Meet Ansel & His Guide Dog
My name is Ansel Davis, Founder and President of Look Through My Eyes, Inc. – a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. I was born in Kingston and migrated to Pahokee, FL in 1977. After graduating high school, the Floridan neighborhood became my home, for which I lived over a decade. After high school, Job Corps centers in Georgia and North Carolina became sources for obtaining a degree in culinary arts and building maintenance along with several other certificates. My vision has been impaired from birth, and I am considered legally blind. There are various kinds of vision impairment; my impairment is due to a progressive decay of the rod and cone photoreceptor cells in the retina – also known as Pigmentosa.
To be born with this eye disease is unfortunate, but I have refused to become despondent. I believe that even those considered impaired or disabled can do and accomplish anything they put their minds to. I have become passionate about being a positive image for people like me and showing them that "Disabled Doesn't Mean Unable". As Martina Navratilova once said, "Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.”
Finding employment with organizations who are committed to adjusting to the needs of the visually impaired has been a challenging ordeal; which later led me to the non-profit organization, Look Through My Eyes, Inc. There are individuals and families that lack the resources and education they need to live a normal life. As we have already held classes and events to help support those around us, we need your help to reach your community and the masses – your support is key in solving this problem.starting