[nfbmi-talk] FW: Blind Corps
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Wed Feb 17 19:59:53 UTC 2010
From: Mike Floyd [mailto:michael.b.floyd at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 2:43 PM
To: 'Mike Floyd'
Subject: Blind Corps
Left Over Love
How was that Valentine love? Great wasn't it? Lots of sweets and treats
were shared. You and your special
one had a time, dining and wining. Maybe you exchanged goodies like cards
or candies with little hearts.
Perhaps it was jewelry or other precious trinkets. Did you have a romantic
get-away? What great memories
you'll have for the future. How fortunate you must feel for being together
and being able to enjoy these
moments and the gifts you'll treasure.
Now suppose, instead, you were far from home, or locked in alone. You have
no way to meet a sweetheart
much less have a romantic rendezvous. Even if, by chance, you cross paths
with your life mate you are
restricted from pursuing a normal relationship by family and culture. Maybe
you have come to believe of
yourself an incapacity for a mature relationship or to care for a spouse or
children. Why would anyone think
such things of another grown adult? It couldn't be because you are blind.
Attitudes such as these have nearly been completely eliminated in the United
States, but in developing
nations around the world they still predominate. Underlying these attitudes
are myths about the helplessness
of the blind. The blind are seen as incapable of learning or working.
Self-support and self-management are
difficult to imagine for families, teachers or employers. Moreover,
educational and career opportunities are
limited at best.
Blind Corps addresses these concerns in three ways. We share U.S.-developed
rehabilitation methods and
tools with blind persons, with teachers and others who work with the blind,
and provide education and
technical support to employers, agencies, media and government bodies.
Our third mission, starting May 25, will be directed at engaging teachers of
the 16 schools for the blind from
around Turkey. We will meet with them for a two-week training session,
giving them 120 hours of continuing
education accredited by the Republic of Turkey National Ministry of
We are grateful for a tremendous outpouring of support for this project.
The facility for our training, lodging
and food for the
Futures In Blindness 2010 project participants and the Blind Corps Team will
once again be provided by the
City of Istanbul. Beyazay, the leading non-profit of the blind in Turkey
will be supplying our transportation
and other needs. Our terrific team of
Blind Corps volunteer professionals are repeating their contribution of
expert time and talent. We have also
received generous donations from individuals and businesses here at home.
We still need your help, some of that left over love you have. White canes,
Braille slates, Braille watches,
other training supplies and in-country expenses remain to be funded. Please
help us go all the way with our
mission. Your love in any amount, matched with ours will make a difference
in the lives of the blind of
For more information, please contact me at
president at blindcorps.org
+1 (402) 817-9876.
You may also visit us online at:
and you can contribute securely and quickly with Paypal at:
Thanks for your support,
Michael Floyd, President
Blind Corps, since October 2005 an I.R.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.
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