Gretchen Maune, Graduate Student

Naveen Mahadevan

"There is very little that a person with a visual impairment, even total blindness, can't do that a sighted person can do. We just do them differently."

As Gretchen Maune went to put eyeliner on she discovered that something was very wrong. She could only see gray blurry object out of her left eye. That was Labor Day weekend. A couple weeks later, she began losing vi- sion in her right eye. Within a month and a half, she was legally blind. At the end of September 2006, Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, a rare genetic disease that affects approximately 4,000 people in America had affected her as well.