An orange, blue, and yellow cane leaning against a wall that is white on the bottom and blue on the top.

An Interview with Meghan the Cane

by Chelsey Zumpano

An orange, blue, and yellow cane leaning against a wall that is white on the bottom and blue on the top.

(Picture credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).

In honor of white cane day being on October 15th: I decided to interview my cane.

1 Welcome, Meghan tell me a little about yourself?

I’m a Seeing Eye Cane and my name is Meghan. You can also call me Meg, or Cane, but never Stick! To me being called stick just sounds disgusting and that’s just not what I am! I’m only a few months old, but that doesn’t mean I don’t move as fast as Chelsey’s previous canes, ′Fred and George′.

2 What’s your favorite part about working with me?

I get to be on camera and I love that we can go anywhere, also that I help people notice you more.

3 What’s your favorite place we’ve gone so far and where would you like to go?

I loved going to the pumpkin patch and seeing all the animals. I would really love to go skate boarding.

4 What do you think about the fact that you’re colorful?

I love it! It means I’m more noticeable and little kids love me. I think we cane’s should be able to be whatever color our humans’ want’, ′not just the traditional white′, because everyone is different and our inside’s should match our outside’s.

And there you have it strate from a cane herself! You will be seeing more of Meg because I wrote a book about her. It’s going to be called “Meghan the Seeing Eye Cane,” But we aren’t sure of the release date yet.

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Meet the Blind Month: Amanda’s Life.

By Amanda Gene 

I was asked by Chelsey, who runs the blog, VIBlindResources, to join in her project meet the blind month.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Amanda Gene. I’m 30 years old, I have a Bachelors of Arts in Print Journalism with a minor in Professional Education. My blog, has been going strong for nine years and it covers a variety of disability topics, day in the life, ect.

I have an eye condition called Congenital Nystagmus which I have had since birth. My vision is like looking through a piece of Saran Wrap. My vision is at its strongest in the morning, and it deteriorates through the day. I have Night Blindness and was diagnosed with it in 2011. I noticed my Night Blindness in the spring on 2008 on my senior trip to Disney World, but I was not sure if it was stress or something else. So, the next time I saw my eye doctor I asked about my symptoms and was told I had Night Blindness. My Night Blindness has been fluctuating recently. Sometimes I can see just fine, sometimes I can see just light and shadows and on really bad night’s I can’t see anything at all. 

I use some assistive technology aids to help me live as a normal life as I possibly can. I use a screen reader called ZoomText to help me see my computer. Kurzweil 3000, to help read books, emails, and other printed material. I have a talking book player and I’m signed up with to access books in audio format. I have my Apple Iphone 6 S plus with voice over and speak tool to access my emails, text messages, ect. Lastly, I have the Amazon Echo to help me with looking up recipes, to check the time, to check my spelling of words when I am writing, and the list to keep up with my To-Do lists and my shopping lists.

In the kitchen I have a talking thermometer, a black/white cutting board and long oven mittens. 


Places you can find me:  Blog -YouTube Pinterest Twitter Instagram Email Facebook 

If you would like to be apart of meet the blind month, please email either a blog post of five minute video to Chelsey by October 13.





Interview with Mom with Micro Premmies!

by Chelsey Zumpano

four pictures of Clint and Chelsey. The pictures on the top are Clint and Chelsey as babies. The pictures on bottom are them now at 23. Clint's on the left and Chelsey's on the right.

As you may or may not know, me and my twin brother, (Clint), were born at 25 weeks. We were micro premmies and Clint was born first. He weighed 1 Lb. 12 Oz. I weighed 1 lb. 6 oz.

In honor of Neonatal month of September I interviewed my mom about us as babies.

1 Why were we born early?

At 24 1/2 weeks I went into labor and I end up have an emergency c-section. I looked like I was 9 months pregnant.

2 What was your experance like in the Nicu? My experience in the NICU was actually pretty good. We had a lot of good nurses and Doctors . Even though we had many ups and downs the ups outshine the downs . We had a very good support system that helped us get through it.

