Most people believe that losing your sight or being blind is the end of the
world but in America there are a lot of agencies to help a person with a
visual loss or blind.
One of these organizations is a Federal funded program and funds are
disbursed by the BLIND ASSOCIATION in your state. This agency helps with
training, learning to live independantly, visual aids, pays for eye exams
and glasses as well as any type of technical support needed such as
magnifiers, and computers that talk and read to you.
The LIBRARY OF CONGRESS provides a talking book machine and books on tape
and disk so you can listen to the books. The variety of books is more than
you could imagine. They also provide magazines on tapes so you can listen
to what is written in them. The talking book machine is yours to use as
long as you need it. It is provided to anyone with a disability which
prevents them from being able to read a book even if this means they can
see but are unable to hold the book physically.
There is a local group that is called the LIONS CLUB who will help purchase
glasses for those financially unable to purchase them theirselves. They
also collect old glasses to be sent to other countries to be given to
people who may never be able to purchase a pair of glasses.
There are many organizations that are created by people who just want to
help out the less fortunate by raising money through fund raisers and
donations. These organizations list themselves with the government as
non-profit organizations so that all the money they collect is tax free and
can be used for the purpose of helping others. They report twice a year to
the government on how much money they spent and how it was spent to remain
a non-profit organization.
The State and Federal government offer training programs and offer
employers a discount on their taxes if they hire a disabled or bling
person. This encourages businesses to hire people with a disability. Blind
or visual impaired persons are often provided with special equipment by the
government so they can return to the work force. Some of these include;
brauke typewriters, phones that talk and speak each numbers as dialed,
transportation expenses to and from work, etc.
The US government found they could save money by putting the disabled
people to work. They found that it may cost some in training and equipment
but this helps support the person and keep them off the state welfare or
disability roles. The government realized that doing this lightens the
burden because they are now paying taxes instead of using up tax dollars to
just sit at home and be non-productive.
One of the great things about America is that it does not allow people to
feel they can not help themselves but if able and are willing they will
train them and help them find employment. Americas are a very independant
race no matter what country they orginated from. They don't give up easily
and will fight to be productive because being productive means they can
purchase a few extras for themselves and take pride in their accomplishments.
I hope you like this article. I wish your country would help its people and
give them a little more respect. I am writing to three people from your
country and they all want to come to the US. I wish I could bring them over
but that isn't possible so I am praying that your country starts to become
productive and that your people obtain a better quality of living. Take
care and God bless you. Jane