Testimonials










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 want to be proactive about my vision loss”

Lisa sittiing in her chair, smiling

Lisa’s a busy individual…grad student, flautist, mother of a teenage boy and wife. She’s also doing everything possible to utilize her diminished vision, to live a full life.

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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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“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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“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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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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“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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“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 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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“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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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’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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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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“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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“My vision change helped me see a new world”

Nick smiling

In 2008, during an annual eye exam, my doctor confirmed that my Macular Degeneration was now at a point where I might experience difficulty passing the vision portion of my driver’s license renewal exam.

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