The Outlook from Here is a blog dedicated to sharing stories of living in Wisconsin with blindness, visual impairment, or disability. This project began in partnership with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and was funded with a grant from The Center for the Humanities’ Public Humanities Exchange program at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The project began with the goal of giving people in Wisconsin who are blind and visually impaired a chance to share their stories. Beginning in October 2013, a small group of people from across Wisconsin began meeting over the phone to discuss how to tell stories about disability, blindness, and visual impairment. Many of us had never written about our experiences before but some of us had, and even one person had published. Together, we discussed the dire need to share stories of disability, the challenges of communicating about disability, and the hurdles to writing in general. We told lots of stories, formed bonds, and built friendships.
We decided to share our stories on a blog because we found that we share the following beliefs:
We believe that sharing stories is absolutely essential to creating a more accepting, inclusive society.
We believe that everyone experiences disability differently, even those with blindness and vision loss.
We believe in maintaining a strong sense of humor and hope in the face of challenging situations.
And we believe in the power of stories to connect, educate, and transform.
We intend to continue sharing our stories and we warmly welcome more voices. Please consider submitting your stories or making suggestions for topics or questions related to blindness, visual impairment, disability, and life in Wisconsin (see How to Submit for details).
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