Eye of the Beholder: An Incident That Changed Me

By Frank Lopez Little did I know that the following chain of events would have such a profound and lasting effect on my attitude about myself and those around me. This incident enabled me to realize how differently we, as imperfect human beings, often perceive ourselves with all our biases and subjectivity. For the first time,…

The Fear I Fear I’ll Pass On

By Tammie Hefty I looked at Evie tonight at dinner and said, “You know, Evie, with your scabbed elbow, patch of cellulitis on your other arm, scabby bug bites on your legs, and the Band-Aid over your toe that the toenail is falling off of…you look like any normal kid.” …and my heart swelled. Having…

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…

Just Blind Enough

By Tammie Hefty How many of you remember Mary Ingalls going blind?  Having grown up in the late 70’s and 80’s, I am a product of Little House on the Prairie and I will never forget Mary screaming, “Pa, I can’t see, I can’t see!!!” Charles scaled the ladder to the loft faster than a…