Inspirational Stories

Share Your Story – August

Posted on: Jul 28, 2010

The following story was submitted by one of our readers and I think we can all agree that Babe is a true inspiration and a perfect fit for this section. Our thanks go out to her son who was kind enough to share this with us. “My mother will be 99 years young in September […]

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Legally blind gold medal champion inducted into Hall of Fame

Posted on: Jul 28, 2010

Former Paralympics goalball gold medal champion is inducted into the United States Association of Blind Athletes Hall of Fame. Reni Jackson states “I might have a little bit of a disability but I can go out, train. Even with a handicap I’m able to do anything I want to do.”

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Through Virginia’s Eyes – Painting with Macular Degeneration

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010

A famous local artist, Virginia Doyle, has graciously lent her work to Benetech/Bookshare for display on conference room and hall walls. The unique aspect of this display is that in 2002, Virginia was diagnosed with macular degeneration, a medical condition of the eye that makes it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces.  This […]

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Brian McKeever, first Winter Olympic / Paralympic athlete, sees his dream come true

Posted on: Jun 21, 2010

Brian McKeever never set out to be a trailblazer for elite athletes with a disability. The legally blind cross-country skier from Canmore, Alta., just wanted to push the limits of his own ability. But when he tackles an Olympic cross-country trail in the Callaghan Valley in February against the world’s best endurance athletes, the man […]

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Video: Visually Impaired Skier Living Olympic Dream

Posted on: Feb 17, 2010

Canadian cross-country skier Brian Mckeever is the first winter sports athlete to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics. mckeever, who is visually impaired, believes in the power of big dreams.

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Implanted Tooth Helps Blind US Woman Recover Sight

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009

MIAMI (AFP) – A 60-year-old US grandmother, blind for nearly a decade, has recovered her sight after surgeons implanted a tooth in her eye as a base to hold a tiny plastic lens, her doctors said Wednesday.

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Visually Impaired Guyana Native Earns GED

Posted on: Sep 30, 2009

OXFORD – Anything can be achieved with enough determination, no matter what the obstacle. Of this, 24-year-old Samantha Wackford is living proof. In June, the young woman passed a high school equivalency exam to earn her General Education Degree. While this may not seem like a huge accomplishment for some, for the Guyana native who […]

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Rolling Stone’s Partially Sighted Art Teacher has Memorial Exhibition

Posted on: Sep 25, 2009

(One of Joan Huntley’s stunning pieces of work ) A PARTIALLY sighted artist who taught art and design to Rolling Stone Keith Richard, will have a posthumous exhibition of her art on display in Bexley. The Joan Huntley memorial exhibition, with many of the works for sale, goes on show in the Austen Gallery at […]

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Blind and Visually Impaired Students Lend Firefighters Helping Hand

Posted on: Sep 22, 2009

Eight years ago, a nation watched as hundreds of New York’s bravest made the ultimate sacrifice to help those in need. Since then, a group of students at one Villa Park middle school has helped raise money each year on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for their local fire department, while at […]

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