“I see people give up on life when they reach a certain age, when they feel like they can’t do this and they can’t do that,” says Charles Tabor, a 77-year-old music lover who lost his sight at five years old. Losing his sight at an early age has helped Charles accept being blind. He says if he had lost it later in life, it would have been harder. “It’s hard for an older person to be told he or she is going to be blind because they have seen all their lives.” Though Charles is blind and has cerebral palsy, he has found the supports he needs to live a vibrant life.
Growing up, Charles learned how to live as independently as possible by attending the Missouri School for the Blind. Because of his experiences there, he’s not afraid to venture out on his own and takes public transportation as a means toward greater independence. Yet even with his self-sufficient attitude, Charles needs help tackling small tasks that no longer come easily to him. Through Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, a United Way supported agency, Charles receives the help he needs to continue living life to the fullest.