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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."

National Braille Press Poetry Contest

National Braille Press Poetry Contest

Are you a lover of Dickinson, Longfellow or Wadsworth? Do you dabble in poetic prose in your spare time?  If so, this post is for you! The National Braille Press is hosting it’s first ever poetry contest beginning August 1, 2017! The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children […]

Vision Aware: Dealing with Diaper Rash: Advice from Angela Freeman, Nurse Practitioner

Vision Aware: Dealing with Diaper Rash: Advice from Angela Freeman, Nurse Practitioner

Diaper rash is often one of the more elusive challenges for blind and visually impaired parents. Without sight, the parent most often relies on their tactile sense of touch to determine if their infant is indeed coping with this uncomfortable condition. As a Peer Advisor for the American Foundation For the Blind’s (AFB) Vision Aware […]

Vision Aware: Blind Mom Guilt & Nuala’s Diaper Rash

Vision Aware: Blind Mom Guilt & Nuala’s Diaper Rash

When my first child, Nuala, was 8 months old, she developed a very severe bout of diaper rash. The problem was, I had absolutely no idea she even had it. I thought I was changing my daughter’s diaper often enough, approximately every hour. My mother had told me to sprinkle cornstarch on her buttocks after […]

Vision Aware: 8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Terrorism As a Blind or VI Parent

Vision Aware: 8 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Terrorism As a Blind or VI Parent

On June 3, 2017, England suffered its third terrorist attack since March. Three men purposely drove a van onto London Bridge, striking pedestrians. These individuals then emerged from the van, stabbing people around London’s popular Borough Market, a well-known hub for restaurants and bars. Eight people died, and 49 people were injured before police shot […]

6 Issues Blind/VI Parents Face With The NYC DOE UPK Program:

6 Issues Blind/VI Parents Face With The NYC DOE UPK Program:

Back in June, I explained my frustrations about trying to get my daughter, Nuala, into NYC’s UPK Program. As you might recall, she was placed in a school that would require over a 16 block walk and a ride on an MTA bus – that’s with Nuala (4), Aoife (2) and Frances. The entire trip, […]

Vision Aware: Labeling Appliances with Crafting Puffy Paint

Vision Aware: Labeling Appliances with Crafting Puffy Paint

As the mother of two toddlers, home organization, including labeling, has been key to my survival. While bump dots of various shapes and sizes have been helpful in the past; my children are notorious for playfully removing these self-adhesive stickers. Without these labels, finding buttons on appliances is often both time-consuming and frustrating. Discovering an Alternative Labeling […]

OrCam Trilogy: Episode III: NYC Disability Pride Parade

OrCam Trilogy: Episode III: NYC Disability Pride Parade

New York City’s 3rd Annual Disability Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, July 9th, 2017! Festivities kick off at 10AM with a gathering in Union Square Park. The parade begins at 11AM, heading up Broadway to Madison Square Park where a festival will be held from Noon to 3PM! Sponsored by OrCam, Dr. Bryan […]

Delicious Summer Pasta Salad

Delicious Summer Pasta Salad

You gotta love summer! Grilling and BBQ are just part of the culinary thrill, but in my house, pasta salad is really where it’s at – especially for “Mostly Wonderful!”  When it comes to hot weather lunches, my husband loves a side of pasta salad on his plate. While we live in the vicinity of some […]

Vision Aware: Review of “I Am Helen Keller” By Brad Meltzer

Vision Aware: Review of “I Am Helen Keller” By Brad Meltzer

We can all be heroes! That’s the inspiring message of the New York Times best-selling picture book biography series, “Ordinary People Change the World” from author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos. In honor of Helen Keller’s birthday on June 27, Blind Motherhood reviewed one of Meltzer’s books from the series, “I Am Helen Keller” to […]

“13” Tips for Keeping Your Guide Dog Safe This July 4th

“13” Tips for Keeping Your Guide Dog Safe This July 4th

Guide dogs receive specialized training before being matched with their human partners, exposing them to a variety of social situations and desensitization to loud noises. Even with this intense training, it is our responsibility as guide dog users to make good decisions before including our partners in any Independence Day activities. While picnics, fireworks and […]

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