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How the first snowfall reminds me of my epic fail as a Mom…

I put this short video up on Facebook in our Thriving Blind community the other day to address a not always happy topic in the blindness realm: the White Cane.  Watch as I tell my story, with ridiculous honesty and a few random ADD moments, of how I realized I was failing my son in avoiding cane training for him! Yep… epic fail.  My lesson: having an early intervention specialist tell you that although your son has one of the most degenerative and severe rare eye diseases, a cane is not really necessary because he is doing “so well”, is definitely not good advice! Lesson learned.  And I am proud to say that Michael did eventually become quite skilled and independent with the cane!

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FREE White Cane program from the National Federation of the Blind

10 fascinating facts about the white cane from Perkins School for the Blind

Maxi-Aids White Canes for purchase

American Foundation for the Blind stories from those that use the White Cane

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About Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley is the Best Selling author of Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight and Brilliantly Resilient: Reset, Rise and Reveal Your Brilliance. A recognized expert in the blindness and rare disease communities, Kristin won the highly regarded Champion of Hope Award and was named an Ambassador for the National Organization of Rare Disorders. Kristin is a popular, in demand speaker who has been invited to share her message internationally.


As CEO of a global patient organization, she coordinated legislation (H.R. #625) that became the first in US history to be submitted in Braille. Kristin spoke at the FDA to help achieve the first ever FDA approved gene therapy to treat an inherited retinal disease in the United States. Her TEDx Talk, book and international summit change perceptions of blindness, and sparked a global movement, Thriving Blind Academy, that is solving the unemployment, literacy, and financial crisis in the blind the community.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristin co-founded Brilliantly Resilient to help people come through life’s challenges and setbacks brilliant, not broken.