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 Visually-Impaired –
“Keep Moving Forward”
New Introductions
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White Cane Training
W
hen I trained to use a white cane, I used the phrase “Keep moving forward,”  frequently to get past scary, uncomfortable, embarrassing or out-of-my-comfort-zone moments. Eight years later, I still say it but it now it propels me forward in a positive way. 

Whatever I take on, I keep moving forward. 

This month, I’m moving forward to better reach my goals.

Ultimate Blog Challenge
I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to grow my readership. For readers unfamiliar with this challenge, it’s when bloggers purposely blog each day of the month. Putting it out there makes me accountable. Readers, please cheer me on!  

Some Background
If you are new to my community, let me share a little about myself. I like to have fun and share my life with all its inconsistencies caused by poor vision and hearing. I poke fun of what I call “my adventures.”  God is always teaching me and, I think, laughing along with me while He helps me overcome the barriers–ensuring I keep moving forward. 

How I See Myself
I’m an educator, an author and an inspirational speaker. I’m also losing my vision to a progressive and incurable eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. In addition, I’m losing my hearing at a rapid rate, which my family and I believe is due to another rare disease called Usher Syndrome, the leading cause of deaf blindness. 

But I’m moving forward. 

Keeping optimistic.

Low Vision High Expectations Motivator
The name sounds good, huh? It never fails after I introduce myself to an audience this way, it’s usually right before I trip on something sticking out or turn around and walk into a wall!  

Still, I have plenty to celebrate! 

I run at the track, take photographs, make new friends, travel  and even climb mountains! I can do this with 5 degrees of central vision and no peripheral vision at all.

Because I don’t give up.

I keep moving forward.  

An Author
I’ve written two books. The first called Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith. In this book I share my journey in coming to terms with my vision loss through mobility training. I grapple with my faith while I slowly rebuild my confidence and regain my independence through an unlikely source: a completely blind mobility instructor who challenges all my preconceptions about blindness. 

In my second book, Cane Confessions, The Lighter Side to Mobility, I take a humorous look back at “moving forward” with mobility issues before and after I started using a cane. Some stories are placed in the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. Others occur in the United States. All show my determination not to let my limited vision–well, limit me. 

I’m now writing my third book in the Mobility series called Second Sight: Spiritual Lessons in Mobility. These stories combine overcoming my fears with faith and humor.  They keep me moving forward. 

My Mission
I’m reaching out to encourage others facing vision loss to encourage them and to sighted people to correct misconceptions about blindness while making them aware of the everyday challenges. My books are available in regular, large print and audio. 

As an educator, I speak to groups like various Lions Clubs, schools, civic groups,  senior centers and churches about overcoming loss, grounding yourself in faith and looking at life through a lens of humor. 

Join Me 
Won’t you join me on my journey? Tell me about yourself. If you’re new, check out my posts! Sign up for my blog. Learn a little about how we can all  become better by reaching higher, seeing past the visible, and stretching ourselves beyond our comfort zone. 

What are your interests? What do you enjoy and what don’t you like? How are you challenging yourself to move forward? 

You have just read “Keep Moving Forward: New Introductions” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright April 1, 2017. Take a moment and leave a comment! 

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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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6 thoughts on “Visually-Impaired – Keep Moving Forward

  • April 2, 2017 at 7:38 am
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    I haven’t seen one of your posts in a while Amy. Good to see you’re still writing.

  • April 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm
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    Hi Patricia,
    Thank you for taking time to read it! So happy to connect with you again. I was posting sporadically as I finished up my last book. I’m now getting back in the blogging groove and writing another book, this time about my late father.
    Looking forward to seeing what everyone is up to! Thank you for taking time to comment!!
    Amy

  • April 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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    Hi Amy, I thought I was already signed up and I am! April is a good month for blogging. Kate
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  • April 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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    Hi Kate,
    You give the best encouragement ever!
    Thanks for reading and checking to see if you were signed up!
    Happy April … happy Spring!
    Amy

  • April 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm
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    Amy, so good to find your blog again. I had read a lot about you when we first started the 500 Words a day challenge, and then I lost sight of you> (No pun intended) So happy to read your words again. Will be checking back to see how your April is going. I have joined the A to Z blogging challenge this month. Come check it out. https:?somethingsonmymind.wordpress.com

  • April 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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    Hi Stella,
    GREAT to hear from you! Haha! You’re so funny! I’ve missed you from the 500 group!!
    So this month is also the A to Z Challenge, too? I really love writing about my travels in that one!
    i’m back to my creative self. In my absence, I finished a second book. I guess your saw the link. 🙂
    Will be checking out your blog!
    Amy xx

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