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Review for Low Vision Resource Center, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with the Low Vision Resource Center of San Antonio for 11 years delivering radios to the homes of people who are visually handicapped and as a reader for those people. During that time I have had the opportunity to see first hand the impact of what we provide.

When delivering radios to homes and showing our clients how to use them I was often aware of the isolation felt by people with a visual handicap because of losing one of the senses that provides our greatest contact with the world around us. As I would set up the radios, a five minute process, I would often spend 30 minutes or more in their home. Usually I just had to comment on a picture I saw hanging on the wall of family members or a favorite place and the people would want to talk in great detail and explain the significance of what I was observing. I thought how ironic that they were telling me the story of something they could no longer see and their doing so allowed them to still be part of a world they may no longer be able to fully participate in. Even though I do not do it as often as I used to, delivering radios and listening our clients is still my favorite thing to do.

I have a great partner that I read the news with on Wednesday mornings. We may sometimes take a little liberty with our selections in that while we read the latest international, national, state, local and business news we do not always cover the latest shooting or other mayhem that people engage in. Instead we try to bring a little laughter into our broadcasts so that our clients do not have to listen to just negative information during a time, that for some is their only contact with the outside world that day. I don't think either one of us sits down at our microphones without considering this responsibility to our clients.

The Low Vision Resource Center and Owl Radio have given me the opportunity to reach out to those who may feel isolated and help me understand the day to day realities of a disability I do not have. It has also given me a greater awareness that we all, in our own way, can and should do something for others whenever possible.

Role:  Volunteer