Minneapolis, MN

Message from the President:

Minneapolis Photo Chapter President julie_headShotThank you for your interest in the Northern Lights Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Our goal as a chapter is to keep you up on the latest chapter news and research.

Northern Lights (NL) is the Minnesota Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). Our mission is to provide information and support for those with retinal disease, and raise funds to support FFB research. We meet four to five times per year at the Linden Hills Rec Center in Minneapolis. We host speakers, share chapter and research news, and provide the rare opportunity for people with retinal disease and their family and friends to meet.
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VisionWalk Update:

2017 Twin Cities VisionWalk Kickoff
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Date:  Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time:  2-4pm open house
Place:  Walman Optical Co.
801 12th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Join us for an ice cream social – Sundaes on a Sunday - to Kickoff the 11th Annual Twin Cities VisionWalk. Bring the family out anytime between 2 and 4pm to pick up your walk materials, make your own ice cream sundae, enjoy some carnival games and get a balloon for the kids.
RSVP by July 19, 2017
AMooney@FightBlindness.org or call 866-782-7330

Register for the 11th Annual Twin Cities VisionWalk on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

Local Resources

Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library, Catherine Durivage, Library Program Director, Phone 507-384-6860 – The library provides direct library services to Minnesotans who because of a visual, physical or reading disability have difficulty reading print materials. They have a great no-cost mailing program for audiobooks! www.education.state.mn.us/mde/fam/mbtbl/

Minnesota State Services for the Blind, Lisa Larges, Outreach Coordinator, Phone 651-539-2278 - State Services for the Blind provides the tools, training and technology to help people who are blind, visually impaired, DeafBlind or experiencing vision loss to live independently and to prepare for, find and keep a job. www.mnssb.org

Vision Loss Resources, Megan Starr, Community Services, Phone 612-871-2222 – VLR offers services, skills and community of support to assist in regaining independence after vision loss. Megan works on home assessments, with support groups, outreach and presentations.

VSA Minnesota, John Skaalen, Access and Grants Coordinator, Phone 612-332-3888 – VSA Minnesota awards grants to emerging artists with disabilities, promotes artists with disabilities for performances and classroom presentations; offers accessibility training and grants for non-profit arts groups. They have a statewide calendar of events offering audio description. Visit www.vsamn.org.

The Low Vision Store, Terry Nelson, Phone 1-800-871-8780 or 651-203-2200 – providing “one stop shopping” for all your low vision and blindness products. www.lowvisionstore.org

OrCam Technologies, Aliza Olenick, Phone 612-940-9037 - The world's most advanced wearable assistive technology solution. OrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision by incorporating pioneering technology into a wearable platform.  www.orcam.com

We’re busy planning the next chapter meeting, so stay tuned!

2016 Volunteer of the Year - Heather Pomeroy

In 2012, Heather Pomeroy’s then six-year old son, Jack, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. She said, “There were a lot of tears and anxiety those first few months. When I was looking to find a group or someone who knew how we were feeling, I found the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Northern Lights Chapter of Minnesota. I knew right away these were our people and wanted to be a part of the bigger, brighter picture - so we signed our family up for our first VisionWalk and “Jack’s Jed-Eye” was born.” Since that time, Heather has not only led her family in fundraising but also in promoting awareness of FFB in her community. Their walk team has raised $31,768 for the Twin Cities VisionWalk. Heather has also raised awareness - and money - by holding kid-friendly Dining in the Dark events at Jack’s elementary school and having “Root Beer Socials” at the hospital where she works. In 2015, Heather stepped up to be the Walk Chair and did a tremendous job of outreach which resulted in a record 54 teams registering. She continues in that role for the 2016 VisionWalk too! Heather also “took the show on the road” to Twin Cities Live “Rockstar Row” (KSTP TV5) which gave her the opportunity to promote the Twin Cities VisionWalk. She is the kind of person who is always willing to go the extra mile to help out and make our VisionWalk successful and fun for our families.

Chapter Highlight

2017 Goalball in the Dark

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Contact Us:

Julie Anderson

Lori Quinn
Events Manager, Midwest Region
977 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 140
Vernon Hills, IL 60061