Check out the story featuring Lighthouse of Collier by WGCU, the local NPR station. It focuses on what it is like for people who are vision-impaired to navigate a pandemic where touch is being limited. We are in the news! Visit WGCU to read and listen to the story.
Over this past year, I have met many different people with all sorts of beautiful personalities. Just recently, I started working with a most amazing man named Terry. His total and sudden blindness due to a virus should have in all rights incapacitated him emotionally and physically. He has embraced his blindness so completely and has not only thrown himself into learning everything possible such as orientation and mobility, taking the ILS classes, but has begun to learn navigating his iPhone with voiceover that I sometimes forget that he is a beginner! He takes direction and works on his assignments very seriously.
When he comes into Lighthouse of Collier with his wife, they both engage others in conversation as well. He comes into our office with an upbeat attitude and his willingness to help others in their journey to adapting to blindness, but he also has a wonderful heart and our other clients seem to flock to his positivity.
I cannot help admire this client and wish I would have had him around when I lost my vision to help motivate me as I see him do others!