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Renee Reinhardt Inspires Others with Courage and Confidence

Philadelphia, PA, Friday, October 28, 2011 — Renee Reinhardt came to ASB for services in 2003 due to her visual impairment from optic neuropathy.  Optic neuropathy refers to damage to the optic nerve due to any cause, with the main symptom being a loss of vision.

Renee’s daughter heard about ASB from the staff at the Overbrook School for the Blind.  They recommended she obtain services to help her cope with activities of daily living through ASB.  
Renee wanted to continue on with her life as she had before her vision loss, and soon found that
ASB was the ideal place to offer her the programs that would help her to do so.  

“ASB has showed me the possibilities of living in an unseeing world,” said Renee. “I have had experiences, and met people that I never would have met if not for ASB, and they have helped
me to be myself.”

Renee is currently participating in the ASB ambassador program.  As an ambassador, Renee helps fellow clients to know life after their visual impairments.  She is a shining example of the success of the programs that we offer at ASB in helping clients to do every day things such as navigate public transportation, grocery shop, and care for their basic needs.  Her courage and confidence inspires others to know that they can do the same.

“Learning how to travel, how to read books by learning braille, and how to use a computer are all things you can still achieve despite your visual impairment.”  

“Ms. Reinhardt is an amazing woman who hasn’t allowed her vision loss to define her or change who she is as a person.  She is the type of individual who is warm, loving and extremely giving and that positive energy is always present when you spend time with her”  said Patricia C. Johnson, ASB President and CEO.  “Ms. Reinhardt is an advocate for the blind and visually impaired in the Philadelphia Community and has spent countless hours educating our elected officials on the
needs of this under served community.

Renee attributes her strength to a supportive family, and to her faith and spiritual beliefs.

About ASB
With roots dating back to 1874, ASB has as its mission to promote self-esteem, independence, and self-determination in people who are blind or visually impaired. ASB provides a full spectrum of rehabilitation and life skills education from computer training to hands-on gardening, Latino outreach, and support groups. ASB also produces approximately 13 million pages of Braille per year. ASB is the largest non-profit organization in Southeastern Pennsylvania serving people who are blind and visually impaired. Visit us online at www.asb.org.

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