Carroll Center Hosts Meet the Author: Understanding Vision Loss

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Author Hannah Fairbair, former Interpersonal Skills and Personal Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind, discusses vision loss with four former clients.

The Carroll Center for the Blind provided the following announcement:

The Carroll Center for the Blind, a leader in services for individuals confronted by the challenges of low vision and blindness, today announced it will host author Hannah Fairbairn for a free public reading from her new book regarding dealing with the challenges of vision loss.

As we age, our eyes often change. If these changes cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, then you may have “low vision.” Adjusting to vision loss is challenging and frightening. You may not be able to recognize friends or read as easily anymore. Your work, family and social life could be impacted. Author Hannah Fairbairn’s recently published book, When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery, highlights important tips for dealing with social situations and day-to-day life when you have vision loss.

When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery is the first-ever “how-to” guide written directly for adults losing vision, their friends and families. The book teaches readers how to get expert professional help, face the trauma of loss, and navigate the world using speech more than sight. Fairbairn shares experience both as a former Interpersonal Skills and Personal Management Instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind as well her from her own personal journey with vision loss.

Members of the community are invited to meet Hannah Fairbairn at the Carroll Center for the Blind, located at 770 Centre Street in Newton, Massachusetts on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 P.M. for a free public reading from select chapters of her book. For more information or to RSVP, please email maureen.foley@carroll.org or call (617) 969-6200. To purchase a copy of the book in advance from the Carroll Store, please call (617) 969-6200 ext. 240 or email store@carroll.org.

About Hannah Fairbairn

Hannah Fairbairn taught personal management and interpersonal skills for eighteen years at the Carroll Center for the Blind near Boston. She retired in 2016 to write the first “how-to” book for people losing vision, their friends, and families. Fairbairn lost a lot of vision in her early thirties. Before that, she had been a successful chef and afterwards a radio and print journalist and author. After moving to the U.S., she began a new career in vision rehabilitation. She herself has very little sight. She is legally blind but good color vision helps her move around. She has raised two lovely daughters with her husband Neil. Her youngest daughter inherited the same eye condition that affects Hannah. She is not legally blind but did have a TVI (teacher of the visually impaired) for most of her schooling. For more information, visit https://www.visionlossandpersonalrecovery.com/book-when-you-cant-believe-your-eyes/

About The Carroll Center for the Blind

Established in 1936, The Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. The nonprofit organization provides services for individuals of all ages and all stages of vision loss, including vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, services for seniors, and an optical shop. For more information, visit www.carroll.org.

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