by Yasmin Campbell
I’ve been a member of ACB for a few years now. When I joined the Greater New York chapter, the biggest draw was that it was one of the most diverse chapters in ACBNY. I was under the impression that many of the chapters were just as diverse, but come to find out this wasn’t the case.
Since becoming a member I’ve heard talk that there is a certain culture within our organization. I want to believe that people are more open-minded because we all have vision loss in common. As I joined different groups within ACB, I started to meet people from all backgrounds.
My vision for diversity in ACB is that the organization will continue to do more outreach within all chapters, affiliates and communities outside of the organization. To educate ourselves on cultures we are not familiar with and create programs to highlight these diverse cultures.
By taking these important steps, we are showing our members that our organization is diverse and inclusive while also showing the communities outside of us that if I’m dealing with vision loss, there is a place for me to come to for support.