Partners for Sight is dedicated to increasing the self-reliance and dignity of blind and visually impaired persons. We believe these individuals should have the tools and resources necessary to lead independent, productive lives. Through our support of non-profit organizations that share this philosophy, we’re making the world easier to navigate for thousands of people, every day.
Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation awards a $10,000 grant to the Disability Funders Network Rapid Response Fund to support blind and visually impaired individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Disability Funders Network (DFN) Rapid Response Fund for People with Disabilities (RRF) was re-opened November 5, 2012 to help 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations meet the immediate and long-term needs of people with disabilities in the Northeast as a result of Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather conditions. To date, the DFN Rapid Response Fund has received over 487 funding requests, and has provided multiple mini-grants averaging $4,000 to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to meet specific immediate needs such as transportation, shelter, medication, medical equipment and assistive technology including several organizations that support blind and visually impaired individuals like: Lighthouse Int’l NYC to purchase equipment such as glasses, canes, and CCTV’s for document magnification, and Visions to replace emergency supplies given to low income blind persons and to purchase durable medical equipment.
Grantee Stories and Outcomes provided by Visions
“The support shown by the Disability Funders Network is helping replace over 30 lost or damaged assistive devices that enable consumers to live independently in their homes and communities: a one-year old blind boy from an Orthodox Jewish Family lost all his adapted equipment that he uses to complete his schoolwork. A woman lost everything including all her devices when her home was destroyed by the storm. We are working with her on replacements while she is in temporary housing.”
Disability Funders Network (DFN) is a grantmakers’ affinity group whose mission is to promote awareness, support and inclusion of people with disabilities and disability issues in grantmaking programs and organizations. DFN was formed in 1994 as a collaborative effort by a small group of foundations committed to replacing the medical/charity model of disability funding then prevalent with a new social change model fed by the evolving ethos of the disability community itself—a model based on empowerment, inclusiveness, constituency involvement and collaboration.
For more information on DFN’s membership, programs, initiatives and more, please visit their website, www.disabilityfunders.org.