When a grade school goes above and beyond for a blind student

Robert Martin went into higher education because of the impact of the school system in his home town in the Appalachian mountains in Edmond, South Carolina. After going blind at age 13, his local school recorded his classes while he...

“Don’t let your adversity stop you. You just do what you gotta do and forget the rest”

Marsha Macchi tells her story about being a blind self-advocate since the age of 13, when she first entered her school orchestra. Listen to her story about auditioning for Brigham Young University’s symphony.

“We were our own little support group”

Growing up in a family of eight, Lolly and her older brother, Tom, had the same congenital eye disease. He started a high-end cab company and three radio stations, ran for public office, and was a model for Lolly, showing...

Thankful for technology and how they help blind people

Betsy gives thanks for technology for helping making her life as a blind person more accessible. As a ham radio operator, she has spoken to people all over the world and communicated through morse code. She has even made technology...

Using Aira to enhance Personal Independence

Dustin has found personal independence since using Aira. He no longer has to ask friends or family for help. Dustin recently called in to Aira and went shopping with his smart glasses for the first time. All with a shopping...

Petting a Lion at the MGM Grand Hotel

While roaming the MGM Grand hotel, Marlaina Lieberg was told she needed to leave the area as her guide dog Vista was agitating the resident MGM lion nearby. Sensing a once-in-a-lifetime experience, she agreed on the condition that she be...

Experiencing a Wedding

When Dennis Parrone attended the wedding of his own best man’s daughter, he wanted to soak in every detail. New technology enabled a sighted assistant hundreds of miles away to see everything from his seat and give him a narrative...

“A bomb exploded outside my bedroom window”

“On the evening of September 16, 2016 Ahmad Kahn Rahimi, an immigrant from Afghanistan, decided to detonate a bomb outside my window.” Mary West tells the story of how a bomb exploded outside her bedroom and what ensued over the...

Angela tells her life story, from having an above average intelligence to a devastating brain injury.

Angela was born with an above average intelligence, reading her first novel by age five, beginning college at eight, and receiving her doctorate by 18. After a 25-year career in the military, she experienced various explosions, one of which, in...

From Oklahoma to Belgium

Transplant a young girl from the decidedly western surroundings of Oklahoma to the old world charm of Belgium and anything can happen. For Rhanda Hasley a desire to experience the languages and customs of other cultures was ignited that burns...

Thanksgiving Day Vows

Renee Byrd and her husband’s relationship started as a longstanding friendship between two couples. After each suffered the loss of a spouse, that friendship eventually deepened into a relationship that became a marriage.

Remembering Christmas Trees

For Stephanie Hurd, family holidays growing up are cherished memories and remembering them with her sister and mother a favorite holiday pastime. From toppled Christmas trees to motherly pranks the holidays were never boring.