1: Please explain more what you do.
My background is in teaching English as a Second Language. From 1984 - 2006 I taught in a wide variety of positions, mostly overseas, from children to adults. In 2006, I returned the States and eventually taught Spanish I, II and III to high school students. The next year, I also took on a position teaching Spanish to elementary school students, Spanish II to high school and managed an ESL program at a Christian school.
One school closed down and I left the other school because my vision and hearing loss created problems and the struggle to maintain my classroom became too frustrating.
Today I focus on speaking and writing. I am the author of three books, two with the theme of vision loss and one on coping with loss in general (devotional). My message is You can live a full life with vision and hearing loss. The biggest components in my talks are humor and faith and how I use them to live my best life.
I am writing my third and final book in the Mobility series called Second Sight: Mofe Life Lessons in Mobility. I share stories of life with vision loss and how I overcome obstacles and present interesting and relevant insights.
I am also writing a book about my dad's life (he passed away in 2006) called Don Bovaird The Tree Man and a travel book called Falling for Ecuador (I am sliding off a vine in the interior jungle on the cover). It is a lighthearted account of my travels there.
2: What is your biggest life lesson?
That using a white cane actually brings independence! I had to overcome my fear of the stigma associated with the white cane. I received training from a 100% blind mobility instructor. It was an incredible experience filled with fear but ending in confidence.
3: What is your biggest achievement?
I don't think I have one specific big achievement. But living overseas and traveling with progressive vision loss was challenging and very rewarding. In 2015, I received an award called Merit of Literature for my first book, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith by my undergraduate university at an alumni weekend. That was a big honor. I think every day I achieve something by living my best life with optimism and humor.
4: How people can get in contact with you?
Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/amybovairdauthor/