Future Reflections Winter/Spring 1998, Vol. 17 No. 1
Dacia Luck (right) and her friend
Amanda at the 1995 Convention
Editor's Note: Dacia and her parents, Lawrence and Cora, live in Columbia, Missouri. They have been active in their local chapter of the NFB for many years. Dacia gave the following speech to the 1997 State Convention of the NFB of Missouri. It doesn't take much "reading between the lines" to figure out how important the NFB has been in Dacia's life.
Hi, my name is Dacia Luck, and I am 13 years old. I attend 6th grade at Sentry Middle School in Columbia, Missouri. I am also a cadet in Girl Scouts.
Scouting is a lot of fun. Some of the things we have done in Scouts include cookie sales, service projects, cookouts, and crafts. I enjoy many other things such as participating in the school choir, reading, writing, camping, and my favoritetalking on the telephone. Just like you I face everyday challenges.
One of my recent challenges was a science project at school. I worked with two other students to build a model house that had working electricity. The house had two stories with a working fan, lights, and door bell. I have to admit it was a very confusing process, but still it was a whole lot of fun. The house turned out well, and we received an "A." I was glad for that.
I would also like to tell you what I want to be when I grow up. I would like to teach blind children. I have had this dream for a very long time and have not lost hope of this happening. My dreams are very important to me. A lot of people I have told this to think this is a wonderful idea. I feel the same way. My blindness will help me teach blind children the skills they need to know. I am already practicing by helping another blind child (also a friend) learn Braille.
In conclusion, if you are the parent of a blind child with hopes and dreams for the future, please give him or her lots of encouragement. If you are a blind child and have a dream, don't give it up. This is because blind children's dreams can come true.