The Indiana Association of Workers for the Blind, Inc
The Indiana Association of Workers for the Blind was established as a non-profit corporation in 1917 as a way to assist veterans blinded in service. It has since evolved to help all persons who are suffering from significant visual impairment (“legally blind”) to come together and discuss issues of common significance and to provide social activities geared for such persons.
The objectives and purposes for which this organization is formed are:
- To promote the welfare and best interests of the blind of northeast Indiana, including Allen, Adams, Wells, Huntington, Whitley, Noble, and DeKalb Counties.
- To provide ways and means for emergency assistance and relief of temporary distress of blind persons.
- To furnish programs of social and recreational activities for the blind and provide necessary transportation.
Currently the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Workers conducts a weekly bowling league for blind members, a monthly luncheon meeting for all members, a summer indoor picnic and a Christmas dinner.
Friends in Focus was a blind acappella choir that was formed with members of the Workers for the Blind,
Funding and Support
Each October Workers for the Blind conducts a White Cane Drive. A special thank you is owed to Kroger’s and Scott’s Food Stores for their willingness to allow the Workers to conduct the campaign in their stores in the Fort Wayne area and to the members of the local Lions Club, who assist in this fund-raising effort. The White Cane Drive also serves to draw attention to the special needs that blind people have and to point out the legal responsibilities that the general public has.
Workers for the Blind could not exist or function effectively without the assistance of those who are sighted. The Constitution mandates that the President and Vice President of the Workers be legally blind, but at least three members of the Board must be “active or retired business or professional persons”, who are expected to provide counsel and guidance to the blind members of the Board. Moreover, none of the activities of the Workers could proceed without the unequivocal support of the Lions Clubs throughout Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. They provide drivers to all of the activities, assist in the White Cane Drive and are always available to lend financial support to the Workers. Appreciation is also extended to the Fort Wayne Kiwanis Club, which subsidizes the Workers’ annual Christmas Dinner. We can never say “thank you” enough to these organizations.
Indiana Code § 16-32-3-3:
(a) A person not totally blind who:
- Approaches a totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a cane predominantly white or metallic in color, with or without a red tip, or using a guide dog;
- Fails to take all necessary precautions to avoid injury to the blind pedestrian; commits a Class C infraction.