As a child, Raquel O’Neill grew up knowing she was losing her vision. By the time she was 15, she was completely blind. However, Raquel’s disability, or as she calls it, different abilities, has not stopped her from living a fulfilled life. Not only is she a licensed therapist, a wife, and a mother, but she is also the president of Blindconnect. The non-profit organization operates Angela’s House inside the RTC’s Mobility Training Center, which is a replica of an apartment where people who are either currently, or are becoming, visually impaired can learn the life skills necessary to live an independent life.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we catch up with Raquel to learn what this milestone means to her and how she’s paying it forward: