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Living a full life in spite of being blind

By Iacopo Luzi

Maureen Reid, 44, lost her vision when she was 27 because of  type 1 diabetes.

Today she works as a job placement counselor at the Chicago Lighthouse, a non-profit organization that assists visually impaired people all over the country.

She agreed to be followed by Medill Reports during the month of May. This photo essay shows how Reid lives a full life.

Photo on top: Maureen together with her dog Gaston on the CTA (Iacopo Luzi/MedillReports)

Tom Perski: A visually impaired pioneer serving the blind at the Chicago Lighthouse

By Hannah Gebresilassie

When Tom Perski turned 19 years old, he noticed something was off with his vision during a baseball practice.

“I saw the ball go up in the air and then it disappeared completely and then reappeared again,” Perski says.

Perski was later diagnosed with a rare case of Stargardt macular dystrophy, a genetic eye disorder which causes progressive vision loss. Today, Perski works at the Chicago Lighthouse serving the blind and visually impaired.

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Happy Anniversary: Chicago Non-Profit celebrates 110 years of service

By Iacopo Luzi

The Chicago Lighthouse has been serving the city’s blind and visually impaired for 110 years, making it one of Chicago’s oldest non-profit agencies.

Located on the West Side, The Lighthouse serves more than 70,000 clients around the U.S. giving blind people jobs and hope.

Around 700 people are employed at the Lighthouse. Its clock factory produces 700 clocks a day.

The Chicago Lighthouse works with people from childhood into their golden years, offering legal services, medical assistance, a radio service and emotional support.

Founded in 1906, the Chicago Lighthouse is one of the most comprehensive social service agencies in the United States. The staff is optimistic about continued success in the future.

The logo of the Chicago Lighthouse at the entrance of their building located in the West Side of the city (Iacopo Luzi/MEDILL)