Testimonials

“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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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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“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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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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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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“Don’t give up on challenges in Life”

Vision Rehabilitation Services

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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“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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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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“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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“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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“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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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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“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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“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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“No one told me what I couldn’t do”

Blind and Visually Impaired

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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