3 What was the hardest part about us being premature?

The hardest part about having premature twins was not being able to take you home and having to wait to be able to hold you tell you were stable enough.

4 How many surgeries did Clint and I have?

Clint had laser eye surgery and a hernia surgery .

And you had 3 eye surgeries and 2 bowel surgeries .

5 What advice do you have for other parents who have premature babies?

Advice I would give to other parents in NICU would be to visit as often as u can but also make sure to take care of your self. Ask lots of questions be involved with babies care as much as possible. Take lots of pictures. And as hard as it may seem try to think positive it is what got me through a lot of the ups and downs. Talk to your baby and let them know you are there.

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Should I use a handicap placard?

By Chelsey Zumpano

To use or not to use that is the question!

I personally use one and I’m not in a wheel chair. And that’s the thing you do not have to use a wheeel chair, you just have to have a disability.

There are many benefits of using a handycap placard such as…

1 knowing exactly where the car is

2 being able to avoid walking through a busy parking lot

3 if there’s an emergency and I need to get out of the store, but can’t find the person I’m with, I can find the car

4 If i’m having a panic attack and need to get out quickly the car is near by

Here some qualifications for California.

• Your mobility is severely disabled because of a disease or disorder

• rictedddddddddddd by lung disease, specifically with a forced expiratory volume (FEV) for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter or your arterial oxygen tension is less than 60mm/hg at rest

• You’re missing or loss the use of one or both hands

• You have a significant impairment, are missing or loss the use of one or both legs

• You have vision issues, such as low vision orblindness s

This info comes from

How do you apply?

You go to your Department of motor vehicles,(DMV), and get an application or you can print one offf line. Your doctor does have to verify your disability.

A handycap placard might not be right for you if you use public transportation every where, but you might like it if you get rides with other people. If you want one, the choice is completely up to you.

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A Makeup Brand Created specifically for us Blind People!

By Chelsey Zumpano

I found this awesome company called Visionary Cosmetics, which is a makeup company specifically with us blind and visually impaired people in mind and so naturally I interviewed the creator Michael Aguilar.

1.   Why and when did you create visionary cosmetics?

I created Visionary Cosmetics after watching my mother struggle with everything from application to shade selection. I’ve had the idea for Visionary Cosmetics for a while, but after I saw what Fenty Beauty did for people of color, I knew it was time for the visually impaired community to be represented in the Beauty Industry. 

2.  What type of makeup products will you be selling for your line? 

Most products in this line can be applied using only the fingertips. We offer a foundation that includes a primer, moisturizer, serum, a B.B. cream, and a light coverage foundation, to minimize  counter space. We also offer foundations that are full coverage with medicinal properties like certain vitamins . A line of foundations for people living with albinism has also been created with medicinal properties such as sunscreen and vitamins. Each foundation line offers multiple shades. Every product is hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. We also provide a wide range of concealers. We currently offer 3 eyeshadow palettes with easy to blend colors. We offer 11 shades in liquid and creme lipstick. Setting Powders are available in 3 shades to perfect any look. A personal favorite is the liquid highlighter, a simple product that adds a gorgeous glow to the face. The highlighter comes in natural, bronze, and gold. When the day is done, take off your makeup with our vitamin infused makeup remover. It easily removes makeup, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. 

3. How will the products be labeled in braille?

Every piece of makeup and the packaging is labeled in Grade 2 Braille. The makeup container features the shade in braille, while the box indicates the item. 

4. will your products only be available online or will they be available in stores like Ulta? 

As of now, the products will only be available on the official Visionary Cosmetics website. 

5.  When will your products be released to the public?

The official launch date is November 1, 2018.  Pre-Orders begin October first. 



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Raised by Visionally Impaired Parents: An Interview with Glin from Well Eye Never!

by Chelsey Zumpano

Glin is a fellow Blogger and YouTuber, he’s also visionally impaired, but unlike me he has been raised by parents who also happend to be visionally impaired. So I asked him some questions about what it was like growing up.

