Some local diners ate a meal without the benefit of sight recently.
The second annual Dining in the Dark event supported those that are blind or visually impaired.
The event raises funds for The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment or AVRE’s vision rehabilitation services and awareness of the challenges those dealing with vision impairment face.
Jeff Mittman served as the events guest speaker.
Mittman spent 22 years in the Army and in 2005 amongst other injuries, lost his vision during an incident in Iraq.
He says the work AVRE is doing is absolutely essential.
“What we’re trying to do and what AVRE is trying to do is reduce the unemployment rate among people who are blind or visually impaired. Those services they provide allow people that are blind or visually impaired to access the opportunities that everyone else has.”
For dinner, guests were blindfolded while AVRE staff provided verbal cues to help them navigate their plate.
AVRE provides vision rehabilitation services to people across 9 counties in the Southern Tier.