Through the years, with funding and people contributing to our research material, we have developed the Topic Matrix that organizes answers to questions into a comprehensive, step-by-step approach. We produced a prototype on the topic of enucleation from the Topic Matrix and created BeBot, a robot who will teach us about safety living with a visual impairment.
Joel Snyder, Presenting Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts, deemed our vision a “world first” at the John F. Kennedy Centre (2002). And we were nominated for two Oprah Winfrey Angel Awards because we helped people choose life rather than commit suicide. In 2011, we laid out the ASK LEARN SHARE features for the Vision Loss Portal.
Presently we are initiating fundraising and awareness campaigns. These will add multimedia content and create the unique interactive coding required for the Vision Loss Portal.
Mother Teresa commissioned us to “Find out what people need and to touch their hearts with the love of God.”
William Bartholome, MD, Human Ethics Committee, Harvard, Founder of Midwest Bioethics Centre, Founding Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Bioethics Committee, Professor of Pediatrics Kansas University College of Health Science and Hospital, advised us on “the use of the most appropriate multimedia formats for optimum learning.”
William Hurlbut, MD, Physician and Consulting Professor at the Neuroscience Institute, Stanford, has worked with NASA in Astrobiology and is a member of the chemical and Biological Warfare at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation. He believes that his daughter who was born with impairments is an invitation to grow in love. He feels “A Life Worth Living will change the public’s misguided perspective of what is human perfection.”
Jeff Healey, with gold and platinum sales, and awards and nominations for World Music, Juno and Grammy Awards, blind due to retinoblastoma, urged us to portray the need for parenting children with blindness “as normal as possible as his parents did for him.”
Stevie Wonder, formed the corner stone of A Life Worth Living’s philosophy. He saw our vision as an opportunity to “educate the public about blindness,” “to provide hope when dreams are shattered” and to incorporate “humor.” A Life Worth Living was another avenue to “share his insights about blindness.” He advocated that a family’s love for their child must allow for discovery and learning. By doing so, “a physical impairment will not become a life impairment.” He talked of how Ann Sullivan unlocked the doors of isolation for Helen Keller. Although he was told that he had three strikes against him, his Mom was his inspiration to overcome disability, racism and poverty. Far too many people struggle through life without anyone to inspire them. He said, when someone is inspired they’d be surprised at what they can do. Stevie believes that “together we can carry on the legacy of Helen Keller inspiring people all around the world.”