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'Walk in my Shoes' challenge to raise awareness for visually impaired

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It’s low-vision awareness month, and Armstrong State University is helping to raise awareness on how those affected live their daily lives.

It’s called the “Walk in my Shoes Challenge,” and they're allowing people to try on goggles to see what it’s really like to perform everyday tasks with low-vision.

"Just sight in general. One day you have it and one day it’s gone, and you have to adjust your whole life,” said visually impaired student, Anthony Taylor.

Making your bed, pouring a drink, or picking out clothes are everyday day tasks, and though they may seem simple enough, that's not the case for the visually impaired.

"It just kind of happened. I woke up one day and it was real blurry, so it’s kind of gradually decreased over time from June to October of 2009,” Taylor said.

Anthony Taylor says he lost most of his vision during his senior year of high school. He was diagnosed with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, and the gene comes from the mom side. There is a struggle at times, because some don't understand his vision loss because he doesn't look blind.

He says before, he was driving and playing basketball - all tasks he can no longer do. He is visually impaired - not blind - and he says there is a big difference. He says he can still tell the difference between light and dark. 

"I can see you standing in front of me. I can see your shadow, but I can’t see your facial expressions or colors. I can just tell shadows, and it’s really cloudy and blurry,” Taylor said.

He went to the Savannah Association for the Blind to learn techniques on how to be independent again. He even joined a joined a fraternity on campus, which has helped him have a family away from home to help with his journey. He learned how to step by feeling the movements from another frat member.

Taylor says it’s been a slow adjustment that he's still going through, even after six years.

His biggest struggle is not being able to get up and go places, like restaurants, on his own. However, he says he has a strong support system to keep him going.

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