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  1. The Disc Jockey’s Guide to Golf

    I always wanted to be a disc jockey. I started doing gigs at school in the late 1970s as I loved music and it really helped me overcome my shyness. I continued the mobile DJ role until I was 30 when I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disorder that would eventually leave me blind. So I gave up the music and just stuck with my day job of working with acrylics. Then I thought “Why can’t I be a DJ again?” With some great training at RNIB Connect Radio…

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  2. A Bad Blind Moms Holiday Gift Guide for the Blind and Low Vision Parents on Your Nice List

    You’ve made a list. You’ve checked it twice. Now it’s time to find a non-visually accessible gift that’s really, really nice! The blind and low-vision parents on your holiday gift list definitely deserve a little holiday cheer! Whether they’re on the city bus juggling their infant, their groceries, and their cane all at the same time; walking their kids to school in the freezing cold; or figuring out how to help their teenager with print algebra homework, being a parent who is blind sometimes feels like running a marathon along…

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  3. Meet Isaiah Bingham: an 11-year-old Entrepreneur and Football Star Who’s Legally Blind

    My name is Isaiah Bingham. I am the first legally blind football player in Delaware. I am 11 years old – soon to be 12. I go to a private school called Red Lion Christian Academy and I am the owner and CEO of my own clothing brand called Vision Clothing Apparel. I first started playing sports at 4 years old. My first sport was baseball, then I started playing basketball at 9, where my team and I won the championship. My first-time feeling of winning! Then I wanted to…

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  4. My Journey with Retinitis Pigmentosa – and the Guide Dog that Saved Me from Myself

    I was only eleven years old when I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). All I can remember about the day the doctor called to tell my parents that both their children had an incurable eye disease that would slowly rob them of their precious sight are the sounds of my mother’s sobs. I wore glasses at the time and knew I didn’t have perfect vision, but – fortunately for me – I couldn’t fathom what awaited me. The next year in school, I would slowly get a glimpse into…

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  5. Are Education Options Truly Accessible for All?

    You must be familiar with the term “Education for All.” This has been used as a slogan by the rulers of various countries in the world to demonstrate their enthusiasm and dedication for educational development. In reality, it is a camouflage in some parts of the developing world. Here, I believe it is relevant to share my experiences with the readers that blind people in Sri Lanka are being confronted and limited in their educational pursuits. It is a heartbreaking situation. For instance, some blind students complete thirteen years of…

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  6. Up in the Air: Loving Life as a Blind Aerialist

    Hi – I’m Rachael, and I’m a blind aerialist and pole dancer. In fact, I’m currently training in pole dancing, aerial trapeze hoop and silks, contortion, chair dance, fire-spinning and breakdance. And I love it! So, how did I get here? I was diagnosed with sporadic exudative vitreoretinopathy at around two years of age. I never had much useful vision in my left eye but had fairly reliable site in my right. It’s a very unique, very unpredictable degenerative condition that caused me to lose the remaining vision in my…

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  7. Twists and Turns: Personal Growth, Pluma and Pretzels

    My name’s Lupin, and my guide dog is Pluma. We’ve been traveling together since July 2014: from the middle of nowhere (aka, Southern Vermont), the barrier islands of North Carolina where the wild horses run, through a crowd of thousands at Anime Boston, to the seacoast of New Hampshire. She’s my energetic knucklehead, and there’s so much I wouldn’t have done without her. Before I blab about how she and I are doing today though, there’s something else I should say. During high school, I was an active member of…

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  8. “Yes, Let’s Do It!”

    If my vision loss has taught me anything, it’s that I always have to make use of every opportunity that comes my way. Because, one: I never know what the future may hold, and two: I have no idea whether this opportunity that is in front of me right now will come my way again. The society that we live in today always encourages us to be involved in some sort of activity – whether that is employment, domestic work or study, we always have a number of reasons to…

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  9. Say It Loud! I’m Blind and I’m Proud.

    You know that feeling you get after winning a video game on the hardest difficulty level, or baking the perfect brownies on your first try without instructions, or beating your frenemy in a race after you’ve given them a ten-second head-start? That feeling is called pride, a pride sparked from determination, and a determination sparked from a healthy self-worth. Giving society all the cheat codes and a ten-second head-start and still winning – that’s the pride I get to feel every single day as a brown-skinned blind woman. Hi, I’m…

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  10. Evolution and Inclusive Language: Creating a New Term for Visual Disabilities

    The terms we use carry with them significance. They can denote power and strength, or they can also denote weakness and other negative biases.  As a society, we have become more aware of the power of language when describing people who may identify in ways that are marginalized. Even better, we have been adopting language created by those people themselves.  I am a DeafBlind person. This is just one aspect of who I am – I’m also a husband and soon-to-be dad, a graduate student, an instructor at Perkins School…

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