Living With Vision Loss
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.” – Helen Keller
Losing your vision never has to mean losing your independence or holding back from doing the things you love to do. At Perkins, we believe that with proper encouragement, guidance, and resources, every person has the ability to develop to his or her full potential and to flourish.
History Makers and Trailblazers: Inspiring True Life Stories
Jaimi Lard, a former Perkins student and our current spokesperson, has been deaf and blind since birth but never let that stop her from having adventures. Whether she is swinging from a trapeze bar, trying windsurfing, or testifying before members of Congress on disabilities legislation, Jaimi has always been up for a challenge.
Gayle Yarnall, director of Adaptive Technology, a Division of Perkins Products, is blind and uses in her daily life the very independence building devices she recommends to clients who are visually impaired. In her blog, Gayle Unplugged, Gayle shares everything from adaptive technology tips to her travel adventures as a person who is blind.
Every day, inspiring individuals like Jaimi and Gayle continue the legacy of historical figures like Helen Keller, the famous student of Perkins’ “miracle worker” Anne Sullivan and Louis Braille, who as a teenager invented the tactile braille reading system and made a world of information accessible by fingertip.
These determined trailblazers show others living with disabilities what is possible when you refuse to believe it can’t be done.