“Although I am visually impaired, I try my best to not let it handicap me.” Lisa Marie Sims has lived with congenital motor nystagmus, a vision condition in which the eyes make repetitive, uncontrolled movements, her entire life.

Now 19 years old, Lisa recently began to feel unsafe as she traveled to and from her job at Publix. In early April, she began orientation and mobility (O&M) training with CVI.

“Working with Mr. Ernest helped me learn how to travel safely and Independently,” said Lisa. “I was taking the bus to and from work before training, but he taught me how to feel more confident and safe doing that. He also suggested I begin using a white cane to help me navigate my surroundings and introduced me to a telescope that clips on my glasses helping me to see much further away more clearly. Thank you very much Mr. Ernest and CVI!”

When asked what being able to receive training during this challenging time meant to her, Lisa said, “It means so much to me that words can’t begin to even explain. I am so thankful, and it has given me a great reminder of hope, that even with my disability I can travel safe and independently. I am just one person. There are many other people with disabilities worse than mine, and me personally working with CVI has brought tears of joy to my eyes. I love you CVI, thank you!”

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