Blind at birth, Diane has overcome many obstacles in life. Diane has been an SLI client since 1990. She really enjoys giving back to the community that has provided for her through volunteering and activities supported by SLI.
"We all are capable of giving back just as much, or more than we receive. Everyone at SLI has something to offer to the community where we live," said Diane.
Diane has a spunky spirit and lives her life to make the best of whatever comes her way. She teaches braille at the Capper Foundation to others who are blind. She also enjoys greeting customers and bagging items at their gift shop and is happiest when she is busy. Diane is a member of a choir and believes that music makes people happy, which is another way that she is able to give back to her community.
"You would be surprised what blind people can teach you," she says, "I know for sure we all can give back in some way."
Lisa Jackson, president/CEO, recalls a valuable lesson Diane taught her. "We had just started a capital campaign to raise money for a new service center. We were communicating about this extensively throughout our organization and in the community.
"Everyone at SLI has something to offer to the community where we Iive."
Diane must have heard about the center and asked her staff to bring her to the office one day. She asked to see the vice president of development and speak with him. She told him she heard about us trying to raise money for the new service center and she wanted to help. She handed over a jar of change - everything she had been saving - and said, "I want to do my part and donate."
We received some very generous donations during that campaign that I will forever be grateful for. But, this donation will always be extraordinarily special, no matter the amount. The thought that was put into this gift was so special. Diane teaches us all that it is our duty as citizens to give back to our communities and to help those in need.
Being without sight her whole life has only bolstered her independent nature and she is proud of her independence and accomplishments. Diane is a very outgoing and happy individual. She doesn't let anything stop her from living a quality life.
Some of Diane's favorite moments while living at SLI include Festival of Trees, because of the beautiful music playing, as well as having other people describe to her all of the festive lights. Another favorite moment of Diane's was her 50th birthday party. All of her family came to her party and she got to spend quality time with them and her friends.
Diane does not let her lack of sight shade the greatness in the world. Her positive outlook and can do attitude is well respected.
"You would be surprised what blind people can teach you," she said, "I know for sure we all can give back in some way."