1 Do you have the same visual impairment as your parents and either way what is the name/names of it?

I have the same conditions as my mother – aniridia and nystagmus. Aniridia means I don’t have an iris (the coloured circle) in my eye, so my eyes don’t adjust to changes in light properly. As a result, I’m very sensitive to glare and I find it hard to adjust in the dark. Nystagmus means my eyes shake and wobble all the time. This makes it harder for me to focus on things, unless they’re close up or enlarged.

My mother’s sight got a lot worse over time, so it’s possible mine could too. But so far it’s been quite stable and I can still see reasonably well.

My father’s visual impairment was caused by a rare condition called Behcets disease, which also affected his blood flow and immune system. But I didn’t inherit that. His sight was a bit better than my mum’s, although still not great.

2 Did your parents have different techniques for raising you (particularly when you were a baby and toddler)?

Not really, they raised me like any parent would, as far as I remember. They were very independent and able to look after themselves and me very well, so we were quite a normal family. We did have support from social services in terms of getting help with any equipment or adaptations we might need, but for general child-raising my parents were no different to any others at the end of the day. They were loving and supportive and encouraging like all parents should be.

3 Do you have any siblings and if not do you wish you did?

No, I’m an only child. It meant I got all the attention, as my parents looked after me well, so I was happy with that! It still could have been nice to have a brother or sister to play with, especially when I was struggling to make friends at school to begin with. But I got used to being an only child and was comfortable with it. And once I did start to make friends at school and gradually become more confident, the lack of a sibling didn’t matter.

4 Did your parents visual impairments help you to accept that part of yourself more easier?

It helped a lot, yes. The very first school I went to was a mainstream school, so I was around kids who weren’t disabled. I was bullied there because of my visual impairment, and the teachers didn’t know how to help. So going back home to my parents was a great comfort, because they knew what it was like for me, and I felt safe and happy with them. If they had been normal sighted and not understood, it could have been even more difficult for me, as I didn’t know any other visually impaired people at that stage. So I was glad and grateful that they did understand and knew how to support me.

And as soon as they saw I was being bullied, they moved me to a new school as quickly as they could. They found a special school for children with visual impairments, which proved to be much better for me. It still took me a while to build up my confidence, but whenever things were tough I always knew my parents would be there for me. And as I grew up they were able to show me how to do things independently despite my sight loss. So they helped me a great deal.

5 What’s your favorite memory growing up with your parents?

Family holidays. We would visit London a few times each year, to stay with my grandparents and see my aunt and uncle, and go out and about in the city. We’d go to museums, have walks by the Thames, explore the shops, go to musicals at the theatre, enjoy pantomimes at Christmas, etc, and we even did a few day trips to the coast of France as well. Where we used to live there wasn’t much to do, so coming to London was always a wonderful treat, as there’s so much going on here.

These days, my mother and I now live in London, in the house we inherited from my nan. Moving in felt very natural, because I’d already spent so much time here growing up, so it already felt like a second home. Being here brings back a lot of fond memories.

6 What are some different ways you traveled as a family?

My parents couldn’t drive, so in our local area we used buses to get around, or taxis if it was more convenient. And when we travelled longer distances, especially to London, we used the train. We would get a train that went straight through if possible, so we didn’t have to get off and change trains along the way. In London itself we mainly used the Underground trains (the Tube) to get around, but occasionally we would use the buses, or my aunt and uncle would drive us to places.

7 Did you ever think that there was anything different about your parents?

I knew my parents found it harder to do some things than other people did, and I understood that, because I was the same as them. And I also knew we weren’t ‘normal’ compared to most other people, because of all the normally sighted children I saw at my first school, and normal sighted adults I’d met as well. I just couldn’t understand why people like the bullies had a problem with it, until I got older and realised they simply didn’t understand and had issues of their own that they needed help for.

