The Cache Valley chapter of the National Federation of the Blind is holding a fundraising dinner Monday night at the Texas Roadhouse. Ten percent of proceeds will go to fund scholarships for the young blind community. With most of its members either in college or planning to attend, the Federation of the Blind gives them an avenue to pursue their education. Fundraising organizer Kasondra Payne says these scholarships are very helpful because they help quell the discrimination toward the small but growing blind community. The organization has helped her personally transform from a scared blind teenager to a confident adult with a career and family. The National Federation of the Blind, celebrating its 70th anniversary, is the oldest and largest organization of its kind that pushes for legislation and laws in education and government, as well as innovations for the blind community such as electronic voting machines that allow the blind to vote without assistance. On a local level, Payne has seen changes in the Cache Valley Transit Association with more stops being announced on buses, and grocery stores such as Lee’s that have specially trained employees to assist the blind with their shopping. The Federation is an outlet for her and others to get involved in their communities and make a difference for all those around them. The Texas Roadhouse fundraiser runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday night.
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