Independent Eagles for the Blind and Disabled Association is dedicated to giving blind and disabled people a way to socialize in the Oklahoma City metro area.

 By Sarah Lobban, Staff Writer • Published: October 2, 2014
 
Mary Wilburn remembers the first time she saw a bald eagle in flight. She was working as a trucker and had just crossed into Platte County, Neb. The bird was soaring above her, wings outstretched against the sky. “It’s one of the most beautiful images that I still have in my head,” Wilburn said.
Wilburn holds onto the mental picture of the eagle in flight, knowing she will never be able to recreate it. In 2008, she suffered a stroke that caused her vision to deteriorate rapidly. She found herself losing her vision at age 43. Her eyesight quality is now “similar to looking through wax paper.”
Her experience, as well as those of several low-vision or blind friends, inspired Wilburn to found the Independent Eagles for the Blind and Disabled Association, dedicated to giving blind and disabled people a way to socialize in an environment where the focus is on having fun.
The group takes its name from the serenity and freedom of a flying eagle. Wilburn wants group members to be at ease with each other and not feel that their problems are insurmountable.
“There are many obstacles that we have to face as blind or low-vision or having some form of a disability, but many of us just want to enjoy life,” said Wilburn, who lives in Del City. “We want to sit down and tell jokes and laugh and enjoy life just as people who are fully sighted or fully mobile would.”
Network of support….Read more: http://newsok.com/independent-eagles-is-dedicated-to-helping-blind-and-disabled-people-socialize-in-oklahoma-city-area/article/5347363                                                    Source: News OK
 
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