autism

Fierce Fridays: Libby Thaw

Bold Blind Beauty

The Visionary

Collage of Libby Thaw (one picture of Libby performing at the microphone and two headshots of her) Libby Thaw

In December, 2009 it had been 6 months since I was declared legally blind and it felt as if everything in my life was spiraling out of control. Since my vision loss is a hidden disability this was one of the most challenging aspects of the ordeal. It was right around this time that I met Libby Thaw who offered me a lifeline.

The feeling of isolation one can experience when they lose their vision can leave you with a paralyzing fear that you can never make it out of the dark abyss. Because I knew I wasn’t emotionally ready to use the white cane Libby’s Checkered Eye Project (CEP), an international low vision awareness effort, was the perfect solution for me.

Everybody, including people with disabilities, makes assumptions.  Problems arise when we are not open to learning our assumption was wrong. ~Libby

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