See it Our Way
By Foundation for Blind Children
Welcome to See It Our Way, a student-run podcast from The Foundation For Blind Children’s Adult Services comprehensive program, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Our goal is for listeners to see it our way, and learn about journeys through life with low vision and blindness. This podcast hopes to raise awareness, and help listeners understand how we go about our daily lives, during and after vision loss. You will hear stories of hope and perseverance, creating a conversation about how life with vision loss is not worse, just different.
See it Our Way--A conversation with Phil Pangrazio, former CEO at Ability360
FBC Adult Comprehensive students Kelly, Athena, Jim sit down with Phil Pangrazio, former CEO at Ability360. Phil shares his journey to Ability360, which started with his time on the organizations board. The team learns how to individuals can sign-up for services with Ability360 and also about the numerous services including homecare, home modifications, sports and fitness, life transitions, social recreation, advocacy and peer support.
August 27, 2021
See it Our Way--A conversation with FBC CEO Marc Ashton
Matthew sits down with the Foundation for Blind Children's CEO Marc Ashton. Marc shares his FBC story.
July 01, 2021
See it Our Way--Navigating the healthcare landscape
This episode focuses on navigating the healthcare landscape. Students discuss their personal experiences using technology and apps to support managing healthcare information, the importance of self-advocacy, communication, mindset and being solutions focused.
March 12, 2021
See it Our Way--The importance of Digital Citizenship
Matthew chats with FBC staff Cody Alvarez, Manager of Youth and Family Services, and Kellie Brown, Itinerant Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments about a new high school program at FBC called Digital Citizenship. Kellie asks Digital Citizenship participants to share why it is critical to be a good Digital Citizen and tips on digital safety.
February 25, 2021
See it Our Way--Common questions employers may have about hiring individuals who are blind or visually impaired
FBC’s Chloe Ranshaw and Brooke Beatty catch up to discuss common questions for employers on how they can become more inclusive and accessible and attract job seekers who are blind or visually impaired.
October 30, 2020
See it Our Way--Resources for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This month the See it Our Way Podcast will feature two episodes featuring FBC’s Employment Services Coordinator, Brooke Beatty and Creative Services Manager, Chloe Ranshaw. This episode highlights some resources and best practices for job seekers.
October 23, 2020
See it Our Way--The impact of FBC's summer College Prep program
Matthew chats with College Prep Program Coordinator and FBC’s own Spencer Churchill, COMS, cTVI about the importance and focuses of FBC’s College Prep summer transition program. Spencer also shares the various pathways students take with the support of Vocational Rehabilitation. In this episode we are also introduced to College Prep participants Jordana, incoming Yavapai College freshman who plans to study Education, and Drew, incoming ASU freshman who plans to study Business. Jordana and Drew share their experience in the program and reflect on their proudest moments in high school.
August 08, 2020
See it Our Way--The impact of FBC's Teen to Work summer program
Matthew meets with FBC’s Teen to Work summer program students Divinne, Lizbeth, Samantha and Program Coordinator, Shaylyn. The students share experiences and stories of growth in the 6 week program. Shaylyn speaks about how the program shifted to an online model because of COVID.
August 03, 2020
See it Our Way--Travels with James and Debbie's graduation
This episode has two parts, first, student James shares his experience traveling to Indiana to visit his family for the first time since losing his vision, and also during COVID times. Next we hear from student Debbie, the first Adult Comprehensive student to graduate virtually. Debbie, her cohort of students and instructors reflect on Debbie’s transformation throughout the program and her future endeavors.
July 20, 2020
See it Our Way--A Podcast of our Lives by FBC Kids--Zoe and Amairani
This summer FBC had an opportunity to work with our Elementary, Middle and High School SHARP program on a virtual platform. We used a Project Based Learning approach to create newsletters, podcasts and documentaries. We are proud to share this podcast put together by middle school students Zoe and Amairani with the support of their teacher Kelly Wilson. The music introduction is played on the accordion by middle school student Cyles. We hope you enjoy.
June 30, 2020
See it Our Way--Introducing new student, Norma
The podcast group welcomes new FBC student Norma as Debbie graduates from the comprehensive program. In addition to adjusting to low vision, Norma is working on perfecting her English language while in program.
June 29, 2020
See it Our Way--Catching up with former student and audiologist, Bruce Sheehy
In this episode, Matthew meets with former FBC client Bruce Sheehy. Bruce shares the influences that led him to a career in audiology and his experiences as a professional in the field. Bruce discusses his initial connection with FBC as a professional in audiology and later as a client of the comprehensive program.
June 22, 2020
See it Our Way--Adjustment during the pandemic
In this episode, students catch up with each other and reflect on how the pandemic has changed day to day life.
June 15, 2020
See it Our Way--Two student graduations
Students gather to celebrate Terry and Ian’s graduation. Terry and Ian share reflect on their journeys through FBC’s Adult Comprehensive program.
May 22, 2020
See it Our Way--Stories of adjustment
A group of students from FBC's adult comprehensive program openly share stories of adjustment to vision loss.
May 15, 2020
See it Our Way--Hobbies and Interests
Students discuss keeping up with hobbies such as reading, music, home repair and fitness, and share how they approach some of their hobbies differently after vision loss.
May 08, 2020
See it Our Way--Student Growth
In this episode, Adult Comprehensive clients share stories of growth during their time at FBC.
May 01, 2020
See it Our Way--Interview with Mel Bost, PMO Expert.
Hear from former FBC student Mel Bost, Project Management Consultant, PMO Expert and Author. Mel shares his experiences and expertise in project and program management, and discusses how individuals who are blind and visually impaired can apply project management philosophies to life, school and careers.
April 24, 2020
See it Our Way—Enjoying our Favorite Literature
In this episode, students share their love of reading and the different ways they access their favorite literature.
April 17, 2020
See it Our Way--Being a Teacher of the Visually Impaired
FBC instructors Melanie and Spencer share their educational and professional journeys as Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists.
April 10, 2020
See it Our Way--Blindness Etiquette
This episode features students and staff sharing courtesy rules when encountering or meeting with individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
April 03, 2020
See it Our Way--Angel's Graduation
This episode highlights a students journey to graduation from FBC's Adult Comprehensive program.
March 27, 2020
See it Our Way--Out and about
This episode features students candidly sharing stories about the various field trips and Orientation and Mobility lessons around the Valley of the Sun.
February 10, 2020
See it Our Way--Looking back at the holidays
This episode features students sharing stories about how holiday preparations and activities are the same or in some cases slightly different than prior to vision loss.
February 10, 2020
See it Our Way--A students journey
Students in FBC's Adult Comprehensive program discuss their first day in the program and challenges and successes they have had along the way. FBC's Adult Comprehensive Program maximizes one’s ability to live independently and either retain employment or get back to work. FBC provides services for clients who are blind or visually impaired and are on a pathway to higher education, returning to work, or gaining employment for the first time. The program offers various classes including assistive technology, braille, job readiness, orientation and mobility, activities of daily living and adjustment to vision loss.
January 27, 2020