Testimonials

“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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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams….”

Jordyn Castor

When your entire life has been focused on a dream, of working to help make technology more accessible for blind and visually impaired individuals, this is simply a statement of passion.

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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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“Don’t give up”

Blind and Visually Impaired

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 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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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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Entrepreneur, Employer and 24 year-old who happens to be blind

Tanis with business mentor @ computer

Tanis was born at 24 weeks and weighed 1lb. 9 oz. He remained at Spectrum Hospital for 99 days after birth. His parents, Leslie and David, were told that he would be visually impaired or blind due to premature birth.

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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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“I was shocked when I could start reading again”

Joyce with her CCTV

Joyce spent too many years struggling with declining vision due to macular degeneration and a detached retina. While a local eye care professional was able to help her with retinal surgery, her vision continued to get worse. She couldn’t read with a smaller, yet high-powered lighted magnifier. And she couldn’t see family pictures well enough make out faces.

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“A passion for technology”

Green at desk with tech gear

His career spanned 39+ years with Amway warehousing. While he had already lost one eye’s sight to life-long, degenerative Glaucoma, Greg demonstrated his professional resolve to help Amway with technology effectiveness.

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Confident in his own ability to live an independent life

Peter reading a newspaper

Peter’s philosophy is to be active. His favorite quote is “if life gives you a lemon, make lemonade”. He puts those words into action, defying his vision challenge.

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“ABVI changed my life…it gave me back my independence”

Roxy smiling

Roxy found herself struggling to read her mail, books and manage her bills. Glaucoma and Wet Macular Degeneration had severely damaged her vision. She followed her doctor’s advice and came to ABVI for help.

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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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A strong Faith Community provided “new Vision”

Ed teaching math to students

33 years of dedicated service would provide any teacher with wonderful memories and special accomplishments with students and their families. And certainly, Ed has many. Unfortunately, his teaching position came to a sudden conclusion well before he intended.

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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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“Regardless of your vision challenges, ABVI will find a way to help you”

Janet Huyser

Twenty years ago Janet was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly after that, began to have vision problems. While she followed all of the doctor’s instructions, other health-related issues made it impossible to forestall complications. She was taking an emotional tail-spin.

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