Every Tuesday in September 4:30PM - 6:30PM
NVC Gym - 1212 S. King St. International District
July 6 Wednesday
Support Group Meeting
12:30PM - 2:00PM
Fred Lind Manor
July 12 Tuesday
Book Group Meeting 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Seattle Public Library
July 15 Friday
Tactile Art Group Trip to
NW Stone Sculptors Symposium
Camp Brotherhood - Treacy Levine Center
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.
Vision Loss Connections wants to raise awareness about the importance of team sports within the Blind and Low Vision Community. Seattle Sounders FC Members Michael Tetteh and David Estrada joined the Seattle Goalball Team to try "Soccer of the Blind" Fitness is a vital issue for visually impaired youth and this event brought together athletes who are fantastic role models of how to pursue excellence in sports. The importance of training and practice comes together in building winning teams to represent Seattle!
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King 5's Evening Magazine Program highlights the Access Tours that Vision Loss Connections coordinates with the Docents at the Seattle Art Museum.
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The Award Winning - City Stream Program on the Seattle Channel #21 created a film about Vision Loss Connections!
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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.
Vision Loss Connections organizes groups to attend the Audio Described Performances of shows at the 5th Avenue Theater. Through Vision Loss Connections the tickets are $25.00 per ticket for a visually impaired theater goer. The dates of the Audio Described Performances are all 2:00 PM Matinees.
Enjoy a Rock & Roll Classic at Seattle’s 5th Ave. Theater with an Audio Described Performance.
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The Tactile Art Class will meet once a month. It will be a Hands On experience geared to artists who are visually impaired. Broad range of materials. This is a studio workshop with artist/ facilitators available to assist in your creative endeavors. The class will offer the opportunity to explore tools and a variety of materials interesting to the tactile artist. Come and let your artistic expression run wild! See the tactile arts page for details.
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.
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