Foresight End of Year Donation Appeal
Foresight End of Year Donation
You know the rush you get coming down the mountain? Imagine doing that when you can’t see, and you might begin to feel the thrill of freedom that blind kids feel for the FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIFE! Consider a Foresight End of Year donation.
Blind and visually impaired people are taught to be cautious and careful in the real world, which is scary enough. It almost sounds ridiculous that Foresight Ski Guides wants to teach these children that they can learn to ski or snow board, and be safe doing it. Surprise! There are no wimps here!
Foresight Ski Guides is changing the lives of blind and visually impaired children and young people. And in the process, they get the gift of learning a life-long sport they can enjoy with their friends and family. We thought this, in and of itself, was amazing, but then we learned more….
This summer, we presented our program at the 2012 Biennial International Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. This is the professional organization of teachers and rehabilitation counselors. We now have several experts evaluating our winter sports program and wanting to publish research on how we are making an impact – not only in helping blind kids to have fun (although that’s incredibly important) but it also turns out that our program is a critical part of the educational curriculum for blind students.
There is actually science behind our mission and it is documented in the National Agenda for the Blind, a blueprint for how U.S. schools and agencies develop educational programs for blind students to ensure they compete on an equal educational footing with their sighted peers.
The conference generated a great deal of interest in our program. We are currently discussing options for 8-10 schools and agencies for the blind from around the country for bringing their students to Vail. We are also continuing and expanding our work with local Colorado VIP’s this winter through the development of pilot programs in 2013.
Now all we need is more snow – and of course the funds to make it all possible. That’s why we’re asking for your help. Most of the children who ski with us could never afford the actual cost of skiing or snowboarding and yet it makes such a difference in their lives. We have so many wonderful volunteers who give freely of their time to guide blind skiers throughout the season. Will you join them with a gift of $250, $100, $50 or whatever you can afford?
Please make a donation now by clicking here or by sending a check to PO Box 18944, Denver, CO, 80218-0944. You will make a big difference in a blind child’s life.
Thank you for your generosity and Happy Holidays,
Mark G. Davis
President, Founder, and blind skier
Senior Program Coordinator