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Going Blind Later In Life

11/19/09 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP Photo/ Ted S. Warren

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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