Whether you are just trying to survive a blindness diagnosis or are looking for ways to thrive… Welcome to the Thriving Blind Academy!
The folks here know the exact pain you felt when you heard the word “blind.”
We know the fear you feel. We know the anger you probably try to hide. We know the sadness, oh boy the sadness in your heart.
AND… we know the steps to take and tools to use to move toward thriving, even when you are scared and sad and mad.
We are not going to remove blindness from your journey, but together we can remove the fears and tears and get you smiling again and enjoying the journey!
-Ron Brooks, Owner, Accessible Avenue
You don’t have to figure this out alone. We are here to help you, to walk with you, to connect with you, and to guide you through this journey.
– Kristin Smedley, Co-Founder TBA
– Kelly S. Thriving Blind Academy Mastermind Member
This annual fee gives you access ALL YEAR LONG to everything listed below!
SCHOLARSHIPS for Thriving Blind Academy Membership ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS – CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
Kristin Smedley’s mantra is “Life is funny… sort of.” Her fun-loving spirit and energetic personality guided her life in the direction of a career in teaching. Kristin fantasized that she would one day be an inspiring third grade teacher. In the year 2000 Kristin was well on her way to accomplishing all of her goals.
But, fate had other plans, and Kristin found herself shockingly dealt a double dose of darkness. Her firstborn son, Michael, was diagnosed as legally blind when he was just four-months old. Once known for her smile, Kristin found herself devastated and angry. Yet fate wasn’t finished. Three years later, Kristin received another sucker punch to her heart when her second son, Mitchell, was also diagnosed as legally blind at four months of age.
With no idea how to navigate their needs, Kristin saw little hope for their future. Unfortunately, the world had no hope for their future either. Knowing that Michael and Mitchell needed their mother to fight for them, Kristin began advocating for the tools her blind children needed.
With the right foundation and a multitude of resources, her children have become popular, accomplished athletes, Dean’s List and National Honor Society members, recording artist, international Braille competition finalists, top blind athlete in the United States, sought after speakers, as well as typical big brothers to their sighted sister, Karissa.
Kristin has dedicated her life to making sure no other person has to sit isolated in devastation over a rare eye disease diagnosis, and she is on an extraordinary mission to change what it means to be blind.