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Living with a disability develops strengths that you didn't know you have. Resilience. Grit. Creativity. That's what Dr. Kirk Adams says about his blindness. As Managing Director of his own business, Innovative Impact, he helps private business owners hire the perfect workforce made up of people with disabilities. "Living in a world not designed fo…
 
Kyle Laconsay of Hawaii starting losing her eyesight in her mid '30's. She had several operations and one worked so she still has some sight in her left eye. Her philosophy about blind ness is this: Do what you love, only do it differently! #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness You can find the recipe for Kyle's Merry Berry Crumble at our website www.cooki…
 
Annie Obasih was going blind since birth, but it was when she was about 26 when she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). She was worried that she wouldn't be able to support her children if she lost her job because of her visual impairment. But, after holding major jobs with New York, she retired and started her journey to creating, "Annie…
 
Ne' Vaeh Brooks has been visually impaired since birth. But she has never let that get in the way of her artistic abilities. "We are more capable than people give us credit for," says Ne' Vaeh. She is taking art therapy classes, and would like to be an art therapist one day, and own her own business. #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness If you want to try…
 
Cazerny Bussey was sighted until he was 15 years old, when he had an operation on his retina, and he went blind. "Blindness gave me vision to see the rest of the world," he says. Cazerny is an up-and-coming professional singer, and entrepreneur who sang at his graduation where Tony Bennett shook his hand. #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness Cazerny share…
 
Chef Christine Ha started her life sighted. But when she was in her 20's, her sight started to become blurry. She was misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and even became taking the medication for it, until she found the right doctor who diagnosed her with Neuromyelitis optica, in which a person's own immune system attacks the optic nerves and spi…
 
Jenny Davis looked up in the nighttime skies, and saw stars for the first time in several years. It brought her to tears. Jenny is on the beginning journey of retinitis pigmentosa and it's rare that someone with RP can see the stars in the darkness. Sometimes she feels confident. Sometimes she feels vulnerable. A doctor told her the best thing she …
 
Tricia Waechter had been going blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa. She was in the fashion merchandising business and was traveling around the world. But, at one point when she was going into a meeting with her white cane, her colleague stopped her because of how he thought the clients would think. That angered her to the point of starting her own busi…
 
Mike Smith's parents treated him like a sighted person, even though he's been blind since birth. They wanted him to know that he could do everything, just in a different way. Fast-forward to today, Mike is in a program which helps him own a restaurant, and make money as an entrepreneur. #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness His beef tips and gravy has a sp…
 
When Lynn McLellan began going blind with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she became angry and sad. But her advice to others going through the same thing is to accept help from others. Lynn also shares her Moroccan Roasted Vegetable recipe which can be found on our website at www.cookingwithoutlookingtv.wordpress.com . #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness For more …
 
Katherine Chavez became totally blind in the third grade after childhood cancer. But, she never let that hold her back. She's a graduate of Arizona State University, a wife and a mother of a 15-month-old. Katherine teaches people what living a life with blindness is like on her Tik-Tok account and YouTube channel. #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness Go t…
 
Aryianna Wyatt loves to help people...and she LOVES to cook! Totally blind after a bout with cancer as a baby, Aryianna has chosen to go into the mental health field for personal reasons which she shares. She also shares how she makes her Chicken Alfredo from scratch. #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness For more information, please call 305.200.9104. Ple…
 
Amanda Davis doesn't like to "babysit her food." She's found ingenious ways to cook and bake safely and quickly without standing by her food watching it cook. She has better things to do. She has 4 daughters, three of them teen-agers...well, who give her a challenge. She's also been blind since shortly after birth. #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness You…
 
For her whole life, Jessica Alessio has worked with people with multiple disabilities. But, Jessica, who is not Blind/Visually Impaired, now teaches accessible technology, Braille, and Orientation and Mobility to name just a few. We take a deep dive into how a person who is Blind learns orientation and mobility to travel through traffic utilizing t…
 
Finding out that she was losing her eye sight first gave Naomi Panarella pause about what her future held. But, as she accepted it, she realized that losing her eye sight was actually a freeing experience. "I live as much as I can while I still have some sight," Naomi says. In November, she's going surfing in Costa Rica. Naomi has been named, "Miss…
 
When Melissa Reyna gave birth, the nurses wouldn't bring her daughter to her unless there was another person in the room. When she asked, why, they told her because she couldn't see. That really jump-started Melissa's urge to advocate for herself, and others with visual impairments or blindness. She now has created a business teaching other blind/v…
 
A motorcycle accident shattered Ed Davis' face, his eyesight, but not his life. After going through a depression from not helping his family when he lost his eyesight, Ed decided to do something about it. He sought help from a blind organization in Los Angeles, where he met other people who were blind, and he realized it wasn't as bad as he thought…
 
