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Ensuring the Blind
and Visually Impaired 
Continue to Thrive


Our Partners

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Polaris is 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.



A complete lack of actionable data, is holding back educators and service providers for the visually impaired.

People who are blind or low vision experience discrimination and a range of structural and systemic barriers holding them back from achieving fulfilling work, well-being, and prosperity in today’s rapidly changing economy. A lack of inclusion and accessibility in our community forces this group of talented but often ignored individuals 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 equipping today’s BVI youth and adults to enter or re-enter the workforce and achieve their full potential in the decades to come.

To ensure that our BVI colleagues 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-based 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.

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.

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Our Programs

Data for Equity 

We are establishing tools, standards, and frameworks to improve BVI employment and education nationwide. We collaborate with advocates and service organizations to reimagine how data is collected and acted upon.

Making data available to all

Polaris is uniquely able to link, analyze and visualize previously un-tethered data-sets, gathered from various sources on a broad range of issues critical to the well-being of the blind and visually impaired community. 


Data for Equity Collaborations

Data for Whole Person Needs

We partnered with Wayfinder Family Services to establish a data technology implementation framework and implement tools to understand clients’ whole-person needs.

Inclusivity in the

We partnered with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) to establish a data collaboration framework and examine the influences of technology on inclusion in the workplace.

Get in Touch

For additional information about the Future Communities Institute's initiatives or to partner with us reach out to

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