Changemaker Nomination: Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Opportunities Unlimited for the

Here’s what Gwen has to say about this fearless organization:

“Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind is changing the way people think about blindness and other disabilities.  Through fabulous innovative programming, including Birding By Ear (learning to identify birds by sound, not by sight) and learning about our natural environment and how it affects our songbirds, to Camp-in-a-Box, which takes “camp” to kids who are blind and who have no transportation, and “regular camp”, kids have a chance to learn from adult blind mentors how to cook, garden, enjoy nature and appreciate its wonders, do science, read better Braille, have a blast with music, enjoy the outdoors, engage in sports and outdoor play, go swimming and canoeing and make s’mores – themselves (yes, they learn to roast their own marshmallows at our camp) – and get away from their electronic gadgets.  They learn that it’s OK to be who they are and that success is a matter of hard work, not how much sight you have.  OUB is a very small non-profit with one full-time employee, me, but we produce stellar work and our kids – and their parents – love what we do and how much their children learn over a week or a summer with us.  We hire blind and sighted staff, and will soon have our Birding By Ear program on the CBS Evening News!  They are filming our Celebrate Urban Birds Event on April 6 – watch for us and the fascinating work of our Field Services Director, who is blind, Donna Posont, who teaches all of our birding classes for children, youth and adults.  I don’t think she’s ever heard the bird on the wrapper of your chocolate, though!  Fantastic Chocolate, by the way.  I love finding a chocolate that is soy and milk free!  Thanks!”

A little more info:

16_OpportunitiesUnlimited4Blind“Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind’s mission is to enrich the quality of life of people who are blind and visually impaired through lifelong education and recreation.

OUB collaborates with the Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO), Bureau of Services to Blind Persons (BSBP, formerly the Michigan Commission for the Blind), educators and consumer groups to create facilities and programs that help children and adults who are blind or visually impaired develop into competent, confident, contributing, tax paying, working adults through it’s OUB CAMPS programs: Camp Tuhsmeheta, Camp-in-a-Box, and Birding-by-Ear.

OUB provides camping and extra-curricular and work expereinces through OUB CAMPS. OUB’s primary goal is to focus on the educational goals expressed in the Expanded Core Curriculum. OUB CAMPS utilizes teaching methods and strategies that encourage campers to be as confident and independent as possible, safely, while keeping learning fun! OUB’s goal is that every child with a visual impairment learns self-reliance skills and expands their dreams for their future success.”

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