About Team FarSight Foundation
Team FarSight Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 2013 by blind long distance hiker, Trevor Thomas (www.blindhikertrevorthomas.com) as a result of his own experiences going blind later in life and having to deal with lessened societal expectations of blind people. His experiences, like many others in the blind community, were negative.
Opportunities for the blind are not readily available; the unemployment rate ranges between 70 and 90 percent-- more than double that of any other demographic. Team FarSight Foundation is targeting the youth so we can affect the next generation. The blind do not need another welfare program or handout: they need to be given the tools necessary to compete in a world not designed for them.
It is the Foundation's hope that we can break the cycle of dependency that currently exists and that one day, stories about blind people accomplishing extraordinary things will be the norm rather than the exception.
Trevor Thomas receiving a certificate of achievement from NC Governor Pat McCrory in honor of his completion of his solo, 950 mile trek of the Mountains to Sea Trail across NC with his Guide dog, Tennille.
In our partnership, we develop hiking and other programs for the blind and visually impaired. The benefits are numerous for both groups. Sighted volunteers learn how to work with the blind by performing all activities while blindfolded; as a result, they gain a new understanding and respect for their counterparts. Our blind participants get the opportunity to participate in events and activities not otherwise readily available to them in a non adaptive environment. The goal is that the necessary problem solving skills learned will benefit them in their everyday lives and will give them confidence to excel in the real world. Ultimately, we want kids to have fun and develop friendships with individuals they would not otherwise get to know.
Team FarSight Foundation, Inc. 8330 Ramath Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211