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for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

No Limits Learning

One's potential should never be limited by being blind or visually impaired. AFB fosters no limits learning by supporting teacher education and training, advancing equal access to education, and improving technology access for students of all ages.

This year, we introduced new editions of two of the field's essential texts for educators: Foundations of Education and Orientation and Mobility Techniques: A Guide for the Practitioner.

We're also continuing our work with policymakers on legislation that ensures a fully accessible educational experience. One such effort is a higher education reform bill introduced in Congress that calls for the development and enforcement of guidelines that ensure colleges and universities meet their current legal obligations.

Making sure students who are blind or visually impaired get a robust, comprehensive educational experience is integral to ensuring a future of no limits.

"To see how happy they are when they see themselves succeed is extremely rewarding."

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Teaching Students to Succeed

Tesia Nasehi sees her students the way they see themselves: as young people with no limits on their future potential.

At the Colorado School for the Blind, she teaches social studies to students who are blind or visually impaired, including many with multiple disabilities.

Tesia develops lesson plans that take each student's unique abilities into account and frequently refers to her AFB textbooks, as well as AFB's Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB). She says JVIB is more than just a well-loved reference among teachers.

"I've read a lot of inspirational stories that give me some of the emotional support I might need from time to time," she says.

The biggest challenges in her work are created by barriers to equal access that still exist. For example, some online tests don't include audio descriptions for visual elements like graphs. "Students can't take a test if they don't know what's on the test," Tesia says.

She advocates investing in education to ensure people who are blind or visually impaired can be independent and successful in adulthood—especially because she knows what is possible.

"I want people to see what our kids are capable of, without giving any attention to their blindness or other disabilities," Tesia says. "To see how happy they are when they see themselves succeed is extremely rewarding."

Reimagining Life After Vision Loss

When Lynda Lambert lost her vision in 2007 to ischemic optic neuropathy—a condition that's more common in older adults—she could have chosen to stay home, listening to the radio and audio books. But after a few months of that, the retired arts and humanities professor began reimagining how she could continue doing all the things she loved, including writing, creating art, and teaching.

With the help of local resources and services, Lynda quickly learned to cook, use a computer with screen reading software, and navigate traffic with a white cane. A knitter since childhood, she began bringing her knitting to rehabilitation classes and relearned the craft non-visually.

Inspired by her success, Lynda returned to making pottery, something she hadn't done in years. "Once I got clay in my hands, it all came flooding back," she recalls. With the encouragement of a low vision specialist, she also began making intricate beadwork using a magnifier.

Today, she's recognized for her beadwork and mixed-media fiber artwork, and serves as a VisionAware™ peer advisor for AFB, mentoring others with vision loss.

Losing her vision hasn't kept Lynda from the pursuits she loves. In fact, she says she has approached her creative work more boldly since losing her sight: "All the fear is gone."

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