BENEFITING: OneTouch Project
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1Touch Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides ongoing self-development and rehabilitation courses through self-defense training specifically for people who are visually impaired and members of society requiring physically adaptive activities. Through 1Touch training we will increase safety, promote healthy living and the quality of life for people with disabilities.
What Your Donation Will Do?
- Enable the 1Touch to improve the lives of even more people
- Certify more coaches to work in their communities
- Provide more workshops for the blind and people with disabilities
- Create more adapted/specialized programs
- Maintain the quality of resources and support for our coaches.
- Ensure financial stability for the every-day running of the non-profit
“What does 1Touch™ mean to me? It means leveling the playing field for the most vulnerable among us, and giving them the skills they need to walk freely, comfortably, and safely anywhere they want. I am passionate about this program because it allows me to give back to a community I can relate to. And If I can stop one child from feeling the paralyzing fear I once felt, then it would have all been worth it. If I were to sum up 1Touch™ in one word, it's FREEDOM.” OT Orozco
“As part of our PAT program, we have been using the 1Touch Self Defense training for over two years with notable success. In addition to the obvious defensive aspects, our participants have also reported beneficial effects such as greater self-confidence, situational awareness, and improved physical coordination. Offering the 1Touch training can be a deciding factor for participants when choosing our program over other blindness/low vision training programs across the country.” Karen Klein, Supervisor—Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (CODVR)
A Message from the 1Touch Executive Director – Stephen Nicholls
Greetings 1Touch Champions!
First of all, I want to thank all of our coaches, donors, and volunteers for their continuing support and the momentum they give to this life-changing project. We are proud that the 1Touch Project has come into 2016 with more success stories and accomplishments than ever. 1Touch has reached more people, improved more lives, given strength and guidance to many who had nowhere to turn, and spread the 1Touch mission further across the United States in 2015. As a constantly developing organization, the 1Touch is creating new and innovative programs for people who use wheelchairs and a curriculum addressing women’s self-defense. None of this would be possible without your support and the value you see in the work we are doing. Our effort to provide high-quality coaches and standards for the organization has initiated child-protection policies, background checks, annual coach reviews, and mandatory reporting of events. In addition, 1Touch has a larger website/social media presence, instructed more Coaching Certification Courses, and presented at more conferences in 2015. Our contributions to the field of adaptive physical activity have drawn the attention of scientific study as to how the 1Touch is effective in developing confidence, independence, spatial awareness, and health and wellbeing. Our volunteers are constantly growing, adding their time and support to reach more people and provide higher-quality services. We rely on your continued support to move forward in our mission of improving lives of fearlessness, freedom, and safety.
Presentations: 1Touch presentations are informative in nature and include oral presentations, poster sessions, and informational booths at conferences and meetings.
Workshops: 1Touch hands-on workshops can range from 1.5 hours to an entire day. These workshops create the environment of open discussion, question and answer time, and a chance to experience the effectiveness of the techniques firsthand.
Coaching Certification Course: 1Touch provides a 3-day intensive “train the trainers” course in order to reach the end users in their communities. The coaching course enables others to teach the 1Touch™ syllabus in their constituency. A final exam must be successfully completed to earn a certification to maintain the standard of the program.
Wheelchair Coaching Certification Course: An optional 8-hour day of training can be added onto the Coaching Certification Course to learn the 1Touch Wheelchair Curriculum.
Ongoing Classes: 1Touch coaches instruct classes in their local communities all across the United States. The courses can range in length from six weeks to ongoing courses.
- 1Touch Project received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
- 1Touch Project reached over 2,500 end users
- 1Touch certified 36 coaches
- 1Touch expanded their programs to include a curriculum for people who use wheelchairs
- 1Touch is being used at 15 schools/rehabilitation agencies across the United States
- 1Touch became a Category 1 Provider of CE hours for the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).
- A total of seven abstracts were accepted at conferences for the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and the International Mobility Conference.
- Workshops were instructed at national conferences, including the National Federation of the Blind, American Council of the Blind, and the National Organization of Albinism and Hyperpigmentation.
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