Hope For The Visually Impaired

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

By WKBW News

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW )- Teresa Fernald Howard has been suffering from juvenile degeneration for practically her entire life.

"When I was young my vision was better. It's gotten worse through the years," Howard said.

Now as an adult, her vision has gotten much worse. She can no longer see colors.

"I just adjust and do things different but I try to keep a positive attitude," Howard said.

This major hurdle has not stopped her from living and learning with the help of the Olmsted and Statler Center for Sight. Their goal is to educate everyone from children to the elderly with visual or physical impairments.

"We have a variety of programs at the Olmsted including the Statler center where we focus on call center activities and hospitality industry," Patrick Gould with the Olmsted Center said.

Howard was trained then, got a job at the 211 information call center. Howard takes calls from residence that need information. She then she tracks down that information in the unique way she learned through her training at the center.

"The programs allow me anything the computer is doing I can hear it in my ear and also see the large print on the screen," Howard said.

In addition to education, people at the Olmsted Center said there is one more important aspect to the program.

"It gives you confidence and the support you need," Howard said.

The Centers couldn't do all this without a little help. Their gala and fundraiser "Dining in the Dark" will take place this Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. This will raise money to help more people like Howard succeed in the program and in life.