The celebration of Blindness Awareness Month continues here on Adventures in Low Vision. Today I’m launching the Quick Q&A series. Check in over the next few days to hear from people who all have their own unique perspective on blindness. Don’t miss a post–subscribe on the right sidebar!
Today you’ll hear from Emily, the writer of the blog On the Blink. Enjoy.
A: Emily K. Michael from Jacksonville, FL
Q: Describe your visual impairment in one sentence.
A: I have low vision and am extremely sensitive to light.
Q: How do you want others to refer to your vision loss?
A: I call myself a blind woman, so others can, too!
Q: Why did you start blogging?
A: I began my blog as a way to keep my prose in shape, to play and experiment with my writing. I never thought of it as an educational tool, so I was surprised to hear that others were learning from it.
Q: How do you write your posts?
A: First I think about them a lot. I write my posts in a document on my computer, and then I transfer them to the WordPress post editor.
Q: What do you enjoy reading?
A: I enjoy reading poetry, nonfiction, historical fiction, and literary classics. My favorite topics in nonfiction are linguistics, neuroscience, and gardening.
Q: What advice would you give to someone experiencing vision loss?
A: Take it one day at a time, one task at a time. You will find workarounds for most of the daily annoyances. Trust your body, and remember that you learn with your whole body, not just your eyes.
Q: What’s your favorite dessert?
A: Crème brûlée
Q: What can you not get enough of lately?
A: Going to the symphony!
Q: How can people connect with you besides your blog?