Making Connections

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Learn how to form meaningful connections, whether you're on campus or networking with peers across the country who are blind or visually impaired.


Making Social Connections in College: An Introduction

Making Social Connections in College: An Introduction

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Learn what our “Making Connections” area has to offer.


Losing Sight, Gaining Purpose. Part 1

Losing Sight, Gaining Purpose. Part 1

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Whether you have lost your sight suddenly or have had low vision for years, embracing it is not always easy. Joe Rutherford talks about his progress from denial of his visual impairment to embracing his identity as a blind person.


Losing Sight, Gaining Purpose. Part 2

Losing Sight, Gaining Purpose. Part 2

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Whether you have lost your sight suddenly or have had low vision for years, embracing it is not always easy. Listen to the second part of this interview with Joe Rutherford in which he talks about his progress from denial of his visual impairment to embracing his identity as a blind person.


Importance of Mentors in the Blind Community

Importance of Mentors in the Blind Community

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Many blind adults credit a portion of their success to the mentors who inspired and helped them to address real-world difficulties. Read Joe’s story, and learn best practices for initiating and maintaining a good dialogue with a mentor. Then use our website to reach out to one of Learning Ally’s mentors.


College Social Life

College Social Life

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Ellen Trief’s article offers a compelling case for remaining connected to your old friends and for making new ones. After reading this article, enlist the help of a friend or reader to join your first campus activity.


The “ExTriCurricular” Theory

The “ExTriCurricular” Theory

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You’ll want to expand your horizons and add a few more extracurricular activities to your life. Cindy Bennett, one of the College Success mentors, outlines her three-part model for student involvement. Learn why and how to choose your favorite activities, and become a vital part of the campus and BVI communities.


Sharing Your Stories

Sharing Your Stories

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Connecting academically or socially to people on campus often involves explaining your visual impairment to people. Incorporate Valeria’s advice into your future interactions on campus.


Pulling it Together

Pulling it Together

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Now that you’ve read about ways to broaden and deepen your social connections, use these questions to apply the information from “Making Connections” to your college experience.