A Look into Our “i’s”

This compilation of introspective writings gives readers a glimpse into the lives of some extraordinary teenagers who share their perspectives on issues related to growing up with a visual impairment. The twelve authors, ages 13 through 19, all participated in a GRADS group through the Center. They discussed their concerns and wrote their stories at monthly meetings over a two year period. Their stories give us a look into the “i’s” that are most important to them. We are confident that their book will demonstrate to readers that you do not need perfect vision to achieve the important things in life.

“Looking through another’s eyes can be scary but it must be done. For that is how bridges of friendship and understanding are raised from the depths of fear and pity.”
— Sierra Gregg, age 14

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Excerpts from the Chapters

Independence

…I can do almost anything with some simple adaptations and the right technology.

Inclusion

When I don’t say hi to [people] as they pass me in the hall, they think that I’m just being stuck up and don’t want to be friends with them. The truth is that I can’t see them well enough to recognize them.

Intelligence

Many people believe that people who are blind have special or enhanced senses. That is not true. We simply have to learn to pay more attention to our surroundings and work hard to develop our other senses.

Idealism

Just because I am visually impaired doesn’t mean I couldn’t make phat beats…. Someday when you turn on your radio and hear DJ Blynd Scribble, you will know that I have made it.

Imagination

When I (had) friends stay overnight… I walked towards my room to go to sleep. I didn’t see my dog [Magic] lying in the hallway, and I tripped over her and fell. I laughed and my friends laughed with me, and suddenly it was not quite so embarrassing. I could learn to be more careful, but I wish my dog would just magically disappear when I come by.

Inspiration

Most people think that being blind is a real disadvantage — that it makes everything harder. Some things are harder when you cannot see, but sometimes blindness can actually be an advantage. SIghted people seem to become so dependent on their vision that they cannot look beyond appearances. Because I know what it is like to be stereotyped, I try not to judge other people. Instead, I look inside people and find their hearts… I don’t need to be able to see to have a kind heart.

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