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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Your #GivingTuesday Donation Can Make Dreams Come True


Your #GivingTuesday donation can make dreams come true

by Craig Meador, APH President
Photo: Portrait of Dr. Craig Meador

Everyone has dreams. That’s one of the many ways people who are blind or visually impaired are exactly the same as people who are typically sighted. We all have dreams and hope we can make them come true.

People who are blind or visually impaired dream of getting an education, going to college, and maybe earning an advanced degree. They dream of jobs that bring them satisfaction and independence. They dream of participating in their communities and our society. They dream of achieving everything they set out to do—just like everyone else.

At APH, all our work centers around making these dreams possible, and providing people who are blind or visually impaired with the products and educational resources they need to fulfill those dreams. Although we’re a nonprofit organization, we’re also a business—not a wish factory—so we have to operate within the confines of budgets and organizational objectives.

We’re grateful for the grants and government funding we receive to help us create educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. But those funds aren’t enough to cover all of our costs, so the generosity of individual donors is essential to helping us make more dreams come true.  

Donations help us maintain programs like Braille Tales, which ensures that toddlers who are visually impaired receive their first braille book to read with their parents, at no cost. Donations help us continue the research and development that results in new technology like Graphiti that lets students finish school at the same pace as their sighted peers and gives people who are blind or visually impaired the same career opportunities as everyone else. Donations help us continue our work to change public attitudes so people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired can be independent and make valuable contributions to our society.

If you have already donated to APH, we’re very grateful for your support of the work we do. If you’ve never made a donation to APH before—or you want to donate more—Giving Tuesday is a great day to do so. Donations in any amount will bolster our mission to improve the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Giving is the engine of the work we do at APH, and your donation will empower more people who are blind or visually impaired to pursue their dreams. Thank you for helping us make those dreams come true.
Photo: Giving Tuesday Logo

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