2020 Conference

Self-Advocacy: The Missing Links in ADLs

Session Date: 
Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm CDT

This pre-recorded session featured Sylvia Perez’s interview with Hannah Fairbairn, the author of When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery. Hannah shared her experiences as a provider, why she wrote the book, and the key concepts the book discusses.

A Q&A live session followed.

Hannah's book, When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery, is available on Amazon! 

Visit Hannah's webiste here.


Speaker: Hannah Fairbairn

Hannah Fairbairn

Born in England with partial vision, Hannah Fairbairn became a chef. She lost nearly all her remaining vision at age 33. She became a regular contributor to BBC Radio “In Touch” program for the blind. She and her family moved to Massachusetts. Her younger daughter inherited her eye condition, and Hannah worked to get her everything she needed. Hannah began her work at the Carroll Center, teaching personal management for 18 years. With the support of the head of rehab and therapists, she enlarged the scope of the department to include spoken communication – interpersonal skills – group classes for adults, teens, and young adults. She retired in 2016 to write When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery.


Additional Session Information:

  1. Audio Reading Book List - List of further reading
  2. Resource List- Additional resources that Hannah finds useful
  3. VLPR Onesheet - Information on her book