Surrendering My License

By Annika Konrad I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently to surrender my driver’s license and apply for a state ID. I can’t say this is a day I was looking forward to. This is partly because no one looks forward to going to the DMV, but also partly because I did…

Looking For a Job

By Melvin Sheire After graduating from the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped (WSVH) in June 1962, I came to Milwaukee to look for work. At that time, I was under the care of the state, and my social worker brought me. I was living at the Badger Association of the Blind, now known as…

Looking Blind

By Annika Konrad When I learned about my visual impairment, one of my first thoughts was “What am I going to look like?” Like most teenagers, I was concerned with my looks and I didn’t like the idea of my vision impairing my fashion. I knew that blind people often wear large black sunglasses and…

Breaking Bubbles

By Katherine Schneider Are you a big kid like me who likes to break bubbles in bubble wrap in packages? Even if you’re not as easily amused as I am, would you help break bubbles of a different kind—the ones that surround those of us with disabilities? Recently, I went to the funeral of an…

The Transition of Blindness

By Theresa Sweeney-Smith I am one of the lucky ones.  I have had glaucoma since I was 16 years old.  I have had the experience of sight, of driving a car, of seeing my son born in 1981 and with much less vision, I have seen my beautiful granddaughter born in 2012. I have a…