Friday, May 3, 2013

Client Profile: Claire Anderson

The following story comes to us from the May 2013 edition of AgeWise King County:

Making a Difference: Claire Anderson
By Mary Pat O'Leary, RN and BSN planner at Aging and Disability Services

Claire Anderson lost her vision in a matter of seconds due to an optic stroke.
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Before I met her in person, friends told me about Claire Anderson. I was impressed hearing their stories about how Claire encouraged them to start writing their life stories.My friend told me that Claire is a remarkable person who inspires everyone she meets, and that her wit and intelligence bring a sense of calm and sensible perspective to participants of the writing class.

An optic stroke left Claire without sight when she was 64 years old. She did not allow her "legally blind" status to impact her active lifestyle.

Claire goes to the Monroe Correctional Complex every month to participate in the prison group's philosophical round table. She leads a memoir class at the Ballard Northwest Senior Center. She is involved in other activities as well, including public speaking, teaching, and even sewing.

Claire's yellow Labrador retriever DaVida is her constant companion. DaVida stars on the cover of Claire's book about vision loss titled Sightless in Seattle.

It takes courage and willingness to overcome personal challenges and barriers, and to live your life making a difference in the lives of others. Claire makes that difference.

For more information about this remarkable woman, visit Claire's website at

For more information about coping with vision loss, read Access to Technology for Vision Loss and Insight: A Low Vision Expo 2013 in this issue.

You may recognize Claire from the King County Mobility Coalition video highlighting our Volunteer Transportation program.  Here it is for your enjoyment:


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