TSM 19-01 Retinitis Pigmentosa does not hold Amy Bovaird back

Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Amy Bovaird, ON AIR FROM JANUARY 1ST

As the author of the Mobility Series, Bovaird uses personal experiences, faith and practical tips in her presentation “Thriving With Vision and Hearing Loss” One of the important tools for coping with adversity is attitude and Bovaird uses plenty of humorous anecdotes to illustrate her points. Bovaird doesn’t just speak. She involves the participants so that it’s a two-way sharing. A few of the topics she will address: • Diagnosis—from denial to acceptance • Faith, optimism and a positive attitude • Humorous anecdotes of coping • Practical tips for maximizing remaining vision Whether you’re vision-impaired or hard of hearing or you’re interested in learning more about vision and hearing loss, Bovaird’s presentations will give you the insights and the tools to move forward and reach out to others.

At age 28, she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and declared legally blind. RP is a hereditary, degenerative eye disease that results in blindness or near blindness. There is no cure to date. Today Amy has no peripheral vision. She jokes that she is at the end of the “tunnel” vision in her eyesight. She suffers from a dual disability: progressive vision and hearing loss, which may be due to Usher Syndrome, the leading cause of deaf blindness in the world.



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Amy joined a group of blind professionals who volunteer their time to help others cope with blindness at VisionAware.org, an outreach website of the American Foundation for the Blind.

Ohio Valley University, Amy’s undergraduate institution, awarded her the Distinguished Medal of Literature for Mobility Matters.

Amy is an active member of several community groups, which include Pennwriters, West PA Authors, Toastmasters, the West County Lions Club, and the National Federation for the Blind.

Amy is also a blogger, speaker, educator and active in community organizations (Toastmasters, Lions Club, City Mission, Church Food Pantry volunteer, Humane Society advocate, Sight Center supporter, etc).
Hobbies are running, hiking, attending cultural events (esp those that have food!) and I love animals!
My first two books were part of the Mobility Series
I am currently writing the third and final book in the series, which will come out in 2019.
Also coming out in 2019 is a very personal book about my dad, Don Bovaird The Tree Man and a travel book called Falling for Ecuador: One Foot on the Equator and the Other on a Vine (Tentative subtitle)
All my books are WhisperSync ready, which means readers can switch from reading the kindle version to the audio version, often at a big discount.
Though Amy no longer teaches in the classroom, she still educates by speaking to groups about the challenges of sight loss with anecdotes of faith and humor. She blogs about her experiences in hopes of bridging gaps between the sighted and the blind. She also talks about culture and travels. In the daytime, she spoils her aging cat and works on future publications.

Amy’s memoirs include: Mobility Matters:  Stepping Out in Faith, Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility and a memoir / devotional, Seeking Solace: Finding Joy After Loss.

Other book Ideas in the works: The Light Series:
Fading Light (Losing my vision and travel)
Heavenly Light (Marriage and Miscarriage)
Traveling Light (Inspirational ‘Meetings’ in my travels)

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Cane Confessions Amazon 
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Seeking Solace Amazon
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5 thoughts on “TSM 19-01 Retinitis Pigmentosa does not hold Amy Bovaird back

  1. I really enjoyed listening to my good friend, Amy. She’s very inspiring. I also have Usher Syndrome, so I can relate to many of Amy’s experiences. I read Mobility Matters, and it spoke to me on many levels.

  2. Hi Matt,
    Thank you for that boost in confidence! That Usher Syndrome … makes for many a laugh (if we didn’t laugh, we’d cry!). Thank you for taking time to listen to my interview. 😀
    Take care!

  3. Hi Sara,
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my story anD invite people to know more about my experiences with RP and Usher’s Syndrome. Thank you for this vehicle of conversation!
    Amy L. Bovaird

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