The thing about being blind is that sometimes you get to work with great people and animals. My constant companion is Leif, a black Labrador Retriever, trained at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California.
In our time together I have taken many photographs of Leif, he is very photogenic and has an eye-catching look as he has pale caramel eyes rather than the usual deep brown..
Recently I had some of my photographs converted into sketches and I think they turned out pretty well. So well I have added some to items on zazzle.com. They range from greetings cards to mugs. Here are a few examples:
The September 2016 edition of ‘Blindside Fresno’ consisted of an interview with Fresno author Olivia Ostergaard.
Olivia was born in Bakersfield,in the Southern Central Valley of California. She was born prematurely and being too small to survive outside of a incubator was placed in an oxygen rich environment which caused damage to the blood supply to her retinas, the light sensitive layer within the eye. I meet many people within the Central Valley who’s blindness was caused by this same predicament. Today doctors and medical staff are more aware of the problem and today the condition is much less pronounced ass it was.
Olivia had always found her vision to be poor but about the year 2000 her vision loss became such that she decided to look for a guide dog school to work with. Her transition from working with a cane to working with a guide dog is covered in her book, “Looking at the Unseen: My Guide Dog Journey.’
Here is her interview with Darcie Elliott broadcast in September 2016. Where Olivia talks about her life, writing and the daily challenges which blindness brings and how she has overcame many difficulties with internal strength, a deep belief in God and a Black Labrador named Fenway by her side.
You can support both ‘Blindside Fresno’ and Olivia by purchasing her book Here, this is our amazon associate link:
‘Scotch Eggs’ are very simple to make, they are a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage meat and breadcrumbs. These make delicious snacks, a different main dish and are great for pot lucks or for a tailgating party.
Take a look at my video which takes you through the process of making ‘Scotch Eggs.’
Or take a look at this simple recipe available on the amazon Kindle:
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‘Blindside Fresno’ is a television program devised and produced by William Elliott at the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) television studios in downtown Fresno California.
William began to loose his sight in 2001 after suffering blood clots in his tright eye, the condition remained stable until 2007 when several more blood clots destroyed the retina in his left eye.
Having little vision and living in a small town he and his family felt isolated and did not know where to turn for help. After several years they accumulated a wide range of resources, moved to Fresno and found CMAC where William learned television production and came up with creating a television for the general public and those who might be in the same position as he had been, isolated, unsure of resources and feeling alone.
Though ‘Blindside Fresno does use volunteer crews to create programs, the agreed payment for a crew member is food, a lunch or snack to take them through recording. Also production requires the use of SD cards similar to those used in a digital SLR camera, plus there is the need for paper, office supplies and sucjh.
William does not receive funding from other sources. He is one of the majority of blind and visually impaired people who have found it impossible to obtain paid employment of any kind, inspite of his Bachelors Degree earned with Honors even after he became blind.
So we turn to you, a donation of just $1.00 will help support this show.
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The second program in the ‘Blindside Fresno’ series was an interview with Nathan Romo, the president of the Fresno Chapter of California Council of the Blind.
Nathan was born premature and placed in an incubator, the common practice at the time was to create an oxygen rich environment to help the babies undeveloped lungs, the side effect was to create problems for blood flow around the retina, leading to retina damage and visual impairment.
Nathan talks about independence, and also his role as president of CCB.
William Elliott is from England. He came to the United States to live in 2006. He is married and is the Producer of ‘Blindside Fresno.
William worked in retail for many years, working in and then operating a family store before working for a major retailer in the U.K. After coming to the United States in 2006 he returned to school majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He worked for several years at a public library leaving there as his eyesight continued to fail and it was neccessary to move closer to support services.
In late 2015, he came across Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) a community television facility in Fresno, California. He became a member and volunteer there, taking classes in studio and field production, editing and script writing.
He says, “CMAC is one of the best things that has happened to me. I work with lots of great people. Volunteering on many shows brings lots of ideas.”
William began preparing his ideas for ‘Blindside Fresno’ in the early days of 2016 and recorded his first program, An Interview with Dr. Vivian Kim, Retinologist’ a few months later.
Seeing the vision of a television program aimed at educating the sighted as well as inspiring the blind and low vision community was something very special.
He is now planning a fourth show in the series. The show is broadcast monthly via cable in the Fresno and Clovis areas and is available on YouTube soon after broadcast by CMAC.
There are several program ideas in the pipeline, enough to take the program through the middle of 2017
My name is William Elliott, I am visually impaired and am the producer of the television magazine, ‘Blindside Fresno’.
This page is set up to support our television program which is created in downtown Fresno.
The program looks at issues around visual impairment and blindness. Though some issues may be local, most issues are universal among the blind and visually impaired communities; transport, independence and finding employment are just a few.
But we also will try to look at fun things too, as well as educating the sighted world about the world of the visually impaired.
I raise money to help me produce the program from affiliate links such as my Associate Account with amazon.com. You may often find a link to a book, movie or something I find interesting. You are of course not obliged to purchase any item but if you do so then I will receive a small advertisers fee from amazon.
In our next program we will be interviewing Fresno author Olivia Ostergaard, who recently published her book on her search for a guide dog called, ‘Looking at the Unseen”