Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Leaders of an area non-profit aiming to make the humanities extra accessible for folks with disabilities are asking on your assist.

At 5 Factors Music Basis sanctuary and fellowship are present in sound. The flexibility to listen to is one thing we are able to take as a right.

However for Tyler Godsey having the ability to hear is a present.

“I’ve two sons which can be deaf. They each obtained cochlear implants permitting us to have a good time the reward of sound,” mentioned Godsey.

The primary phrases his youngsters heard have been “I really like you.” Three easy phrases.

However that second made Godsey understand he by no means wished to take sound as a right.

“It hit me in a novel means. It was an emotional, psychological, bodily, religious affect,” defined Godsey.

He based the 5 Factors Music Basis in 2017.

“We fund and promote packages like music remedy, listening to loss advocacy, accessibility initiatives, and extra,” added Godsey.

In 2019, his youngsters have been identified with Usher’s syndrome. A uncommon illness with no remedy. They’ll ultimately lose their eyesight.

Godsey says this expanded his mission.

“We’ve got backpacks that feed within the PA system that take the vibrations of the music and ship it to the individual sporting it. We’ve got colorblind correction glasses for folks to look at lights as they’re initially meant. We’ve got headphones that feed for folks with listening to loss or sensory-related challenges,” defined Godsey.

Now, he’s asking for the neighborhood’s assist to purchase the sanctuary and preserve the mission going. They should increase 500 thousand {dollars}.

“It’s constructed on empathic donations wherein folks understand our work is significant. Our work has been profitable, and our work is sustainable,” mentioned Godsey.

This Giving Tuesday 5 Factors desires your assist with that mission. They’re asking for donations and welcoming the general public to a profit live performance Tuesday night time.

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