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The Way We See It

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“The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss” is a book of 65 original stories, essays and poems by 54 people living with vision loss or blindness. The authors run the gamut of professions and ages, from a 12-year-old boy, to a professor, to parents, to a wellness coach. Their book is a candid, insightful, honest and in-depth look at how people deal with one of the most challenging disabilities: vision impairment.

In “The Way We See It,” Vision Loss Resources community members paint vision loss with a palette of positive emotions and outcomes that may surprise readers. The writers come to terms with vision loss and deal with adversity, while they all acknowledge the continued challenges of their conditions.

Available now as an e-book and audiobook: “The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss”


Excerpts from the Book

“As the egg cell in my mother’s ovary began its maturation, the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes began to separate. […] Her copy of chromosome 22, which carried a mutant gene, went into the egg cell that would be fertilized later by my father’s sperm. […] [M]y twenty-nine-year-old mother had no clue that she was even carrying such a gene and had passed it along to me. Both of our lives would be profoundly altered.”
-Debbie Wygal, “Swimming in My Gene Pool: A Biologist Confronts Vision Loss and Heredity” (page 19)

“Pale yellow straw grass
Looks the same as the sidewalk,
The same as everything:
That’s why I can’t see.
Where did the dark green go
That outlined a white path for me?
This is a hard drought.”
– Tara Arlene Innmon, “It’s Because of the Drought That I Can’t See” (page 50)

“One day, while taking a timed test, I soon realize that the results of my test would not reflect an accurate indication of my abilities. I explain my situation to the instructor. He tells me that if I cannot take this test, I will never make it through school, and even if I do, I will never find a job. Again, I spend the evening in tears. But again, I rise with a new determination. I think, ‘Who does he think he is? God? He is trying to limit my life according to his measly expectations. I will show him what I can or cannot do.’ And I do!”
-Linda Leanger, “The Importance of Positive Influences in Our Lives” (page 70)

“I decided to go to a new clinic, where I saw a young doctor, who immediately said, ‘You have macular degeneration, and you are going blind.’ Then, he turned and left. I felt appalled and shocked. I couldn’t believe that he’d just walk out without offering me an explanation. I’d never heard of macular degeneration before, and I hadn’t dreamed that such a disease could happen to me.”
– Marion Friedman, “Life Beyond Vision Loss” (page 98)


Frequently Asked Questions about “The Way We See It”

I want to read the ebook. Which file format do I choose?
“The Way We See It” is available in three ebook formats: PDF, Mobi and Epub. To learn more about these file types, visit this page, or contact Iris to find the right format for you: or 612-843-3425.


Is “The Way We See it” available at my local public library?

Copies are currently in circulation in several Minnesota library systems, including Saint PaulHennepin County, and Pioneerland (West Central Minnesota).


Does BARD carry “The Way We See it”?
Yes, Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) carries “The Way We See It.” Search for DBC02631. Author: Vision Loss Resources. Title: Way We See It, The.


Can I get “The Way We See It” from State Services for the Blind?
If you are vision impaired and eligible for services from Minnesota State Services for the Blind, “The Way We See It” is available in accessible formats through the Communication Center at Minnesota State Services for the Blind.  For more information call 651-642-0885 or 1-800-652-9000 or visit their website.


I am having difficulties accessing the book.
Please contact Iris at or 612-843-3425 for assistance with any issues you encounter.