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My Christmas Fidget Spinner

My Christmas Fidget Spinner

Two days before Christmas, we got a sudden snowstorm in Colorado. The storm was brief, but it left behind enough snow to cover the sidewalks with a few inches of white fluff. When the sun reappeared, my nine-year-old daughter Sarah took the initiative and bundled herself up in a long-sleeved shirt and a fleece-lined sweatshirt, […]

Mommy’s Little Helper

Mommy’s Little Helper

On a warm Saturday afternoon in November, my nine-year-old daughter Sarah and I walked down the street to Seven-11. She’d aced a spelling test the day before, and I decided to treat her to a Slurpee. At the convenience store counter, I started digging for loose change in my purse. The line was long, and […]

Yes, Blind Children, You May Touch Your Elves on the Shelf: A Letter From Santa Claus

Yes, Blind Children, You May Touch Your Elves on the Shelf: A Letter From Santa Claus

Blind Motherhood is hand-delivering a note from Santa, who gives permission to children who are blind or visually impaired to touch their “Elf on the Shelf.” We hope you utilize this post from to make the holidays even more meaningful for your child with a visual impairment. Yes, Blind Children, You May Touch Your Elves on […]

Free Braille Letters From Santa – Braille Works & The NFB

Free Braille Letters From Santa – Braille Works & The NFB

Does Santa read braille? Of course, he does! And both Braille Works and the National Federation of the Blind want to send your child a “FREE” letter from the man in the big, red suit this holiday season. Braille Works Braille Works is one of the nation’s leading providers of reading materials for people who […]

The City And The Fear: The National Federation of the Blind Kernel Book Series

The City And The Fear: The National Federation of the Blind Kernel Book Series

A knowledge of the meaning of blindness is not automatic; it must be learned–or, in many cases, unlearned. When childhood fears are added to the mix, the combination can lead to frustration and anxiety. With over thirty stories to learn from, The National Federation of the Blind’s Kernel Book Series, gets to the heart of […]

My Daughter Deepa: One Tiny Starfish

My Daughter Deepa: One Tiny Starfish

Up until I was an adult and came to India, I had never met anyone who was blind. To be honest, I don’t remember what I thought about blindness before Deepa came into my life. Most of society views blindness, unfortunately, as something scary. I imagine I likely had similar thoughts although my daughter has […]

To The Thief Who Stole My Sunglasses

To The Thief Who Stole My Sunglasses

You, with the sticky fingers. I’m sure you don’t remember me. We never met face to face. You slipped up behind me while I was chatting with a fellow writer at a conference twenty-one years ago. Without a sound, you snagged the $65 pair of sunglasses out of the purse under my chair. I never […]

My Darkest Day: Becoming A Blind, Single Mom

My Darkest Day: Becoming A Blind, Single Mom

My life didn’t go as planned. Does anyone’s? Not the kind of people I connect with. I’m drawn to the people who have experienced heartbreak, loss, rejection, failure and confusion, yet still have become brave warriors in an uncertain world. The kinds of individuals who say, “I’ve been through hell and I’m still here.” The ones who […]

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… […]

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 […]

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