2021 Conference

My Heart is Not Blind: Voices of Older Blind

Session Date: 
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm CDT

Back due to popular demand: My Heart Is Not Blind: Voices of Older Blind offers compelling accounts of survival, adaptation, and heightened perspective. Through the gift of images and presence, each eloquent voice will draw us into deeper understanding. 

In this pre-recorded presentation, you will hear an intimate story from the subject accompanied by a photographic portrait. Many of the personal narratives that accompany each portrait speaks of the transition from sight to vision loss and how that has changed—and not changed—the ability to perceive the world. His presentation will be followed by a live Q&A. 

Last year's presentation is available to view here. 

Speaker: Michael Nye

Michael Nye standing next to an antique camera on a tripod

Michael Nye practiced law for ten years before pursuing photography full time. He has received a Mid-America National Endowment for the Arts grant in photography and two Kronkosky Charitable Foundation grants. He has participated in two Arts America tours in the Middle East and Asia. His documentaries, photography, and audio exhibitions (Children of Children, Stories of Teenage Pregnancy, Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness and About Hunger & Resilience) have traveled to more than 150 cities across the country and continue to travel.

My Heart Is Not Blind: Voices of Older Blind is published by Trinity University Press. It is also an audio and photography exhibition that is traveling across the country.  Nye was awarded the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind – 2019.  Nye lives in downtown San Antonio and is married to poet Naomi Shihab Nye. As a child, he was called, “Mikey,” in middle age, “Michael,” and he is now back to “Mikey.”

Website: michaelnye.org/my-heart-is-not-blind/


This session is a part of the EMPOWER series. By registering for the EMPOWER series, you have the opportunity to register for:

  1. Monday, September 13: My Heart Is Not Blind: Voices of Older Blind, Michael Nye
  2. Tuesday, September 14: C.H.A.T. Your Way to Success: Be an Influential and Inspiring Communicator, Claudia-Jean Virga
  3. Wednesday, September 15:Strength-Based Leadership: The 10-80-10 Principle, Sunjay Nath
  4. Thursday, September 16: Empower, Educate, Engage: A Lived Experience, Anil Lewis

At 9:00 AM PST, 10:00 AM MST, 11:00 AM CST, and noon EST. 

Registration is required. Click here to register for the EMPOWER series.

After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.