May 21, 2013 Leave a comment
DBS Counselor Provides Encouragement to Others
Re-posted with permission, courtesy of The Ledger.com
By GARY WHITE | The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)
Published online: May 20, 2013
Retrieved May 20, 2013 from:
LAKELAND | Darlene Acree had never really considered what it’s like to be blind before her life changed at age 17.
Acree was riding in a car driven by her boyfriend when he apparently fell asleep traveling at 90 mph. The vehicle hit a tree, and Acree’s face slammed into the glove compartment.
She went from having 20-20 vision to being completely sightless.
“I had never met a person who was visually impaired or blind,” said Acree, a Lake Wales native now living in Lakeland. “I thought people like that are just born that way. I was very ignorant until it happened to me.”
Acree, 40, now devotes her professional life to helping others with visual impairments. She works as a senior rehabilitation specialist for the Florida Division of Blind Services‘ Lakeland office.