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  1. Boxing While Blind

    I’m a fitness coach based in New York City – my specialties are strength training, boxing, and Muay Thai. A yoga instructor introduced me to my first two visually impaired students. Teaching blind students to box, at least for my own personal teaching style, isn’t too different. In some respects, it can be easier teaching someone who is a clean slate and doesn’t have as many preconceived notions. My teaching method involves a lot of verbal cues. I often teach groups of 12 or more, many of whom are first-time…

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  2. Being a Kid is Dangerous…

    I just read that blindness is the third most feared physical condition after only cancer and AIDS. I’m blind, but I’m not scared. Most blind kids aren’t scared. I’m sure that number would be completely different if you only surveyed those with blindness. However, fear is a pretty powerful thing. And feeling the fear of others – parents, relatives, teachers, and friends – can be very limiting for a blind kid. I had a conversation last year with a well-respected leader in the blind community. He is in his 70s…

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  3. Mission: Live Life Fully, Make a Difference, and Redefine Possible

    With an amazing team of individuals, I am setting off as a blind cancer survivor the day after I graduate from college on May 22nd to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. In the process, my team is working on raising $500,000 for charities and organizations that not only saved my life, but gave me the strength and the tools to start living again. I realize that the amount of support I had greatly contributed to my success, and I want to make sure children facing life threatening…

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  4. The Braille Trail

    Born blind and growing up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, hiking has always been a part of my life. As a small child, I recall climbing the mountains with the help of my white cane and picking berries. The sound of the creek, crickets, and sweet smell of honeysuckles were a familiar part of growing up. My family and friends have always described the beautiful scenery around me. What I enjoy most is the incredible fragrances, various textures, and sounds of the forest and how the seasons bring…

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. What it’s like to climb blind

    Six years ago a friend invited me to go to a local climbing wall to have a go at climbing. I loved it and I was good at it. I found out about competitions for people with disabilities, but had just missed the series for that year. The next year I entered the National Paraclimbing Series and gained a place on the GB Paraclimbing Team. I was hooked. I have now been on the team for four years, and promote Paraclimbing at every opportunity. At the time of writing it…

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  8. Just keep swimming: A Paralympic Hopeful

    Blind people can do anything sighted can. Just because I am visually impaired doesn’t mean I can’t be active and participate in sports. I can horseback ride, ski, ice skate, play soccer, ride a bike, and swim. I may need some accommodations but I can still do all these fun things. Being blind to me means that my eyes just don’t work as well, but it doesn’t stop me from being active! My favorite is swimming. I started swimming on a USA Swim team when I was 7. I fell…

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  9. The misadventures of a blind gamer

    Whenever I introduce myself as a blind gamer I get a wide array of reactions. From doubt to surprise; they all funnel down to two main questions, “Why and how do you play video games?” I guess I should begin with how I got into video games in the first place. When I was young my family would visit my grandparents often. In their house was a room called the “Toy Room.” One of the most popular ‘toys’ was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Since my cousins are all…

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