I am a wife and mother of three beautiful daughters, one of which has four legs and believes with every fiber of her being that she is a human and no different then my other two girls. I love my girls with all that I am and enjoy every moment that I get to spend with them. I have learned to juggle the hectic life of a working mother and wife with what really matters, spending time with the ones I love. My husband and I have been together for nearly seventeen years and have been married for over fifteen. We’ve laughed together, cried together and have had our fair share of great times and rough patches, but we’ve always managed to stay together.
I have spent my entire life in the great state of a Maine. I love Maine, at least in the warmer months, and really enjoy interacting with all of the colorful personalities this state has to offer.
I have worked full-time with the visually impaired and blind for the last seventeen years. My career in the field of Blind Rehabilitation Services first started as an Assistive Technology Specialist. You may not be familiar with that occupation, hardly anyone is. I owned and operated Excel Consulting and, as a private contractor, I would assess the client’s current technology and make recommendations for devices and equipment that would allow them to do tasks that they may not have been able to complete because of their visual impairment or blindness. I also performed training on those devices, so much of my day was spent traveling around the state seeing client’s in their homes and businesses. I would teach them how to use magnification or speech input/output programs on their computer systems, as well as, a host of other devices. I loved helping my clientele gain back some of their independence, but I also saw that there was another need.
This need was for Orientation and Mobility Specialists. So, I went to graduate school and obtained my Master’s Degree in Special Education with certifications in Orientation and Mobility and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy so that I could help fill that void. I became an Orientation and Mobility Specialist a few years ago and still work with the same population of clients, but I now teach them how to travel safely and efficiently. This involves white cane training, orientation to buildings and the like. It also allows me to work outdoors a great deal and I love to be out with my clients and traveling around the community. It is great exercise! I have learned so much from working with people who have lost some or all of their vision. I have laughed and cried with them and have learned to be thankful for all things in life because sometimes you truly need to experience the bad times to realize the good.