A3: Adapt Adjust Achieve
Coming to terms with changing vision can be difficult, but you are not alone. We help our clients adapt to their new situation.
As circumstances change so must the way we lead our lives. We train our clients to help them adjust to a new way of doing things.
Losing your vision doesn’t mean losing your independence, we help our clients achieve maximum ability and autonomy.
Guided by integrity and respect, A3 supports the rights and beliefs of all those we empower throughout Colorado.
Inspired to aid the visually impaired and blind, A3 was first incorporated as a team of blind, visually impaired, and sighted individuals in 1978 securing our 501(c)(3) designation in 1979. A3 operated as an all volunteer organization from this point until late 2005.
In late 2005 after receiving a generous bequest, A3 was able to set up professional offices and hire an executive director and subsequent program staff. Since that time we have been focused on building our capacity to serve individuals significantly impacted by vision loss, providing them with personalized self-sufficiency skills for greater independence and maximum possibilities.
In 2015, A3 undertook a series of thorough organizational rebranding exercises in which we reflected upon our desired direction and reprioritized. At the end of this period, we felt our new name, A3, was more both fitting and clear to those we serve. Until this time, A3 had operated under the guise of American Council of the Blind of Colorado (ACBCO).
Our Board of Directors
Karen Karsh – Board Chair
Blind from birth, Karen Karsh joined the Board in 2009 after volunteering to help the organization raise funds in our 2008 Dinner in the Dark. Serving as Chair Karen is dedicated to the mission of A3 and is passionate about sending out the message that blindness does not have to stop people from living full wonderful happy successful lives. She is a is best known area as a singer, songwriter, pianist. Karen’s bachelor’s degree in music led her to be an educator across the country, teaching children about what it is like to be blind as well as the positive result creating music can have on the success of people’s lives. During this time she was also a specialty reporter for KUSA TV (Unsung Heroes) that won Gannette Broadcastings Innovation of the year in 1993.
Jim Stevens – Treasurer
Jim Stevens, is an internationally recognized artist, sculptor, and author. He is also the only legally blind man to ever be awarded a black belt in Shaolin Kenpo karate and the only legally blind man to ever win the men’s fighting championship at the martial arts “Tournament of Champions”. He lost his eyesight as a result of combat wounds suffered while serving in the U.S. Army. As a professional educator, he is retired from the University of Colorado. Jim wants his position on the board to be a catalyst for diverse ideas and community engagement supported by positive board action.
Barbara Boyer – Executive Director
Barbara has over 25 years of experience in achieving organizational and project specific goals and objectives while maintaining and developing critical partnerships and a full spectrum of outreach in the community. Barbara has served in this position for over 10 years. She oversees all operational functions of the organization. She has developed and implemented all A3 program and organization strategic plans, as well as all organization policies and procedures. Additionally, she supervises personnel, and serves as a legislative advocate.
You! – New Board Member
We’re always looking for great people to partner with, and currently are looking for new board members. If you’re interested in being a part of A3 please contact us!
Improve the lives of those significantly impacted by vision loss or blindness by providing personalized support to stimulate, encourage, and empower each person in becoming active, productive and responsible members of the community.
Develop better understanding of vision loss and blindness within the community to combat the exploitation and neglect of the welfare of blind or visually impaired persons.
Increase available opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired or blind
Cooperate with organizations, private and public, that promote the welfare of all people
Expand the scope and quality of services to individuals who are visually impaired or blind
Maximize individual achievement of personal goals with support, education and training