Dealing With Vision Loss

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The author reads to his daughter, Maggie
Picture of the author reading to his daughter age four.


"I found it interesting and useful. Wow! Just so you know I do forget how much effort and intention it takes to do what you do…. Because you just make it look so darned easy. AND every time I talk to you I feel like I’m stretching just to keep up. And always have. So! I’m glad I’m having a chance to work on this book with you. It really has been a terrific growth experience for me in many respects.
I remember the first time we went to the movies – I realized pretty quickly that you liked the whole movie experience and didn’t need me to narrate it. You were, to me a guy who happened to be blind, not a blind guy. Wow! I was really lucky to meet you when I did, for so many reasons, but if I needed an ambassador then I’m glad it was you and that it changed the way I looked at blindness and blind people sooner rather than later.
So – this will help immediately because like I said I have this friend who, is losing much of his vision and is pretty scared."

"Hi Fred,
Wanted you to know I did not cry until the end.  I thought you did an exceptional job.  I guess I just forget sometimes that you are actually blind.  You always handle it with such grace and I never actually think about how hard it has been for you all of your life.  I want you to know how proud of you I m and you are a great brother!!!  Thank you for sending this to me.  I will print it and keep it forever."

Love, Dawn-

The author, blind since birth, presents his own unique perspective on blindness by blending his life experience with his work in and out of the field of blindness.

Fred Olver was the first blind student to attend, and graduate from, Wayne Memorial High School in an era when most children who were blind were attending schools for the blind.

He received his B.S. degree in Communications and Secondary Education and his M.A. in Blind Rehabilitation Teaching both from Western Michigan University.

While a member of the Fort Wayne Jaycee’s, Fred assisted in many fund-raising events and also relieved many members of their hard-earned money while playing poker with his Braille cards.

During the International Year of Disabled Persons, Fred was a city liaison for Fort Wayne, Indiana and has also received the American Radio Relay League’s highest award for public service during a community emergency.

His first job was at the School for the Blind at the age of 16 where he produced multiple copies of Braille books. He says, “If you want me to do something, just tell me I can’t.”

He has also worked in a Library for the Blind, as a Rehabilitation Teacher, offering skills training in cooking, Braille, guiding techniques, teaching people to function in a world where vision has become a secondary rather than a primary sense.

Other jobs include tele-marketer, substitute teacher, small-business owner, and snack bar manager and now he has chosen to use his expertise to provide you the reader with never-before presented concepts of thinking about blindness and how to cope with vision loss.

Fred now lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his daughter, Maggie, age 16 where he spends his time gardening, barbecuing on his gas grill, collecting movies and developing an internet business.

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