8 Did seeing your parents do things independently help you to be confident in doing those things yourself?

Yes. It was comforting to know that they were able to do things, because that meant I would also be able to, and they could help me if I needed it. They always found a way of doing the things they needed to do, so they were able to show me how to be independent, and they helped me to understand that most things are possible, even if you have to do them a bit differently to other people. And I still have that attitude today. If something seems hard, I always take a step back and try to think if there are better ways of achieving it, because there often is.

9 Did your parents use a cane or guide dog and do you have any favorite memories of that?

They didn’t use either. For quite a while my dad could just see well enough to navigate without an aid, so Mum would go out with him and be guided by him, instead of going out alone. And then as I got older, I became a guide for my mum and dad as and when necessary, because I have the best sight of all of us. And I still take my mum out now, she doesn’t go out on her own.

10 Did your parents use any assistive technology?

Yes. They had a big CCTV magnifier for reading things, a monocular (a little telescope) for looking at things when out and about (e.g. signs, bus numbers, train information, etc), and they used gadgets like talking scales in the kitchen, talking watches and talking clocks, a talking calculator, a talking tape measure, etc. And they loved listening to audiobooks too.

Another gadget they had was a Penfriend, which was a device shaped like a fat pen. It came with small labels that you could stick on things. You would record a message for each label, to describe the object that it was attached to, and then scanning the label with the pen would play the message back. It came in useful for Dad to identify his DVDs for instance, as we could stick a label on to each of the cases and make a short recording saying what it was.

So my parents did find talking technology very useful, and indeed my mother still does, as she has a Victor Stream Player for listening to audiobooks and the radio, and we have Amazon Echo machines that we can talk to. But we also use simple solutions like Bump ons, which are small raised dots that you can stick things. They’re useful on appliances like the cooker and washing machine where you have to turn dials, as you can put these dots on the numbers you most commonly use, and then you can feel when you’ve turned the dial to the number you want.

11 What’s your favorite advice your parents gave you about your visual impairment?

It was their general attitude rather than a particular piece of advice that stuck with me and inspired me. They had a very positive outlook on life and always encouraged me to try the things I wanted to do, because there’s always a way of achieving what you want to achieve. So I’ve had that mindset for a long time, particularly as my confidence has grown. I don’t let things get me down too much, I try my best at things, and I grasp opportunities when they arise. You only live once, so enjoy it and make the most of it as best you can.

12 What advice do you have to kids of parents with disabilities and to parents who have disabilities?

To the children I would say don’t worry that your parents are disabled. They are still normal people, they just have to do things a bit differently sometimes. It doesn’t mean they can’t look after you and care for you, and they can still enjoy themselves. They will still love you and support you and do everything they can for you, so that you can be happy and have fun and be successful. And you’ll learn a lot from them too, about how to be independent and make the most of what you have, which will be very important for later life. So you’ll be fine. Many of my visually impaired friends had visually impaired parents, and they’ve been very happy and successful, it’s not held them back.

Likewise to the parents I would also say don’t worry. Being disabled doesn’t stop you from being good parents and helping your child to live a fulfilling life. If you need help and advice along the way, then there’s lots of information and support out there. You may have social services and disability groups in your local area that can help you, there will be national charities that can advise and assist you, and you may be able to get funding for certain items of equipment or assistive services if you need it. And of course there is a wealth of information on the internet, from blogs and Youtube videos where people post about their experiences and give useful tips and advice, to Facebook groups where you can join in with community discussions and ask questions. So you’re definitely not alone. It may be tough sometimes, of course, but the support is out there, so make sure you seek it out and use it.

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Great America VS. six Flags, (Who is more accommodating for disabilities)?

By Chelsey Zumpano

I’ve been to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo California and California’s Great America in Santa Clara California, (in my vlogs you’ve seen me go to Great America twice), but you’ve never seen me go to Six Flags and I have season passes for them both. Now I’m going to compare the two.