"I would be terrified if I woke up tomorrow with sight." Those are the words of Blind British Paralympian, Lora Fachie, who hales from Manchester, England, and has been a bicyclist in the Paralympics for the past 13 years. She's a proud paralympian, and prefers to keep the Paralympics and the Olympics separate. #ChangingTheWayWeSeeBlindness To rela…
 
When Francis Ford Coppola asked Hoby Wedler to create a very special wine tasting in his vineyards...Tasting in the Dark, the former chemist teacher jumped at the idea. He developed delightful tastings for guest so they were not distracted by eyesight. This was a very unique way of experiencing the world in the same way Hoby experiences the world..…
 
One day, Chad Bouton and his mom went to the store. She parked in a handicapped spot, Chad grabbed ahold of her arm, and they walked into the store. When they came out, there was a note on her car which said she should be ashamed of herself for having her son pretend to be disabled to get that parking space. "What does a blind person look like?" Ch…
 
When Brianna Scerenscko turned 21, her parents made good on their promise to take her to Las Vegas. So, when her dad took her to the bar, the bartender didn't want to give her a drink because she couldn't make eye contact which to him meant that she was drunk. When she said she would never be able to make eye contact because she was blind, he apolo…
 
Stay patient. Stay focused on your dreams. Those are the words of Kimberly Bonnette, M.A.; Senior Human Services Program Manager; Instructional Supervisor; Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Florida Division of Blind Services. Ms. Bonnette's vast experience helps the Blind/Visually Impaired people who come to the Daytona Bea…
 
You might be afraid, but you will get through it! Those are the words of Shamara McCall from the Florida Division of Blind Services Rehabilitation Center in Daytona Beach, FL. Shamara is visually impaired from diabetic retinopathy. She says it's ok to allow yourself a small pity party, but then move on right through it! And, preparing her Fabulous …
 
Winona Brackett is an "old" friend of The Cooking Without Looking TV Show. She was with us on one of our first shows when she was only 9 years old. Winona was born blind. She wants parents of blind children to keep a positive attitude on blindness. She also reminds parents that their blind child is still a kid, and wants to play with their friends.…
 
Kimberly Strain is a Home Management Instructor with the Florida Division of Blind Services Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Daytona Beach, FL. Kimberly was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of two, and tells us how to prepare her Ohh-La La French Onion Soup. "If you are newly blind, just get out there and g…
 
Everyone in Life should learn how to fall. That's what Brian Bushway believes...especially after falling eight feet straight down a hill while riding his mountain bike...blind. Brian lost his sight when he was 14. His father and mother, along with his sisters made space for Brian to lead the way, and to teach them how to be with a person who's blin…
 
Cindy Hollis was born Blind with only a little bit of sight and light perception. But, by age 22, Cindy was totally blind. She's held many positions with the American Council of the Blind since she was very young. But, when the pandemic started, she found herself in the job of her dreams as the Manager of Membership Engagement for the ACB. She head…
 
What do you do when you're not totally blind, but are legally blind and people don't understand? Ben Fox created Almostblind.org "A nice guy insisted I take his seat on a full train. I thanked him, sat down and checked a text message on my phone. The man's friend saw this and said, "Hey, he's not blind". I went home right away and made this website…
 
As David Steinmetz slowly went blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa he had to re-learn how to live his life. He had to stop driving after hitting someone on a bike. He had to get a new job after his boss let him go because he thought David's blindness was a liability. But, then David found a rewarding job as Community & Public Relations Manager at Arizo…
 
How do you tell your child that you're blind? Rebecca Bridges and her husband, Eric are totally blind. Their children Tyler, 7, and Noah, 2 are sighted. Find out what parenting is like when you are blind and your children are not. And, you don't want to miss Rebecca's Bridges' Fudge Brownies recipe which is a modification of her mother's recipe. #C…
 
Robert Kingett is not only totally blind, but he has cerebral palsy. But, there was no mountain too high for Robert to climb. He is an author and accessibility advocate. He tells us what ableism is, and how it is the REAL disability. How do you like your morning coffee? Robert uses milk instead of water for a sweet morning pick-me-up. #ChangingTheW…
 
As the Executive Director of the American Council of the Blind, Eric Bridges oversees an organization that has fostered the independence of people who are Blind/Visually Impaired for 60 years. Eric began going blind from the age of two, and has been totally blind since high school. Rebecca, his wife of 14 years is also Blind. Their two young childr…
 
First and foremost, Debbie Malone is an advocate. She has been legally blind since birth, and has learned to advocate for herself and others. She's even written 4 books on how to be an advocate. But, today, she's advocating for her Velveeta Breakfast Casserole. You can find the recipe on www.cookingwithoutlookingtv.wordpress.com #ChangingtheWayWeSe…
 
Dan Lohr has been blind since birth. At the ripe old age of five, he went to a special away-from-home blind school. He had to make the same decision for his two children who are low vision. Although his experience was good, he and his wife decided to send their children to a neighborhood school. Dan's advice to people who find themselves going blin…
 
