Rockin’ Disability In Spite Of

“Our culture of reality TV and aggressiveness leads to some strange personal interactions. When you wield a white cane, you never know what you’re gonna get.” ~Susan Kennedy, Adventures In Low Vision

Sadly, there’s a lot of truth to Susan’s quote when using a white cane or any other type of mobility tool for that matter. Yet we press onward, in spite of. Never let anyone or anything prevent you from pursuing your best life!

Image: Susan is in the grocery store standing in front of her grocery cart with her white cane in her right hand.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

We Are On The Move!! Thanks Susan!

Adventures in Low Vision

Raising awareness about living with vision loss happens here on Adventures in Low Vision. I learn skills and alternative ways of doing things to live well and share my experiences. Along this journey I meet people adapting behaviors and attitudes to thrive with a disability. As more people talk in public about living with blindness, living with any disability, my friend Joy from Double Vision says, “we’re part of a growing movement!” I agree. We abandon  shame and embrace our disabilities, seeking fulfillment over approval.

Educating others by yourself is rewarding. As a group, it’s dynamic. This summer, Stephanae from Bold Blind Beauty launched a campaign to break barriers and dispel misconceptions of blindness. It’s called #AbbyOnTheMove. Across social media platforms, people are using the #AbbyOnTheMove tag to share their experiences. Check it out.

Recently I added my voice to the mix when I visited the Baltimore Museum of…

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Truth and Daring

My friend Susan, writes powerfully on her recent retreat experience.

Adventures in Low Vision

 A heart shaped piece of selenite from glitter mountain in Saint Georges Utah rests on grass .When tragedy happens, simple things can feel overwhelming. Loss isolates. After loss, however, truth and beauty can appear. In the spirit of letting life emerge from the ashes, it’s time to find some joy.

Most people haven’t attended a retreat for visually impaired women in gorgeous Utah as I did last weekend. Yet, we all remember traveling somewhere great like the beach or a national park or even a carnival. An energetic event revitalizes the soul.

There’s so much I’m still processing from my retreat. As the memories take shape and meaning, I’m grateful for the incredible moments it gave me. Actually, the time spent there was like visiting an amusement park. Not the scary, rickety kind, rather the friendly, welcoming kind.

When I heard about the retreat, I realized the opportunity to connect with other ladies with visual impairments could be frankly life changing. With the limitations of a small group…

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4 Ways Living with Vision Loss is Like Summer Camp

“Instead of aiming to “pass,” be yourself and choose your own adventure!

Adventures in Low Vision

 Spray bottle of bug s repellent and an acme whistle on a yellow lanyard rest on a pair of khakis Crackling camp fires and wayward hikes. Tipped canoes in placid lakes. Simple cabins in the woods. Watching campers on TV in the 1980s, I wanted to sign up alongside Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap. A camp job in college taught me devious teens and relentless heat can be interesting and exhausting when you’re in charge in the middle of nowhere. My nostalgic affinity for camp led me to Netflix and Moonrise Kingdom. I sorta wish there had been more summer weeks growing up to attend a place as orderly as its Camp Ivanhoe. But, real life is unruly. As I pitch a tent of discovery and accept my ration of visual impairment, I learn living with vision loss reminds me of camp:

  1. Find your tribe. Assigned like bunkmates or organically through activities, tribes will form. First impressions can be wrong and resistance may occur. (I’ve never seen…

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