At Great America I use an attraction pass, which means I get to go in the front of the line. All you have to do is go to the guest relations office and they will ask you some questions like…

1. Do you have a disability?

2. Can you stand in line

3. Can you get on rides with no assistans?

So its pretty simple and you don’t have to show anything to prove you have a disability. When you go on rides you go to the exit and show them your paper, then they give you a time to come back or you get to go on right then. Being able to go to the exit means its easier to get on the ride with out being trampled and you can get guided to the ride easier. I also have trouble standing for a long time, so I’m able to sit down with out having to move or worry about being steppedon. I like the rides at Great America better because they are softer rides, (if that makes sense), and I’ve been Six Flags so many times before that they are boring. The people at Great America are good at guiding me on and off rides.

According to the Six Flags website you need to have a Doctor’s note stating you have a disability that makes it hard for you to stand in lines, so that’s why I’ve never used it before. But I do love looking at all the animals at Six Flags.

In conclusion Great America is more accessible then Six Flags.

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Career options are infinite

By Chelsey Zumpano

People say because we’re visionally impaired that there’s a limit to what we can do for a job and I’m here to prove those people wrong because we can do anything we set our minds to!

Now you might be wondering what I want to do? Well, you see the thing is I don’t know, so I’m going to make a pros and cons list.

Author: Now this is something I 100% know i want to do!


1. I will get to do something I love

2. I will get to write what I want

3. I get to educate people in another way because most definitely I will have a character who is visionally impaired

4. do work from anywhere

5. pick my own hours

6. being able to travel without having to use up sick days

7. being able to learn new things just for the sake of a character

8. no one telling me how to do my job

9. getting to use all my favorite trobes

10. using my imagination


1. I would have to have another job to support myself

Braille Transcriber: if you saw my Facebook post a long while back, I posted a link to a braille transcribing course from the National Federation of the Blind and I finally started taking classes yesterday, (just because I haven’t had



1. I get to be surrounded by books all day

2. improving my braille skills

3. finding new books as i braille

4. using my new braillenote to read the lessons


1. proofreading

2. The lessons are only in a digital format and voiceover won’t read if things are capitalized or punctuation

Journalist: I thought this would be an awesome job after watching the TV show ‘The Bold Type.’


1. become better at interviewing

2. becoming more comfident in social situations

3. getting to meet lots of different people from different walks of life

4. letting people’s voices be heard


1. I wouldn’t really get to choose what to write

2. I wouldn’t get to pick my own hours and this would be a challenge because my eyes don’t like the early morning, (so things after 10 AM. are better).

occupational Therapi Aassistant and teacher of the visionally impaired: I’ve mentioned O.T. a few times and I really first thought about doing this after watching ‘FatheringAutism‘ a family vlogging YouTube Channel that educates people about their daughter with autism. Bing a teacher vthe visionally impaired is a new thing that I’ve been thinking about.


1. I get to help people

2. I get to learn about different disabilities and the different ways people do things

3. working with kids

4. I get to help kids like me

5. get to show kids that they can do anything


1. I don’t get to pick my own hours

2. have to be around people all day five days a week, (because socializing is sometimes overwhelming and draining for me).

Guide dog/basic obedience dog trainer: i’ve always wanted to work with animals and when I was younger I wanted to be a vet, but I don’t think I can handle that anymore…


1. I get to be around dogs all day

2. being around animals helps calm me and lessons my anxiety

3. I get to show people that just because your visionally impaired doesn’t mean you can’t train dogs

4. in the case of guide dogs I would get to help people become more independent

5. get to play with dogs when I’m not working

6. having my own business

7. getting to take classes part online and part hands on


1. The closest guide dog school is in San Rafael California and I would have to live there when I apprenticeship

2. the school I want to go through for basic obedience does not take financial Aide

Public speeking; I want to take animals that have disabilities to schools to show kids that animals can have disabilities just like them!


1. helping kids to not feel alone

2. working with animals

3. giving the animals a voice

4. having lots of animals

5. getting to travel different places


1. I’m not good at projecting my voice

2. vet bills

Animal assisted therapy: I can do this while being an occupational therapist, teacher, or really anything I listed above.


1. getting to make people’s day just a little bit better

2. being around animals3. having another dog to hang out with


1. waiting to save up enough money to get a dog

As you can see all the jobs I want to do are because I want to make a difference and do something I love. I don’t really care how much money I’m getting paid.

