Contributors

Amy Fields

Amy Fields is a wife, mother, advocate, and teacher. When she’s not trying to figure out what happened to the missing socks in her dryer she is either teaching, keeping up with her children, or blogging. You can find her at her blog, Many Kinds of Families.

Caitlin Hernandez

Caitlin Hernandez is a California native who is currently studying for her Master’s degree in special education. An avid Braille reader, author, singer and playwright, Caitlin hopes to teach elementary and middle school students with disabilities.

Holly

I'm a legally blind wife, mother and social worker living in chaotic New York City! With the help of my guide dog, Frances, "Mostly" wonderful husband, and some serious mommy instincts; I navigate my world "never losing sight of life, love and laughter."

Jenelle Landgraf

Jenelle lives in a small, yet vibrant mountain town in Washington State. She loves the outdoors – hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and playing in the river with her two young children, Cora and Benny. Jenelle is also actively involved in her local community as a crisis line advocate, Vice President of PTO at her daughter’s school, and with her work as a grant-writing consultant. She attempts to stay grounded amidst the chaos of daily life by doing yoga, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Jess Ferri

Jess Ferri recently started blogging about blind parenting on her website, www.jessferri.com. It is here where you can find her candidly discussing the emotional peaks and valleys relating to all things motherhood. Jess lives in Hamilton, New Zealand with her husband and 16 month old daughter, Ella. Her guide dog, Yannie, recently retired and she hopes to apply for another dog in 2017.

Jo Pinto

J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.

Pinto's Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books.

Kristin Witucki

Kristen Witucki has been totally blind since birth. She was raised in New Jersey. She earned a BA in English from Vassar College in 2004 with a minor in German and certification to teach students in grades 7-12. She followed it with three Masters degrees: an MA in teaching gifted students from Teachers College, Columbia University, (2006); an MFA in the creative writing of fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, (2008); and an Ed.M in teaching students who are blind or visually impaired from Dominican College, (2011). While in school, she earned her living at Learning Ally, where she helped people with visual impairments, dyslexia and other disabilities to access technology related to reading audio books. Her nonfiction has appeared at the Huffington Post, the Momoir Project, Literary Mama and Brain, Child. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

Leigh Young

Leigh Young is a mother of four in Montgomery, Alabama to her children: Hannah, Noah, Sarah and Rachel. She lost her vision in 2013-14 due to an eye disease called NAION and became a single mom in 2014 after her divorce. Leigh earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1994 from Auburn University at Montgomery and has worked in church and nonprofit work for over 25 years. She spent most of the last 18 years as a full time mom and homeschooled her kids. Leigh loves music, the outdoors, flowers, good coffee, being with friends and family movie nights.

Stephanae McCoy

Stephanae McCoy, a passionate Advocate who likes to be referred to as an Abilities Crusader, is a Style Blogger and Founder of Abigail Style e-Commerce Startup with the mission: “To Improve Humanity We Must Change The Way We Perceive Blindness.” The online boutique, Abigail Style, is essentially a movement designed to bring people together, by encouraging empowerment and building a sense of camaraderie between sighted and non-sighted communities while eradicating long-held stereotypes.

Susan Kennedy

Susan resides in Maryland with her husband and is employed as a legal office assistant. When she isn't spending time with family and friends, she loves reading, writing, cooking, raising her welsh terriers, and fully experiencing life. She writes her blog Adventures in Low Vision to share the challenges, empowerment, and humor of living with a visual impairment. Also, she serves as a peer advisor for VisionAware.

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