Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Going to college and life after school for most people is a crazy experience. It’s filled with emotion and a sense of accomplishment like some have never felt before. It can be a chance to be free from the rule of your parents and a great way to venture out into the world.
But what happens if you’re entering college with a visual impairment? How do you learn the campus, how do you go about getting to your classes, acquiring the study material required by your professors. At RBI we are keenly aware of the challenges that face those with VI as some of our staff have transitioned through this phase of life and now share their experience with others.
It is moments like these that we believe make RBI special. It’s the realization of Isaiah 54:17 and Genesis 50:20. When the world sees a disability they see a shortcoming. But with a God like ours, we see a disability as an advantage, a unique opportunity that others do not have.
What better way is there to learn about navigating a new environment than to have a person who has done it themselves. We believe that this not only gives purpose and worth back to both the new and upcoming students but also to person who is sharing their experience.
Now we just need to go and tell the rest of the world.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
In 2010 Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake killing over 200,000 people. As humans it is incredibly moving to see such outward suffering, and loss. It wasn’t just America, but the entire world responded to Haiti, sending aid, people, and resources to the tune of 13 Billion dollars. It’s as if it were possible to build homes out of paper money, or so you would think by the way that we give to situations like these.
Giving is the easy part. It’s the immediate gut reaction to what is happening, but the struggles still lie ahead of us. Coping with the loss of family and friends, all the possession including homes, and living in an environment that is complete chaos, for years maybe even decades.
What I’ve found interesting as my wife and I work with RBI is to see the contrast between human reactions towards severe external impacts on people, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and those who are impacted by disease or health conditions. (more…)
Monday, June 27, 2016
This week, we’re adding some fresh faces to our sponsorship site. Since we’ve started the sponsorship program the site has had more than 50 kids sponsored for surgery by people like you wanting to change lives of those with visual impairments. Click the link above to read more of the stories of these amazing kids!
Monday, June 27, 2016
At RBI we are inspired by others because of their talent, not their disability. For us it bolsters the fact that a person is so advanced in the presence of a visual impairment. We’ve seen children develop skills as radio hosts, achieving awards and winning top prizes for literary awards, as well as musical feats.
When we found some of John Bramblitt’s work online we were none less amazed. What unbelievable work this man is accomplishing.
We share stories like this because we want to dispell myths about people with visual impairments as well as encourage those who have them. We have the wonderful privilege of sharing life with people who are blind and visually impaired and get to witness their talents. It truly is a beautiful thing!
Monday, June 20, 2016
Welcome to our new internet home! We’re so glad you could take the time to check us out. We’ve been working to update our home at blindusa.org, as well as develop a way for us to stay in touch and give you a better understanding of what RBI is and is working to become.
This blog will be a place for us to tell stories about those who we’ve been able to interact with, as well as give you a chance to meet the staff who are serving people who are blind or visually impaired!
We’re really looking forward to sharing the ups, downs, ins, and outs of who and what RBI is!