Indianapolis VisionWalk & Vision Expo Sept. 27, 2014

The Heartland Association of the American Council of the Blind is participating in the Indianapolis Vision Walk to fund critical research to treat blindness — and you can help!

We are a support network of active blind and sighted people of all ages, building friendships, sharing life experiences to encourage and teach, and working together to make a difference. From now until September 27, we are asking for people to support our team in the Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk.

Since its inception in the spring of 2006, VisionWalk has raised over $20 million to fund sight-saving research. As promising treatments move into critical human studies, the need for research funding is greater than ever.

Please join Heartland ACB as we take important steps toward a cure by participating in a 5K VisionWalk this fall in Indianapolis. You can join our team as a virtual teammate or come join us for the event, either way encouraging friends and family to support your effort by contributing to the cause. Registration is online at This is sure to be another uplifting and fun day in downtown Indianapolis, walking along the canal and cheering along with many other walkers from Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.


Also, for the third year in a row, the Indianapolis VisionWalk will be partnering with the Vision Expo, so participants in the walk can go right to the Vision Expo and see hundreds of great products and services for the blind and visually impaired.









Walk Start:

Vision Expo:


Team Page: 

Saturday, September 27, 2014


Indiana Government Center

100 North Senate Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46202


8:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Local Chapter:       Heartland ACB (Bloomington)


Come sign up today and join us as we combine our efforts to raise funds to support getting research funded and moved into treatments that will enhance the lives of those impacted by vision loss.


About VisionWalk:

VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Over 10 Million Americans are affected by blinding retinal diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is working to find treatments and cures for these devastating diseases. By funding leading edge research in areas such as genetics, gene therapy, transplantation, artificial retinal implants and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is making a difference today to make the world a brighter place for those suffering with retinal degenerative diseases.

Two southern Indiana chapters join forces to raise $1,445 to fight blindness


by Ted Boardman

Co-Captain, Team ACBi/

Secretary, Heartland ACB of Indiana

For the second year, the Heartland and South Central chapters of the American Council of the Blind formed a combined team to participate in the Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk. I have retinitis pigmentosa, and this cause has been very important to me and others who are experiencing gradually increasing blindness from a degenerative retinal disease.


The VisionWalk is an annual event in major cities around the country to raise awareness and money that goes to help fund research studies for the prevention and treatment of degenerative retinal diseases.


Nineteen chapter members, family members and friends walked for Team South Central ACBi and raised $1,445 toward the event goal of $85,000. Donations are still being accepted through December 31, but the event total currently stands at $75,032.


Over 800 walkers participated in the event on a beautiful sunny walk along the White River Canal. At the finish line was Ms. World, April Lufriu, who has retinitis pigmentosa and has made it a goal to raise awareness. The Vision Expo at the Indiana State Library immediately followed the VisionWalk, and we enjoyed going right into the midwest’s largest trade show of products for the blind and visually impaired. 


Also part of the Vision Expo was a presentation by Dr. Richard Windsor and Dr. Laura Windsor, experts in the field of low vision rehabilitation, who provided an update on research and treatment options that was very current, and showcased the latest in low vision aids. I picked up a Ruby portable magnifier from Freedom Scientific to replace a much bulkier and therefore less usable portable CCTV.


I would like to  thank everyone who participated, but particularly Rita Kersh, our team co-captain, for her great fundraising, everyone who very generously donated, and Barbara Salisbury for encouraging participation and helping coordinate transportation. Volunteers from the IU School of Optometry also joined us to make sure we had enough sighted people to walk with unsighted walkers. There are more participants each year for both the VisionWalk and the combined chapter team. We hope to have even more participation in 2013.