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April 7, 2014

Envision embraces visually impaired staff

in inclusive business model

Heather Bohrer

By David Friedberg, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik L.C.
Community Relations Chair

Did you know there is a manufacturing facility that is operated by the visually impaired (some completely blind!) in Wichita, Kansas?

Envision hosted YPW at its Manufacturing facility on South Water Street in Wichita on Tuesday, March 25. We had a solid group of young professionals attend the event to see the incredible impact Envision is having on the visually impaired in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Envision in a non-profit organization and has two facilities in Wichita – one in downtown Wichita and a manufacturing facility on South Water Street, whose manufacturing employee base is more than 50% visually impaired. These visually impaired individuals are operating fully-functioning, commercial sized manufacturing equipment – it is quite impressive to watch!

The equipment has been modified to use more audible sounds as well use much larger screens than is typical. Certain equipment also has the ability to talk to the employees to inform them of the order number and type.

YPs also got to see other areas of the facility, all of which have been modified to provide as accommodating an environment as possible for visually impaired individuals. Things such as contrasting colors (red walls with dark black trim in the breakroom), textured floors at intersections, logical organization of rooms (all food vending machines on one side of room and drink vending machines on the other) are all easy changes which make a world of difference!

The Envision staff provided an incredibly informative and entertaining tour, one that would be enjoyed by anybody in Wichita. After the tour, Elisha Bauer (Wichita Business Journal) felt like she “could climb a mountain!” she was so motivated by what she had seen. I am sure many who attended would say the same!

To learn more about what is Envision is up to, check out their website at: www.envisionus.com.

Interested in volunteering?

Envision offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. From the kids club programs to assisting with annual fundraising events to inter-office work, when you volunteer with Envision, you play an integral role in improving the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. Apply to be one of our valued volunteers at envisionus.com/volunteer. For more information, contact Jill Henry at (316) 440-1529 or jill.henry@envisionus.com.

Mark your calendars!

Envision Annual Golf Tournament: May 8, 2014
Interested participants should contact Patricia.Tasker@envisionus.com. Interested volunteers can contact Jill.Henry@envisionus.com

Envision Annual Gala: October 24, 2014

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