Image shows Janell Groskreutz at 16, standing next to a friend. Both are dressed in white high school cheerleader uniforms with a white skirt with red trim. Janell, on the left, is holding red and white pom poms and has a red bow in her hair. Both girls are smiling in this posed photo.

Playing the Part: An Adolescent Teen Trying to Fit in While Dealing With Her Ongoing Vision Loss

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.

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Ericka Short is shown confidently walking down the steps at the Council office. Ericka, wearing a purple scarf, striped shirt and blue jeans, has her sunglasses in her left hand and her white cane in her right, leading her down the gray stairway.

My Cane and I Walk Together, Hand in Hand

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.