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Vision Health Month Stories 1. Christopher

Posted by Yvonne Felix on May 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)
May is Vision Health Month and to celebrate, I'm sharing the success stories of people who are legally blind. Life is challenging for everyone, rising above these challenges is what makes each person amazing. Imagine being blind from birth and then being able to see for just one precious hour. Then imagine not being able to afford the $15,000 for the technology that made that one hour possible??? electronic glasses that would allow you to see like other people all the time. That??... Read Full Post »

Making Blindness History through the Eyes of an Artist

Posted by Yvonne Felix on January 27, 2015 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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As an artist, I am always looking for the right medium to convey whatever subject I am trying to explore. Three years ago, I met Ty Tekatch, a film maker, and we were commissioned to work on a media installation. The project was about the emotional ...

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What Does Legal Blindness Look Like?

Posted by Yvonne Felix on January 25, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

"What does Macular degeneration look like?"

This has been a question that never grows old. If you have full sight, it must be fairly hard to imagine what that may just mean. In 2004, I attempted my first painting to help people understand what I was seeing. The below image is of a popular green space from my home town. It was a literal interpretation as I looked out onto the landscape.

Although the style is rather crude and raw, it does illustrate what my blind spot looks like. Th...

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The Next Gemeration

Posted by Yvonne Felix on January 22, 2015 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

When you are told you have a disease that will basically be your new best friend, you are left with two options. Accept it and take on whatever it is that comes your way, or deny it and make your life the most confusing journey you will ever embark on. I am choosing the acceptance route.

When I was little, my parents loved Star Trek. I remeber growing up and watching every episode beside them on the couch. My father was an obssesive fan. 

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We are BIONIC

Posted by Yvonne Felix on December 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

For the last century, society has tried to accept what they preceive to be not normal by creating a subsection of humanity that seggrigates those who have a physical or cognitive variation of what a human being is at birht.


Being given labels has been the way we catogorize these variations. The terms have come from degrading, cruel and ignorant places where we choose language to desctibe our state of being. 


What if we choose to decribe humanity by its...

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Lights Out

Posted by Yvonne Felix on December 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

When I was in my second year of art school, I had a very distinct experience that has remained one of my most cherished memories. It was a prolific moment that allowed me to understand what it must be like to rely on your vision as a sighted artist.

 

Every Thursday our class had a life drawing lesson. This was my favorite activity as it was based on techical skill but there was always room for interpretation and artistic process. Organic forms provided animation...

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Parenting Survival of the Fittest

Posted by Yvonne Felix on December 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

For anyone, having your first child can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. The anticipation of a new person you are bringing into the world is unbearable, but at the same time you have a million things to prepare for. I think there is one common thread that everyone does worry about before the arrival; what kind of parent am I going to be?

 

When you are living with vision loss, while your list of concerns may be the same as everyone else, the reasoning behind...

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What Does it Mean to Be Legally Blind

Posted by Yvonne Felix on November 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Just to warn anyone reading, this is written as a stream of conciouness and there is very little editing onvolved. 


Since the age of seven I have lived with the diagnosis of being Legally Blind. I choose to use the words "I am" as opposed to "I have " for several reasons.


It actually does not define me which may be a confusing statement when using the phrase ; I Am Legally Blind;. Bare with me as I try to articulate this position.


Liv...

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