Testimonials

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

Blind and Visually Impaired

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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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 want to be proactive about my vision loss”

Blind and Visually Impaired

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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“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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“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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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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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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“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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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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“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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“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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“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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