At NFB -National Convention at six years old. Raveena, telling jokes and describing the BELL program.
The NFB BELL Academy—which stands for NFB Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning®—is a nationwide summer program offered by the National Federation of the Blind that prepares blind and low-vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who live the lives they want.
Raveena Speaking at National Convention at 6 years old-Watch this video of an incredible young lady who is now entering High School due to learning Assistive Technology, Braille and Cane skills.
My name is Tasha and I was born in Ukraine. As a child I came to the United States at the age of eight with my family. I was born with an eye condition called “Morning Glory”, in one of my eyes, leaving me with only one functioning eye. At the age of 15, I lost sight in my good eye. It happened overnight and was caused by a brain tumor called an Optic Nerve Glioma. Life took on a different meaning. I was devastated but I was also determined that life had to go on. This meant I had to learn to adapt to a new lifestyle as a blind person.
My teacher of the blind, Dr. Denise Robinson, taught me many skills. She helped me to learn to navigate technology as a blind person. I have her to thank for the skills I have today and even in this challenging time my life began to expand. With these skills I could complete the same tasks as my classmates using a lap-top computer. Dr. Robinson taught me how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and so much more.
The world of the Internet also had a major impact on my life. Through various social media platforms, I could connect with friends and family. After school I took the skills I had acquired and utilized them at my job. I ran a small spa business in Everett, Washington, for eight years. With the help of my computer I could keep inventory, shop for products online, write invoices, keep track of SOAP charts for each client. I could even keep up with my continuing education requirements by completing classes online.
An I-Phone has been another essential tool for my everyday life. With the help of Voiceover, I make phone calls, check bank statements, emails and most importantly keep up with Facebook (lol). Technology empowers me to live a successful life as a blind person. I cannot imagine my life without technology. Many thanks again to Dr. Denise Robinson, a fantastic teacher and a great friend. Love Always, Natalya Budnik
Accessing his Life in all ways