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Life for the Visually Impaired During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Manny Gimenez and Dalesha Richardson

Throughout the month of July WGCU is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the “Move to Include” initiative. It’s a nationwide public media effort that seeks to motivate people to embrace different abilities and include all people in all aspects of life.

This week we’re exploring life for people who are visually impaired during the coronavirus outbreak and the social distancing guidelines that have come with it. WGCU’s Andrea Perdomo recently did a story about Lighthouse of Collier, a Naples-based non-profit with a mission to foster independence. One of the voices we hear in that story is Maggie Saldana. She lost her vision in 2017 but had continued working as cosmetic manager. First we talk with her to get more of her story.

And then we talk with Dalesha Richardson & Manny Gimenez. They are a couple who have been sharing their life together as a legally blind couple on their YouTube channel, called Dalesha’s Life. They say the hope is that viewers will become more comfortable and familiar with legal blindness and legally blind people in general.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.