Posting for a fellow TVI:
Greetings! I’m a teacher of the visually impaired, and I’m trying to give my young adult students an experience of a lifetime: driving. Until the ultimate Google car emerges or gene therapy is foolproof, my students will never know the joy or freedom of driving safely and independently because they are visually impaired. This experience will not only give my students a fun, amazing experience, but it will also give them some camaraderie as visually impaired young adults in an overwhelmingly sighted world. Any money left over from the trip will be directly given to my students to help with their college tuition or loans.
What We Need & What You Get
I estimate the cost of the trip will be as follows:
-Car rental for one week: $300.00.
-Gas round trip from Berkeley to Bonneville, Utah: $250.00
-Accommodations for 5 people for 4 nights: $600.00
-Food on the go for 5 people for 5 days: $700.00
If the funding goal is not met (or exceeded,) this money will be evenly split and will go directly to my students for their education costs of college and graduate school. Currently my students are all college bound (UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Fresno State) or recent graduates searching for employment.
In return, if you contribute $25.00 or more, you will get a post card either in print or in Braille (your choice) with a big thank you from my students. If my students consent, you may also receive a video of them behind the wheel. (CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE TO GET TO THE DONATION SITE)
I believe that visually impaired people need as many opportunities to foster confidence and self-expression as possible. In our visually driven society, people with visual impairments often feel pressured to not be themselves or to feel inadequate due to their differences. Positive experiences (and adventures) to try something new that normally aren’t possible build a sense of encouragement and self-worth, as well as some time to discover their own identities in a safe but adventurous environment. Wouldn’t it be great to make a personal difference?
As someone who has been teaching young visually impaired people for over 8 years in 2 different countries, I have discovered across the board that experiences like camps and road trips to do something out of the ordinary (like driving!) can make a huge positive difference in the lives of young visually impaired people.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you cannot help financially, I completely understand. As someone on a teacher’s budget living in the San Francisco Bay Area’s insane cost of living, it ain’t rocket science. However, you can help with our humble endeavor by doing the following:
-Spread the word about our quest to your friends and relatives with money.
-Help reduce our expenses by providing us with the following:
1. Accommodations in Lake Tahoe/ Reno and Wendover, Nevada,
2. Gas vouchers to help with the fuel,
3. Restaurant vouchers for stops along the way,
4. A reliable car loan that would seat 5 and has air conditioning.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration!