Getting the Message Out:

“We can gain our independence back!”


I’m so pleased to share a phone interview I had with Mary D’Apiece, a fellow peer adviser at VisionAWARE, who rttead my book and had interesting observations, which led to some unique questions she posed to me.


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I’m sure you’ve learned something new from this interview!  I’d love for you to check out Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith and discover for yourself  more about how God placed the right people in my life (to both reach me and train me). He also changed my attitude to allow me to move forward and regain my confidence with my cane in hand!

He promises to go with us whatever problems we face in our journey. He fills us with hope every single day … if we let him.

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11 thoughts on “Interview with VisionAWARE

  • October 30, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Amy, I didn’t realize you experience hearing loss too! What a double whammy! I am SO amazed at your sense of humour and the ease and grace in which you live life to the fullest despite your challenges. You are SUCH an inspiration! 🙂 <3

  • October 30, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you Elly. You’er always so kind.
    The hearing loss is called Usher’s Syndrome Type III. It doesn’t become apparent until later but it’s also progressive.It’s strange. Some people, like me, get diagnosed with RP (vision loss) and down the road, Usher’s. But more people are diagnosed first with Usher’s, which includes RP. Either way, it’s considered rare to have both though I’ve “met” several who suffer from it via the Internet. I really didn’t learn much about it until I started sharing this year and found a FB support page! It’s a huge blessing!

  • November 1, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Hi Amy; congrats on being interviewed for vision aware. I had the pleasure of working with mary a couple of months back. our audio wasn’t as good as it could have been so that’s why i didn’t upload mine. but it was good enough for her to work from to write an awesome interview. glad to hear about the new book and all the friends helping you promote it. i am trying my first short ebook myself. Its a motivational one somewhere between 15 and 25 pages depending upon what my editor finally comes up with. and i share some of my experiences building my business and the lessons learned from them. I would love to hear any suggestions you have for a first time self publisher. thanks for being open enough to share your life with people and brave enough to publish it all. Take care my friend, Max

  • November 1, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Hi Max,
    Sure I will email you what I’ve learned.
    I think we can learn from and teach each other!
    When does your book come out?
    So exciting to have a book come out, isn’t it?

  • November 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I enjoyed your interview very much. Over the years, concerning my RP, I’ve learned to break a lot of “buttons” that brought me irritation when people or society pushed them. Several still remain and one got pushed when that person put his / her hand in your face to see if you were really blind. It hurts when people think we’re faking. But it’s up to us to help educate society on how visual impairment can vary from one person to another. And you are doing a wonderful job getting the message out.

  • November 1, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Matt,
    Thank you! When you say “break” a lot of buttons, do you mean get past them?
    I know. It’s really strange when someone puts their hand in front of your face! I didn’t really understand why the man did it until I thought about it for awhile. It violates our space, too! But it is up to us to keep our sense of humor and educate people without rancor. But we definitely need to make that point. Thanks so much for reading the article, Matt, and for your thoughtful comment!

  • November 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Amy,

    Yes. When I said “break” buttons, I meant to get past them and not let how people sometimes respond to visual impairment bother me. We have no control over how someone may react toward us, but we do have a choice in the way in which we respond. And I believe if we react with grace and humor, it can lead to a teaching experience. But I had to “break” my buttons first to get to that point. lol

  • November 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Very enjoyable interview Amy. The one thing that really stirred me is when you said “The way blind people see themselves and how society perceives blindness needs to change.” When I think of how hard I tried to hide my vision loss for numerous reasons, and while difficult to admit, coming face to face with my own misperceptions on blindness and vision loss cut deeply. Being in the middle of the sighted and blind worlds feels almost like balancing on a tightrope but one thing I’ve learned through this experience is to reserve judgment and approach each situation with an open mind.

  • November 6, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Thank you, Stephanie. You are so right. It is like balancing on a tight rope. But it gets easier!
    I totally agree with you that we must approach each situation with an open mind – but from the knowledge we’ve learned through similar past experiences.
    For example, I used to follow whatever directive was waiting for me at airports. I learned to be flexible but also to let them know exactly what I needed and what I could do on my own. I didn’t need a wheelchair, for example. I could walk. So I’d assess the situation but sort out their motivation. If it seems like airline personnel are trying to put me in a wheelchair to get to the next gate for their convenience, I insist on walking. =)

  • November 6, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Interesting expression, Matt! Now I understand. But it gives me a funny picture in my mind. It’s pretty difficult to break a button physically. I imagine you trying to break it with your teeth, stamp on it, throw it at the wall, put it on a railroad track and wait for a train to go by….actually, then it would be squashed and not be broken. Forget that! Wrong image! Is that an expression from Maryland or is that a Matt-ism? Love it! Seriously though, I get what you’re saying. It’s pretty hard to get past how people respond to vision-impairment. So, you “breaking some buttons” is a great accomplishment.

  • November 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Hi Elly,
    Thank you so much!

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