Family of Nine

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.

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.

Image shows a support group of seven people, sitting in a circle, close to each other. The members are of varying ages and ethnicities. Most of the members are smiling as the group looks engaged in conversation.

Finding the Right Support for Me

Mike Morris writes candidly about his experience with support groups after being diagnosed with macular degeneration in his early 40s. Mike discusses his journey to find the group that was right for him in this piece for The Outlook From Here.

Image shows a tightly-cropped photo of a woman’s hands holding a remote control used for a voting machine. The remote control has blue, yellow, green and red buttons across its surface. In her right hand, the woman is running two fingers across the green button, while the left hand is holding the top of the remote. Only her hands, the remote and part of her waist can been seen.

Some Uncontroversial Thoughts on Voting

Katherine Schneider was overcome with emotion upon voting alone for the first time in 2006. In her latest piece, Schneider writes about the importance of voting accessibility for people who are blind and visually impaired and reminds everyone that their vote during this election season matters.