I’m pretty sure most people in my generation are grateful for the internet. The internet is such a cool thing.
When I felt alone in 8th grade and was having a lot of health issues and bullied, I came home and got on the internet. I talked to a lot of online friends, even though I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to at that point, researched a lot of things, and learned about the world. I also became really good at typing and knowing how to operate a computer – which has really helped me with college and my job, and just operating as a person with a visual impairment. I depend on my computer a lot for equal access to the world.
It allows me to have this blog – a way to spread awareness about Retinitis Pigmentosa, blindness, and guide dogs, but also to be an outlet for me as a self-care method. It is very therapeutic getting on here and writing and corresponding with others.
It allows me to run a Guide Dog Handlers Network on Facebook of approximately 500 handlers from all over the world who love their guide dogs and want to talk to others about guide dog handling, etc. This is a lot of fun and a joy to collaborate with these people. I wouldn’t be able to do this without the internet.
College was so much easier due to the internet. I didn’t have to go to the library often because I could find electronic versions of many things online through the library website.
I can learn about medical conditions that my friends have through the internet, I can help my family get things they need with the internet, I can keep in contact with lifelong friends through the internet. The internet is just so amazing.