Grandfathers & Guide Dogs:  Adding “4” Paws to the Family

Grandfathers & Guide Dogs: Adding “4” Paws to the Family

Shortly after the initial shock of my vision loss began to subside, my husband and I discussed things we could do to potentially make my transition into blindness easier. My greatest fear during those early moments was becoming completely dependent on him for everything, from basic transportation to shopping. Since I was not born congenitally blind, I was naïve to many of the things I was actually capable of doing simply by learning and interjecting…Continue Reading

Vision Aware: Preparing for Pregnancy Part III – Resources & Services

Vision Aware: Preparing for Pregnancy Part III – Resources & Services

If you’re ready to start your family and you understand the medical implications of pregnancy, now its time to dive into the resources and services that could help you safely and independently parent your child. Reach out to your state or community resources and contact any social service agencies who have previously provided services relating to your vision loss. Explain that you are considering having a child and inquire about what services, if any, you…Continue Reading

Vision Aware – Preparing for Pregnancy Part II – Medical Implications

Vision Aware – Preparing for Pregnancy Part II – Medical Implications

Once you determine you are ready to start your family, it is important to consider the medical implications of having a child. Most women think they only need to see their gynecologist when they begin to plan for pregnancy. However, it is equally important to see your primary physician, dentist, and ophthalmology specialist. These medical professionals will make up your support team and will provide much needed guidance throughout the duration of your pregnancy…Continue Reading

Vision Aware: Preparing For Pregnancy – Am I Ready?

Vision Aware: Preparing For Pregnancy – Am I Ready?

If there is one thing I’ve learned from my two C-sections, it’s that pregnancy is nothing like the way it’s portrayed in the movies. Growing a human being is tough work, both physically and emotionally. From morning sickness to the anxiety that surrounds your impending due date, becoming a mother is a long, arduous road. Blindness or having a visual impairment should not prevent any woman from exploring her desire to become pregnant. If possible, those…Continue Reading

Blind Parenting Series on Vision Aware

Blind Parenting Series on Vision Aware

Advocating for blind parents is a cause I feel completely dedicated to. There are so many visually impaired parents looking for support and direction when it comes to parenting. As a Peer Advisor for the American Foundation for the Blind, I have been given the opportunity to help coordinate a ground breaking series called, “Blind Parenting.” Over the next several weeks, AFB’s websites, Vision Aware and Family Connect, will be running a…Continue Reading

“Don’t Breathe” Finally, A Blind Psychopath Horror Flick!

“Don’t Breathe” Finally, A Blind Psychopath Horror Flick!

What can I say? I’m a self-proclaimed horror movie junkie. Flicks about axe murders, psycho-killers, and haunted houses intrigue me. It’s not so much the grossness of all that blood and gore; for me it’s always been more about the people who are trying to survive their circumstances. Based solely on the previews alone, I knew “Don’t Breathe” would be right up my alley. The cherry of top of this end of summer film –…Continue Reading

Maintaining My Motherhood Perspective: Search For The Bright Side

Maintaining My Motherhood Perspective: Search For The Bright Side

It wasn’t until after I had my daughters that I finally understood that old saying,“Calgon, take me away.”  But mommies sure as hell don’t get any vacation time. We don’t even get a sick day, whether we need it or not.  I’ve had some rough weeks this summer. Long days, sleepless babies, and more than my fair share of toddler tantrums. It’s not even mid-August and I’m completely burnt out. I’ll admit sometimes maintaining a…Continue Reading

Blind Motherhood – Part II – Experiencing OrCam

Blind Motherhood – Part II – Experiencing OrCam

During one of the hottest weeks in August, I arranged for my OrCam demonstration with Dr. Bryan Wolynski, a licensed optometrist and the company’s NYC representative.  Of course the night before, “Mostly Wonderful” got called into work and my youngest daughter was up half the night teething. Motherhood, never a dull moment!  Dr. Wolynski and I had agreed to meet around 11am at my home. With my daughters fed, dressed and the television permanently set…Continue Reading

Blind Motherhood – Part I – My Path to OrCam

Blind Motherhood – Part I – My Path to OrCam

As much as I hate to admit it, there are times when I’m just a blind, cynical New Yorker. I have a problem believing the hype when it comes to anything new to the realm of accessibility. When I came across a YouTube video for OrCam, a fledgling Israeli technology company and creators of a wearable camera for the blind; I’ll admit, I was intrigued.  Intrigued, but not convinced. I shared the video on Continue Reading

Blind Motherhood: 10 Lessons Learned During Potty Training

Blind Motherhood: 10 Lessons Learned During Potty Training

No two words can strike fear in a mother’s heart like “Potty Training.” The mere thought of transitioning your child from diapers to porcelain throne is enough to provoke an epic parental panic attack. The commitment. The accidents. And don’t forget the pressure from the Judgey McJudgersons of the child-rearing world. While we find relief in knowing our days are numbered for changing Pampers packed with unpleasantness; potty training is a delicate combination of repetition…Continue Reading

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