Two of the World’s Largest Vision Organizations Cross an Ocean to Connect People Who Are Blind

Posted on 08/30/2016

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401517Lighthouse Guild in USA and Royal National Institute of Blind People in UK Announce Collaboration to Empower People Who Are Visually Impaired

NEW YORK and LONDON, Aug. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Lighthouse Guild, based in New York, and Royal National Institute of Blind People, are announcing a new collaboration that will provide information, education and discussion opportunities related to blindness and low vision.

The first project in this innovative international collaboration will allow the voices of young adults who are blind or visually impaired to be heard as they share a dialog on topics such as “Digital,” “Work” and “Travel.” 

To initiate this project, Lighthouse Guild and Royal National Institute of Blind People will establish a joint virtual panel discussion, including three panelists from each organization. The panel discussion will be made available as a short, 10-minute “discussion starter” and broadcast across social media from which feedback and comments will be solicited. This feedback will be collected and included in a longer one-hour program that will be made available as a broadcast, click-and-play online, as well as podcasts on the websites of Royal National Institute of Blind People and Lighthouse Guild.

Mark Ackermann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lighthouse Guild, said, “People of all ages who are blind or visually impaired can often feel voiceless in a world that is designed for those who are sighted. This international collaboration will not only help make their voices heard, but it will offer them the opportunity to share experiences, empower each other, and educate all of us.”

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