After serving as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department for more than a decade and gaining experience in legal mediation, Jon Schorsch remains active with the department's Benevolent Association. Jon Schorsch has never let his blindness restrict him, and maintains membership in the United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA).
Founded in 1953, the USBGA enables individuals with visual impairment or blindness to play golf and compete in tournaments for the sport. Those eligible for membership in the association include those with sight below 20/200.
Each year, the USBGA hosts a variety of competitions for its members, who play with guidance from a coach with sight. The association encourages members to attend events such as the annual ISPS Handa U.S. Open.
This event takes its name from Dr. Haruhisa Handa, who has achieved success in areas ranging from business to the arts. A noted philanthropist, Dr. Handa believes in enhancing the lives of others, especially through the “power of sport,” such as competing in golf tournaments.
The 2019 ISPS Handa U.S. Open Blind Golf Championship will take place April 4-8 in Green Valley, Arizona.
A graduate of Seattle University with a master's degree and a law degree, Jon Schorsch spent many years with the Port of Seattle Police Department, serving as a sergeant and leading marine operations for boat and dive missions. Jon Schorsch now serves the National Federation of the Blind as a self-defense instructor.
Empowering people with visual impairments, the National Federation of the Blind operates under the leadership of individuals with vision loss. Through personal experience, the organization's leaders support others who have lost their vision and assist them in achieving their goals.
The National Federation of the Blind has advocated at a federal level for legislation to support people with vision loss. Recently, the organization announced success on this front after six years of effort.
On June 28, 2018, the blog of the National Federation of the Blind featured a post on the United States Senate's consent to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. Approval of the new legislation requires modifications to current US copyright law to allow people with vision impairments to have access to printed works
A former police sergeant, Jon Schorsch spent more than a decade with the Port of Seattle Police Department before he earned a juris doctor at the Seattle University School of Law. An active member of the community, Jon Schorsch has volunteered with numerous nonprofit organizations and currently serves as a deacon at Mill Creek Community Church.
Located in the Seattle suburb of Mill Creek, the Mill Creek Community Church has been teaching Christ’s gospel of reconciliation through an inclusive community since 1989. Since its humble beginnings in a rented office space, the church has expanded and evolved into a prominent congregation that offers a range of worship, community, and ministry services.
Among the church's programs is a local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), a ministry that brings together mothers of young children for support and encouragement. The MOPS group meets twice a month at the church for coffee, tea, and community activities. Childcare is provided.
A retired sergeant from the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch served as a legal professional for the King County Department of Public Defense in his most recent professional role. Active in his local community outside of his professional endeavors, Jon Schorsch is a longtime supporter of the United Way of King County.
In 2017, the United Way spent more than $9 million nationwide to help address the issue of homelessness. In Washington State, the organization is striving for new budget allocations that will help provide vouchers, grants, and other assistance to help individuals who are homeless transition into home-based living rather than become dependent upon the shelter system. It’s part of the United Way of King County’s lofty goal of reducing the number of homeless individuals by at least 50 percent in the immediate future.
In addition to funding avenues, the organization has a Jobs Connect program to help match individuals with employers who have jobs they can fill. The United Way provides a way for these individuals to clean up before work, have a hot breakfast, and get a ride to their jobs as well. To learn more about the United Way of King County’s efforts in the fight to end homelessness, visit www.uwkc.org/ending-homelessness.
A medically retired police sergeant, Jon Schorsch most recently served as a legal professional for the King County Department of Public Defense. A leader with experience in organizational culture and vision, Jon Schorsch also volunteers as a self-defense instructor for the National Federation of the Blind and supports the United Way.
Founded more than 125 years ago, the United Way has grown to become a leading charitable organization in the United States and worldwide. Working to improve quality of life, the organization consists of local branches in close to 1,800 communities and over 40 countries.
The United Way’s efforts focus primarily on education, finances and economics, and health. For example, the organization operates a support program known as 2-1-1. Available in the United States and Canada, 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and links callers to local resources. The program, which is available 24 hours a day, is staffed by community resource specialists who can provide information in areas that range from food and homelessness programs to health care services and domestic abuse supports. In 2017, the program triaged more than 14 million calls, texts, and emails.
A resident of Bothell, Washington, Jon Schorsch is a former sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department. Dedicated to helping others, Jon Schorsch has been volunteering with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) since 2007.
Founded in 1940, the NFB is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide organization dedicated to helping people who are blind achieve their dreams. The organization provides people who are visually impaired with access to local and nationwide networks, opportunities to work with other people who are blind, and technology to help people who are visually impaired lead active and productive lives. In addition, the NFB offers free access to the world’s largest audio information service for the blind and 30 national scholarships to outstanding students who are blind.
On January 30, 2018, members of the National Federation of the Blind hosted a reception at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The event honored John Olson’s work in developing tactile fine art printing. The exhibit showcased tactile renderings of photos, with audio activated by touch sensors embedded in the prints.
Former police sergeant Jon Schorsch applies his legal and management expertise at the King County Department of Public Defense. A member of the National Federation of the Blind, Jon Schorsch also serves on the board of directors for Sight Connection.
Founded in 1965 as Community Services for the Blind, Sight Connection provides services that help people affected by blindness to live active and independent lives. The organization operates as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and received finding through both public and private sources. Over 85% of Sight Connection’s revenues go directly to Services, which include:
* Training on independent living and traveling safely
* Counseling and educational services
* Support with assistance technology
* A vision aid store and clinic that offers aids ranging from glasses and magnifiers to bioptic telescope systems and canes
Sight Connection maintains a staff of experts who can help find the best solutions for people with vision loss. For additional information on the organization and its services, visit www.sightconnection.org.
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