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    • The Foreseeable Future Foundation is unique in its focus on sports access for the visually impaired. Why do you think this issue wasn’t addressed by other nonprofits or organizations?

    • That’s a great question. There are a few other organizations that focus on people with disabilities as a whole, and they do great, incredible work. But it just wasn’t focused on the visually impaired, or there wasn’t as much put towards the visually impaired community. Once I did more research and found out in-depth, I think in the past 10 years a lot has been done for adapting sports for the visually impaired - which would have been great when I was a kid, when I started to lose my vision!

      I also think it’s something that’s either overlooked - whether it’s in schools, blind schools or the communities - and really, it comes down to funding. You want to get people moving and active in this community, and you have people who are great advocates and volunteers who want to do something, but it’s tough when it comes down to dollars or where they get funding. So there are a lot of people out there who want to do a program, or have some kids or people who could benefit from getting involved in sports and recreation, but don’t know where to turn to for funding. So that’s something we’re really filling a need for - an organization who’s focused on helping the visually impaired and blind community with the sports and recreation component, helping them fund their endeavors. It’s something that hasn’t been done specifically for that community. And I think there are so many people who get overlooked in this one category, and we’re able to help them. Over time, things are progressing, which is great, but we’re hoping to fill that gap. 

    • Since you created the Foreseeable Future Foundation in 2013, you’ve helped add sport, education and more to thousands of people’s lives who have visual impairment. How do you stay inspired day after day, year after year?

    • I have a personal connection to what we’re doing and our mission, how to really help the visually impaired and blind. So I think that’s a part of it, being in their shoes when I was younger, or having friends and people I know who are a part of the community, just giving them that opportunity, whether it’s something they want to pursue at a national or Paralympic level, or they just want to be more active and outgoing. That really keeps me going, wanting to help more people, because it is important to get them active and moving, but it can spread into any aspect of your life. And that’s the best, meeting someone we’ve supported. I think that’s what keeps me going, being able to help so many people around the country. 

    • Every one is my favorite, because they all have their own variation! But if I had to narrow it down to one or two, the gala we have every year is a blast because the board, the committee, everyone, is working year-round to get that up and running and successful. It’s a lot of fun to celebrate all the work we’re doing, and showcase the people we’re helping and supporting. So that has to be one of them. Another one is we’ve done a couple of happy hours where we have not just visually impaired individuals but anyone who wants to learn more about the organization, to learn more about what we're doing and how we’ve helping.

      Not everyone’s an athlete, so they may not want to participate in a sports or recreational event, but everyone seems to have a fun time at these events. And we did a Brunch in the Dark with Bluestone Lane coffee, and it was so much fun - it was an experience where it’s something you do on a daily basis without thinking about it, and at the end of the meal, you get to take off your blindfold, but the people sitting around you may not be able to reverse their visual impairment. The event was actually really light and fun for everyone there, but also very impactful for the overall mission, and to remind people why they’re there, and what they can do. 

    • There’s a few different ways. It could be as simple as seeing what we’re up to, what we’re doing and how we’re helping, our applicants and people that we support. Volunteering at any of the events we have throughout the year, or even just being a part of the community, in the sense that if you want to not just volunteer but do more for the organization, we’re always open to new members and people helping out where they can. And spreading the word, getting the message out there for more people, because you don’t know what you don’t know - and many people tell me they had no idea about this camp we support or activity we do, not just in New York but also around the country. 

    • I don’t play video games, haha! I like to be active and moving, so when I’m not working on the organization or training for a race, I like to do more recreational things, whether it be going on a hike, or going tubing down the river with family - anything that’s outdoors or moving I like to do for fun, besides hanging out with friends and family. I try to fit in as much as I can besides the two full-time jobs I have - between the organization and training! 

    • One, just some statistic on how many people who are visually impaired or blind who are sedentary or overweight: that statistic is pretty high. I believe it’s two times what the annual rate is for people living in the United States. And that’s something most people wouldn’t know, unless you’re in this field. And just how many visual impairments there are. You’re not just completely blind, there are things like legally blind, or partially-sighted, there’s a lot of in-betweens and different visual impairments and retinal degenerative diseases that someone could easily look up, but you may not know unless you have a connection to a person or friend or family member who has that disorder or disease. So educating oneself.

    • The best way to stay up to date with what we’re doing is my personal Facebook - I don’t use it enough, but I post stuff there, my races, where I’m going.

      For the Foundation, we have Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, where we constantly post what we’re doing or what the organization is up to.

      We also will post or share other articles or stories that relate to what we’re doing or other content in the field - which is a great way to learn about other things that are going on in the same arena. And we have a newsletter and website, all of which are great ways to stay up-to-date. Info@foreseeablefuture.org will reach our team, and someone from the organization will be replying to that person, whomever wants to reach out directly.