Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Meaningful Project for the Visually Impaired

Sunday, April 12, 2009 |

this is a pretty good example of what could be done for the visually impaired so to help them live a meaningful and independent life. I strongly propose that NCBM and its member organisations to adopt and implement such a meaningful project like this one so to help improving the life quality of the visually impaired in this country. for detailed information and get access to all the external links, please log on to:


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 > Blind Center of Nevada
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• eBay Giving Works Charity Ribbon
 Blind Center of Nevada
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•  Blind Center of Nevada
More than just addressing the needs of Las Vegas' underserved blind and visually impaired population, the
Blind Center of Nevada
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 is a nonprofit organization that changes lives. By hosting social outings and events, the Blind Center of Nevada helps create a sense of community among
people who all too often suffer from the isolation wrought by their visual impairments. Likewise, it helps foster personal development through a diverse
set of classes ranging from Braille instruction and adaptive computer labs to bowling, nutrition and yoga. But perhaps most importantly, the Blind Center
of Nevada helps provide meaningful employment to the visually impaired, not only by teaching them valuable skill sets, but also by empowering them to be
creative in the workforce and recognize their unique individual worth.
• Waking up to the possibilities
• Traditionally, blind and visually impaired people have been limited to simple assembly jobs, allowing for very little personal input or creative expression.
However, as most people are not born with visual impairments but rather gradually lose their sight, many come to the Blind Center of Nevada with some computer
skills. Recognizing this deep pool of talent just waiting to be rediscovered, Vice President of Operations Bob Waldorf has made it his mission to develop
employment opportunities that better serve the strengths of the visually impaired. And working with
eBay Giving Works
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 has become an integral part of his strategy.
• You don't need sight to have a vision
• Waldorf has worked with employees at the Blind Center of Nevada to build an electronic recycling business, collecting e-waste (such as old computers,
monitors, etc.) for sorting, consolidation and ultimate sale through eBay Giving Works. From handling the technical aspects of dealing with e-waste to
keying in eBay sales listings to manning customer service centers, all positions are held by people with varying degrees of visual impairment. The recycling
business has raised over $900,000 through
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 and all funds are put back into the Center, allowing for additional adaptive computer training, more salaried positions and a wider array of services,
such as workshops so other Blind Centers can follow their lead.
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• The Blind leading
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• Over the past few years, the funds raised for the Blind Center of Nevada via eBay Giving Works have grown exponentially, and Bob Waldorf believes they've
only just scratched the surface. He's been holding seminars with other blind centers around the country, extolling the possibilities presented by becoming

Direct Sellers
 through eBay Giving Works, and inspiring others to do the same. In April 2008 they held a 2 day workshop to teach other Blind Centers how they can use
computer recycling and eBay to create meaningful employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired workers. Fifteen centers from across the country
attended and many have started their own eBay programs as a result. Not content with succeeding "only in Vegas," the Blind Center of Nevada is using eBay
Giving Works to bring their accomplishments to the rest of the world.
• Visit the Blind Center of Nevada's
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eBay Store
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