Limited Edition Eyewear collection
Benefiting Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation
Ossip Optometry + Ophthalmology partnered with 141 Eyewear, a Portland-based philanthropic eyewear company, to create a limited edition eyewear collection where each purchase will support a Braille Book Fair for children participating in the 2019 Indiana School for the Blind Braille Challenge.
141 Eyewear, based in Portland, Oregon, designs and distributes premium prescription eyewear. Founded in 2009, the company is committed to improving the world’s vision epidemic with a philanthropic business plan. For each pair of 141 Eyewear purchased, the company gives a new pair of prescription glasses to a person in need. One Four One.
The frames of the 141 + Ossip collection are all made from Ultem – a high-performance material which is incredibly lightweight and durable. The temple tips feature rich tortoise acetate highlighted by a round metal inlay of Ossip’s iconic logo. Distinctive vibrant colors were chosen to pair with Ossip’s lively brand identity. Only 100 pairs will be released per style, which will be available in July 2018.
“We’re so excited to release this collection with Ossip” says 141 + Ossip account manager, Rick Nyman. “This collection was created in celebration of 5 years of partnership with Ossip and we’re very grateful for their support and involvement in the community over the years.”
The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired impacts 450 students from birth to age 22 from around the state of Indiana. Each student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that ensures a team (parent, teachers/staff and therapists) approach to each child’s ranging abilities so each student finds success. While the School is state funded educating students who are blind or have low vision is very expensive. Braille textbooks and vision specific, assistive technology as well as educational programming for children with visual impairments is quite costly. The Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation (IBCF) is a separate 501 C-3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and additional funding for the needs of the 450 children and their families’ impacted by the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The Braille Challenge is a national academic contest that motivates students who are blind to strengthen their Braille abilities in a fun, engaging way. The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired hosts the first stage of the Challenge in February each year where 25 Braille readers in the 1st through 12th grades receive Braille tests focusing on reading, writing, spelling and comprehension. During the testing day, approximately 75 parents and siblings of Challenge participants attend numerous educational workshops and simulations designed to help families relate to their child or sibling as well as learn necessary adaptations and techniques to aide their child or sibling in learning. This next year the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation would like to incorporate a Braille Book Fair for the Braille Challengers. A book fair furthers a child’s interest in reading and creates a fascination with books however our students don’t have access to a totally accessible book fair in his or her access point—large print, Braille or audio.
Inspired to Give Back
You can find these limited edition styles at the following 18 Ossip locations: Fishers, Olio, Shadeland, Noblesville South, Eagle Creek, Greenwood, Avon, Camby, Westfield, Irvington, Terre Haute, Bloomington, Bloomington South, Lebanon, Fort Wayne, Spencer, Columbus, Elkhart.