Blind unite in Grand Junction

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A new group is forming in Grand Junction to support the blind.

The National Federation of the Blind has 700 chapters all around the United States and they've added Grand Junction to the list.

"We're the blind leading the blind and the blind speaking for ourselves," said Kevan Worley, an active member of the organization. "That's what the National Federation of the blind is all about."

The chapter held its first meeting here Saturday with more than 40 people in attendance.

Blind people and those who support them discussed blind services in the community as well as transforming what it means to be blind in society.

"Many folks believe if you go blind it's tragic," Worley said. "Well it is if you don't get good training and doors of opportunity are not open for you, but if those two things occur then blindness can be reduced to the level of a nuisance."

For those interested in becoming part of the group, the Grand Junction National Federation of the Blind chapter will have its next meeting February 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Independence.

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