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Review for Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired Inc, Madison, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am truly grateful that I do not need service from the WI Council for The Blind and Visually impaired, but having donated my professional skills for an event in the last few months, I am profoundly grateful for the impact they are having on my community, and the clients they serve.

Several months ago, I emceed the 60th anniversary gala for the council, after being approached by a partially sighted board member, who heard me speak at a professional meeting. I was one of only 4 sighted presenters at the podium.

As one blind or partially-sighted speaker after another made their way from seat to mic and back again, I realized that I was witnessing the outcome of 60 years of continuous support, encouragement, confidence-boosting and esteem building.

Through educational programs, supply of equipment and grants; hand-holding and awareness building, the council has empowered the blind and partially-sighted community in WI to realize their goals, leverage their abilities and challenge themselves to ask for more from the world. Perhaps even more important; they have given their clients, and their families, the confidence to contribute more to the world too.

It is too easy for those of us with all our basic facilities and an abundance of compassion, to serve those who are not so blessed in a way that denies the recipients of our service the chance to show what they can do. It is clear to me, as I've connected more with people I met that evening, that The Council prioritizes enabling their clients to help themselves as much as possible, building their self-reliance, their independence and their sense of self-worth.

I would give them more stars if more were available.

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