Post Title: Changing Perceptions of Blindness Each in His Own Way.
When I decided to attend a conference last weekend in Meadowland, New Jersey, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was out of my comfort zone most of the time. I met up with Dave Steele, a longtime friend I had interviewed for my blog.
We met for the first time. Somehow, we didn’t take any photos of our meeting! But here is a photo of him with New York, New York in the background.
I also met up with another blind friend I had met online, Renee Pavlus, who I hope to interview. She was my roommate in the accessible house, about my age, and a lovely personality.
One of the big surprises is meeting up with Michael Benson, who reviewed my second book, Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility. His quote appears on the back of my book. He is the CEO of Visual Experiences Foundation. I believe he now refers to his foundation as “B-Causes.” His unquenchable enthusiasm and boyish charm were even more delightful in person.
Here is a photo of us together. He is holding the book with his quote on the back. I am holding Seeking Solace, a completely different book. I didn’t think about that when we took the picture!
Mr. Benson also arranged for some vision-impaired individuals to fly on a helicopter with NYC on Air. Benson’s goal has always been to change society’s perceptions of the blind, their interests and what they are capable of.
This video shows Quinn, another friend of mine who also stayed in the Accessible House. I was drawn to his easygoing manner and approachability.
The last night in Manhattan, we talked how he was chosen from many of the conference attendees to ride the helicopter. I cannot express how thrilled I am he was selected for this venture.
His video interview demonstrates his response. It is my favorite video ever because of his wonderful spirit of joy.
There is another video I wanted to include in this blog. It is, again, with Michael Benson and April Lufriu, aka Ms. Universe (2011), Mrs World (2012). She has what she refers to as the mild form of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).
Her sister is legally blind with it, and Lufriu’s two children also have the condition. She mentions that they were all diagnosed on the same day. Ms. Lufriu is using her platform to raise the dialogue of “no limits for the blind.”
It’s exciting to see attitudes changing and so many high-level platforms to make this fact evident!
Together we will change the way society views blind people. As Quinn says, “We are just as adventurous as anybody else!” Benson is quick to say, “There is life after blindness.”
In your opinion, what does it take to change any kind of perception society holds?
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Mobility Matters elegantly shares Amy Bovaird’s emotions and experience which anyone going through vision loss can identify with. The transformation as she overcomes her fear and the enemies voices that her loss of vision will now define who she is as a person and dictate the rest of her life, will inspire hope to each reader. Amy’s journey stepping out in faith and how the Lord’s Word gave her the strength to keep going, is a must read.
This book is not only for those going through the hallway of vision loss, but for each family member or any one who loves someone losing their vision would also benefit by reading.
Mobility Matters Stepping out in Faith has left me thinking I will now call canes power sticks!!!
Michael Benson, Founder
Visual Experience Foundation
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Blog post review by Gillian Davis, RP Tunnel of Sight
One of the best books I have ever read about mobility and white cane use is called Mobility Matters: Stepping out in Faith by Amy Bovard. It is funny, poignant and packs a lot of tips and useful information. You can find it by following the link below to Amy’s web page and listen to a chapter before you buy, it is wonderful.