A Remarkable Mind

I just had to share this as a blog post because my daughter, Shantel, who lost both eyes to cancer when she was two years old never stops amazing me. As the mother of a blind child, I know first hand the challenges people with disabilities overcome each and everyday. Simple everyday things we sometimes take for granted, can be huge challenges for some disabled people. However, one of the things I am most proud of with my daughter, Shantel, is that she never gives up! She persists in whatever she needs to do until she finds a way to “do it herself”. I will share an example of how she amazed me yet again this morning, but if you want to challenge yourself to see if you could do what she did then you will have to remember to read the information I am going to give you only once. I will bold what you need to remember. No cheating, but and see if you could remember the information and provide it to a person taking your order over the phone. Here is what took place:

Shantel is starting her second year of college and needed to order her books on disks that allow her to listen to her books instead of having to wait to have all her books brailled. She has to call Learning Ally, who supplies the books on disks, and tell them over the phone what her member Id # is, what books she needs (most classes require two books that sound the same but are different so she had to be sure she got both books where required to do so), the ISBN # that identifies the correct edition etc. , and who the authors are. Ready? Here is the information I gave to her only one time. She memorized it and made the call unassisted by me and got every item correct. The books are on the way!

Learning Ally phone number – 1-800-221-4792

Membership # – I110103

Book title – Intercultural Communication Encounters, ISBN 9780205458813, by KLOPF

Book title -Understanding Nutrition (w/o 2010 Dietary Guide), ISBN 9780538734653, by Whitney

Book title -Understanding Nutrition – ISBN # 9781111742836, by Whitney

Book title – Between One and Many, The Art and Science of Public Speaking, ISBN #970077423162, by Brydon

Book title – Between One and Many,ISBN # 9780073406831, by Brydon

Book title – Abnormal Psychology Clinical Perspectives of Psychology, ISBN # 9780077390020, by Halgin

Book title – Abnormal Psychology,ISBN # 9780073370699, by Halgin

Some people think when a person loses their sight their other senses take over for them or somehow become sharper. That is not true. The fact is that when sight is lost the person just becomes more aware of their other senses and depend on them more thus they utilize them more. Whatever the case might be, I know as a sighted person I tried to close my eyes and remember all the information bolded above and I couldn’t remember even two in a row. In fact, after Shantel made the call and ordered the books she came out and informed me I told her one of the titles of the books wrong…I told her Intercultural Communication, but it should have been Intercultural Communication Encounters. But, my dear, precious Shantel said ” don’t worry mom, I figured it out with the operator on the phone”…Go figure!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 03:09:04

    Shantel is an amazing girl and I know you are very proud of her.


  2. gotham girl
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 13:26:33

    That’s our girl!! So so proud! Love you all!


  3. Megs
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 18:20:17

    Way to go Shantel! So proud! She is growing into a beautiful young women. You and Bill have done an amazing job. Love you!


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