Reaching Out: Focus on Volunteering as a Blind or Visually Impaired Person

If you or a loved one is experiencing vision loss, you may think about things you used to enjoy that no longer seem feasible, especially activities that link you with other people as a volunteer or mentor. Let’s be honest. A few things might be tough, for example if you dreamed of teaching your grandchild how to drive or play umpire at a junior baseball league.  While some opportunities will … Continued

Exploring International Travel Opportunities for People with Vision Loss: Part Two: Venturing Into the International World

Editor’s note: This post is part of our international travel series. Be sure to read Part One to find out about “traveling” from the comfort of your armchair.  Also, read Elizabeth’s fascinating and related article on thinking through your best way to visit the world. The Big Picture   Here are several questions essential to ask before planning any type … Continued

Exploring International Travel Opportunities for People with Vision Loss: Part One, Bringing the World to Your Doorstep

  As a young teen, I dreamed of going away from home, far from home. It wasn’t so much that my parents were clueless and embarrassing, though that was true from a teenage perspective; but my mother and uncle, both army brats, regaled me for years with tantalizing stories about their youthful adventures in Japan, Germany, and Turkey. Our home … Continued

Including Yourself in a Faith Community as a Person with a Visual Impairment

When you lose vision, at first it might feel like you are unable to participate fruitfully in a faith community. Whether you’re new or a long-term member, some aspects of congregation life that you’ve always taken for granted can suddenly feel uncomfortable as a worshipper with blindness or visual impairment. Who’s saying hello? What are … Continued

Driving on the Horizon: One Story of Parenting a Teen As a Visually Impaired Mother

The reality any parent will tell you is this: as children become teens, their abilities grow along with their independence. We must be there to guide but also to accept and take pride in their accomplishments. I did not expect the bittersweet reality of my daughter’s driving to overwhelm me as it did, but perhaps … Continued

International Perspectives: Living and Working in Siberia As a Person with a Disability

Editor’s note: This is the 3rd part of our series on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Be sure to read Part 1 on useful tips when you meet a person with vision loss and Part 2, “Speak to Me.”. And stay tuned next week for Maribel Steel’s post on “accepting life as it … Continued

What Role Does Disability Play in Your Identity?

Editor’s Note: Elizabeth brought this question up to the VisionAware peer advisors and it elicited a wide-range of discussion, which we agreed needed to be shared with the larger VisionAware audience. Elizabeth’s post is the kick-off of this discussion. Other peers will be sharing their thoughts in future posts, but we hope that you will … Continued