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Dolores McDiarmid

“A Call to Work with the Blind” 


Dolores McDiamid 

Dolores McDiarmid and VisionAware

Dolores McDairmid and I became acquainted through VisionAware (VA), where I volunteer my time.  VA is an outreach website to individuals losing their vision. VA helps adults losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives. A team provides  timely information, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community. It’s a branch of the American Foundation for the Blind. 

McDairmid’s book, Moved by the Spirit: A Call to Work With People Living with Blindness and Visual Impairments, describes a little-known career– O&M Training, She brings 35 years to the table.  Of course, this topic is close to my heart. Right away, I offered to interview McDairmid. 

First, let me be sure everyone knows what O&M training is. 

What is O&M Training?

Until I met with my counselor at the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, I had no idea myself. Orientation refers to finding a method and using the environment to learn to tell where you are. Mobility simply means ‘moving’ from one place to another. An O&M Specialist is one who teaches someone who is losing their vision how to find their way around by using a white cane (in some cases, in conjunction with or a follow-up with a guide dog). 

Unique Aspect of this Book

I loved how this career was a “calling” for Dolores McDairmid. She didn’t choose it at random. After she felt God calling her to this field, she prayed about it and also was sensitive to the Holy Spirit in guiding her. Not only does McDairmid share what one can expect to experience in a career as an O&M trainer but also demonstrates how God can use your talents in any job to bless others.  She feels her career choice is little-known and wants to make others aware of the many positives to having a career in this largely unknown field of work. 

The Interview with Dolores McDiarmid

You can read The Interview here. 

O&M training has made me much more independent!  

To learn about how O&M training impacted my life, check out the link to my memoir, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith,   It is also available in paperback, audio or ebook format at Amazon.

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Amy Bovaird is the author of two best-selling books Mobility Matters and Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility.  An accomplished and inspirational speaker, she talks on a variety of topics based on her life experiences and continues to educate and inspire others through her writing and speaking. She lives with a dual disability—progressive vision and hearing loss due to Usher Syndrome. She blogs about the challenges she faces as she loses more vision and hearing and manages to find humor around almost every corner, AmyBovaird.com. Her books are available at Amazon. Follow her on social media at Amy Bovaird, Author.
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