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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Blind woman’s blog gives others view of her world

By Iacopo Luzi Sandy Murillo is a 28-year old woman who was born with glaucoma and lost her vision when she was just 2 years old. Since she was a teenager, she has dreamed of working in the media, so she studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Champaign. [vimeo 158552551 w=474]