Testimonials










Student Travel Abroad with a Disability 

Exchange student with family

I have been a long-time client of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, participating in the “STEPS” (Successful Teens Exploring Positive Skills) program as well as “Summer in the City”. Through these experiences, I learned numerous and crucial skills to be independent both in my home and out on the streets.

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“No one told me what I couldn’t do”

When her daughter, Kathy, learned about Pauline’s diagnosis, their family had a meeting to discuss how they could help their mother. As Kathy explained, “It broke my heart when I learned my mother couldn’t read”

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“ABVI raises peoples’ expectations of themselves”

Ted with magnifier

December 17, 2014 was Ted’s last day of work. There was no retirement party with his co-workers. He didn’t even clean out his desk. It was just like every other day coming home to his wife, Michele, to enjoy his evening with her, his grandchildren and the family pets.

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STEPS to Independence

Erin graduation picture

I was born completely blind and spent my first three years of grade school in a classroom with only blind children. The advantage of this was that I never felt out of place because I was exposed to children like myself from the start.

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“I got tired of sitting around all day, doing nothing”

“I got tired of sitting around all day, doing nothing”
In the early 2000’s, Vera’s sight was severely impacted by a detached retina in her right eye. And a short time later, her left eye was diagnosed with Glaucoma. Today she has a prosthetic right eye and her left eye has 20/2500 vision. Needless to say, Vera could have easily fallen into depression and stopped living her full life. But that’s not how she viewed the world!

Vera was referred to ABVI by her retinal doctor at a later stage of treatment. It was time she lost maximizing her “functional vision” with our help. However, Vera’s made-up for lost time in a big way.

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Embracing skills and technology for Independence with Vision Loss

Wayne and wife

In 2005, Wayne began his supportive journey with the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI). He was looking for help with essential activities such as grocery shopping, independent and confident travel and financial budgeting help.

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“Don’t give up on challenges in Life”

Ruth Ann exemplifies a “can do” spirit. With technology devices prescribed by ABVI’s doctor, and in-home Vision Rehabilitation from our professional team, she continues to live a full life.

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“Rules are different for blind individuals…just tailor the game to fit your rules”

Picture of Doug at his office desk

In his 20’s, Doug was losing vision…and he didn’t know what was causing it. He wasn’t aware that he had Retinitis Pigmentosa, because no one in his family knew what it was at that time.

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“I’m reliving my childhood and loving it”

Brad ice skating

Brad ice skated as a young boy. He enjoyed the sport with family and friends. Brad also watched skating on television until his teen years, when his vision was still fairly good. Around that time, he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. As his vision gradually declined, he eventually gave up skating.

Brad’s now 50 years of age, and he’s back on the ice.

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Living independently with Macular Degeneration

Jessie with hand magnifier

This past year, Jessie was having a difficult time with her night vision and reading the smaller words on traffic signs. She knew her vision was getting worse due to advancing Macular Degeneration.

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“Vision loss has caused me to develop strong life skills”

Roger @ CCTV

Overcoming the obstacles of vision loss.
For the past forty years I have been legally blind. As a young adult I was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, which is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. Stargardt disease causes blind spots in the central retina which makes focusing difficult.

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“Don’t give up”

Bill

Bill lost sight in his left eye at the age of 9, from a tragic accident. The tip of a fishing pole hit the eye. Then in high school, a baseball team member threw a ball and it errantly hit Bill’s right eye. He was left with 15% useful sight in that eye.

These two incidents would change any person’s view of their future. After all, college baseball coaches were watching Bill’s pitching with the potential for a scholarship. That would never happen now. And it was especially painful because his parents didn’t have the financial means to pay for his future education. It would have been easy for Bill to decide that life didn’t have much to offer. But he wasn’t going to let these challenges dictate his future.

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Each morning when I wake up, my vision has changed from the night before

Brandon is enjoying a special time of his young, adult life. He’s 32,Both he and his wife are also successfully employed. He’s at Old Orchard in Quality Assurance and his wife is a kindergarten teacher in a nearby school. Together, they have years of life ahead as a young family. married to his college girlfriend and, together, expecting their first child.

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“I came to my ABVI appointment frozen, but they gave me Hope!”

I was referred to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, by my Retinal specialist, in July 2016.  Their caring professionals and staff made me feel comfortable with my problem, and helped me with vision enhancement devices.  I’m now able to read my New York Times again!

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“I received “awesome” support from ABVI’s professional staff”

Denise's family Photo

In 1992, Denise found herself struggling with significant vision loss, diagnosed with Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

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