Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Ito & the Cross Family

Guiding Eyes For the Blind – Puppy Raiser Profiles – Ito & the Cross Family

Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York, matched me with my first guide dog, Frances, in October of 2016.  Since our training, “Franny” and I have traveled together more than I have ever dreamed possible.  She is my best friend, my companion, my partner, and as my daughter, Nuala, says, “Franny is […]

Sprinkles of Grace: Lessons In Ice Cream Sundaes

Sprinkles of Grace: Lessons In Ice Cream Sundaes

When my daughter Sarah finished her first full year of preschool at age four, it was time to celebrate. I let her decide between a trip to a nearby park or homemade ice cream sundaes, but I breathed an inward sigh of relief when she chose the sundaes. It was one of those ridiculously hot […]

Orcam Trilogy: Episode 1: Reactions to OrCam & Lessons in Nail Polish

Orcam Trilogy: Episode 1: Reactions to OrCam & Lessons in Nail Polish

Several months ago, Blind Motherhood ran a two-part series about OrCam, an assistive technology device that reads text aloud to people who are visually impaired or legally blind. I remained in touch with the company and with Dr. Bryan Wolynski, OD, who provided my initial in-home demonstration. While I would have liked to purchase OrCam […]

To All The Blind Moms Out There; I “See” You.

To All The Blind Moms Out There; I “See” You.

To the blind mom feeling frustrated because her Uber driver refuses to allow her guide dog in the car and she’s late to her kid’s school recital … To the blind mom battling debilitating eye pain, attempting to instill her eye drops with one hand, while balancing an infant on her hip with the other… […]

Helping Students with Visual Impairments: A Resource Guide

Helping Students with Visual Impairments: A Resource Guide

Part of the mission of Blind Motherhood is to dedicate a portion of the website’s content space towards resources that can positively impact members of the blind and visually impaired community. As a social worker myself, I’ll admit I have pretty high standards, before recommending any “online guides” marketed towards people with vision loss. The […]

American Printing House For the Blind’s “FREE” Braille Tales

American Printing House For the Blind’s “FREE” Braille Tales

With multiple studies indicating the tremendous benefits early reading has on childhood development, have you ever wondered, “How does a blind or visually impaired parent read to their child?” Depending on the parent’s current state of vision, there are many alternative methods for cultivating your child’s love of reading as a visually impaired parent.  Some […]

Back Eyes

Back Eyes

I don’t remember exactly when it happened. My daughter might have been three or four years old. She may have been climbing up on the kitchen counter, quietly trying to snitch a cookie, while I was in the living room typing away on my computer. Or she may have been easing open the bottom drawer […]

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Blind Mom Guilt: The Tale of the Big Girl Bed

Can I get real with you? Like, really, “R-E-A-L.”? I’m a total Type A, epic control freak. I’ll own it. When it comes to my daughters, I will literally drive myself crazy trying to make everything absolutely perfect for them – whether it’s planning their birthday parties or choosing just the right outfit for our […]

Feeling the Love: Valentine’s Day Classroom Party Tips

Feeling the Love: Valentine’s Day Classroom Party Tips

I can’t believe how quickly 2017 is whizzing by. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re lucky, the thought of the holiday sends visions of roses and jewelry dancing in your head. But if you’re like many blind moms, Valentine’s Day also gives you the jitters, because along with the romantic pampering comes yet […]

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

I grew up in a home where we cooked and ate a lot of Italian food. Any meal without homemade sauce and a side of pasta was highly unusual. So when “Mostly Wonderful” brought me home to meet my future in-laws, getting used to their traditional meals was a bit of a culture shock – […]

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