One day, Charlene Borkus decided to make her family something special for Christmas: Pierogies...basically, Polish ravioli. But, she didn't realize that when she started to prepare them, it began with 13 cups of flour! She had enough pierogis for her family, and probably a small nearby town! Charlene is visually impaired, and is a teacher of specia…
 
Scott Larson comes from three generations of blindness. He started out with sight, but lost it as a little boy. But, he says his faith keeps him going. He's also very independent. "We need to take responsibility for ourself.," says Scott. Scott's recipe for Tuna Pasta Casserole is not your grandma's Tuna Casserole! You can find his recipe on our we…
 
Leah Perrine has been Blind since she was a baby. But, there's so much more to know. She teaches Braille and runs an organization known as Diverse Opportunities for the Visually Impaired in Toledo, Ohio where she and her husband, Pastor Kevin Perrine, who is also blind, get other blind and partially sighted people out and about so they just don't s…
 
Dave Carragher is training for a 10k race. He's also been surfing in Hawaii. And, Dave is legally blind/visually impaired with retinitis pigmentosa. You're going to love his recipe for air fried chicken! You can find his recipe on our website at www.cookingwithoutlookingtv.wordpress.com #ChangingtheWayWeSeeBlindness For more information on sponsors…
 
"I love being blind," says Sabra Ewing of Utah. Listen and find out why. Then, enjoy her Rich and Creamy and oh, so Delectable Hot Chocolate! #ChangingtheWayWeSeeBlindness www.cookingwithoutlookingtv.wordpress.com Check out our Cooking Without Looking TV Show YouTube Channel, and be sure to 'like' and subscribe! For more information on how to spons…
 
Imagine being totally blind at an event and needing to go to the lady's room. You walk in, and the next thing you hear is a low voice saying, "I don't think you girls want to be in here." Amber Messmer just laughed it off, but bathrooms that are not labeled with Braille for people who are blind can present a problem. She plans on tackling society's…
 
The last time Jason Roeseke and I spoke, he was into Key Lime Pie and dough...the perfect dough. But, Jason, who is visually impaired with macular degeneration, has turned his edible world upside down with...salad! He tells you how you can eat your favorite foods, and sexy-up your salads for a happier and healthier YOU! #ChangingtheWayWeSeeBlindnes…
 
Christina Holtzclaw has been a trailblazer and advocate even before she knew what it meant. Blind since birth, she was the first blind student in her public school. They didn't have Braille, or anything for a blind child so they had to learn from her on what was needed. When the Americans with Disability Act was passed, she was in college. She's wo…
 
Rose Kamma Morrison is not only blind, she is deaf as well. But, not only that, she loves to run! She met her husband when he was her guide in a race. Rose tells us to try something new each year, and not to live in fear. So, try her easy and delicious Vegetarian Ramen Soup. Find the recipe on our website: www.cookingwithoutlookingtv.wordpress.com …
 
Abby Griffith came to the United States from Ethiopia as a child. She was born with sight, but lost it after a snake spat venom at her eye, and now she is totally blind. But, that hasn't stopped her. She just graduated from college and helps her mom cook in their restaurant. Her dream is to have her own food truck or restaurant, and to prepare the …
 
Two pieces of advice that Matt Delaplane has for visually impaired people when they are cooking are: Be relaxed, and know where everything is. Matt was blind since birth. He started off at a regular public school, and then transferred to a school for the blind in Janesville, Wisconsin. He got teased in both places, and he says there has to be a tim…
 
No matter the obstacle, you can get through it! That's the mantra that Flo Dudek, administrator of The Blind Side of Cooking With Flo on Facebook, lives by. After multiple surgeries on her head including brain surgery, she lost most of her vision, and much of her hearing. But, she carries on, often inspired by her dad who lived a full life with pol…
 
Mary Sanders has been blind since birth. She's been through a myriad of schools---both public schools and schools for the deaf and the blind. She was taught that she wasn't allowed to use her blindness as an excuse for not doing chores such as laundry and cooking. Find out who was better at teaching cooking: a sighted teacher or blind teacher. Lear…
 
Cheryl Echevarria is a Blind Travel Agent who caters to people with and without disabilities. "I use empathy instead of sympathy," says Cheryl. Cheryl and her husband run Echevarria Travel in Florida. She gives us some travel tips that everyone can use. Oh, and Cheryl also gives us the recipe for her delicious banana bread. If you want to reach Che…
 
You may be blind, but you have to find a vision for yourself. Jane Butler went blind in the prime of her life. At first, she just sat and let others bring her food, give her rides and help her out. But, that got old fast... So, she decided to pick herself up, and figured out what she would do for others. Jane now volunteers for several organization…
 
After Tracy May went blind from diabetic retinopathy, she says she took a year off to "get off my woe-is-me wagon." She says that her love of cooking was healing for her. #ChangingtheWayWeSeeBlindness www.cookingwithoutlookingtv.wordpress.com Click on this link to donate to Vision World Foundation: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclic…
 
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