Blind Faith

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.

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Katherine Schneider is joined by two of her “Blindness 101” students on a walk through a neighborhood of houses on a cool spring day. As they walk down the sidewalk, one young lady is blindfolded and using a white cane. Not far behind her is Kathie, her guide dog besides her. The second student, with her blindfold removed and held in her hand, observes from the grass adjacent to the sidewalk.

Blindness 101: Two Hours to Gain a Bit of Understanding

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.

Parochial Perils

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.

Strategies for Fun and Accessible Cooking: Peanut Butter Perfection

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.