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A3: Adapt • Adjust • Achieve

A3 is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to personalized education, training, and support for individuals significantly impacted by vision loss to help them adapt, adjust, and achieve maximum independence.

Vision Loss Simulator

Typical Vision
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Cataracts
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Diabetic Retinopathy
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Glaucoma
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Macular Degeneration
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Retinitis Pigmentosa
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Total Blindness
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Only the person who is visually impaired or blind really knows what it is like. Each individual’s precise conditions are different. To help family members and friends begin to understand, we pulled data and reporting from current clinical research and built this vision simulator.

Our Values

Guided by integrity and respect, A3 supports the rights and beliefs of all those we empower throughout Colorado.

  • Adapt

    Coming to terms with changing vision can be difficult, but you are not alone. We help our clients adapt to their new situation.

  • Adjust

    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.

  • Achieve

    Losing your vision doesn't mean losing your independence, we help our clients achieve maximum ability and autonomy.

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Over 90% of our clients remain in home

Our Story

1978

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.

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.

2015

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
    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.

  • Ky Agnew
    Ky Agnew Vice Chair

    Aging is often a career that individuals adopt after years of experience, but Agnew began her career in gerontology in 2005 while she was still earning her undergraduate degree in Social Services with a minor focus on Criminal Justice and Sociology from Wichita State University (2006). She continued her interest earning a Master of Gerontology in 2010 from Wichita State as well. Her professional work from 2005 until 2013 has included social work, admissions, and marketing in Kansas and Colorado for nursing home companies. In 2013 she joined PASCO as the Intake Director and later developed the Senior Outreach Manager role. Her expertise focuses on creating systemic management practices that improve outcomes and quality of care as well as quality of life.

     

  • Jim Stevens
    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.

  • Ilan Brown
    Ilan Brown Secretary

    Strong interpersonal and creative problem solving skills help to define ilan brown as a residential real estate broker. He’s tenacious, good humored and easy to get along with, traits that have helped to establish him as one of the top independent brokers in the Denver area. Named a Five Star Professional’s award winner in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (as featured in 5280 Magazine), he’s in an elite class of customer service providers. Ilan has been an A3 board member since 2016. With a parent who suffers from severe macular degeneration ilan is committed to helping an ever growing community of blind and visually impaired maintain their independence.  

  • Barbara Boyer
    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!
    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!

Our Goals

Improve

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

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

Increase available opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired or blind

Cooperate

Cooperate with organizations, private and public, that promote the welfare of all people

 

Expand

Expand the scope and quality of services to individuals who are visually impaired or blind

 

Maximize

Maximize individual achievement of personal goals with support, education and training

A3 is here to help

From regular in home visits to making sure you have transportation to your next appointment, A3 has a network of solution providers.