May 30, 2011
The following story is about Lisa Peters, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Lisa is part of the Adult Learners Group that is available to any adult that wants to attend. The group typically consists of 10 adults and 2 dogs. These two dogs are extra special as they are guide dogs for the blind. Their owners have been participating in the Adult Learners Group for about 4 years.
At the age of 17, Lisa’s vision started to deteriorate and she had to start learning how to live in an ever darkening world. She has learned that color blindness and Retinitis Pigmentosa are hereditary conditions that will stay with her for the rest of her life. The story below was written about Lisa, by her tutor.
Lisa experienced many ups and downs learning to live her life in the dark. She found it frustrating to have to rely on someone else to help her with the most basic things like cooking, cleaning, and getting around. She was used to her independence and didn’t like to be restricted or have to rely on others to do what she had been able to do. Lisa has a hard time understanding people who speak with accents, but her memory is extraordinary, especially with numbers.
Lisa had many goals for her future; she wanted to be a professional cook, work in homecare, and be a massage therapist. Instead, she formed new goals. Edo became a blessing to Lisa about 4 ½ years ago. Edo is a Black Lab guide dog. He gave her the guidance that she needed to get out on her own and start doing things like attending classes and workshops, volunteering, and making presentations to groups. Lisa married her best friend, Kevin, in June 2009 and they had a beautiful baby girl, Seneca, in July 2010. She has learned to make adjustments in her life and has found that things are working out just fine.Part 2
[This story was taken with permission, from Learner Journeys, Fall 2010, a newsletter published by the Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN).]