by GDB Alumna Carmen Apelgren
Recently two GDB Alumni and I were featured on a wonderful television program Aging in LA. Dan Donlan and I were interviewed while our Guide Dogs Elbert and Val slept peacefully on camera, unfazed by the bright lights. Melissa Hudson demonstrated cooking techniques.
As the Community Relations Coordinator for the Braille Institute, it was a pleasure for me to be able to educate the television audience about the work of the Braille Institute, and more importantly, that blindness doesn't prevent independence. People who lose their vision merely need the right tools and guidance to learn to do things differently so that they can maintain their quality of life.
If you know someone who's blind, please let them know that services are available to them, and, like GDB, many of these services are offered free of charge.