Morris County Proclaims October 2022 Blindness Awareness Month – Morris County, NJ
Posted on October 06, 2022
Framed proclamation delivered to Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey
Director Tayfun Selen of the Morris County Board of Commissioners today issued a framed proclamation declaring October 2022 “Blindness Awareness Month,” while visiting the Denville headquarters Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey.
Bill Schuldt, President and CEO of VLANJ was on hand to accept the proclamation. Him and Vice President of Development and Communications Jennifer Singer also briefed Director Selen on the nonprofit’s programs. Serving adults with vision loss for 79 years old, VLANJ helps people cope with and adapt to vision loss, while providing training in independent living skills and assistive technology.
Blindness and deep vision loss affect more than 160,000 people in New Jerseyabout 7.68 million people in the United States and those numbers are expected to rise as the country’s population lives longer, according to the National Federation of the Blind.
The Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention reports that 93 million adults in the United States are at risk for vision loss and projects, the number of Americans ages 40 and older with severe vision loss or blindness will double to nearly 9 million by 2050.
The proclamation, signed by the Morris County Board of Commissioners, congratulates VLANJ on its nearly four decades of exemplary service to the public. He also proclaims October 2022 will be “Blindness Awareness Month” in Morris County to increase awareness of eye disease and eye care, so that all citizens understand the challenges faced daily by our loved ones, friends, neighbors and colleagues with vision loss.
The non-profit organization started in Newark in 1943 like the New Jersey Association for the Blind, a socializing place for people with sight loss. Twelve years later, the organization opened a summer camp in Denville for women with blindness and, as the NJ Foundation for the Blind, added life skills training to the camp experience. ‘summer.
In the late 1990s, independent vocational training became annual, and by 2006 the organization offered a comprehensive, non-residential vision rehabilitation program for adults. Adopting VLANJ as its name in 2016, the nonprofit added low vision occupational therapy and other services.
Since the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, VLANJ has grown enormously as it added and expanded virtual programming.
On October 26, Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey will host its annual “Dinner in the Dark” event, which allows guests to briefly experience what people living with vision loss or blindness have to experience when they dine. Participants will enjoy a Meal starter-main course-dessert using smell, touch, taste and hearing – but not sight – at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.
DITD tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available on vlanj.org by clicking on the DITD link. Contact Jennifer Singer, Vice President of Development and Communications for VLANJ at [email protected] or 973-627-0055. Prompt 2 for more information.
VLANJ receives the majority of its funding from individual donations, which can be made at vlanj.org/donations.
Top right: Director Selen presents the proclamation to Bill Schuldt and Jennifer Spring beneath a mural at VLANJ that bears Hellen Keller’s quote, “Life is a daring adventure or it’s nothing.”
Center left: Director Selen and Bill Schuldt leaving the VLANJ offices.
Bottom right: Director Selen and Bill Schuldt at the front of VLANJ.