My name is Jennifer Webster nee MacKenzie. I was diagnosed with Stargardts disease, a juvenile onset form of Macular Degeneration, when I was 10.
I completed mainstream schooling and pushed myself to be good at everything, so that I could prove to myself that I was ‘normal’ (whatever that is). I’ll share later about my thoughts on the subject of schooling. I completed BA Honours at Rhodes University and have 6 years teaching experience, 5 years involvement in a young adult’s leadership programme and more years playing mommy. None of this could have happened without the moral support of family and friends
I am married to a wonderful man and we have two thriving children, but we have all been impacted in some way by my blindness.
I created this blog for various reasons:
- to share some of the joys and struggles of coming to terms with a visual impairment and how it has blessed and stressed our family.
- to encourage those who are losing their sight, due to Age related Macular Degeneration or any other eye disease , to not lose sight of their own value.
- to share practical tips and principles that are useful to help you continue doing things you love doing, and to live a full life.
- to share some of the useful support structures which are in place for South Africans who struggle with low vision – including information about where to get gadgets and technology.
- To provide information that could be useful to people and organisations regarding ‘blind friendly’ environments, both physical and social.
I hope this information will be useful to you and/or a loved one.