Blind teens adapt to Zoom group

  • Stephanie Hurd, an assistive technology and activities specialist for Future in Sight, poses for a portrait near her home in Portsmouth, N.H., on March 27. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurd has modified the programming she organizes for youths who are blind or visually impaired. Camille FIne / Seacoast Online

Portsmouth Herald
Published: 4/7/2021 3:58:33 PM

When nearly everything went virtual and the term “lockdown” was newly abuzz last spring, Stephanie Hurd and Ryan Menter began asking how they would modify their teen programming for Future in Sight, a nonprofit that provides education, rehabilitation and social services to those who are blind or visually impaired.

Hurd, whose vision loss progresses over time due to a rare degenerative eye condition, began working at Future in Sight as a coordinator of volunteer services. She went on to provide one-on-one trainings to teach people how to navigate technology while blind or visually impaired. She started informally organizing activities for adults, then teens, which eventually turned into consistent programming. She’s now an assistive technology and activities specialist for the group.

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