The Future Communities Institute identified the need for Polaris, the world's first free data platform designed to empower the blind and visually impaired community. With the support of our partners, we are working to unlock insights to create equitable opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.

 

Blind and visually impaired youth experience a range of structural and systemic barriers holding them back from achieving fulfilling work in today’s rapidly changing economy. This group of talented but often ignored individuals is forced to rely heavily on over-stretched and resource-limited educators and service providers. In turn, these resource providers and educators face an uphill battle in preparing today’s BVI youth to enter the workforce and unlock their full potential in the decades to come.

 

To ensure that our BVI students aren't left behind, but rather placed in a position to thrive, these educators and service providers need to maximize limited resources by making data-informed decisions. This data-driven approach will lead social entrepreneurs to develop innovative, evidence-backed programs for the visually impaired community. Policymakers will be armed with the information needed to create tailored, equitable disability policies based on data-analysis designed to improve access to available opportunities.‚Äč

 

Polaris enriches the data available to difference-makers and equips them with the tools to fulfill their unique purposes in serving others. By empowering those who are already creating change in the world around them, we are deepening impact instead of creating our own.

  • At the Future Communities Institute, our goal is to focus on improving the fundamental social, health and economic structures; decrease the barriers; and improve supports that allow people to reach their full potential.