If you know me, you know I love movies, TV, opera, musical theater, and pretty much anything in the entertainment genre.
Content Warning: The information found below has the potential to hurt or retraumatize others. Please prepare to read about the difficult topic of domestic violence. I am Cheryl Fields, one of six dynamic and diverse women that are the National Federation of the Blind Survivor Task Force.
I have had several times in my life when, either through my own bad decisions or the occasional unfairness that is a part of it, I have needed the assistance of a therapist. Finding one isn't hard; finding a good one can be extremely difficult.
“Go up to the board, and draw an image from last night’s reading assignment.” The professor’s instruction seemed simple enough, but I felt my palms start to sweat as I stood from my chair.
Twenty years ago, in July of 2001, I was privileged to be one among a group of thirty winners who received National Federation of the Blind scholarships at our National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was seventeen, had just graduated high school, and at the time had absolutely no concept of how that experience would affect the course of the next two decades of my life.
Content warning: This article mentions instances of abuse and sexual assault. If you are a victim or survivor of sexual assault and are in need of support, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline provided by RAINN at 800.656.HOPE (4673).
Content warning: The following letter addresses sensitive topics regarding sexual misconduct and violence. Dear Fellow Federationists:
Originalmente, este mensaje fue embiado a lideres de la Federacion para celebrar nuestro aniversario el lunes 16 de noviembre.
I originally wrote the below post to Federation leaders for our anniversary which was November 16.
As the nation awakened to the realization in mid-March that COVID-19 was about to have a profound effect on our daily lives, I was acutely aware of the consequences of not obeying proper health protocols.