Enjoying Tactile Crafts with Kids

When my sighted daughter, Sarah, was a toddler, I worried that as her blind mom, I’d miss out on exploring arts and crafts with her. Coloring books, paint-by-numbers, water colors—everything marketed for kids was visually oriented.

Sensational Diagramming

The first time I attended college in 2001, a time I lovingly refer to as College 1.0, I was studying computer science. This required a decent level of mathematics, and the ability to gather information from, and create, certain technical diagrams.

Out of Love

Out of love, my parents clothed me. Out of love, they kept me safe. Out of love, they praised me for jobs well done. Out of love, they encouraged me to achieve all of my dreams.

Growing in Confidence at Washington Seminar

When nearly five hundred blind Americans travel to Capitol Hill with our long white canes in hand and a call to increase the independence of blind people nationwide, the United States Congress knows that the members of the National Federation of the Blind have mobilized for security, equality, and opportunity.

Braille Opens Doors Previously Closed

As a child words meant everything to me. I loved to hear people talk and tell stories. One of the things I liked the best was when people read, but exactly what they were doing both perplexed and amazed me.

What I Learned at NFB Youth Slam

I am Camryn Gattuso, fifteen years old, and a sophomore at Tuslaw High School in Massillon, Ohio. I have been totally blind since birth and have been educated in a typical public school.

From Timid to Bold: Reflections on Newcomers to National Convention

"Attending the convention has changed me in many ways. For the first time in my life, I did not feel self-conscious or different. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am part of a big family that really cares." - Ayoub Zurikat, 2017

How Love Convinced Gary Wunder to Join the National Federation of the Blind

One frequent topic of discussion in the National Federation of the Blind is why we joined, when we joined, and those things that pushed us towards and away from the organization.

Isabel Espinales Regains Independence through the National Federation of the Blind

I was born in Nicaragua. At ten years old, I was forced to leave my country to escape death threats because of my father’s reputation in the military.

It Burns

My earliest memory of having to deal with my impending blindness occured when my mom took  my siblings and me to visit the ophthalmologist’s office. I was probably seven years old, and the office staff took me into a dark room to dilate my pupils. This required administering a series of painful eye drops, and I remember squealing, “It burns!” I sat there in the dark, trying desperately not to cry, because I was told that if the tears washed away the eye drops, we would need to start the process all over again. Once my pupils were properly dilated, the ophthalmologist shined a bright light into my eyes, flipped various lenses in this huge machine that I had to look through, and asked me to read characters on an eye chart.

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