Growing up, one of the most influential people in my life was my Uncle Jim. My Uncle was different than most people however, in that he was both blind and deaf. To communicate with him we had to use a kind of sign language that he felt with his hands. My Mom spent her childhood helping to be his eyes and ears. She developed a passion to teach, to reach across the void of disability and give people a chance to live fulfilling lives.
For my whole life, my Mom has worked as a teacher for the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I got to know her students, see how they read, get around, and live complete happy lives. I also saw the ignorance of many others who see blindness as only something to feel pity for.
With this film, I want to show the world that blind and disabled people are capable of so much more than we may first assume. I want to show that no matter what any of our own obstacles may be, they can be overcome. This film has the ability to inspire. Inspire some who may think that life has dealt them insurmountable odds. Inspire others to step up and help someone who may need a helping hand. The journey that is going on in the San Gabriel Mountains is changing lives, right now. But there is no reason it has to stop there. This can be happening all over the country, all over the world.
We just have to tell this story…