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A World of Possibilities: How Your Support Enables Verna’s Journey

21 September 2023

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Verna and her guide dog Gilbert outside Verna's home.

At Blind Low Vision NZ, our mission is to empower individuals like Verna, who have faced significant challenges due to visual impairments, to lead fulfilling and enriching lives. When Verna was just 10 years old, she endured a life-altering cerebral abscess that caused her to lose her vision. Despite this profound obstacle, Verna’s indomitable spirit and determination have driven her to become an inspirational trailblazer in the low vision community. Today, we want to share Verna’s incredible story and highlight the impact your generosity has had on her life.

Discovering the World of Words

Verna’s insatiable thirst for knowledge led her to become a pioneer at a young age. In 1969, she was among a pioneering group of three blind and low vision children who integrated into a mainstream intermediate school. This pivotal moment sparked her lifelong passion for reading, proving that when given the opportunity, even the most significant barriers can be overcome.

Empowering Verna through Accessibility

Now semi-retired, Verna remains an active and engaged member of her community. Your unwavering support has enabled her to enjoy fulfilling activities such as volunteering, gardening, and participating in weekly Book Club meetings. For Verna, the joy of reading continues to be an integral part of her life, thanks to the accessible resources provided by Blind Low Vision NZ.

The Power of Talking Books

Verna wholeheartedly embraces the magic of Talking Books, which have opened up a world of literary wonders for her. With only light and dark perception, traditional books would have remained inaccessible to Verna. However, Talking Books, with their audio format, have become her gateway to endless stories, knowledge, and inspiration.

Your Impact on Verna’s Journey

Your support as an existing donor has made an immeasurable difference in Verna’s life. Your contributions to Blind Low Vision NZ have enabled us to provide the specialised tools and services she needs to stay connected and continue her love of reading. Together, we are breaking down barriers and creating a world where visual impairments are not limitations but opportunities for growth and discovery.

Join Us in Empowering More Lives

Verna’s story is just one shining example of how, through our collective efforts, we can make a profound impact on the lives of individuals with visual impairments. There are countless others like her who are yearning to explore the world and unlock their full potential. By continuing to support Blind Low Vision NZ as a regular giver, you can help us touch more lives and spread the joy of reading, learning, and community involvement.

Verna’s journey is a testament to the resilience and strength that lies within each person, regardless of the challenges they face. With your generous support, Blind Low Vision NZ has been able to empower Verna and many others to lead fulfilling lives and embrace a world of possibilities. You have played a vital role in making these life-changing experiences possible.

Together, we can continue making a positive impact and creating a more inclusive and compassionate society for all. Thank you for being a beacon of hope and support for Verna and countless others on their extraordinary journeys.


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