Help us highlight the accomplishments of people living with low vision!

We asked people with low vision to share their inspiring stories — and their advice for others living with low vision and their loved ones. Use the hashtag #LowVisionLeaders to join the conversation, and share these social media graphics and posts with your followers.

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collage of low vision leaders

Our #LowVisionLeaders are sharing their experiences [speech bubble emoji] living with #LowVision! Check out their inspiring stories and their words of wisdom for others — and RT to share your own story! https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/low-vision-resources/low-vision-awareness-month/low-vision-awareness-month-social-media-library

Alice

Headshot of Alice with this quote " Vision loss is a major change — you don't have to handle it all on your own."

Meet Alice, one of our #LowVisionLeaders and an occupational therapist. She emphasizes the importance of getting support when dealing with vision loss. What’s your advice for living with #LowVision? Retweet to share!

Bonnie

Headshot of Bonnie with this quote: “When you have low vision, you’re constantly reinventing and relearning — but I believe you do that your whole life anyhow.”

Bonnie has been legally blind for 20 years — and it’s really shown her the importance of independence! Reply to share your own #LowVision story. #LowVisionLeaders 

Charlie

Headshot of Charlie in a hockey uniform with the quote "Having a support network is really critical. For me, playing on a blind hockey team has provided that."

Meet Charlie, a lawyer AND a hockey pro! Charlie played with @DCBlindHockey, and in 2019 he made the @USABlindHockey team. Comment below to share your #LowVision journey! #LowVisionLeaders

Daryl

Headshot of Daryl with this quote: “I got referred to a low vision specialist, and that’s where things turned around for me.”

Daryl is one of our #LowVisionLeaders! When he got the support he needed, everything changed for him. Now he’s sharing his story to help others living with vision loss. Retweet and share your #LowVision story.

Ed

Headshot of adaptive technology specialist Ed with this quote: “I do a lot of mindfulness meditation and breathing techniques to calm myself down and then just say, I’ve got this. I’ve got the skills to make this happen.'”

Meet Ed, one of our #LowVisionLeaders! He’s an adaptive technology specialist who has #RetinitisPigmentosa. Ed shares how he deals with the stress that living with #LowVision can cause. Retweet and share your own strategies!

Elaine

Headshot of Elaine with this quote: “When I got to college, I was introduced to my first piece of assistive technology and it changed everything.”

Meet Elaine, one of our #LowVisionLeaders! Born with underdeveloped optic nerves, she manages her condition with assistive technology. She also works at @LCF_Orlando helping others who have low vision. What tools help you manage #LowVision?

Jahlel

Headshot of Jahle with this quote " My sixth-grade vision teacher really helped me —she got me to the place where I am because she advocated for whatever I needed."

Introducing Jahlel, a student with #LowVision and light sensitivity. Jahlel doesn’t think of low vision as limiting — and he sees helping others as an opportunity to change the world. Retweet Jahlel’s story and share your own! #LowVisionLeaders

Mike

Headshot of Mike with this quote: “I don’t feel sorry because I have low vision—so you don’t need to feel sorry for me. Look at people with low vision as fully capable individuals.”

Meet Mike, President of @NOAHAlbinism and one of our #LowVisionLeaders! Mike has #LowVision from albinism, and he’s passionate about helping others with the same condition. Check out his words of wisdom for the world, and retweet to share yours! 

Nelinda

Foto de la profesional de atención al cliente Nelinda con esta cita: “La pérdida de visión no significa que no puedas seguir viviendo la vida a la que estás acostumbrada. Significa que tienes que aprender a hacer las cosas a las que estás acostumbrada de una manera diferente."

Conozca a Nelinda, una profesional de atención al cliente en @LCF_Orlando que vive con #bajavisión. Nelinda tiene un consejo importante para las personas que padecen pérdida de visión. ¿Usted es una de ellas? #LowVisionLeaders

Pete

Headshot of Pete B with this quote "Afronte sus desafíos: hay oportunidades para todos en este mundo."

