VISION Page

I would like to welcome you to the Blind Ambitions Groups website. Here you will find information for the blind and visually impaired, your family members, friends and others to help you get a better understanding about blindness. You will find links to articles and newsletters, resources, tips, training, support and Networking group meetings, a calendar of events, and many other items specifically for the blind and visually impaired. On this site (BlindAmbitionsGroups.org), you will also find places to chat on group lists and listen to two radio shows for the blind that deal with life issues and employment. I have been blind for more than eleven years and have been blessed to have friends, family and associates assist me along the path to independence. I encourage you to get out and meet with others who, like yourself, have gone through this. Blindness and visual impairment is not the end of the world for you or your family, so do not live like it is. It will be rough at times, but I encourage you to live life to the fullest. Over 25 million people in the United States and over 140 million people around the world have some form of visual impairment. We work, volunteer, dine, “party,” date, get married and raise families. I encourage all of you to learn as much as you can. Be the squeaky wheel that gets the oil when you need answers to questions. Do not accept “NO” for an answer when people do not do anything to take you seriously. Ask and then demand equality. We have to find ways to level the playing field if we are going to be competitive in the world. This is our world too and we have to live like we are in command!

I remind you of our motto of Blind Ambitions Groups: “We may have lost our sight, but we have not lost our VISION!” Come join us, share our VISION and “see” or “hear” for yourself.

If you would like to share ideas with others about blindness, send a blank email to blindambitionsgroups-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. There, you will be able to connect with people from the country and around the world who can relate to your experiences and even shed on lights that have never shined on your path before. I am always reminded of the Bible verse that the late Tracee Milsap played on her answering machine. It was 2nd Corinthians Chapter5, Verse 7. It said, “For we walk by faith and not by sight. Be Blessed.”

Touching the Top

“Through teamwork, I became the first blind climber to reach the top of the world. Even more special is that 19 of my teammates stood on top with me – a world record – the most from one team to reach the summit of Mount Everest in a single day. When you work with the Blind Ambitions Groups team, YOU also can reach the top of whatever you commit yourself to.”

Erik Weihenmayer

Erik was born in 1968 with Retinoschisis and was totally blind at age 13. On May 25, 2001, he became the first blind person to reach the peak of Mountt Everest. An avid adventurer, he is also an author and motivational speaker. Click here to visit the Touching the Top website.

We are proud to be associated with Bryan Dodge…

Portrait of Brian Dodge

…unique author, professional development specialist, talk-show host, dedicated family man and all-around fun guy! Bryan’s first book, co-authored with David Cottrell, “Becoming the Obvious Choice,” has sold more than 125,000 copies. And his second book, co-authored with Matthew Rudy, “The Good Life Rules, 8 Keys to Being Your Best at Work and Play,” is newly released. Bryan is author of several professional development programs on CD and/or DVD: “Building a Better You,” “How to Build a Purpose-Guided Life,” “How to Build a Complete Sales Person” and “How to Build a Better You.” He hosts the “Build a Better You” radio show that airs live on Saturday afternoons (5-6pm Central Time) on Dallas/Fort Worth’s premier station, WBAP 820AM. For more information, visit his website here.

Bryan has dedicated his support to one, and only one, nonprofit organization. That organization is Blind Ambitions Groups, and for that, we say, “Thank you, Bryan!” A few years ago, Bryan and BAG co-hosted the “First Bryan Dodge Blind Ambitions Groups Extravaganza.” This one-day event brought together business people from all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for Bryan’s “Build a Better You” presentation. This has now become an annual event. You’ll want to attend the “Bryan Dodge Blind Ambitions Groups Extravaganza” in the near future (date and location to be announced). As in the past, all proceeds will benefit the Blind Ambitions Groups.