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Lighthouse of SWFL

This was a day I’ll never forget. Andrea Gutierrez, from Cape Coral, recommended us to document a place called “Lighthouse of SWFL.” This is an organization that focuses on helping visually impaired people with learning ways to remain independent, active, and productive in our society.

The moment we walked in, we knew we were somewhere special. In the main hall, there were individuals rehearsing dance routines. In another room, there were people painting on canvases. What was interesting about these activities, is that vision is normally considered one of the most important parts to execute them, yet these individuals are capable of doing it without sight.

I was invited to get blindfolded and feel things from their perspective. This was a moment that will forever stay with me. When you don’t have sight, sounds become your guide and my guide at that moment was the sweet voice of a member that was explaining to me the way she can paint while being blind.

In this video, we talked to Bryan Marin who lost his sight a few years ago while being in his twenties. He is a man full of passion, jokes, and heart for Southwest Florida.

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