Hannah Fairbairn

Hannah  Fairbairn:
Teacher, Client, and Parent

I’ve been teaching personal management and interpersonal skills for seventeen years at the nationally-recognized Carroll Center for the Blind near Boston. I lost a lot of vision in my early thirties. Before that I had been a successful chef and afterwards a food journalist and author. I have raised two lovely daughters with my husband Neil. The younger one inherited my eye condition. She is not legally blind, but did have a TVI (teacher of the visually impaired) for most of her schooling.

Since 1999 I have worked with clients who are heads of their family, with clients living independently, and with clients who are struggling to explain to their families how to organize the home so they can share tasks and relax too. There is never enough time to teach all the ways to adapt social skills for vision loss. Hundreds of clients have attended classes and nearly eighty have given me extended interviews to better understand their lives.




Julie Adkins:
Assistive Technology Trainer and Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

(CVRT) who trains visually impaired veterans to access computers and iOS devices through the use of speech output and screen magnification. Before becoming an independent contractor for the Veterans Administration, she worked for nine years as a CVRT at Metrolina Association for the Blind in Charlotte, North Carolina. She provides training in JAWS, Zoomtext, and Guide on PCs, and in VoiceOver and other built-in accessibility features on the iPhone and iPad.

 Christian  Thaxton

I grew up in the small town of Duncan, Oklahoma where sports were my life. I lost my vision as a 19 year-old college athlete, and I moved to Boston 2 years later. Now, I’m attending the University of Massachusetts Boston and once again playing sports. I’m a part of a competitive blind sailing team as well as the Boston Renegades, a beep baseball team. Because of their committed, passionate coach Rob Weissman and the team’s support, I can now play baseball again, and more importantly, they have made sure I felt at home in Boston. Despite my vision loss and largely because of it, I faithfully believe God has a plan for me. “For I walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7




Katie Shannon

I was born in Shaker heights, Ohio and moved to  Boston. When I was 15 years old. I graduated from Boston university and worked in “Business Marketing” for a number of years. I am now a “Domestic Goddess”. I take care of a house, husband, 2 dogs, and a parrot. I was diagnosed with “Juvenile Macular Degeneration” when I was 10 years old and I have had RP for the last 11 years. I love to cook and I started when I was young. I am not so much in to gourmet cooking as I am into quick, easy, and creative dishes. I hope to share ideas with those who like to cook as well as to inspire those who are beginners or those who don’t cook at all. Happy Cooking


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  1. Dear Hannah,
    I look forward to introducing our Watertwon MAB peer support group to your website, your blog and Newsline online via whatever: their landline phone, cellphone , smartphone , tablet or computer .
    You have always been my hero.
    David Morrison
    617-924-8075 cell

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