When Bairon was diagnosed with a rare congenital disorder at four months, his mother Monee had to Google the diagnosis to learn his optic nerves were underdeveloped. He was legally blind. “I felt grief for my son. I was grieving for the type of life I thought my son couldn’t have.”

When she got her first phone call from her Early Intervention Teacher of the Visually Impaired (EI-TVI) from A Shared Vision, her outlook changed. “She was the first person to explain to me Bairon’s diagnosis, that there’s no known cause for it, and it’s not my fault. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. It allowed me to take the first deep breath since his diagnosis, and to focus on what he CAN do.”