Going Blind Later In Life

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Consider the difference between being born blind and losing
your vision after years of seeing. How would you cope differently?  More and more people are experiencing
blindness later in life due to an increase in diseases like diabetes.  According to a recent study by Prevent
Blindness America, the number of blind and visually impaired Americans will
nearly double over the next twenty years.

We talk with members of the
Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired about the struggles
faced by the non-seeing community. Our guests include the Director of Development
and Education Ayeshah Raftery, and Carol Eaton, the Adult Services Supervisor, who
lost her sight midlife to type I diabetes.  

Also, nearly one year ago Gabrielle Meunier’s 7 year old
son, Christopher, ate some peanut butter crackers and became sick with salmonella
poisoning.  We talk with Gabrielle
Meunier about the work she’s done over the past year to improve food safety
laws in the country.

Contact the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 1-800-639-5861


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