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  1. John, my husband the woodworker

    My husband John Furniss has been blind since the age of 16. He adapted to being blind very quickly physically and has always had great spacial awareness. Most days I forget he’s blind. He is a kind and gentle soul, not to mention incredibly talented. He’s a piano rebuilder and artistic woodworker. He doesn’t let his blindness stop him from doing all the things he loves doing. He mows our lawn and chops wood. He loves target shooting, sculpting and baking bread. John and I do blind awareness talks at…

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  2. I woke up like this

    In April of 2015, my world as I knew it came crashing down. I woke up with the worst headache I have ever had in my life. The pain was so severe I was dizzy and vomiting. And my vision was blurry. My husband took me to the ER where I was admitted for testing. I began to lose vision in my left eye. The hospital brought in a neurologist, who sent for a spinal tap. I was then diagnosed with Psuedotumor Cerebri. A neurological brain disorder where your brain…

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  3. It Takes Two to Tandem!

    I used to work out constantly! I was teaching 8-10 group fitness classes a week, running a boot camp, and working out at home. I was in the best shape of my life! I worked hard and I played hard! Then, I started to lose my vision and my life got really hard. I gave up teaching some classes, boot camp was too hard to manage, and I rarely worked out at home. I reverted back to old eating habits because it was easy and I didn’t care. Eating is…

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  4. Advice for blind college students

    Hello.  My name is Daniel Jenkins.  I was born 31 years ago with stage five retinopathy of prematurity.  As a result of my ROP, I have been blind all of my life.  I attended Roanoke City public schools for the entirety of my secondary education.  I then attended Radford University where I received a bachelor of Science Degree in music in 2008.  In 2012, I received a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Radford University.  In this post, I wanted to offer advice to blind students who will be…

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  5. Why a supportive community is so important for special needs kids

    A couple years ago we took Ivan to his very first parade. The parade route was just a couple blocks away from our house, so the walk there was easy and of course if he hated it, we could make an easy escape too! Ivan was eight years old at the time and even then (as now) everything for him was a balance. As a child who is completely blind with additional physical and cognitive disabilities, we want to expose him to as many experiences as possible, but we don’t…

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  6. Seeing blindness through a mother’s eyes

    I don’t have anyone who is blind in my immediate life. Blindness is not something I typically think about and rarely come across.  The only time I ever see someone who is blind is usually when I’m visiting a major city or walking through an airport.  That’s when I see someone with a cane or a guide dog.   All of that changed when I became friends with a woman who has a son born blind, a handsome 6 foot plus young man now in his sophomore year at college. Her…

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