“8” Ways Applying To Guide Dog School Is Like Applying To College

“8” Ways Applying To Guide Dog School Is Like Applying To College

Applying to Columbia University for my graduate degree was one of the most stressful experiences of my life. The application, gathering references and writing my essay took months to prepare. There was no one more shocked than I was when I finally received my acceptance letter months after submitting that massive packet of paperwork. Two […]

Vision Aware: Blindness & Infertility: A Mother’s Story

Vision Aware: Blindness & Infertility: A Mother’s Story

We sat in the waiting room. The backs of my legs squeaked against the leather chair. I was fidgeting, my heart pounding. My husband reached over and grabbed my hand. The gesture startled me, but I was happy he was there for me as we waited for the doctor. Finally, my name was called and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]