The Challenges of Change

By Ericka Short Our neighborhood has gone through some changes lately. I don’t mind change. I’m usually flexible on most occasions. When you can’t drive, you learn to be flexible, unless you develop an attitude issue. A bad attitude is expecting everyone to do things for you or to help on your schedule. Nobody should…

Breaking Bubbles

By Katherine Schneider Are you a big kid like me who likes to break bubbles in bubble wrap in packages? Even if you’re not as easily amused as I am, would you help break bubbles of a different kind—the ones that surround those of us with disabilities? Recently, I went to the funeral of an…

Welcome

Thank you for visiting The Outlook from Here. We are excited to publish our first batch of stories of living in Wisconsin with blindness and visual impairment. Beginning in October 2013, a small group of people from across Wisconsin began meeting over the phone twice a month to discuss how to tell stories about disability,…

Just Blind Enough

By Tammie Hefty How many of you remember Mary Ingalls going blind?  Having grown up in the late 70’s and 80’s, I am a product of Little House on the Prairie and I will never forget Mary screaming, “Pa, I can’t see, I can’t see!!!” Charles scaled the ladder to the loft faster than a…

The Transition of Blindness

By Theresa Sweeney-Smith I am one of the lucky ones.  I have had glaucoma since I was 16 years old.  I have had the experience of sight, of driving a car, of seeing my son born in 1981 and with much less vision, I have seen my beautiful granddaughter born in 2012. I have a…

A Mother’s Pride

By Huma Siddiqui Annika Konrad encouraged me to write my thoughts for this wonderful project about growing up with a mother who was blind for most of her life.  My mother was one of the bravest people I have ever met.  Her resiliency, positive attitude and perseverance are only a few of the attributes I…

The Super Bowl Miracle

By Steven Johnson Super Bowl XXV started off like most championship football games, but this one would have a very different ending.  The Friday before the big game, it was my chance to place a bet.  Why I chose the Buffalo Bills, I have no clue, but I went ahead and did it.  The bet was with an…