Has anyone ever told you that you couldn’t do something because of your lack of sight? Ericka Short explains the impact mentors and a supportive faith community have had on her throughout her life. She regularly volunteers in her church, teaching, reading and advocating for people with disabilities, giving tips and tricks for how you can, too.
In response to the question, “What is it like to be blind?,” Katherine Schneider has developed Blindness 101. This practical and fun simulation of the blindness experience leaves learners with a realistic impression of not only the challenges of being blind, but also the useful adaptive techniques employed by blind people.
And Mike Morris said, “Let there be light!” Mike explains how the use of the proper amount of lighting helped him regain his independence in the kitchen. Included is his piece is a mouth-watering recipe for smoked salmon.
In “Learning to Love without the Details,” Annika Konrad reflects on the visual nature of planning her wedding. Between navigating and delegating decisions about wedding colors, wedding party attire and invitation font, Annika wonders: Will her visual impairment keep her from enjoying the big day?
Grilling season is right around the corner! Janell Groskreutz enjoys making this delicious and colorful shish kebab recipe when hosting cookouts. She also explains how she incorporates technology into her cooking to increase her independence in the kitchen.
From having to lug around large print books to being teased about having the front row seat in class, memoirist Dan Sullivan chronicles in relatable fashion the bullying and blessings he received while a student losing his vision attending St. Joe’s in rural Wisconsin. He writes about the hope the prayers of the Sisters gave him when he found out he had macular degeneration, an incurable eye condition.
How important is it that your cakes and muffins look as if a first-class pastry chef has made them? Baking enthusiast Katherine Schneider believes many home bakers who have gone blind later in life might give up their hobby because they may not be able to produce sweet treats that are visually pleasing. In “Peanut Butter Perfection,” Katherine encourages other visually impaired bakers to keep in the kitchen and offers a simple-to-create peanut butter cookie recipe.