Conozca a Pete, el CEO de @BlindSupport, quien tiene algunas palabras de sabiduría para las personas que viven con #bajavisión. ¡Responda a este tuit para que usted pueda compartir SU propia historia sobre la baja visión! #LowVisionLeaders

Ramon

Headshot of Ramon with this quote: “If you’ve just been diagnosed with low vision, the best advice anyone can give you is to be patient.”

Ramon is a vocational services instructor at @LCF_Orlando and one of our #LowVisionLeaders! After being diagnosed as legally blind, he discovered @lighthousegld’s vision rehab services. What’s your story of living with #LowVision? 

Renee

Headshot of customer service professional Renee with this quote: “I’m a huge advocate of low vision rehabilitation — especially for people that have just been diagnosed. Low vision rehab basically turned my life around.”

Renee was diagnosed with a disorder that affects her central vision. Now she’s one of our #LowVisionLeaders and an advocate for vision rehabilitation! What’s your #LowVision story? 

Ruth

Headshot of Ruth with this quote: “One of the goals I had was just to continue the life I was living as much as I could.”

Introducing Ruth, one of our #LowVisionLeaders! She reflects on goals she had at the beginning of her #LowVision journey. Do you have any goals to share? 

Thomas

Headshot of Thomas with the quote " With the right devices, strategies and training, you can accomplish wonderful things that take your life in a positive direction."

Meet Thomas, one of our #LowVisionLeaders! He works as a #LowVision specialist and helped establish the See the Future scholarship fund for people with visual impairment in CO. Take a look, and be sure to share your own story! https://www.seethefuture.org/home.html

Facebook

collage of low vision leaders

Our #LowVisionLeaders are sharing their inspiring stories about living with low vision! Learn about their experiences, low vision resources that have helped them, and their advice for others with low vision.

And don’t forget to comment below to share your own #LowVision story! https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/resources-for-health-educators/low-vision-resources/low-vision-awareness-month/low-vision-awareness-month-social-media-library

Alice

Headshot of Alice with this quote " Vision loss is a major change — you don't have to handle it all on your own."

Alice is an occupational therapist with a passion for raising awareness about living with #LowVision. She emphasizes the importance of getting support for vision loss. 

Comment below to share your advice for living with low vision! #LowVisionLeaders

Bonnie

Headshot of Bonnie with this quote: “When you have low vision, you’re constantly reinventing and relearning — but I believe you do that your whole life anyhow.”

Meet Bonnie! Bonnie has been legally blind for over 20 years — and it’s really shown her the importance of independence! Share your own experience with #LowVision in the comments below. #LowVisionLeaders

Charlie

Headshot of Charlie in a hockey uniform with the quote "Having a support network is really critical. For me, playing on a blind hockey team has provided that."

Meet Charlie! Charlie is a lawyer who received vision rehab services and went on to play on the DC Blind Hockey team. In 2019, he made the National Blind Hockey team! His team has been a huge source of support for him while dealing with vision loss. 

Tag someone who’s supported you through your #LowVision journey! #LowVisionLeaders

Daryl

Headshot of Daryl with this quote: “I got referred to a low vision specialist, and that’s where things turned around for me.”

Meet Daryl, one of our #LowVisionLeaders! When he started seeing a low vision specialist, everything changed for him. Now Daryl is sharing his story to help others who are living with low vision. 

Comment below to share your #LowVision story!

Ed

Headshot of adaptive technology specialist Ed with this quote: “I do a lot of mindfulness meditation and breathing techniques to calm myself down and then just say, I’ve got this. I’ve got the skills to make this happen.'”

Ed is an adaptive technology specialist living with retinitis pigmentosa. He shared how mindfulness helped him deal with the stress that #LowVision can cause.

Share your own strategies in the comments below! #LowVisionLeaders

Elaine

Headshot of Elaine with this quote: “When I got to college, I was introduced to my first piece of assistive technology and it changed everything.”

