Ryan, Foresight VIP
Ryan is a frequent participant in Foresight's programs. She has skied with us several times and she attended the summer camp last summer and this year. Ryan told us one of the things she loves about Foresight is making friends with people who are experiencing vision loss just like she is. She shares that sometimes it's harder to make friends with peers who have sight because they treat her as if she can't do certain things. Ryan says that simply is not true.
Ryan talks about the challenge of making friends with peers who have sight versus those experiencing vision loss.
The youth we work with at Foresight never cease to amaze us. They teach us that the barriers we all face, at some point in our lives, are usually self-imposed. They also remind us that having sight doesn’t guarantee success. It’s other characteristics that truly define how successful someone will be. Just ask Jasmine. She’s 17 years old and not afraid to try anything. Jasmine skis with us in the winter and she attended both of our summer camps.
Wise words from a 17-year-old!
Bill Johnson skis with Foresight Ski Guides every season, sometimes multiple times a season. Bill
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Each year Foresight works with about 40-45 kids from Denver area schools and Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. Their experiences are as unique as they are. This past season we met Ryan who was a 5th grader from Douglas County. Ryan had never skied before coming on a two-day trip with Foresight. At the end of the ski day we ask each visually impaired participant, or VIP as we call them, about their day and experiences. On Ryan’s last day I asked her what the favorite part of the day was for her. She responded with a laugh, “Going up on the mountain on the chairlift and knocking over my dad.” Sounded like a great day of skiing to me.