MY BLIND SPOT RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FROM READER’S DIGEST PARTNE RS FOR SIGHT FOUNDATION

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October 22, 2015

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MY BLIND SPOT RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FROM READER’S DIGEST PARTNERS FOR SIGHT FOUNDATION

MY BLIND SPOT RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FROM READER’S DIGEST PARTNERS FOR SIGHT FOUNDATION

October 21, 2015
Contact: Albert J. Rizzi, (212) 363-0330, info

My Blind Spot (MBS) is proud to announce a $10,000 grant award to advance its mission to promote a more accessible digital world. The award from Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (PFS) — whose mission is dedicated to increasing the self-reliance and dignity of blind and visually impaired persons — will serve to allow MBS to open doors of employment in accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation for the blind and print disabled community. PFS, a respected funder in the field, is also the publisher of Reader’s Digest Select Editions Large Type books, and a co-sponsor of visionaware.org, the premier online resource for people coping with vision loss.
My Blind Spot, founded in 2009, is an energetic, forward thinking New York based nonprofit that is on a quest to eradicate stereotypes and misperceptions imposed upon people who are blind, visually impaired and print disabled. MBS works to advance equal access while promoting understanding, respect, and opportunity for this community.
The grant will be used for training individuals in the newly accessible version of QuickBooks for Windows. MBS intends to put this financial management tool into the hands of small business owners and financial professionals who are blind and print disabled.
“We are very grateful for the continued support from PFS. This funding allows us to deliver on our mission of accessibility and employment.” said Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO of My Blind Spot. “Now that QuickBooks, the premiere accounting software program, is accessible, we hope to see a shift in the employment landscape for people of ALL abilities.”
Rizzi further explained, “People who are blind, visually impaired and print disabled will be able to manage their own small businesses or pursue careers in accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation because QuickBooks is truly usable and accessible for the first time.”
Richard Kelly, a QuickBooks user for over 20 years who had been able to use the accounting program, with varying degrees of success, said, “To me, as an individual who happens to be blind, control of one’s own personal and/or business financial information is a cornerstone of independence. The changes achieved through the efforts of My Blind Spot and Intuit have resulted in the most accessible version of QB Pro I have ever had the pleasure of using.” Richard went on to say, “I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to encourage companies, like Intuit, to incorporate accessibility into their products as they are designed, modified, and introduced; and that we must publicly acknowledge and support those who respond to our call for access.”
Karen Peacock, Vice President of Small Business Solutions at Intuit shared, “We are pleased to collaborate with My Blind Spot to make QuickBooks Desktop more accessible for blind and visually impaired entrepreneurs. This is all about ensuring that every aspiring entrepreneur has access to the tools that fuel small business success. We applaud My Blind Spot for their continued leadership.”
Susan Olivo, Executive Director of RDPFS, adds that “Partners for Sight is pleased to be able to assist My Blind Spot in bringing the accessible version of Quickbooks to the blind and visually impaired community. Accessible technology helps to level the playing field for people who are blind or have low vision. Having access to financial accounting software should enable people to enter the job market or retain a current job….and employment leads to independence. Kudos to both My Blind Spot and the accessibility team at Intuit.”
For more information about the MBS QuickBooks Training programs, visit http://www. Myblindspot.org

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