True Struggles

Hello Everyone !

I would like to thank everyone for their support of my blog. It is very much appreciated. I have received such nice messages from so many of you. You are all amazing !

I am a very independent, confident person, I am comfortable with my blindness and my life as it is. I will always live my life the way that I want and not let my disability determine how I will live my life.

Now having said that I don’t want people to think this has always been the case. I know how many people feel about their disability. I hated that I was different for many years, I hid my disability and lied to make it sound like I could see better than I could. I just wanted to be “normal” for one day.

For many years I suffered from depression this was something that I also hid and did not want to talk about. I never wanted to admit that I was having a hard time and I was unable to deal with it on my own. I was in a dark place for a long time, I would start to feel better and then my vision would get worse and it would start all over again.

I have worked very hard to get to a good place, making the most out of my situation and just living my life and making that my focus. I have sought help with my depression and have really seen an improvement. I still have down days, I would be a lying if I told you I never had a bad day and was never frustrated with my disability, or how people perceive and treat me. I have just decided to put myself out there and show people that my disability does not define me and I will educate people as long as it takes for them to know that I am “normal” and capable.

The biggest thing for me is that I have made the decisions to stay positive and take control of my life. With my life in my hands I am able to live happily and really succeed and move on with my life.

I wanted to take the time to tell you this because if you are struggling and feel like it is a daunting task to move on from vision loss or whatever your struggling with, don’t feel alone. We all have our struggles, we all grieve our vision loss differently. It is important to know that when you lose some of your vision it is completely normal to grieve that loss. We all must work through it differently and at our own pace.

Knowing that you are not alone can really help you get through your struggles and help you to move on and live life the way you want !

Until Next Time !

Ashley and Rick

World Braille Day 2016

Braille what is it ? Is it still relevant with today’s technology ? Why should children still learn braille with all the other forms of technology out there ? There are some of the questions often asked about Braille today. Braille is very relevant and needed still today.

Braille is the written word for those that are blind or partially sighted, it is how children who are blind or partially sighted learn to read, write and learn grammar skills. Braille is relevant for print materials like books, magazines, and personal use in the same way you would use a pen and paper. It is also the way the blind or partially sighted access music and math. Where ever you see the printed word on paper Braille is how someone who is blind or partially sighted would be able to access that same information.

Braille equals literacy, indépendance and equality. With braille the blind and partially sighted can have the same access to printed materials that everyone else has. For most people that are blind or partially sighted they want to be equal and not be cut off from something like a magazine or book because they can’t access that information.

For me I use braille in my home to label things, to write lists, to help my kids learn to read, and many more things. Being able to use books that have both print and braille in them has made it possible for me to read with my kids and help them learn to read and master reading. It means I am not cut off from helping them with their school work.

Going to restaurants is something I love to do with my husband and kids however the availability of braille menus is very far and few between. I would love to be able to go to a restaurant and read the menu myself and not have to have my husband read it to me. I strive to be as independent as possible and needing someone to read a menu or bathroom sign because there is no braille is frustrating.

We have come so far in the world of disability but this one thing that is so simple to change can make the world of difference for those that are blind and partially sighted. Teaching our kids who are blind or partially sighted to read braille is giving them access to literacy and independence.