Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Statement
VISIONS was founded by a group of women who believed in, promoted, and fought for the equal rights and opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals inclusive of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, income levels, and ages. Proudly this remains the essence and passion of our mission today. Ahead of its time from its inception in 1926, VISIONS focus is on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for all.
VISIONS provides the tools and training for people who are blind or multi-disabled to succeed in school, work, raise a family, lead independent lives and contribute to community life. All services include a diverse collective of participants, more than half of whom identify as persons of color and speak sixteen languages. This includes residential programs which have always been and remain racially and ethnically integrated.
Celebrating its 95th anniversary in 2021, VISIONS remains laser-focused on the traditions and basic tenets of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in all programming. The Board of Directors and the advisory boards, including blind members, embody broad representation and expertise. Half of VISIONS staff, from executive to direct service, are people of color with nearly one-third identifying as blind.
DEIA is in our DNA as an organization. We confront racism, discrimination, and violence experienced by all marginalized populations or individuals. We recognize the different lived experiences of Black, Brown, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQ people, members of religious minorities such as Jews and Muslims, older adults, and people with disabilities – and take a stand against all forms of discrimination. This list is illustrative, not exhaustive. Commitment to social justice is integral to our past, current, and future operations.
Adopted by VISIONS Board of Directors on May 11, 2021