I'm a visually impaired author/illustrator from Massachusetts currently attending Montserrat College of Art! I published my first children's book "Can I See?" when I was 18. Since then, I've been building a body of work and using my position to advocate for those both like and unlike myself.
I'm visually impaired due to Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, a condition where the optic nerve is too small and can't carry signals to the brain properly, causing my vision to be 20/180. (If someone with perfect sight can see something from 180 feet away, I have to stand 20 feet away to read the same thing.) It gives me some trouble with depth perception and some light sensitivity too.
I like to turn the experiences I get with ONH into comics, essays, and other things that hopefully will normalize visual impairments in the long run. My book, "Can I See?" was a step towards doing this.