Theresa Sweeny-Smith loves cooking with her slow cooker. In order to make her favorite meals since becoming visually impaired, Theresa relies on her non-slip knife and handheld chopper to get the job done. Our third piece of this series highlights Theresa’s winter cooking method of choice along with her recipe for Italian Vegetable Soup.
After launching in early 2014, the blog that has provided a voice for individuals who are visually impaired is celebrating its 75th published piece. Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired CEO/Executive Director Denise Jess reflects on the perspectives The Outlook From Here has provided from its many talented writers and shares her enthusiasm for its future.
In “Vision as Guiding Light,” former Council scholarship recipient Kelsi Watters writes about how her passion for faith and healing led her on a path to becoming a chaplain.
In “Playing the Part: An Adolescent Teen Trying to Fit in While Dealing With Her Ongoing Vision Loss,” Janell Groskreutz writes about her adolescent years and the challenge of trying to fit in as a high school freshman while dealing with the effects of juvenile macular degeneration.
Saturday, October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. In her poem, Ericka Short shares the significance of the white cane in her life and how, after resisting it initially, her cane has served as a steady partner, empowering her to travel independently.
Dan Sullivan shares his heartwarming story about how the “kid with bad eyes” received mentoring from an unlikely source and helped him fit in on a small town’s beloved basketball team.
In honor of National Service Dog Month, Katherine Schneider shares a touching poem paying tribute to each guide dog that has touched her life. Katherine also writes about the value of guide dogs for liberation and freedom for someone who is visually impaired.
From driving an ATV as a young person on his parent’s farm to establishing a career and developing valuable relationships as an adult, Chad Nelson hasn’t allowed vision loss from glaucoma to keep him from taking advantage of life’s opportunities. Through multiple surgeries, strong faith and the support of friends, Chad has faced obstacles and has forged ahead.