I am 21 years old and in May 2012, I will graduate Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. I have made the dean’s list every semester and love life and all the opportunities it has thrown my way. This blog will reference a high school mentorship opportunity with the news editor at a local newspaper, an award I received from the faculty in the Communication department and most exciting of all, the chance to be an intern in the office of Governor Scott Walker last summer. I also love to sing and am honored that choirs I have sang with gave me the opportunity to perform with names like Doc Severenson and travel to Rome and New York City.

     I also happen to be blind. I didn’t mention this right away for a reason. While blindness is an undeniable part of who I am and shapes many of the experiences you will read about on this blog, my blindness does not define me. Alright, I admit it can present challenges at times which you will also read about on my blog, but I do my utmost to make sure this blog does not sound like a pity party because I don’t desire pity at all.

     I have been blind since I was seven months old, the result of a brain tumor that destroyed my optic nerve. Because I don’t remember when I could see, blindness is my “normal”, so I am a very happy well-adjusted blind person. I read braille, travel confidently around my campus with a guide dog and plan to continue taking advantage of every opportunity that comes my way, thereby living a life that is just as rich and full of possibilities as it is for anyone else.

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1 Response to “About Me”


  1. 1 Shane Carlton February 4, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Dear Allison,

    I am a membre, Immediate Past President, and now Lion Tamer in the Waukesha Evening Lions Club. A lady from Occu-Paws did a presentation at one of our meetings, so we decided to donate $100 to them. I have had an interest in meeting you ever since. Please email me at the email address listed above. Thank you.

    Shane Carlton


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