This image from the late 1980s shows Chad Nelson, age 16, sitting on a three-wheeled, all-terrain vehicle on a warm, sunny day. Chad, wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans, with a red baseball cap, is smiling and has both hands on the handlebars. In the background is two flower beds and a large field with a tree line off in the distance.

Losing Vision, What an Effect!

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.


It’s Your Own Journey

By Ericka Short There are so many choices in this world and there are so many people who have opinions on what’s the best path to follow. When I was a child, visually impaired kids attending public school had just become legal. My parents refused to send me to the state school (Wisconsin School for…

Six Rules for Living with a New Disability

By Katherine Schneider (Excerpted and expanded from “Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life” (Available from Bookshare, Amazon, and in Kindle format from Amazon) A consultation with an elder who is going blind prompted me to expand my rules for assistive technology into six rules for living with a new disability. As with all rules, there…

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…