Blindness Community Changemakers: An Alphapointe Film Premiere and Conversation
Former New York Gov. David Paterson, blind since childhood, is the subject of the first episode of Alphapointe’s Foresight, a video and podcast series that explores the past, present, and future of vision loss through discussions with changemakers in the blindness community.
After a partial premiere screening of Foresight, Alphapointe CEO Reinhold Mabry moderates a short discussion between Paterson (joining online), President and CEO of Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Robbie Makinen, and crisis communications consultant David Westbrook about the challenges and successes of living with vision loss.
Founded in 1911, Alphapointe’s national headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri, with another location in New York City. The non-profit works to empower people with vision loss by serving as one of the largest employers of people who are blind in the nation as well as one of the largest providers of rehabilitation/training services. More than half of its 400 employees are blind or visually impaired.
Paterson is a member of Alphapointe’s Foundation board, a member of Alphapointe’s New York advisory committee, and the first and only blind governor in U.S. history.