35,000 Nebraskans, 15,000 in the Omaha area, are blind or experiencing vision loss. These Numbers will more than double by 2050 because of aged-related blindness and diabetes. Outlook Nebraska is renovating and expanding our space to create a place where these individuals and their families can learn and grow in a safe and positive environment.
Last month, we took the first step in this expansion project: the completion of the added two-story mezzanine containing an updated breakroom, administrative offices, a dedicated private safety and health room, two private phone rooms, and significant storage areas.
“You can tell that this space was designed with the Outlook Nebraska staff in mind,” associate Mickie Saltzman said. “As a part-time trainer, I now have a room that I can use for my one-on-one training sessions. I can’t wait to see what other doors the expansion will open up for us.”
“The expansion shows the tremendous growth of this organization. When I came here nine years ago, I would have never imagined how far we would come,” associate Ken Blackman said.
Construction on the flexible community space and training lab is now underway. These new spaces will help us address gaps in services faced by the blind and visually impaired. The state-of-the-art training lab will triple our adaptive technology training capacity so more people with vision loss can learn how to operate a computer, use low vision devices, and how to utilize a smartphone to accomplish personal goals. Once finished, the community space will give us the ability to serve the public and create a welcoming, accessible space for our visually impaired neighbors. We will be able to accommodate large groups for educational programs that increase awareness of the capabilities of the blind and the availability of adaptive technology among business and community leaders.
“Outlook Nebraska realizes that each of our blind neighbors brings so much to our community, and we need your help to create a more accessible and inclusive Omaha for everyone,” CEO Eric Stueckrath said.
We are excited to open our newly renovated facility to the public with a full day Open House on October 13th. Please plan to visit us!
We have raised over $2 million for this expansion project. We are celebrating the completion of this first step, and we are turning to the public for a strong finish to our “Bridge the Gap” capital campaign. Consider standing with us to bridge the gaps our blind neighbors face with financial support at outlooknebraska.org/donations