Elaine is an employment services career counselor at Lighthouse Central Florida. She was born with underdeveloped optic nerves, making her early days at school very challenging. In college, she received vision rehab services and started using assistive technology. She says these tools changed her life! 

What #LowVision resources are important to you? Comment or post using #LowVisionLeaders! 

Jahlel

Headshot of Jahle with this quote " My sixth-grade vision teacher really helped me —she got me to the place where I am because she advocated for whatever I needed."

Meet Jahlel, a student with #LowVision and light sensitivity who uses his experience to advocate for others who are living with vision loss. 

Share your own experience with vision loss in the comments! #LowVisionLeaders

Mike

Headshot of Mike with this quote: “I don’t feel sorry because I have low vision—so you don’t need to feel sorry for me. Look at people with low vision as fully capable individuals.”

Meet Mike, one of our #LowVisionLeaders! Mike has albinism, which affects how he sees the world. Mike is President of the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, and he’s passionate about encouraging people with low vision to stay positive. 

Have a story of living with #LowVision? Share it in the comments! 

Nelinda

Foto de la profesional de atención al cliente Nelinda con esta cita: “La pérdida de visión no significa que no puedas seguir viviendo la vida a la que estás acostumbrada. Significa que tienes que aprender a hacer las cosas a las que estás acostumbrada de una manera diferente."

¡Conozca a Nelinda!, una profesional de atención al cliente de Lighthouse Central Florida. Ella dice que la #bajavisión no le impide disfrutar de su vida. Nelinda destaca la importancia de aprender cómo adaptarse a la baja visión. 

¡Comparta sus consejos para vivir con baja visión en la sección de comentarios abajo! #LowVisionLeaders

Pete

Headshot of Pete B with this quote "Afronte sus desafíos: hay oportunidades para todos en este mundo."

En este “Mes de concientización sobre la baja visión”, estamos celebrando los logros de las personas con pérdida de visión compartiendo historias de nuestros embajadores de baja visión. Conozca a Pete, CEO de Blind Support Services. Pete tiene retinitis pigmentosa y después de la universidad comenzó a ser voluntario con la comunidad de personas ciegas. ¡Ahora dirige su propia organización! Él explica cómo los desafíos de ser ciego lo convirtieron en quien es hoy. 

Si usted tiene una historia sobre cómo vivir con pérdida 

Ramon

Headshot of Ramon with this quote: “If you’ve just been diagnosed with low vision, the best advice anyone can give you is to be patient.”

Meet Ramon, a vocational services instructor at Lighthouse of Central Florida and one of our #LowVisionLeaders! He’s passionate about helping people living with #LowVision and emphasizes the importance of patience when learning how to adapt to vision loss. 

Share tips on how you cope with vision loss in the comments below!

Renee

Headshot of customer service professional Renee with this quote: “I’m a huge advocate of low vision rehabilitation — especially for people that have just been diagnosed. Low vision rehab basically turned my life around.”

Renee was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that impacted her central vision. She worked with a low vision clinic to learn how to live with her vision loss and is now an advocate for low vision rehabilitation! 

Share your #LowVision story in the comments below. #LowVisionLeaders

Ruth

Headshot of Ruth with this quote: “One of the goals I had was just to continue the life I was living as much as I could.”

Ruth is one of our #LowVisionLeaders! She appreciates the support she received while living with low vision. Share your #LowVision story in the comments!

Thomas

Headshot of Thomas with the quote " With the right devices, strategies and training, you can accomplish wonderful things that take your life in a positive direction."

Meet Thomas, an optometrist living with #LowVision and one of our #LowVisionLeaders! Thomas was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa after finishing optometry school, and he decided to specialize in low vision. 

Thomas also helped develop the See the Future fund, a scholarship program for students with visually impairment in Colorado. Take a look, and be sure comment to share your own low vision story. https://www.seethefuture.org/home.html

Last updated: June 25, 2021