Society makes it seem like we have to be doing a job that makes millions of dollars or that we have to be doing something at a certain age.

That is not oKay!

WE should be able to do whatever we want, when we want to do it!

I want to do all those careers because I want to do something more with my life, (not because society told me I had to)!

After all that you’re probably wondering what career I chose?

Definitely leaning towards becoming a dog trainer, journalist, animal assisted therapist, public speaker, and Braille transcriber. Yeah that’s a lot of things, but I probably won’t do all of those, but it doesn’t mean I can’t take classes towards doing those things and it’s good to have your options open.

I’m just going to go where the wind takes me.

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How to make social media posts accessible to blind and visually impaired

By Chelsey Zumpano

Social medias like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are all very popular, but posts aren’t very accessible to us blind and visually impaired. I’m going to give you some tips on how to make your post more accessible to us.

1. Image and audio descriptions

This in my opinion is one of the most important things you can do for us because when you add image and audio description we are able to know what’s going on in the picture or a video that you shared. Without an image or audio descriptions we are lost and have no idea what you shared and sometimes all we hear is pretty music in the background.

You can either be very vague or very detailed.


(Drawing credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).

Vague description: A boy sits in a tree, while a girl sits on the swing hanging from the tree.

Detailed description: A boy with blond hair and wearing a black T-shirt sits in a tree facing away from us. A girl with short purple hair, wearing a pink T-shirt, and teal leggings sits on the swing hanging from the tree’s branches. The tree is big at the bottom and curves to the right getting smaller as it goes, the branches are bear of any leaves. The sky is dark blue making the green grass seem too bright.

Both let us know what is going on in the picture, but one Leaves it up to interpretation and imagination and the other lets us know how the artist or photographer intended for the piece to look.

2. hashtags

This is a very popular way to get people to find what your sharing, but when you’re using a screen reader we often have no idea what the hashtag is. You might wonder why that is it’s because when using hashtag such as #peanutbuttercookies or #retinopathyofprematurity it all ends up sounding like one jumbled word to us. What you can do to make it more accessible is to capitalize each word than it looks like this…

#PeanutButterCookies #RetinopathyOfPrematurity

When you’re using abbreviations or an acronym, you would capitalize each letter or when I use #VIBlind, I capitalize the V for visually, the I for impaired, and the B for blind.

3. Links

We all want to share the latest article or video, but in order to make this accessible to us you must post the link either by itself or if you’re going to post text above it go down two lines and then post the link. (I know for sure you have to do this on Facebook or else voiceover won’t recognize it as a link, but I do this on any social media site to be safe).

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VIBlind Good List

Chelsey Zumpano: greetings everyone I have decided to write a VIBlind Version of “The Good List

because yes there are many good things about being visually impaired.

1. Braille- I can read in the dark

2. Being able to do my make up without having to look in the mirror therefore I can do my make up anywhere I want!

3. Not judging people for how they look, but for their personality and how they treat others!

4. Guide dog- someday I will be able to walk confidently with a guide dog by my side, it will be amazing to have a constant companion who keeps me safe!

5. Helping people- if I wasn’t visually impaired I would not have created this website and I wouldn’t be able to help people like I hope I am.

Now here’s my friend Amanda Gene’s good list!

Hi Everyone, Chelsey, asked me to join in with her “The Good List” project. Here are my top five good reasons of being visually impaired.

1. Educate- I believe strongly in educating the general public on being visually impaired and to help burst many of the misconceptions there are surrounding our disability.

2. Determination- I believe that having a disability really gives you a lot of motivation and determination to meet your goals despite what other people may think.

3. Being Supportive- I believe that because you have a disability this makes you more supportive to the people around you no matter if they have a disability or not.

4. Technology- Let’s face it, some of our technology is pretty cool to use.

5. Guide Dogs- I don’t have a guide dog, but I have friends who have one. I think its amazing to have an animal that helps you stay safe every day.


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