A note from our CEO:
My name is Fawn, a 35-year old Atlanta transplant, and I was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), also known as Rod Cone Dystrophy.
What is RP, you ask? Generally speaking people with RP experience a gradual decline in their vision because photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) die.
This vision loss happens differently for everyone effected with RP. My first visual change occurred when I was 7, and over the years my sight has gradually diminished.
Fast forward to the present, over the past six months or so, as I’ve noticed more visual changes, I’ve had to come face-to-face with some of my own ideas about my disability, general access, and the availability of information. As such, I’ve been wanting to become more involved in the disability rights movement.
Recently I’ve had my own sense of privilege pointed out – and taking stock, I’ve come to realize that just because I have access to something doesn’t mean that everyone within my community does, and how dare I sit back and be content that I have access to facilities, employment, or information, when the fight for equality is far from over for everyone else?
In starting In A Sighted World, it is my hope to offer services and information for those who are newly blind, visually impaired, blind, and deaf/blind and their parents, educators and care-givers.
In addition to this, for many years I have translated documents of every kind to Braille and/or Large Print format as a freelancer.
We will continue to offer these services and be expanding upon them over time. We intend to become one of the premier providers of Braille and Large Print formatting in the U.S.