Transitions: National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Denna Lambert’s 19 Years at NASA

FC Editor’s note: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Let’s meet Denna Lambert, blind since birth, who has worked for NASA for nineteen years and counting. National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Denna Lambert’s 19 Years at NASA Denna Lambert started her career at NASA 19 years ago, and it all began with her taking … Continued

Transitions: Celebrating the Diversity of Hispanic Heritage with Albinism

Kayla Ludlow loves being a Latina. She’s proud of her Hispanic heritage – her father is from Ecuador – and even though her parents split up when Kayla was young, her American-born mother made sure to teach Kayla about her heritage, including encouraging her to learn Spanish and take Latin dance classes. But people don’t … Continued

What’s It Like to Get a Dog Guide? One Young Woman Shares Her Story

A guide dog is more than man’s – or woman’s – best friend. For people who are blind or low vision, a guide dog is a loyal companion that makes navigating the world easier. Emily Nelson, a 17-year-old high school senior from Indiana, can’t wait to get her dog guide. She’s doing her best to … Continued

Growing Up with Guide Dogs for the Blind

 Editor’s note: Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) introduces us to Megan Borella who first became involved with GDB when she was paired with a K9 Buddy in 2004. GDB’s K9 Buddy Program matches specially selected dogs to become wonderful pets and buddies to people who are blind or low vision, including children and their … Continued

Parents teaching children to be their own advocate is the lesson of a lifetime

It’s not unusual for parents to advocate for their children, even if they’re not blind or visually impaired. But Wendy Hardman and her husband, John, like many parents, did something even more valuable for their son, Cole: They taught him to advocate for himself from the start. (See related story on CareerConnect, Parents teaching children to … Continued

A Dad’s Perspective: Learning My Son Has Albinism

Editor’s note: September is Albinism Awareness Month. In effort to increase awareness of albinism and subsequent low vision in children, APH FamilyConnect shares a dad’s story of learning his young son has albinism. A Dad’s Perspective: Learning My Son Has Albinism Benjamin was born in November 2017. He was fair-skinned and blonde and looked exactly … Continued

Raising a Dog Guide: People Helping Puppies to Help People

Editor’s note: September is National Guide Dog Month! In honor, Melissa Schenkel introduces us to Zahra and the team that is preparing her for her future handler who is blind or low vision. Raising a Dog Guide: People Helping Puppies to Help People Meet Zahra. She is half Labrador retriever and half golden retriever. She … Continued

Transitions: 10 Resources for Transitioning from High School to College or Work

Editor’s note: If you have a teenager who is blind or low vision, encourage them to utilize all or several of the following ten resources to prepare for college or the workforce. The list of transition resources has been updated as of August 2022. 10 Resources for Transitioning from High School to College or Work … Continued

First Day Jitters: Four Stories of Transition (Elementary, Middle, High, College)

It can certainly feel daunting when your child or teen who is blind or low vision is transitioning to their next season of education (elementary, middle, high school, or college)! Much like the popular children’s book series First Day Jitters, you and your maturing child may have jitters—and more than a few! You may both … Continued

Behind the Scenes: Mom Creates CVI-Friendly YouTube Videos

Editor’s note: Alissa DeSousa shares memories of her son receiving multiple medical diagnoses, both in utero and in early childhood, including cerebral/ cortical visual impairment (CVI). She also shares how she recognized a need for CVI-friendly videos and proceeded to meet the need. Behind the Scenes: Mom Creates CVI-Friendly YouTube Videos When my pregnancy was … Continued