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Georgetown Medical Student Interns

Stephanie at White Cane Day

Stephanie Wachs and Michael Marll were two in a group of first year Georgetown Medical students who partnered with CLB as a part of their Service Learning course in the 2015 fall semester. The class is designed to teach teamwork skills in assisting under-served medical communities and the visually impaired…

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What a Difference a Year Makes

by Danyel Goldsmith Last year when I wrote my first article for this newsletter, I named it “Amazing”, because many people said I was. In it, I spoke about some of the stages of acceptance and coming to terms with becoming totally blind after living an exciting and full life…

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Jamie Wade

Jamie Wade is a recent graduate of the Foundations of Adjustment to Blindness (FAB) class, the JEMMS. The group named itself after the first initial of each classmate, and the name stands for joyful, eating, musical, and miracles. Jamie began losing her vision due to diabetic retinopathy in 2008 and…

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Star-Shemah White

Star was working as a receptionist 13 years ago when she began losing her sight. She was soon diagnosed with retinal detachments in both eyes due to uncontrolled diabetes. This left her with no vision in her right eye and limited vision in her left eye, in addition to numerous…

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Braille Literacy

A closeup of a hand reading Braille

Each year as more and more devices turn text into audio such as e-readers and apps, people assume that Braille is becoming an outdated means of communication, not so! While it is true that only about 10% of people who are blind or visually impaired are Braille literate, it doesn’t…

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Getting Back Out There After Vision Loss

A woman who is visually impaired shaking the hand of her interviewer

by Danyel Goldsmith Ask anyone who knew me before this thing called blindness and some of the adjectives they would use include fun, fearless, fiercely independent, confident, goofy, silly, well-traveled, and someone who has a never-ending bucket list. Professionally, those same people would say successful, ambitious, driven and workaholic. I…

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