“Prior to losing my sight, my professional life had always centered around computers and information technology, but I had to leave that job because I simply could not see to perform it anymore. What was I going to do? I still had a valuable skill set, so I began volunteering every week at the library teaching computer classes to the visually impaired. And I started my own business, the Memphis Technology Lunchbox, also for people with visual impairment. Through the use of assistive technology, adults in my classes learn computer applications that will help them get into the work force and keep up with this digital world. They don't need to be pushed off in a corner and told to just go home, just go sit down. Doesn’t it make more sense for us as a community---in terms of tax base or any other angle---doesn’t it make more sense to say, ‘You know what? Just because you lost your sight doesn’t mean you’ve lost all the talent and the skill you had before.’ Losing your sight doesn’t mean you have to lose your vision. It may take a little longer, the train might move a little bit slower, but what keeps me going every day, what keeps me motivated at 60 years old, is just thinking about the possibilities. Thinking about making a difference.
“Being blind is no picnic---I'm not going to lie to you---but I’m thankful every day. I can honestly tell you I wouldn’t be where I am right now if not for other people helping and encouraging me. It may sound strange, but I’ve actually already written my obituary. The only facts in it are my date of birth and a place to insert date of death. Everything else is a narrative, a thank you to the many people who have made a difference in my life. It doesn’t say anything about my education; it doesn’t mention the Lunch Box, it doesn’t mention my previous business when I had sight, called Byte Size. It doesn’t mention any professional organizations, any awards, or any of the other particulars. It’s just a big ole thank you. That’s all it is. That’s good enough. The other stuff really doesn’t matter.”