If you are part of the Visually Impaired community, chances are that you’ve heard of Erik Weihenmayer. He is widely known for becoming the first blind man to summit Everest and he went on to complete the Seven Summits (summiting the highest peak on each continent). Our whole family has read his latest book about kayaking the Colorado River. He’s co-founder of the No Barriers movement which helps people to overcome barriers and live a life of purpose. The No Barriers motto is, “What’s Within You is Stronger Than What’s in Your Way.” Click here to watch a great video about Kai & No Barriers. Continue reading “No Barriers”
Last week was Kai’s 16th birthday. I remember when we first heard the words “your son is going blind” and the feelings of dread and loss that swept over me when I realized he would not be able to drive. It’s been 6 years since diagnosis, but right now we are feeling the diagnosis and loss acutely — like a fresh wound. Continue reading “Blindness and the Sixteenth Birthday”
As our son’s vision diminished our world was expanding to include Retinal Specialists, Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instructors and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI).
We were totally new to this world of visual impairments and had no idea how our son would be able to continue to thrive in school. Continue reading “The First Steps”