This Low Vision Awareness Month, NEI is highlighting the accomplishments of people living with low vision.
We asked people with low vision to share their inspiring stories and their advice for people living with low vision and their loved ones. From February 17 to 21, 2020, we’ll be highlighting the stories of these #LowVisionLeaders on social media!
Help us spread the word about Low Vision Awareness Month! Use the hashtag #LowVisionLeaders to join the conversation, and share these social media graphics and posts with your followers.
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We’re kicking off our first activity of the #MoreThan2020 campaign by sharing stories from #LowVisionLeaders! Follow along with NEI, @hadleyinstitute, @lighthousegld, @VisionServeA, and @PBA_savingsight to get a glimpse of the world through someone else's eyes. #LVAM
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! #LVAM #MoreThan2020
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 #LVAM #MoreThan2020
Next in our #LowVisionLeaders series: meet Charlie, a lawyer AND a hockey pro. Charlie played with @DCBlindHockey, and in 2019 he made the @USABlindHockey team. Tag someone who’s supported you through your journey! #LVAM #LowVision #MoreThan2020
Our next ambassador in the #LowVisionLeaders series is Daryl! When he got the support he needed, everything changed for him. Now he’s sharing his story to help others with vision problems. Retweet and share your #LowVision story. #LVAM #MoreThan2020
Meet Ed, the next ambassador in our #LowVisionLeaders series! 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! #LVAM #MoreThan2020
Next up in our #LowVisionLeaders series, meet Elaine! 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 have helped you manage #LowVision? #LVAM #MoreThan2020
Introducing Jahlel, a student with #LowVision and light sensitivity. Jahlel does not see low vision as limiting, and sees helping others as an opportunity to change the world. Retweet Jahlel’s story and share your own! #LowVisionLeaders #LVAM
Meet Mike, President of @NOAHAlbinism and next up in our #LowVisionLeaders series! 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! #LVAM #MoreThan2020
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 uno de ellos? #MoreThan2020 #LVAM #LowVisionLeaders
¡Conozca a Pete, uno de nuestros líderes de la serie #LowVisionLeaders! Pete es el CEO de @BlindSupport y tiene algunas palabras de sabiduría para las personas que viven con #bajavisión. ¡Responda para compartir SUS palabras de sabiduría! #LVAM #MoreThan2020
Next up in our #LowVisionLeaders series is Ramon, a vocational services instructor at @LCF_Orlando. After being diagnosed as legally blind, he discovered @lighthousegld’s vision rehab services. What’s your story of living with #LowVision? #LVAM #MoreThan2020
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? #LVAM #MoreThan2020
Introducing Ruth, the next ambassador in our #LowVisionLeaders series! She reflects on goals she had at the beginning of her #LowVision journey. Do you have any goals to share? #LVAM #MoreThan2020
Next up in our #LowVisionLeaders series is Thomas. 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 don’t forget to share your story: https://www.seethefuture.org/home.html #LVAM #MoreThan2020
We’re kicking off our first activity of the More Than Meets the Eye 2020 campaign by sharing stories from #LowVisionLeaders during Low Vision Awareness Month! Follow along with the National Eye Institute, Hadley, Lighthouse Guild, the Vision Serve Alliance, and Prevent Blindness to hear inspiring stories from our ambassadors with low vision — and get a glimpse of the world through someone else's eyes. #MoreThan2020
Next up in our #LowVisionLeaders series, meet Charlie!
Charlie is a lawyer who received rehabilitation from the Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired. After his training, he started playing on the DC Blind Hockey team. Then in 2019, he made the National Blind Hockey team! He explains that his team has been a huge source of support for him while dealing with vision loss.
Comment below to share your low vision story! #MoreThan2020
Elaine’s up next in our #LowVisionLeaders series!
Elaine is an employment services career counselor at Lighthouse of Central Florida. She was born with underdeveloped optic nerves, making her early days at school very challenging. In college, she went through vision rehabilitation and started using assistive technology. She says these tools changed her life!
What low vision resources are important to you? Comment or post using #LowVisionLeaders! #MoreThan2020
Next up in our #LowVisionLeaders series, meet Mike!
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 low vision? Share it in the comments! #MoreThan2020
En este Mes de Concientización sobre la Baja Visión, estamos celebrando los logros de las personas con pérdida de visión al compartir historias de nuestros embajadores de baja visión. ¡Dele ‘Like’ a nuestra página para seguir esta serie, y esté atento a otras actividades de la campaña #MoreThan2020!
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 tiene una historia sobre cómo vivir con pérdida de visión, ¡compártala en los comentarios o publíquela usando #LowVisionLeaders!
Next up our #LowVisionLeaders series is Thomas, an optometrist living with low vision!
Thomas was diagnosed with RP 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.
Be sure to follow along with our #LowVisionLeaders series and comment to share your story. #MoreThan2020