Support Independence for the blind

$4,065 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 26 months
Conchita Hernandez Legorreta  SILVER SPRING, MD
Who are we?
METAS is committed toward engaging individuals who are blind through innovative structure-discovery skill-based, culturally-sensitive, hands-on trainings, and emphasizing valuable mentor-centered programs, opportunities, and informative resources.

The Need: 
Of the 285 million visually impaired in the world, an estimated 4/5th are unemployed, only 2 percent of the visually impaired receive consistent education. METAS International currently offers programs to redefine disability and positively enrich the outlook to blindness and improve upon the vocational worth of the blind in their own communities.

Our vision is to empower the blind worldwide with innovative skill-based, mentor-centered, positive programing that empowers self-actualization.

METAS puts an emphasis on the mentoring process, not the miss-understanding to disability that exists. We value team-work, and hands-on interaction with each student. Our target audience is blind individuals who consider themselves vocationally dissatisfied. METAS programs and curriculum are created by blind persons themselves, and can be uniquely individualized to meet the needs of any student.

The METAS Initiative & Program:
Our Youth Program is a comprehensive one-week, mentor-facilitated training, which teaches classes in self-determination to difference and disability, Braille literacy, orientation and mobility, independent living skills, accessible technology, and Adaptive Sports and Recreation for students of elementary age.
In our Awareness Initiative we host engaging informative seminars, and provide valuable consultation and resources and opportunities for companies, government agencies, educational institutions, families, and related stakeholders in blindness to open their minds to the empowerment movement toward disability, accessibility, and inclusion.

Our Accomplishments:
In our inaugural empowerment-project we provided 35-students White Canes, and successfully implemented our Elementary Program at a school for the blind in Guadalajara Mexico. In addition to our activities with blind children we offered specialized consulting services toward improving the tactile information and accessibility to the city train and bus facilities. The regional government and rehabilitation agency were also excited to incorporate our methods with blind adults in future projects.
We also developed a relationship in Nicaragua to provide accessible aids and appliances for blind individuals in-need. We currently have positive relationships in other regions in Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, and Ghana. In not even one-year of existence and limited finances METAS has touched the lives of approximately 50 vocationally dissatisfied blind people internationally. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about us.
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Update 1
Posted by Conchita Hernandez
15 months ago
Thank you so much to everyone that has donated. We finished our second trip to the school for the blind in Guadalajara, Mexico and it was a success! We were able to train educators, provide direct instruction and build a lasting relationship for future projects. We could not have done this without you! Thank you!
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$4,065 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 26 months
Created November 28, 2016
Conchita Hernandez Legorreta
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Rosh Rocheleau
2 months ago

We're excited to continue our support for our Lead Blind Ambassadors Richie Flores & Garrick's good works with the Metas International! PLEASE make a contribution to help them bring education and connection to the blind communities in Mexico!

6 months ago
'Rosh' Rocheleau
9 months ago

This is to help you guys ROCK!, love blind cafe family

Brian Rocheleau
10 months ago

Blind Cafe contributes of a $50 from SF Shows and $50 from Seattle show held in Feb 2018

Brian Rocheleau
11 months ago

Hello METAS from The Blind Cafe team! We're proud of the work you are doing and have set 2018 to be a year we contribute funds from the proceeds of our private and public Blind Cafe Experience events to support you. Since we're certainly doing our best to meet the expenses of our events and our public events are ticket sales based, meaning how well we do per event changes a lot, we'd like to commit to donate some amount funds to METAS from each show, depending on how we're doing with the shows. This donation is $100.00, allocated from one of our private events. We hope it helps and to become more and more evolved in supporting your program. Best Rosh & the Blind Cafe Team

Bruce Keisling
13 months ago

All the best to Sachin, the organization, and your fantastic efforts with children!

14 months ago
Ryan Hernandez NFB of Southern Nevada Chapter
15 months ago

Thank you for all you do METAS Conchita you rock much love from your NFB of Southern Nevada Chapter family in Las Vegas

Anu Kate Pradhan
16 months ago

Hi Richie, Conchita and Garrick! Lovely to see these videos! I hope to donate more after I finish school and the cash starts flowing again :). All the best to each of you and every life you touch along your ways! With Love, Anu Kate

Mickey MacIntyre
16 months ago
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