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  1. As long as I trust and believe, I can accomplish anything

    I was sighted my entire life, until at the age of 27, I lost all of my eyesight from diabetic retinopathy. I was a single mom, working to support my family, and now I lost my site in a matter of three months, lost my job and could not see to do anything. I felt like my life is over and that my only option was giving up. I could not have been more wrong. This is not the end of my life, but rather the beginning to an incredible…

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  2. Change can be beautiful

    Change has always been hard for me, no matter how big or small. In fact, a few weeks ago, my husband switched out the living room rug with the one that was in our bedroom. Once I made the discovery that he did this, I immediately told him that I didn’t like this change. But change is my reality due to Usher Syndrome. Usher Syndrome is a condition that is characterized by hearing and vision loss. I have moderate to severe hearing loss, but it has been stable my whole…

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  3. What do I use braille for in 2017?

    I started to learn braille when I was only a toddler. By the age of four and a half I entered school being able to read and write uncontracted braille. I then progressed onto grade 2 (contracted braille) and the maths and science codes. Braille was the foundation of my education. It enabled me to access books, to participate in the classroom and to write down my ideas. I was an avid reader, and braille opened up many worlds to me. I have talked extensively about the impact braille has had…

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  4. When I look in the mirror

    If you’re really curious about this photo, keep reading! My name is Nysha, I’m 25 years old, I have a retinal disease called Stargardt’s and this is what I see when I look in the mirror.  Stargardt’s is a juvenile form of macular degeneration characterized by a slow and progressive loss of central vision.  For many of us, we begin to loss our vision very slowly at first.  Then we might experience a period of more rapid vision loss.  Eventually, it is expected that our vision loss will plateau.  I…

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  5. Blindness + Style = Confidence

    Prior to losing my sight, I used to think that when a person used a white cane, it meant they were totally blind (no light perception). I was wrong. The range of sight loss/blindness is enormous and differs greatly from one person to the next. Contrary to popular belief—after the acceptance of, and acclimation to sight loss—though life has significantly changed, for the most part we remain the same. With few exceptions, the things we loved and excelled at are still integral to who we are at our core. Transitioning…

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  6. Growing up blind in 1940s and how I learned to read as an Adult

    Growing up, I went to Catholic school in the 40’s. In first or second grade, the nuns asked the kids to open up a book and read. I opened up the book, but the print was too small to read the page. So I had to put my head very close down to the page in order to read it. A nun grabbed my neck and told me to stop goofing around and to read the book. But I couldn’t see it, so I put my head down again. The…

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  7. BlindNewWorld Holiday Gift Guide

    Finding the right gift for that special someone can be hard, if they are visually impaired, it might make your shopping trip even harder. But not to worry. We have compiled 7 of our favorite gifts that are accessible and perfect for the techies, foodies, and fashion forward people on your list. Swap Socks  These perfectly mismatched socks are great for anyone on your shopping list this year. Swap Socks creates unique, fun, and eye catching designs that always go together no matter which two you put on. Each pack…

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  8. Matt Chao Blind Sailor

    A blind sailor? Those words sound like an oxymoron. Yet, for more than half his life, racing sailboats continues to be a challenge and passion. As the life-partner of Matt and his “shore support” aka: wheels for the past thirty plus years, we thought you might like to learn about his incredible story. While Matt uses his Seeing Eye Dog, Quill to get around town, since Quill hasn’t learned to drive, that’s my job. Matt and I met in Boston, ’cause his then canine partner, Josie was a chick magnet….

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  9. Blind Motherhood: What Parenting Without Sight Really Looks Like

    Throughout much of my 20’s, I battled breast cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation impacted my body in ways I never expected, including effecting my vision. Beginning at age 28, my eyesight began to decline. First it was my color vision, then my depth perception. Doctors attributed my vision loss to a neurological disconnect; my brain was having problems communicating with my optic nerves. On January 3, 2012, I woke up and headed to my job as a social worker at a local school. Throughout the day, I developed a horrible headache….

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  10. A proud mom’s perspective

    Well, I certainly have had my experience dealing with blind children.  When our daughter, Lynne, was born in 1953, within a couple of weeks we realized something was not quite right about her eyes.  We took her to the Doctor, and were told he would keep close of her, and he would see her at the six week checkup.  At that time, he told us he was not sure if it was a brain problem, or an eye problem.  We were referred to a specialist in Worcester, who told us…

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